The Skanner News staff won two second place prizes in the 22nd Annual A. Phillip Randolph Messenger Awards. News editor Lisa Loving placed second in the Breaking News category for her story, "Oregon's First-Ever Survey of Black Mothers Sheds Light on Poor Birth Outcomes." Multimedia editor Helen Silvis placed second in the Sustainability category with her story, "Is Portland's Bi-Weekly Garbage Pickup a Future Health Hazard?" The awards come with a $500 prize.
The National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation and MillerCoors, which sponsors the awards, announced the winners at the NNPA's annual conference in Atlanta. The competition acknowledged outstanding journalism in categories such as Breaking News, Commentary, Feature and Sustainability. The 2012 competition also recognized the Best Online Presence saluting publishers with outstanding digital platforms. The winners of each category received $5,000 and each finalist received $500 for a total of $30,000 in monetary awards.
The Skanner News also won NNPA Merit Awards in Community Service, for its Portland-Area Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities Map and for Best Circulation Promotion.
The 2012 award winners were: Jennifer Ffrench-Parker, CrossRoadsNews; Lekan Oguntoyinbo, The Atlanta Voice; Thelma Sardin, The Chicago Citizen Group; Christian Morrow, The Pittsburgh Courier; and The St. Louis American.
Pictured above are (from left) Karl Rodney, NNPA Foundation; Natalie Cole, Our Weekly; Thelma Sardin, The Chicago Citizen Group; Bernie Foster, The Skanner News; James Washington, The Dallas Weekly; Kenya Vaughn, St. Louis American; Larry Waters, MillerCoors; Janis Ware, The Atlanta Voice; Rod Doss, New Pittsburgh Courier; David Miller, Our Weekly; Larissa Tyler, The Chicago Citizen; Sonny Jiles, The Houston Defender; and Jeffrey Boney, Houston Forward Times.
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