URI professor receives top
New England journalism award
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 8, 1999 -- A University of Rhode Island professor,
well-known among journalists for her advocacy of open government, is a recipient
of the prestigious Yankee Quill Award.
URI Associate Professor of Journalism Linda Lotridge Levin is one of
four individuals who will receive the award, the highest honor given by
fellow New England journalists. The Yankee Quill awards are sponsored by
the New England Society of Newspaper Editors and the New England Chapter
of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Levin will be recognized for contributing significantly over many years
to the quality, prestige and advancement of New England journalism. As a
Yankee Quill award winner, she will become a Fellow of the Academy of New
"I am pleased to be recognized for my work, and I am especially
honored to be in the company of some of the giants of New England journalism,"
Acknowledged to be a leading authority on media law in Rhode Island,
Levin is a founder of ACCESS/RI, a group of media and non-media members
that fights secrecy and seeks to foster openness in government.
For many years, she shouldered the cause of open meetings, open records
and freedom of the press in Rhode Island. She was a leader of an ACCESS
study that demonstrated that despite state laws to the contrary, Rhode Island
police departments, municipal administrations and school departments routinely
barred access to records that are supposed to be public.
The findings caused the state's Police Chiefs' Association to take steps
to correct the departments' behavior.
A member of the journalism faculty at URI since 1986, her recent books
To Understand: The History of a 10-year Dialogue between New England
and Soviet Editors, and Mass Communications Law in Rhode Island.
Levin is a former president of and currently the secretary of The Rhode
Island Press Association. Levin is a former reporter and editor for The
A reception and banquet will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the
Officers' Club, Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, Mass. Dinner is $45 per
person, and reservations must be pre-paid. Checks should be made payable
to the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, 70 Washington St., Salem,
For further Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116