The National Association of Black Journalists last month awarded New Times staff writer Jacob Bernstein second place in the features category for small newspapers. Bernstein's winning story, "Black in Blue" (November 1997), described the travails of five young men who became Miami's first black police officers in 1944.
NABJ co-chairwoman of awards Sydney Trent says the organization, which was founded in 1976 and is the nation's only black journalists' association, draws hundreds of entries in its annual competition for print and broadcast journalists.
First place in the 150,000-and-under-circulation features category this year went to Shaila Dewan of the Houston Press for her story, "The Art of Darkness." The Houston Press, like New Times, is owned by New Times, Inc.