Redding News Review Targets Media Outlets,
Professionals in Outreach Campaign
Oct. 7, 2007,
10:20 p.m. -
a leading up-to-the-minute black news Web portal, has officially
launched a campaign aimed specifically at media professionals. The
importance of media ownership remains a major part of Redding News
Review's platform, but this latest effort seeks to own its place on
the bookmark lists and trusted sources amongst all media outlets
researching news within the black community for their newscasts,
radio and television talk shows, newspaper articles and internet blogs.
"I understand how important it is for a District-based journalist to
be plugged in to up-to-the-minute news via the Internet," said
Publisher Robert Redding Jr. "Redding News Review aims to help my
colleagues in the media stay informed."
The campaign consists of two services:
1. A daily email newsletter showcasing
some of Redding News Review's latest content.
2. An affiliate link sharing agreement.
"Often in the busy world of daily
journalism, there is little time for reporters to research issues
pertinent to the African American community," said Executive Editor
Marlene L. Johnson. "This is a bold venture which harkens back to
the likes of the late John H. Johnson, publisher of the Ebony
Magazine empire. Like Johnson, one has to have a unique vision, then
step out on faith and turn that vision into a reality."
That vision comes with a unique
strategy. The Web site is also targeting domestically based African
and Caribbean-American media. International Editor,
who is born of immigrants from both communities, says this is
"The African community is clearly demonstrating the importance of
media ownership through their television stations and news sites
Gaston said. "Nearly every study of U.S. Census data shows that
African immigrants are the most highly educated of all immigrant
Several domestically based African television networks have emerged
in recent years. MTV also has launched the
Tempo on Nov. 30, 2005, which currently reaches more than 20
Redding News Review aims to use that momentum to direct its readers
to more African and Caribbean-American owned media outlets.
"This new medium will
fill a vacuum, bringing together insights from the African American
and the African and Caribbean communities, thus providing readers
with a better world view on issues of the day that affect us all,"
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"News producers and editors should be
paying more attention to the communities that are telling their own
story when covering those regions," Gaston said. "We eventually plan on
extending this effort to Afro-Latinos."
The new affiliate list and newsletter is scheduled to launch Oct. 14.
Media professionals can subscribe to the newsletter or request to
by sending and email to
Redding News Review, which been nominated
"Best News Distributor Site" in the Second Annual Black Web Awards
competition, is a leading black news Web portal with up-to-the-minute
credible, competitive and consistent coverage. It has attracted more
than half a million readers a year. Founded in March 2002, Redding News
Review's editorial mission is to expose the partisan political nature of
government while bringing attention to black issues ignored or buried by
The site, which features links to both mainstream and black
publications, has been credited for influencing news coverage by Editor
& Publisher, Upscale magazine, Rolling Out, the Atlanta
Baltimore Sun and the Washington Times
newspapers. Its content is also heard on
XM Satellite Radio and has been
seen on the Fox News Channel.
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