Courier wins best front-page honor from Florida Press Association


The Florida Courier placed third for best front pages in the Florida Press Association’s annual Better Weekly Newspaper Contest.

150731_front02The Courier staff was the third-place winner in the Front Page Makeup category in Division A, which is for newspapers with circulations of 15,000 or more. The first-place winner was the Sarasota Observer; the East County Observer, also based in Sarasota, was second.

The contest awards, which were for the best work of 2014, were presented on July 24 at The Westin Lake Mary during the Florida Press Association/Florida Society of News Editors annual convention.

The recognition is the latest in a number of state and national awards and recognition that the Florida Courier, Florida’s largest Black-owned newspaper, has won every year from either the  Florida Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Poynter Institute, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, or the National Association of Black Journalists for its work since its statewide launch in 2006.

Angela van Emmerik, a veteran  presentation and design editor, is the Courier’s creative director.

“As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘Praise is like Vitamin A to the ego, even when you don’t deserve it and even if you don’t believe it,’” Cherry exclaimed. “Angela’s award is well-deserved, and we’re very happy that the Florida Press Association recognized her talent. We can depend on her to showcase the hard work of our staff every week. Her graphic design makes readers immediately want to plunge into reading both the Florida Courier and the Daytona Times.

“Winning anything always feels good, and publishing two weekly newspapers is a successful collaborative effort involving writers, editors, photographers, designers, printers, distributors, sales staff, the back office and ownership.  Everyone on our team shares this award.”

The Florida Press Association includes all of the Florida’s daily newspapers and many of the state’s weekly newspapers in its membership.


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