Best Little Newspaper That Beats the Odds (2009)

Norwood News

Someone forgot to tell the plucky publishers of Norwood News that the days of newspapers are over. For that matter, in the northwest Bronx—where this little tell-it-like-it-is biweekly paper is based—the days of newspapers never really began. Until Norwood News was launched back in 1988, New York's dailies didn't bother to send too many reporters to cover the rapidly changing neighborhoods of Norwood, Bedford Park, North Fordham, and University Heights—which is why a local community nonprofit, the Mosholu Preservation Corporation, in league with Montefiore Medical Center, decided it would publish its own paper. Since then, local residents have had access to some of the finest and most clear-eyed reporting on local politics and events anywhere in the borough. And while other papers shrank, the News has continued to grow: Editor Jordan Moss has since added two other papers—The Mount Hope Monitor and Highbridge Horizon—along with the Bronx News Network. It's all done on a shoestring, but you wouldn't know it from the way it has covered local issues like the bitter wrestling match over the future of the cavernous Kingsbridge Armory.

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