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Published weekly on Thursday by the Telegram Newspaper Inc
General Office: 10748 W. Jefferson Ave
P.O. Box 29085
River Rouge, MI 48218
Office: 313-928-2955 Fax: 313-928-3014
History of the Telegram
The Telegram Newspaper was founded in 1944 and has been in continuous publication since that time. The late J. C. Wall, who passed away in July 1997, published it for over 50 years. Following J. C. Wall’s death, the Telegram continued to live on through the efforts of Mr. Ben Wade until May 2006.
In June 2006, the Telegram was purchased by Gina C. Wilson and has experienced exponential growth since that time. The Telegram’s content has doubled in size and its distribution has increased from three cities to now being distributed in over 13 cities.
Gina C. Steward and the Telegram staff have built relationships with local nonprofit organizations, community groups, city governments and local schools and universities to participate as Career Day Speakers, purchase school supplies and equipment, volunteer at Meals on Wheels and at local Food Pantries, host Food Drives and made donations to Goodfellows and local Farmer’s Market. They also partner with Downriver Delta CDC to maintain a community garden and host Farmers Markets.
The new look, content and diversified coverage of the news and events has helped to make the Telegram Newspaper the newspaper of choice for many in the Downriver community. At a time when many newspapers are having a difficult time, the Telegram Newspaper continues to experience a sense of growth. With the launch of the website, www.telegramnews.net, loyal readers across the country can opt to read the entire Telegram Newspaper online or receive a newspaper in the mail with a year’s subscription. In 2010, home delivery was instituted in our distribution area which has increased readership and brought back the ‘Paper Boy’.
The Telegram Newspaper received the Community Award from The Men’s Club of River Rouge in 2008, the Image Award for the city of Inkster in 2009, and certificate of recognition from Downriver Delta CDC in 2011 and many other awards from community groups. to edit this text.
Gina C. Steward
Telegram Publisher Gina Steward and Marketing Representative LaTasha Johnson
Shelby Jefferson Telegram Reporter, Cloves Campbell - NNPA Chairman and Gina Steward Telegram Publisher
Telegram Newspaper recognized
during NNPA 75th Annual Convention
By: Dominique Madden
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Conference was held in Detroit June 16-20. The NNPA consists of over 200 Black owned newspapers from across the country. Throughout the convention, NNPA’s President Ben Chavis and Chairman, Cloves Campbell (Co-Publisher of the Arizona Informant) reiterated the important role that the Black Press plays in the media role. The story of our history must be told and who better to tell it.
Guest luncheon speaker Henry Louis Gates spoke on the Great Migration and its connection to the automotive industry. He also displayed and educated the publishers in attendance about the role that African American took in this historic time period and the importance of having the history documented. Newspapers was one of the main venues used to get the information from Detroit to the south that Ford motor company was hiring.
During the President’s reception at the Charles Wright Museum, a coffee table book “Getting the Word Out” was unveiled that highlights African American Women Publishers. Gina Wilson Steward, publisher of the Telegram Newspaper is one of the publishers featured in the book. “It was an honor to be included in the book with so many dynamic women. I am considered a newby when it comes to newspaper publishers.” said Steward. Meeting these ladies and learning from them was a highlight of the week. I spent the remainder of the convention getting their autographs.” A book will be donated to the River Rouge Library in Wilson’s home town and one to the Ecorse Library where the Telegram was founded.
The Telegram was also honored with their first National award on Thursday evening. During the Merit Awards celebration, The Telegram Newspaper won 3rd Place for the W. A. Scott II Award for Best Use of Photos. “Competition was stiff in each category. ‘When they said, ‘Third Place goes to The Telegram News’ it took us by suprise. Then I said, “that’s us.” Steward said with a smile. What a honor. I’m sure this is the first of many awards to come for the Telegram.
This year the Telegram will celebrate its 71st year of keeping Detroit and the Downriver communities informed.