New Pittsburgh Courier named among the best Black newspapers in America

The New Pittsburgh Courier is among the top three African American newspapers in America, according to a recent presentation of the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s “Messenger Awards,” held virtually, June 24.

The NNPA is the official organization of the Black Press. It is composed of nearly 200 African American newspapers or online media outlets, including the Courier, and the Courier’s parent newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle, both owned by Detroit-based Real Times Media.

The Courier placed third in the John Russwurm Pinnacle Award, which recognizes a publication as the top Black newspaper in the country. Second place went to the Houston Forward Times, and first place went to the St. Louis American.

In addition to the third-place Pinnacle Award, the Courier won six awards throughout the ceremony, based off entries from the year 2020:

First Place, best overall website,

First Place, best newsletter.

Second Place, best business section, specifically for a story written by Diane I. Daniels and Rob Taylor Jr. on the Hill District Federal Credit Union.

Second Place, best newspaper layout and design, credited to Courier graphic designer Warren King, managing editor Rob Taylor Jr. and editor and publisher, Rod Doss.

Third Place, best original photography, for a photo by managing editor Rob Taylor Jr. of a Pittsburgh Black girl holding a sign during the George Floyd protests that read, “Stop Killing Us.” (Photo at right)

Third Place, best entertainment section.

See Awards presentation here.

WINNING TEAM—Pictured above is the New Pittsburgh Courier Staff. Seated, from left: Stephan Broadus, assistant to the publisher; Rod Doss, editor and publisher; and Allison Palm, administrative assistant. Standing, from left: Warren King, graphic designer; Ashley Johnson; advertising coordinator; and Rob Taylor, managing editor. Photo by J.L. Martello.



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