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 Chicago Defender is multi-media content provider of news, information and events that cover the interests of the urban African American community with culturally relevant content not regularly serviced by mainstream media. Founded in 1905,The Chicago Defender celebrated its 115th Anniversary in 2020 and the evolution being recognized nationally as the 2nd most widely read and best African-American Newspaper by Nielson and Essence Survey 2014.In July 2019, The Chicago Defender transitioned from a printed newspaper into a digitally-focused content platform dedicated to online editorial, premiere events, custom publishing and archival merchandising. Every day, we distribute news and information via multiple platforms.

Leaders and readers nation-wide look to the Chicago Defender to stay informed about issues that impact their lives. As the voice of the community for more than eleven decades, we take great pride in having access to the grassroots community as well as connections and established relationships with influencers and opinion leaders. We stay abreast of the pulse of the neighborhoods. Our readers trust us. They trust that The Chicago Defender will portray the good news and the bad in a fair and balanced manner.

The Houston Forward Times was founded in January 1960, under the leadership of the late founder and publisher, Julius P. Carter.  Lenora “Doll” Carter was the wife and successor of Julius P. Carter. In 1971, at the tender age of 29, she became the CEO, managing editor and publisher of the Forward Times, until her untimely passing in 2010. Today, their daughter, Karen Carter Richards serves as CEO and Publisher of the Houston Forward Times, which serves as the South’s largest Black-owned and independently published newspaper.

Karen has creatively expanded the mission of the Houston Forward Times and has continued her family’s publishing legacy to ensure that it remains the strongest information vehicle and most trusted voice for African Americans in the city of Houston and throughout the southern region.  The Houston Forward Times is also a paid circulation that is distributed throughout the Greater Houston area, as well as a subscriber-based publication that is unmatched by any other community-based newspapers in the region.

The Houston Forward Times has been the recipient of various local and national awards for journalistic and digital excellence, including best graphic designs, layout, and editorial excellence.

The Dallas Examiner is the leading African American Newspaper in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We have been the voice of the Black community since 1986. Our weekly newspaper features an in depth look at issues that affect you and your community.

The Dallas Examiner distributes a new issue every Thursday – 52 weeks/year.

The Los Angeles Sentinel is an African American owned and operated newspaper that puts emphasis on issues concerning the African American community and its readers. It’s a highly regarded paper that significantly influences the perceptions, attitudes and buying decisions of its readership.

The paper was established in 1933 by Col Leon H. Washington. Mrs Ruth Washington, the wife of Col Washington, remained the publisher until her death in 1990. Attorney Kenneth R Thomas (President/CEO 1990-1997), and his wife, Jennifer Thomas (President/CEO 1997-2004), purchased the newspaper in 1983 and remained the owners until 2004, when it was purchased by Danny J Bakewell, a well known and successful real estate developer, businessman, and philanthropist. Mr. Bakewell Sr. became the executive publisher, chairman and chief executive officer in March 2004.

Over its existence of more than 70 years, the Sentinel has been awarded hundreds of professional and community service awards, and has been received as a member of all the nationally recognized Newspaper publishing organizations. The Sentinel is a member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation, The National Newspaper Association, The National Newspaper Publishers Association, and The California Newspaper Publishers Association to name a few.

The Sentinel is published weekly on Thursdays and boasts a readership of over 125,000. Like a weekly magazine, The Sentinel stays in the home from week to week and is the largest paid African American owned newspaper in the West, having a paid ABC audited circulation.






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.






The Houston Forward Times is extremely honored to have been selected by General Motors to be a part of their exciting Discover the Unexpected campaign, where we get the opportunity to work with students who have an interest in telling our stories and impacting our community.  Houston is an extremely unique city, full of diversity from all walks of life, and we are looking forward to working with the interns who will be a part of the Discover the Unexpected NNPA Fellowship program and providing them with rewarding work experience in the area of journalism. Once again, we thank General Motors for choosing the Houston Forward Times and other NNPA publishers to be a part of this outstanding program.






The Chicago Defender is the flagship publication of Real Times Inc., a media company that also includes among its holdings the Michigan Chronicle, the Front Page, the New Pittsburgh Courier, and the Tri-State Defender. One hundred and four years later, the Chicago Defender won the prestigious John B. Russwurm Award during 2009’s National Newspaper Publishers Association Merit Awards Gala, along with two first place and two third place awards, including the John H. Sengstacke General Excellence Award..



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