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Press Release: Rialto Record Editor earns California School Boards Association’s Golden Quill Award
Posted 3/13/19

Rialto Record Editor earns California School Boards Association’s Golden Quill Award



Rialto, Calif., March 13, 2019Maryjoy Duncan, Managing Editor and education reporter of the Rialto Record (Inland Empire Community Newspapers) has been chosen as one of 25 recipients from over 1,000 school districts in the State of California, to receive the Golden Quill Award, presented in recognition of fair, insightful and accurate reporting on public school news by print, broadcast and online news media representatives.


In an official press release, it stated that the inaugural Golden Quill Awards are presented by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) to recognize outstanding education journalism and highlight the essential role journalists play in increasing the understanding of the objectives, operations, accomplishments, challenges and opportunities related to public schools.


At tonight’s Rialto Unified School District Board of Education school board meeting, Duncan will be presented her CSBA certificate and a District plaque for excellence in education reporting. Gloria Macias-Harrison, Publisher of the Rialto Record will also accept the recognition from the RUSD Board of Education. CSBA will publish winners on its website ( and in the spring edition of California Schools magazine.


Since August 2017, under the editorial helm of Duncan, the Rialto Record has positively highlighted RUSD in over 60 news articles, ranging from District focused, to school and individual achievements. Duncan’s emphasis on positive reporting successfully parallels the District’s Strategic Plan, which celebrates “Bridge Builders.”


“The District is grateful to have this consummate journalistic professional be recognized for her tireless work,” stated Syeda Jafri, Agent of Communications/Media Services. “Mrs. Duncan approaches her reporting with integrity and a kind-hearted focus for her subjects. True to community journalism format, her positive values are always featured through her style of writing. Her articles emphasize RUSD educational achievements, which create much joy in the lives of our students, staff members and parents. The free press is a fundamental core piece of democracy in America. Presently, reporters and the profession of journalism are under tremendous scrutiny, so it is refreshing to observe reputable State educational agencies, such as CSBA, championing the work of those in this credible profession.”  


School district and county boards of education nominate journalists for the Golden Quill Award, identifying stories where the nominee demonstrated a holistic understanding of the local educational agency and its stakeholders. Nominees must also have developed relationships with the school board and relevant district and site-level staff, in addition to understanding the district or county office of education’s missions, goals and/or strategic vision during the reporting process.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized for the Golden Quill Award. I believe that the efforts, achievements and triumphs of the academic community deserve to be highlighted in the news. Journalism can be a platform to acknowledge the endeavors of students and educators. It is important to remember that the future of our community depends on the success of our students,” replied Duncan.


“Journalists who accurately and fairly explore the issues that districts and county offices of education face perform an essential public service by providing meaningful insight into public schools, one of our country’s core civic institutions,” said CSBA President Mike Walsh. “The Golden Quill Awards celebrate strong reporting that informs audiences and illuminates the critical issues facing local schools and California’s 6.2 million public school students.”