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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Village Voice 'Best Of' Awards Honor Norwood News

We just heard (thank you, Boogiedowners) that the Norwood News was featured in the "Best Of..." Awards in the Village Voice in this week's issue. They call it the "Best Little Newspaper that Beats the Odds."

We're obviously very excited about this this recognition and and we thank the Voice for the honor.

The Norwood News, a nonprofit bi-weekly newspaper founded by Mosholu Preservation Corporation (an affilate of Montefiore Medical Center) in 1988 couldn't exist without its readers, its advertisers, and the many, many people who make publishing it possible -- all the staff here at MPC, our talented team of reporting interns, and a bevy of free-lancers who sell advertising, take photos and write stories, proofread, and deliver the paper. Of course, Alex Kratz, the paper's managing editor, who's responsible for most of the day-to-day management of the paper, deserves special credit.

The Norwood News is one of the oldest -- if not the oldest -- nonprofit community papers in the country. There are now six nonprofit papers in the Bronx! In addition to the Norwood News and the two others published by the Bronx News Network -- the Mount Hope Monitor and the Tremont Tribune -- Bernard Stein, the former editor of the Riverdale Press, publishes the Hunts Point Express and the Mott Haven Herald with his Hunter and CUNY J-School students.

(One minor correction to the Voice write-up. The Bronx News Network does not publish the Highbridge Horizon, which was published until this past summer by Highbridge Community Life Center. Sadly, they ran out of funding and had to suspend publication. We're trying -- along with Buddy Stein -- to find a way to revive it.)

Again, thanks to the Voice, and we are grateful to all of you who read, write, comment and support the newspaper in various ways. A good community newspaper requires an engaged community, and, as we say at the top of this blog, '...Every neighborhood needs a voice!' Without your voice there'd be no Norwood News and no Bronx News Network. So keep raising it!

-Jordan Moss

p.s. I'd be remiss in my duties as editor of Norwood News and executive editor of Bronx News Network if I didn't use this opportunity to mention that, to continue publishing solid community newspapers in communities that don't have them, we need your support. Just click on the donate button at the top right hand side of the blog. We'll be grateful for any contribution you can afford.


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