The Los Angeles Sentinel reaped four honors in the 2017 National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Merit Awards. The announcement came during the NNPA’s annual convention in Alexandria, Virginia on June 22.
The Sentinel garnered second place for the Best Use of Photographs and the Best Religion Section. Third place awards were earned for the Best Youth Writer and Community Service for the Taste of Soul special edition.
“I want to commend Managing Editor Brandon I. Brooks and our editorial and production staff for their commitment to creating a high-quality publication week-after-week,” said Executive Publisher Danny Bakewell, Sr.
“To be recognized for their efforts, out of more than 200 African American newspapers in the nation, confirms that we are on the right track in our efforts to provide our readers with the best product possible.”
Brooks, who attended the four-day convention, expressed his delight at winning the awards and shared similar comments about his team’s dedication.
“I’m grateful to all of our top-notch staff members. Every week, we are all focused on producing an outstanding issue that covers the type of news that accurately reflects the diversity of activities in the black community,” he said.
“Also, I want acknowledge the great work of our Lead Production Designer Angela Howard, Religion Editor Cora Jackson-Fossett, and Youth Writer Shannen Hill for their efforts towards winning these awards.”
Over the past 40 years, the Sentinel has reaped scores of NNPA Merit awards in various categories.