Black Press prepares to gather at annual convention

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Crusader Publisher Dorothy R. Leavell

Crusader Staff Report

Cincinnati

Black publishers and journalists from across the country are preparing to attend the annual National Newspaper Publishers Association convention June 25-29 in Cincinnati, OH.

Held at the Westin Cincinnati Hotel, the convention will showcase the talent of Black journalists and editors at the anticipated NNPA Merit Awards.

The convention will provide seminars and workshops aimed at empowering Black publishers as dwindling advertising revenues continue to threaten the future of historic Black newspapers.

The highlight of the convention is the annual NNPA Merit Awards given to recognize excellence in journalism among more than 200 Black newspapers around the country.

In 2018, the Miami Times won the top prize as Best Black Newspaper, snapping a six-year winning streak by the St. Louis American in a tight race that surprised many in attendance.

The convention will also hold its bi-annual election of the chairman of the NNPA. Crusader Publisher and incumbent chairman Dorothy R. Leavell is seeking a second term as head of the NNPA.

At the convention, the NNPA and their NNPA Foundation will hold their board meetings.

On Tuesday, June 25, the NNPA will hold its 3rd annual National Black Parents Town Hall Meeting on Education at the historic Corinth Baptist Church. The convention’s host newspaper, the Cincinnati Herald, will discuss the rules of editing and layout during a Publishing Industry Workshop on Thursday, June 27.

The convention will also host a Plenary Session on Thursday, June 27, Morning with Millennials.

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