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What Is The State Of Black Newspapers?

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The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America, holds its annual convention in Portland this week. Two local newspapers, The Portland Observer and The Skanner, are members of the 200-paper association, and are playing hosts to the organization while it’s in town.

As newspapers across the country shrink in size, the conference will focus on the state of black community newspapers in the U.S. and in Portland. The NNPA papers reach a combined audience of 15 million people.

Mark Washington, who took over as publisher of The Portland Observer after his brother Charles passed away in 2012, says the conference has been really helpful so far. “The newspaper business is not new to me,” he said. “But being a publisher is. I’m still adjusting to it, figuring out how to make things work.”

Do you read The Portland Observer and The Skanner? What do you get from these publications that you can’t get anywhere else?

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