By Lee Ragin, Editor
It was one-year ago to the day that the Voice news family was awakened early Wednesday, July 31, 2013 and summoned to the business office on Brockton Avenue in Downtown Riverside to the sight of fire trucks, fire investigators, and police as we helplessly watched the brave men and women of Riverside’s emergency services meticulously squelch the flames that destroyed our office.
Even through the tragedy of the fire and demolition of our office, the Voice continued to publish weekly and never missed a deadline. During this year we earned recognition from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, winning two awards for Best Column and Front Page. We also received three honorable mentions for General Excellence, Best Local Reporting, and Best Artistic Photo.
A few months after receiving the CNPA honor, we won two more awards from the National Newspaper Publishers Association for Best Editorial and Best Column.
In 2013, we introduced our weekly digital edition of the newspaper and added our digital subscription list to the distribution of the publication. With this new format of distributing news to the area, our subscription list began to grow immediately and with this growth, Publisher Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds added a weekly Rants and Raves as part of our ongoing coverage of issues, interests, and regional news.
We reached another milestone this year when we embarked on our annual Footsteps to Freedom Study Tour through the Black Voice Foundation with the largest group in our 17-year history. We partnered with the Moreno Valley Unified School District, San Bernardino Unified School District and welcomed the newest school district, Victorville Unified. This unique field study tour takes educators along the same route that enslaved Africans traveled in their flight for freedom beginning in Ohio and ending in Canada.
Through all of our accomplishments, achievements, and milestones, the Voice publication continues to grow as we have begun planning the re-branding of our parent company, Brown Publishing Company and strategic communications firm BPC MediaWorks, to be re-named Brown Creative Group. We are particularly excited that we will be offering our creative services to the Inland Empire’s small businesses, community based organizations and faith-based institutions.
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