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SRIN wins five RIPA awards

May 14, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Southern Rhode Island Newspapers (SRIN) won a total of five awards in this year’s annual Rhode Island Press Association (RIPA) Editorial contest.
Paul J. Spetrini, editor of the North Kingstown Standard-Times, was awarded first place in the Sports Story Category for his coverage of the 2010 RIIL girls softball Division II State Championship victory by the Exeter-West Greenwich Scarlet Knights.
“Very well written,” RIPA contest judges stated. “It would be easy for the circumstances to have outdone the win and the game itself, but you balanced it perfectly. The game description was vivid and easy to follow – both very important in sports reporting. It makes me want to catch a game this season.”
Spetrini also took home a third-place plaque in the Best Newspaper Front Page category for his front page of the Standard-Times on November 25, 2010.
“The fold cuts the lead photo in an awkward spot, but the art and headlines compliment the diner story well,” judges said. “A clean design.”
Standard Times reporter Lindsay Olivier, meanwhile, captured third place in the Reporting on the Environment category for her story on cancer cases in North Kingstown.
“Lots of nice background information on a serious subject,” judges said. “Well organized.”
Rounding out the awards for SRIN were a second-place plaque for sports reporter Eric Rueb in the Sports Story category and a first-place win by the Narragansett Times in the Profile or Personality Story category.
The awards were announced Friday evening at the press association’s annual banquet at the Quonset ‘O’ Club.

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