The Philadelphia Tribune Named Best Black Newspaper

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), at its recent 68th Annual Merit Award Ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky, presented ten awards, including its highest honor, the John B. Russwurm Award for “Best Newspaper,” to The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest black newspaper.

In seven of the last twelve years, The Tribune has been named the nation’s best black newspaper at the award ceremony.

The Philadelphia Tribune, which has been serving the Greater Philadelphia region’s African-American community for more than 124 years, took home, in addition to “Best Newspaper,” five first place awards, including, “Best Special Edition,” given for its 2007 Martin Luther King supplement; “Best Editorial,” presented to its Sunday edition editor, Mike Bruton, for his editorial titled End The Chaos; Start Snitching; “Best Business Section,” “Best Youth Section,” given for its weekly supplement, The Learning Key and “Best Original Advertising,” given for its National Health Series. The Tribune also received two second place awards in the categories of “General Excellence” and “Community Service,” given for its annual Home Buying Seminar. And finally, the paper received two third place awards, for “Best Church Page” and “Best Layout and Design- Broadsheet.”

“It’s a great honor for the staff of The Tribune to be recognized for our work, here, in Philadelphia,” said the paper’s publisher, Robert W. Bogle. “The Tribune aims to provide editorial excellence and truthful news coverage about the African-American experience, and about the black community, as a whole. While these have been challenging times for the nation’s largest major daily newspapers, it’s refreshing to see black-focused and other community newspapers, thriving, making a successful transition to the ‘new media’ environment and being celebrated for their commitment to reporting seldom-seen stories on what is becoming the nation’s new majority, in many of our country’s largest cities.”

The NNPA, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 68-year-old federation of more than 200 black community newspapers from across the United States. Its primary mission is “to promote the interests of the black press by securing unity and action in all matters relative to the profession of journalism and the business of publishing.”