The Washington Informer Newspaper is the leading African American and woman-owned media company serving the Nation’s Capital. Established in 1964, The Washington Informer reaches over 50,000 readers each week through our award-winning newspaper print edition; a weekly average of 20,500 unique visitors at, our award-winning website; 7,500 weekly subscribers through our weekly email newsletter, and potentially 300,000 viewers through our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

The Louisiana Weekly is a weekly newspaper founded during the civil rights era in 1925 as a portal by which African Americans could express and share news important to their communities, and as a means to combat racial injustice in New Orleans and beyond. Today, that legacy persists as we continue to serve the New Orleans Metro Area as well as state, national and international readers by bringing them stories of interest and concern to Blacks around the globe.

The Louisiana Weekly newspaper serves the entirety of Orleans Parish and also distributes in areas of Jefferson Parish, and we also have subscribers all over the U.S., as well as in parts of Europe, China and Africa.

A long history and a deep commitment to community

The Jervay Family history of publishing dates back to the late 1800’s, but our success here at The Carolinian can be largely attributed to our extended family. Over the years we have had the most amazing staff, contributors and support from our community. We have existed for 77 years because of the community that has embraced us as family.

When Paul R. Jervay, Sr. envisioned The Carolinian, he saw a newspaper that would eliminate the oppression of ignorance for a group of people that needed a resource. That need is as great in 2016 as it was in 1939. Today we have access to more information then we ever have, yet we know less and less about our history.

The Carolinian is the connection that keeps our present progressive and our past relevant.


The Atlanta Voice newspaper was founded by J. Lowell Ware in 1966 with a defined vision and mission which has been the publications’ motto and driving force ever since “A People Without A Voice Cannot Be Heard.”

The venerable, award-winning publication was born out of the refusal of the white-owned majority Atlanta media to give fair and credible coverage to the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. It was effectively and uniquely spearheaded by the legendary, and politically powerful, J. Lowell Ware, who when he died at age 63, had been responsible for publishing seven newspapers throughout the state of Georgia.

“The paper was started out of the Movement,” reports his daughter and current Atlanta Voice Publisher, Janis Ware, a dynamic and charismatic housing expert, businesswoman and community activist, who assumed the role and responsibility for fulfilling her father’s vision. She has fulfilled her father’s vision by continuing the tradition of the Atlanta Voice as the unchallenged leader; the foremost provider of news and pertinent information to Atlanta’s African American community. The Atlanta Voice is committed to providing substance and credibility in the community.

The Atlanta Voice has a unique history. It is a weekly, well-written publication that has been the undisputed leader in news reporting for the Atlanta African American community for the past 35 years.






The Washington Informer team is excited to be a part of the GM Chevrolet-NNPA Discover the Unexpected Journalism Program. We also view it as a privilege to work with students attending the historic Howard University in Washington, DC, America’s coolest city. The DTU program will provide interns with valuable work experience and a memorable opportunity to creatively tell untold stories through The Washington Informer. We extend our deep appreciation to General Motors and NNPA for including us.






I am excited that the Atlanta market and The Atlanta Voice specifically was selected by General Motors to participate in the Discover the Unexpected campaign. The DTU/NNPA Fellows Program is unique because it allows students an opportunity to experience first hand the field of journalism as it exists while providing an opportunity for the publishers to understand how best to communicate and relate to that generation.