Johnston Sun Rise editor wins Distinguished Journalist award

Rhode Island Press Association holds 2022 editorial contest banquet


The Rhode Island Press Association presented 153 awards to journalists throughout the state for writing, design and photography in its editorial contest for 2022.

Johnston Sun Rise Editor Rory Schuler won first place in the evening’s final category, Distinguished Journalist.

The other three award winners in the Distinguished Journalist category included Second Place, Jamie Coelho, Rhode Island Monthly; Third Place Nancy Lavin, Providence Business News; and Honorable Mention, Ethan Shorey, The Valley Breeze.

Schuler, who has served as the editor of the Johnston Sun Rise for two years, has been working in newspapers since 2000.

The Distinguished Journalist category required the submission of up to 10 published works and a cover letter. In each category, small weekly papers like the Johnston Sun Rise compete against the Ocean State’s largest publications, like the Providence Journal and the Boston Globe Rhode Island.

The association also inducted two new members into its Journalism Hall of Fame: Karen Bordeleau, former executive editor of The Providence Journal; and Timothy Cotter, former executive editor of the Day of New London, Connecticut.

During the annual banquet on April 28, held at Chelo's on the Waterfront for the first time, the association elected officers for next year: Elyse Major of Providence Media and Ethan Shorey of The Valley Breeze will remain co-presidents; Carlos Munoz of The Boston Globe Rhode Island replaces Michael McDermott as vice president; Sarah Francis, formerly of Rhode Island Monthly, will remain treasurer; and Will Richmond of The Providence Journal and The Newport Daily News replaces Linda Lotridge Levin as secretary.

The association also presented a $1,000 scholarship to Rhode Island College student Olivia Barone, a Scituate resident.

Shorey and Major spoke of the association's initiatives, including organizing a second straight R.I. High School Journalism Day on May 19, when nearly 30 schools, a record, are expected to participate.


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