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Redding News Review celebrates 15 years
By StaffNEW YORK, March 20, 2017, Noon - ReddingNewsReview.com, the web's oldest black news portal and first successful black news-focused subscription Web site, enters its 15th year of service with a lauded international CoverGirl exclusive.
Redding News Review Editor & Publisher Robert "Rob" Redding Jr. said the site continued to gain even more international attention with it's explosive investigative report revealing that there were additional racist posts by CoverGirl's male spokesman James Charles. Charles had been under fire for saying that Africa was still suffering from Ebola.
"Our exclusive means that our site is just as relevant as it was 15 years ago when we started," Redding said from the companies new New York City office.
Redding wrote the exclusive which details slurs against black women, Mexicans and Indians after moving to New York last fall. The story rose to gain international attention when he was credited for his reporting by The United Kingdom's Metro newspaper.
"When you get that level of coverage on an item that many of my peers in the domestic press just don't want to give you credit for it lets you know that its them just not wanting to give you said credit and you not deserving said credit."
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Lately the web site's largest exclusives have been acknowledged by the international press and not those residing in America. The site had one of its biggest stories while being headquartered in Brussels in 2013. The web site's report about Stromae comments about racism being a fake problem was picked up by French network RTBF.
Still, in the past domestic exclusives may have seemed easier to get recognized.
In 2011, the site broke news that President Obama's White House tried to save the life of Troy Davis. The White House commented on the report, along with the Huffington Post, Politico and BET.
In 2008, the Web site - which has been called "an Internet clearinghouse for African-American news," by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution - was the first to report former Mayor and Ambassador Andrew Young's comments on Senator Barack Obama not being ready to be president. The site has also been called the "vanguard of Internet news sites" by AllAccess.com writer Perry Michael Simon.
In 2007, the Web site was credited by Editor & Publisher for breaking news of the harassment of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts by a white supremacist group. The Web site has also been recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists for its Hurricane Katrina coverage.
In December 2004, the site's breaking news coverage prompted Brian Williams, NBC News anchor and managing editor, to apologize for saying there are "bigger problems" than newsroom diversity. The Web site's coverage also spurred NBC News President Neal Shapiro to vow to redouble the company's minority hiring efforts.
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The Web site's parent company Redding Communications, Inc. (RCI) has catapulted Redding News Review to new, independent heights when compared to its humble start in a tiny 3-by-10-foot closet in Atlanta in 2002.
Redding started the groundbreaking black news site started as X-Political.com in 1999 and renamed Redding News Review on March 25, 2002 to complement his talk radio program while at WAOK-AM in Atlanta.
Today, Redding manages the site's from his Brooklyn office. Modest considering the site has won an Associated Press award for Internet news and a coveted ADDY award. The Web site has also been considered a leader in news aggregation, due to winning numerous awards in the area. It won Black Web Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Finally, it continues to lead the Internet by becoming the first black subscriber-supported Web site on Oct. 19, 2013. The move means all of its exclusives are still public, all information about the Web site and radio show of the same name are also public and some top news headlines are public. However, only Web site subscribers can view hundreds of up-to-the-minute researched headlines.
"You have to have a sharp eye for news and have excellent news judgment," he said. "The international recognition that we continue to receive proves we have what it takes to continue to compete with the big kids on the block."
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