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Black journalists honor NorthStar publisher as 'Entrepreneur of the Year'
(July 3, 2012) The National Association of Black Journalists has named Frederick H. Lowe its 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year. Lowe is a 1972 University of Washington journalism graduate and the founder and editor of The NorthStar News & Analysis, a leading online weekly newspaper for black men.
Lowe received the Ray Taliaferro NABJ Spirit Award during NABJ's opening ceremony at the organization's 2012 annual convention in New Orleans. The Ray Taliaferro Award is a $5,000 grant given annually to one recipient in recognition for the introduction of or significant innovation to a new or existing media enterprise.
Lowe founded the online version of The NorthStar News & Analysis six years ago to report on issues affecting black men, including politics, health care, education and wrongful convictions. He developed the concept to address a gap in the media, which characteristically under reports issues of relevance to black men and, worse, which promotes negative and destructive stereotypes of them.
While other leading online sites targeting the African-American community emphasize celebrity and entertainment news, Lowe's The NorthStar News & Analysis has maintained an unabashed commitment to timely, thought-provoking stories that present an authentic image of black men and are also of interest to African-American women and others.
Lowe has reported about black men incarcerated for crimes they did not commit, detailing how some of the men died in prison and were pardoned or exonerated after their deaths. He has also reported the plight of some wrongfully convicted men who served prison sentences of 30 years or more, only to die a few years after their sentences were overturned, having lost the most productive years of their lives.
The NorthStar News & Analysis maintains a thoughtful point of view while seeking to uncover truth, correct distortions and expose injustices. NorthStar is positive in its approach, upholds high values for itself and others and seeks to tell positive stories about African Americans who are often overlooked by the general news media.
The recognition from NABJ comes at an important developmental juncture for Lowe, as The NorthStar News & Analysis begins a summer-fall fundraising drive, soliciting contributions from foundations and individuals, introducing itself and its mission to potential advertisers.
Those seeking to learn more about the fundraising drive and The NorthStar News & Analysis are encouraged to contact Barry Cooper, NorthStar's Director of Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit the site at thenorthstarnews.com.
The NorthStar News & Analysis is based in Chicago and boasts a diverse readership of educated professionals from across the country and from several foreign countries.
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