Julian Mark, a staff writer with Mission Local, has been named the outstanding emerging journalist for 2020 by Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. He started as a freelancer for the publication in 2015 and became a full-time reporter in 2017. The Patch outlet in San Francisco carried the story written by Mission Local founder and executive editor Lydia Chávez, and she called Mark “a marvel to have at the office.” Managing editor Joe Eskenazi invoked a gruffly traditional phrase in saying Mark is “just a hell of a reporter.” Congratulations!
Black Voice News publisher Paulette Brown-Hinds was the featured subject of a story about the renaissance of the Black press, appearing on the Report for America website. “With the conversation about Black inequality, there is an interest and support and an acknowledgement of our value to the community. The larger community is recognizing us. We have always had the support of our communities and we have always been doing the work — some of us for decades, some of us for centuries.”