The New Pittsburgh Courier won five Merit Awards at the National Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Chicago, Ill. Finishing among the top three Black newspapers in the country.
The Courier also placed third in the General Excellence category against the Call and Post and The Miami Times, putting them in competition for the John B. Russwurm Trophy. The Miami Times won the coveted trophy. The NNPA is composed of more than 200 Black newspapers.
In addition to the General Excellence Award, the Courier won two first place awards for Best Editorial and Best Business Section. The Courier also won third place awards for Best Entertainment Section and Best Lifestyles Section.
The annual competition set a numerical record this year. More than 5,000 entries were received and the 19-category scale made it difficult for the judges to pare it down to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.
The Courier has finished among the top three papers in the country two of the past three years. It finished second to the Chicago Defender in 2009.