By Doni Glover, Publisher
(BALTIMORE – November 13, 2023) – In 1999, after contributing to various publications for several years, I made the decision to establish my own news outlet, starting with the North Avenue Review. After six editions, the magnitude of the endeavor became evident. I extend my admiration to the Black legacy newspapers and others who tirelessly uphold the journalistic torch.
Seeking a more manageable approach, I launched SandtownLive.com, recognizing the advantages of a digital platform. Following some iterations, BMORENews.com emerged.
While BMORENews.com is considered a digital native, newspapers globally are wisely transitioning to digital operations, as more adults turn to online sources for news. The high costs of printing and distribution have led to a reduction in the number of printed copies, resulting in job losses. According to the New York Times, America has witnessed the loss of 2,500 newspapers during the era of digitalization, averaging about two newspapers per week.
Though not surprising, this news underscores the importance of preserving the legacy of the Black Press. As an increasing number of Black news sites emerge, it remains crucial for this publication to consistently advocate for Black communities. While the issues have evolved, the struggle remains just as real.
I want to take a moment to acknowledge the early pioneers such as John Russwurm, Samuel Cornish, Frederick Douglass, and Ida B. Wells, along with Ethel Payne, the “First Lady of the Black Press,” and Harry McAlpin. These figures, alongside other Black journalists like John Murphy of the Afro, have been the voice for over 40 million Black people in America. This 196-year tradition is not only alive but thriving, especially with your support.
I urge you to continue supporting BMORENews and other Black Press outlets nationwide. These platforms provide our community with essential news and information delivered in a humanistic manner often absent in mainstream media. Support the Black Press!