Florida Courier wins more awards for writing, photos



Continuing its award-winning ways in 10 years as a statewide newspaper, the Florida Courier has racked up three awards from the Florida Press Association’s annual Better Weekly Newspaper Contest.

160729_front02Publisher Charles W. Cherry II won in the Serious Column (Sally Latham Memorial Award) category for his “Random Thoughts of a Free Black Mind, v. 263” column evaluating Sandra Bland’s “death by cop.”

Senior Editor Jenise Morgan won in the Education Reporting category for her multiple articles profiling Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison Jackson.

Photojournalist Duane Fernandez Sr. won in the Photo Series in One Issue for pictures shot for his first-person story entitled, “Capturing harmony and hate in South Carolina.”

The FPA awards will be presented on Sept. 16 during the News Industry Summit of the Florida Press Association, the Florida Society of News Editors, and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota.

The Florida Press Association includes all of the Florida’s daily newspapers and many of the state’s weekly newspapers in its membership. The Florida Courier competed in categories for newspapers with circulations of 15,000 or more.

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 from the Florida Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Poynter Center, and the National Association of Black Journalists for its work since its statewide launch in 2006.



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