American again best Black newspaper

For the seventh time, The St. Louis American was named the top African-American newspaper in the country by the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
The John B. Russwurm Award presentation was the finale of the NNPA’s special annual Merit Awards Gala, which was held in New York City in June.
Dr. Donald Suggs, publisher of The American, accepted the award. “Thanks, but it’s not my personal achievement,” Suggs told the audience. “Back at home, there is a team of
hardworking individuals committed to excellence who are responsible for this award.”
African-American media organizations from across the nation were represented at the four-day conference. Guests included New York Gov. David Paterson and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. Speakers included the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, who addressed trying times in the newspaper industry and the enduring promise of the Black Press.
The American is the second largest weekly in Missouri. Its COO and senior vice president, Kevin Jones, is president of Missouri Press Association this year.
Other NNPA awards it received were in the categories of General Excellence, Best Layout and Design, Best Lifestyles Section, Best Special Edition (“Diversity, A Business Imperative”), Best Circulation Promotion, Best Original Advertising Idea, Best Business
Section and Community Service.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our staff and more thankful to our loyal readers and supporters,” Dr. Suggs said. “In a challenging environment for media organizations, our business model focuses on value, providing value for both our readers and our
advertisers.
“We deeply appreciate this award and look to continue to be increasingly more in touch with our audience in print, online, social networking, and within the community.”
NNPA, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 70-year-old federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers across the United States.
In an editorial about the award, The American said, “…we will continue to work and struggle hard to stay here in St. Louis in what our peers in the Black Press have told us is a position of national leadership. We love this region and its potential, and we intend to do our best to make sure we remain true to our mission: that we work to ensure the
African Americans who call St. Louis home are regarded and treated fairly and are included equally in the opportunities to succeed.”
On July 22, The American published its annual “Diversity, A Business Imperative” special edition. It was the largest edition in the paper’s 82-year history.

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