The Los Angeles Standard Newspaper was recognized for their Juneteenth coverage.
By Megan Reed
At the conclusion of the first ever California Ethnic Media Symposium, Expo, and Awards in Sacramento, Ethnic Media Services recognized newspapers in several categories, including breaking news, editorials, feature writing, investigative reporting, photography, web design, and social media.
The Los Angeles Standard Newspaper was recognized with the Outstanding Photo-Essays award for covering Juneteenth events in Los Angeles. The photographs showcased the Afrocentric festivals and celebrations that have attracted thousands of Black people in and around the Los Angeles area.
This award is very meaningful to Los Angeles Standard Newspaper Owner and Publisher Jason Lewis.
“This award is extremely important because when I launched this newspaper, one of the emphases was on good photography work,” he said. “My theory is that big, good, engaging pictures is going to suck people into reading the story, opposed to having a page that has a sea of text, because words on their own are not visually appealing. This is also important to the Standard because we have the Los Angeles Standard Newspaper Camera Club, which is a free club to local community members. We also teach photography classes to youth. So being recognized in this category is extremely important to us.”
While the majority of the photographs that appear in the Standard are taken by Jason Lewis, there are other local photographers whose outstanding work has appeared in the Standard. Those photographers include Jeff Lewis, Leroy Hamilton, Zay Monae, Karim Saafir, Jevone Moore, and Delaney George, to name a few.
The LA Standard would like to thank Ethnic Media Services for this recognition, and also California Black Media for linking Black publications with Ethnic Media Services.