Now published by Denise Rolark Barnes, The Washington Informer Newspaper Co. Inc. is a multimedia organization founded in 1964, by her father Dr. Calvin Rolark, to highlight positive images of African Americans. For more than 50 years, The Informer has continued to report positive news that strives to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, and INFORM.

The Informer serves metropolitan Washington D.C., and now reaches over 50,000 readers each week through their award-winning newspaper print edition; a weekly average of 50,000 sessions through their award-winning website; 7,500 weekly subscribers through their weekly email newsletter, and growing numbers on social media. 

“My father wanted a newspaper that would challenge institutions that would not open their doors of opportunities to blacks, including the local media.” Rolark Barnes said.


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

The 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. Under her leadership, The Atlanta Voice continues to be the unchallenged leader and the foremost provider of news and pertinent information to Atlanta’s African American community.

The Carolinian was founded in 1939 by Paul R. Jervay, Sr. His pioneering spirit has led to service of the Triangle’s African American community for more than 77 years.

In the 1960’s, The Carolinian was the first business in the Triangle to purchase a web printing press. That type of forward thinking led to an expansion and growth of black businesses by giving people a means to promote themselves in print. Today’s market requires the same type of ingenuity to promote expansion and growth for minority businesses. The Carolinian, and its parent company The Jervay Agency, continues to promote and to be a catalyst for progress.

The Jervay Family history of publishing dates back to the late 1800’s and The Carolinian attributes their continued success and growth to strong Jervay family leadership and community support.


Founded in 1925 by Orlando Capitola Ward Taylor and Constant C. Dejoie Sr., The Louisiana Weekly is one of the oldest African-American newspaper in circulation. Their vision was to create a newspaper dedicated to the enlightenment and empowerment of people of color. The newspaper focused on topics that they felt were not getting the attention it deserved.

The Dejoie family was one of the most prominent black families in New Orleans. C.C. Dejoie helped establish the newspaper with a $2,000 investment and used his business contacts to help spread the paper throughout the city.

For 80 years The Louisiana Weekly has articulated the interests of Louisiana’s African-American community. They are proud of their longevity, and believe that their publication has been a valuable resource to the community.

Today, their reporting and commentary focuses on issues of particular concern to their readers, issues of social justice including education, the environment, politics and protest, as well as profiles of people within our community who are setting extraordinary examples with their lives and work.






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.






We’re looking forward to this experience. The DTU fellows can expect to get practical journalism experience that will complement the lessons learned in the classroom.






The Carolinian is so excited to be a part of the DTU program this year. We look forward to a collaboration between the generations of journalists here and the next generation that will be coming. It will be a great learning experience for us all.