In a nod to the Los Angeles Sentinel’s excellence in journalism, the West Coast’s largest African American newspaper garnered five Merit Awards in the 2018 competition sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Foundation on June 28.
The Merit Awards recognize the NNPA’s 200+ newspapers, publishers and other staff members that have excelled in various newspaper categories such as Best Editorial, Best Column Writing, Community Service, Best Layout & Design, Best Church Page, Best Sports Section and other areas.
The LA Sentinel received honors in the Best Editorial Cartoon, Best Circulation Promotion, Best Youth Section, Best Original Advertisement and Best Church Page categories.
“I’m pleased that the NNPA acknowledged our efforts to adhere to the high standards of the Black press. I congratulate Managing Editor Brandon I. Brooks and our editorial and production staff for consistently creating an outstanding publication 52 weeks a year,” said Executive Publisher Danny Bakewell, Sr.
The awards presentation occurred during the NNPA’s annual convention, held June 26-30 in Norfolk, Virginia. The theme was “Celebrating 191 Years of the Black Press in America: Sustaining, Engaging and Mobilizing Black Communities.”
“Since the first publication of Freedom’s Journal in 1827, the Black Press has remained on the frontlines of reporting and distributing the news, achievements, challenges, aspirations and ongoing advances in the cause and mission of sustainable development and progress for African Americans and all others who cry out for freedom and justice,” said NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.