The Rhode Island Press Association (RIPA) honored Providence Media with 19 awards spanning writing, design, and photography at their annual awards banquet, which took place at the Quonset ‘O’ Club in North Kingstown on Friday, September 27, 2021.
RIPA is a nonprofit organization that promotes the interests of newspapers and other publications, and advances journalism standards and educational opportunities, in Rhode Island since 1886. At the event, Providence Media’s Editor-in-Chief Elyse Major was named RIPA co-president along with Ethan Shorey, editor-in-chief of The Valley Breeze.
“To say that we are proud of our small but mighty team is an understatement,” says general manager and creative director Nicholas DelGiudice. “It’s wonderful to see our talented creatives being honored.”
Providence Media received a number of first place honors, including Photographer of the Year for DelGiudice.
Contributor Ann M. Martini placed first in Education Story for her article Beyond Campus for So Rhode Island.
In the News Story/In-Depth category, former managing editor Megan Schmit won first for her Providence Monthly story College Town or Ghost Town?, about reopening the city’s eight college campuses during COVID.
RIPA honored former staff writer Robert Isenberg with five distinctions. For Providence Monthly, he received third place wins in the Food/Dining category, for Dining: The New Reality, about the pandemic’s impact on city restaurants; in the News Story/Short for Small Business Strong, about the flood of small business owners who cleaned up the city in the wake of riots; and in Profile/Personality Story for The Thinker, about Thinking Black Men founder Andre T. Wright. Additionally, Isenberg received honorable mention in Investigative/Analytical News Story for Can Neighborhoods Save the City, a look at Providence’s neighborhood associations. For East Side Monthly, he took home a News Story/In-Depth honorable mention for Breaking News, a story about the Boston Globe’s reach into Rhode Island media.
Major’s On Your Honor, a story about honor system farm stands, for Hey Rhody received honorable mention for Feature Story/Short.
Managing editor Abbie Lahmers’ Providence Monthly piece Home is Where the Art, about a virtual exhibit of art inspired by quarantine, received third place in Arts Review/Criticism.
Chuck Staton and Gina Mastrostefano’s quirky quarantine style diagram, aptly titled A Guide to Quarantine Casual, took second place for Unique/Most Unexpected Story.
Publisher Barry Fain received honorable mention in Education Story for his Providence Monthly story Academia During Crisis, which drew parallels between the challenges campuses faced in the 1970s with 2020.
In the design category, DelGiudice brought home second place for Best Cover for Dining's New Reality and senior editorial designer Abigail Brown received honorable mention for Let’s Go, both for Providence Monthly.
DelGiudice’s Providence Monthly photo for Speakeasy Bars took home first place in the Feature Photo Category. Voters gave his Truck to Table snap an honorable mention for Food Photo while former associate art director Brandon Harmon made second place for But First, Brunch in the same category, both for Hey Rhody.
In Photo Series/Picture Story, freelance photographer Mackenzie Bremges took Honorable Mention for A Sweet Life, a cover story for SO Rhode Island on bakeries of South County.
An honorable mention went to Lahmers, Major, and Schmit for The Bay article The Wine Lover’s Guide to The Bay, a round-up of vineyards dotting the East Bay, for Special Sections.