The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Foundation recently held their annual Black Press Week in the nation’s capital and the theme of this year’s event was "Access to Economic Opportunity," which was a recurring point of discussion throughout the entire week.
Throughout the past 74 years, the NNPA has gone to Washington, D.C. to convene and meet with key policy and decision makers in the city, as well as hold meaningful dialogue about issues that impact the way African American newspapers communicate with their respective communities. This year was no exception.
One of the highlights of the week was an announcement made during the Torch Awards ceremony on Thursday evening, when NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell announced that the NNPA had agreed to enter into a formal partnership with the founders of MJWJ Global Talk Radio Network.
MJWJ Global Radio Network is a 24-hour, 7 day a week - "first of its kind" broadcast-programmed, global Urban-talk, Internet radio network that provides a forum for engaging in live discussions between people of all ages, social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. MJWJ Global Radio Network was developed as a vehicle to improve access to global information, entertainment and events of importance that contribute to the health and social wealth of our local, national, and international communities. The MJWJ Global Radio Network Founders are: Dr. John Stanford, Jr., President; Wash Allen, Vice President of Programming; Judy Foston, Vice President of Communications; and Michael McCall, Vice President of Operations.
The partnership between the NNPA and MJWJ is the culmination of nearly six months of collaboration, whereby NNPA member newspapers began sharing their publication’s stories on the "Real Talk with Jeffrey L. Boney" radio program once a week, in addition to sharing critical information and stories that were unique to their respective communities on the radio network.
Historically, most talk radio stations already use newspaper content on the air, and through this partnership, it will be clear to MJWJ Global Talk Radio listeners that the stories that they are hearing were first reported by an NNPA member newspaper, where applicable. In today’s environment, the ability to deliver quality journalism and information to African Americans via community newspapers and community journalists, are important ways to ensure that key information is getting to this important demographic by any means necessary.
MJWJ radio personality and Houston Forward Times Associate Editor Jeffrey L. Boney did his show, "Real Talk with Jeffrey L. Boney" from Washington, D.C. during Black Press Week and had guests on the show including NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell; Wilmington Journal Publisher Mary Alice Thatch; NNPA News Service Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry; James Belt III, Dallas Examiner; Former NAACP Executive Director Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr.; and many more.
The NNPA held several memorable activities, including a White House briefing on the "My Brother’s Keeper" initiative; the Torch Awards that honored Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt and Newsmakers of the Year Awards honoring the parents of slain Chicago Teen Hadiya Pendleton and the parents of slain Florida teen Jordan Davis; the State of the Black Press Luncheon at the National Press Club; a visit to the Republican National Committee headquarters; the enshrinement ceremony of two powerful publishers into the Black Press Hall of Fame at Howard University; and much more.
The power of the Black press continues with the NNPA and their new partnership with the MJWJ Global Talk Radio network family.