Newspaper of excellence Courier wins 6 awards

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The New Pittsburgh Courier, America’s Best Weekly, has won four first place and two second place awards in the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2011 Newspaper of the Year Competition for the Non-Daily under 7,000-circulation division.

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The Courier received first place in the General and Departmental News Coverage, Editorial/Opinion Page Excellence, Diversity and Special Edition categories and second place in the Advertising Excellence and Newswriting Excellence categories.

“The awards are a definite testament to the high standards of the New Pittsburgh Courier and the purposeful dedication the staff has to creating a quality product,” said Editor and Publisher of the New Pittsburgh Courier Rod Doss.

The Newspaper of the Year competition is an annual competition to recognize outstanding newspaper work, with the emphasis on overall excellence in Pennsylvania newspapers and is designed to give newspapers the opportunity to showcase the efforts of the entire staff.

There were seven mandatory categories, which consisted of Newswriting Excellence, General and Departmental News Coverage, Advertising Excellence, Layout and Design, Editorial/Opinion Page Excellence, Best Use of Photography and Diversity. There were also four optional categories, which included the Special Section, Newspaper Promotion, NIE/Literacy and Online Presence categories.

The overall 2011 Pennsylvania Newspaper of the Year were the York Daily Record/Sunday News in the daily division and The Almanac in McMurray in the non-daily division.

Awards will be given out during a brunch at the annual Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Convention in November.

(For more information on the PNA and the rest of the winners, visit http://www.pa-newspaper.org/­Events/contest/awardnewspaperyear.)

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