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St. Louis American Dominates NNPA’s Merit Awards

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By George E. Curry
Editor-in-Chief
NNPA News Service

ATLANTA (NNPA) – The St. Louis American won seven first-place Merit Awards Thursday night en route to winning the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s coveted John B. Russwurm Trophy presented to the newspaper that accumulates the most points in the organization’s annual journalism competition.

In 1827, Russwurm co-founded Freedom’s Journal, the nation’s first Black owned and operated newspaper.

The St. Louis American, published by Dr. Donald Suggs, won first place in categories ranging from general excellence to best layout and design for a broad sheet.

The Merit Award winners were:

General Excellence

1-St. Louis American
2-Charlotte Post
3-Philadelphia Tribune

Best Editorial

1-Philadelphia Tribune
2-Columbus Post
3-Michigan Chronicle

Best Column

1-Frost Illustrated
2-Miami Times
3-Michigan Chronicle

Community Service

1-Richmond Free Press
2-Philadelphia Tribune
3-Portland Skanner

Best News Story

1-Winston-Salem Chronicle
2-Houston Defender
3-Chicago Defender

Best Feature Story

1-Chicago Crusader
2-Charlotte Post
3-Houston Defender

Best News Picture

1-St. Louis American
2-Chicago Defender
3-Cleveland Call & Post

Best Editorial Cartoon

1-Los Angeles Sentinel
2-New Pittsburgh Courier
3-Philadelphia Tribune

Best Layout and Design – Broad Sheet

1-St. Louis American
2-Philadelphia Tribune
3-Michigan Chronicle

Best Layout and Design – Tabloid

1-LA Watts Times
2-The Final Call
3-Chicago Defender

Best Special Edition

1-St. Louis American
2-Miami Times
3-CrossRoads News

Best Circulation Promotion

1-Houston Defender
2-Portland Skinner
3-St. Louis American

Best Lifestyle Section

1-St. Louis American
2-New Pittsburgh Courier
3-Charlotte Post

Best Youth Section

1-Miami Times
2-Philadelphia Tribune
3-Chicago Crusader

Best Original Advertising

1-Houston Defender
2-Houston Forward Times
3-Columbus Post

Best Use of Photographs – Broad Sheet

1-St. Louis American
2-Philadelphia Tribune
3-New Pittsburgh Courier

Best Use of Photographs – Tabloid

1-LA Watts Times
2-Final Call
3-Chicago Defender

Best Church Page

1-Miami Times
2-Indianapolis Recorder
3-Philadelphia Tribune

Best Sports Section

1-St. Louis American
2-Houston Defender
3-Charlotte Post

Best Business Section

1-Philadelphia Tribune
2-Houston Forward Times
3-New Pittsburgh Courier

Best Entertainment

1-Indianapolis Recorder
2-St. Louis American
3-Philadelphia Tribune

Russwurm Trophy – St. Louis American

“Our member newspapers continue to improve each year, making the Merit Awards increasingly difficult to judge,” said Karl B. Rodney, chairman of the NNPA Foundation. “The Merit Awards recognize the excellent work NNPA papers produce on a consistent basis.”

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