Rhode Island for Community & Justice


Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
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Hotel Providence 
139 Mathewson Street
Providence, RI 02903

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Toby Ayers, PhD 
Rhode Island for Community & Justice 
401-467-1717 ext. 1 


The Metcalf Award for Diversity in Media began in
1988 in memory of Michael Metcalf, publisher of
The Providence Journal, to honor his recognition of
the power of media to positively impact community.

The Metcalf competition is judged by an
independent panel with backgrounds in
journalism, media, communications and community.  

Grateful thanks to our initial sponsors.
Contact Toby to join in sponsoring the Awards




We are pleased to announce the winners...
2019 Metcalf Diversity in the Media Awards

Join RICJ as we celebrate extraordinary journalists and the subjects of their stories at the

Awards Breakfast
WednesdayMay 22nd, 2019 
8:00 a.m. at Hotel Providence

RICJ presents the only award in our region recognizing the vital role of media in connecting us to one another.  Journalists and the individuals covered in these winning stories come together to help us understand the issues, and what it is like to write, and to live, these inspiring stories.  

  • Print Daily/Weekly:  Tibisay Zea “Aging in the Shadows (English); (Spanish)”, El Planeta Media
    What happens to our undocumented neighbors as they reach their golden years?  It's a story that has had little coverage in the media, but will be increasingly important in the coming years.  
  • Print Monthly:  Casey Nilsson “Seeking Peace in Providence”, Rhode Island Monthly
    As Providence has grown statistically safer, a nonviolence advocate loses her son and brother to gun violence.  A gripping story that highlights how officials and community can help prevent these tragedies.  
  • Documentary Feature:  Denali Tiller Tre Maison Dasan”, PBS Independent Lens
    Three young RI children grow up with incarcerated parents. Thought-provoking and heart-wrenching, the film explores urgent national themes while immersing us in the lives of Tre, Maison and Dasan.
  • Documentary Short:  Kendall Moore “Jalen & Joanna: A Lead Paint Story
    20 years after RI's lead paint crisis we see the repercussions in this moving story of a son whose struggles in school result from childhood exposure and a mother inspiring her son with hope and aspirations.   
  • Youth Journalism Award:  Roberto Gonzalez & STEAMBox Youth “STEAMBox vs Mbadika”  (web)
    This youth-led podcast veers from interviewing an MIT grad guest (a phenomenial young woman of color) into riffs on gaming, anime, rappers and more... all to promote STEAM subjects to a teen audience.  

All proceeds from this event support RICJ's youth empowerment, juvenile justice policy, diversity education, civil rights policy and public dialogue programs.  Visit www.ricj.org.  

Click on the "Register Now!" button to register and to pay by credit card, Paypal, check or at the door.  Tickets are $40. and include the awards breakfast.


You can sponsor this exciting event!  Visit www.ricj.org for sponsor benefit details.  

  • $5,000:  Publisher Sponsor provides 10 VIP seats (table) + sponsor benefits
  • $2,500:  Editor Sponsor provides 8 VIP seats + sponsor benefits
  • $1,000:  Writer Sponsor provides 5 seats + sponsor benefits
  • $500:     Reader Sponsor provides 2 seats + sponsor benefits
    Sponsors can pay securely online by credit card below through Paypal.  Or contact Toby to make your pledge, at ricj@ricj.org or by phone (401) 467-1717 ext. 1.  We can register you and your guests.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the event!

Toby Ayers, PhD
Executive Director