“America’s best weekly” can now be called one of Pennsylvania’s best weeklies after the recent announcement of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2012 Newspaper of the Year Award winners last week. The New Pittsburgh Courier, one of the oldest and most prestigious African-American newspapers in the country, known for its in-depth coverage of the Black community, won seven awards in their division.

HARDWORKING—The staff of the New Pittsburgh Courier celebrates its wins in seven categories in the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2012 Newspaper of the Year competition. Sitting, from left: Allison Palm, Ashley Johnson, Eric Gaines, Ulish Carter and Carolyn Jones. Standing, from left: Rebecca Nuttall, Kathleen Bradley Yocum, Kathleen Neely, Brenda Hill, Rod Doss, Stephan Broadus, Debbie Vargus and Christian Morrow. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

The award recognizes newspapers across the state for their continuing efforts to create outstanding news products.

Rod Doss, editor and publisher of the New Pittsburgh Courier, said, “The Newspaper of the Year Award recognition is a testament to the dedicated and professionally talented staff of the New Pittsburgh Courier. It validates their commitment to excellence in all phases of our operation.”

The Courier won six first place awards in their division for the categories of Newspaper Excellence, General and Departmental News Coverage, Advertising Excellence, Editorial/Opinion Page Excellence, Diversity and Special section. Along with the six, they also won a second place award for Best Use of Photography.

This is the third year that the Courier has entered the competition and placed. The awards will be presented on Friday, Nov. 9, during the foundation’s 88th Annual Convention, held Nov. 7-9 at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center in Scranton, Pa.

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