The 2021 NNPA (National Newspaper Publishers Association) Messenger Awards recently presented Real Times Media with multiple high honors. The Messenger Awards, formerly known as the Merit Awards, celebrate African American publishers for outstanding journalistic merit. It pays tribute to A. Philip Randolph’s Messenger magazine founded in 1917.
Real Times Media’s Michigan Chronicle and New Pittsburgh Courier were awarded numerous honors including first place for the Ada S. Franklin Award recognizing fashion, beauty, and lifestyle (Michigan Chronicle), first place for the A. Philip Randolph Award recognizing website excellence (New Pittsburgh Courier), and placed first for the Newsletter Excellence Award (New Pittsburgh Courier).
“We are all excited about receiving these awards. The staffs at all of our properties work incredibly hard and are true professionals” said Hiram E. Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. “It feels great to be recognized by peers in our industry. The Black press continues to innovate and thrive and we’re proud to play a significant role.”
New Pittsburgh Courier Publisher Rod Doss agreed and does not take being considered a premier publication lightly.
“It’s the ultimate compliment. We were in competition nationally with about 200 newspapers…It’s a tribute to the focus on journalism, focus on who we are and how we serve the community,” said Doss.
He added that the awards are more so a recognition of his dedicated staff.
“They are the ones that make all the difference in the world. The people you surround yourself with really speaks volumes for whoever is at the top. The folks here go over everything with a fine-tooth comb…all of our product. We want to stand out as a quality publication.”
Here is a full list of Real Times Media’s Awards:
First Place: Ada S. Franklin Award for Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle
Second Place: Frank L Stanley Award for Education
Second Place: Armstrong Elliot Award for Entertainment
Second Place: Leon W. Washington Award for Special Editions
Third Place: John H. Sengstacke Award for Newspaper Excellence
Third Place: Business Award
New Pittsburgh Courier
First Place: A. Philip Randolph Award for Website Excellence
First Place: Newsletter Excellence Award
Second Place: Business Award
Second Place: Layout & Design (Broadsheet)
Third Place: John Russworm Pinnacle Award
Third Place: Original Photography Use Award
Third Place: Armstrong Elliot Award for Entertainment
WINNING TEAM—Pictured 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.