CHICAGO, May 9 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE / — Extra Bilingual Newspaper (http://www.extranews.net) won the most awards out of any newspapers in Chicago and received two 2008 Jose Marti silver awards in the National Association of Hispanic Publications 23rd annual conference. One award was for Best Health Section, and the second for Best Hispanic Success Story, “Magazine Helps Ex-Gang Member Help Himself, Others,” written by Jessica Del Curto, former managing editor at Extra.
More than 500 entries from dailies, weeklies, bi-weeklies and monthlies were submitted to the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). A panel of 12 judges selected gold, silver and bronze awards for categories of General Excellence, Outstanding Sections, Written Word, Design, Photos, Cartoons and Marketing.
Abel Arciniega, Extra Bilingual Newspaper’s design director and photographer, won a 2008 American Inhouse Design Award, presented by Graphic Design USA.
Arciniega’s winning submission, “Los Bellos Colores de México,” (The beautiful colors of México) was the front page of Extra Newspaper’s 2007 Mexican Independence Day Edition, in which he created the Mexican flag using miniature limes and chiles.
“There are so many aspects to the Latino culture – food, music, religion. I get a lot of ideas from my mom, small things I see her doing around the house, or from my dad. There is so much inspiration all over, not just from my family but from la raza in general,” commented Arciniega.
GDUSA, a monthly magazine for graphic design professionals received a record breaking 5,500 entries, with a little over 10 percent being honored with an embossed award certificate. The annual awards were created for design, marketing and communications departments to be recognized for their creativity and contribution to their businesses and institutions.
Extra Bilingual Newspaper is an award-winning community newspaper. With a current circulation of over 67,500, the newspaper is published weekly and free to the public. The family-owned newspaper was founded in 1980 and was one of the first bilingual (Spanish and English) newspapers in America. Extra is the voice of the Latino community targeting first, second and third generation Latinos. Its editorial content focuses on neighborhoods and local news important to the Latino communities as well as information on education, health, entertainment, and financial literacy.