Washington, DC (August 2015) — The National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPAF), the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that manages charitable, educational and literary activities that promote high standards in ethnic media, recently elected four new officers to its board of directors Executive Committee.
At the organization’s recent strategic planning retreat in Miami, Florida, newly elected board chair, Al McFarlane of McFarlane Media Interests, Inc., and Insight News (Minneapolis, MN) expressed his commitment to make the foundation a formidable force in its industry by executing what he calls his ‘seven big ideas’:
- A capital campaign for NNPA Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C. making it a center for media integration and digital technology, and global black press communications hub
- Mobilizing Black newspapers in the US, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and Europe around a common vision
- Creating strategic alliances with Latino, Asian, indigenous and progressive media around shared values.
- Creating value for NNPA member newspapers and the communities we serve
- Demonstrating stewardship for the future of the Black Press by supporting education, training for young journalists, and by creating and identifying in-service training for Black Press professionals.
- Promoting health and fitness as a marketing platform and quality of life priority, and
- Promoting wealth creation, entrepreneurship and job creation
The Foundation Board also elected:
Dr. Larry Kaggwa, as Vice Chair. Dr. Kaggwa is the publisher of District Chronicles (Washington, DC) and professor of the School of Communications at Howard University (retired).
Cloves C. Campbell, Jr. as Secretary. Campbell is publisher of the Arizona Informant and former NNPA Chair.
Rosetta Perry, as the Treasurer. Perry is publisher of the Tennessee Tribune and author of, Getting the Word Out: African-American Women Publishers.
Serving on the Foundation Board of Directors are: Mollie Finch Belt, publisher of the Dallas Examiner, Denise Rolark Barnes, NNPA Chair and publisher of the Washington Informer, Karen Carter Richards, NNPA 1st Vice Chair and publisher of the Houston Forward Times, Francis Page, Jr., NNPA 2nd Vice Chair and publisher of Houston Style Magazine, Shannon Williams, NNPA Secretary, and publisher of the Indianapolis Recorder, and Janis L. Ware, NNPA Treasurer, and publisher of the Atlanta Voice.
For more than 20 years, the NNPA Foundation has provided Black journalists and Black newspapers with professional development and training opportunities, has recognized and celebrated excellence in journalism and provided access to resources. Additionally, the Foundation manages a scholarship program, an internship program, an awards recognition event and other projects and initiatives.
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is the trade association for the more than 200 African American-owned community newspapers across the United States, delivering news, information and commentary to more than 20 million people each week. Since its founding 75 years ago, NNPA has consistently been the voice of the Back community by reporting news that makes history and impacts our country.