Dear HRBMP Member,

We will soon host the virtual opening of the new Byron Burney Community Journalism Academy.  Our online launch will take place on Wednesday, August 19th at 7p on Zoom.  So, please mark your calendars. We are asking all attendees to register through Eventbrite.

 A little about the Academy.  One of the missions of Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals is to train and educate future journalists and media professionals. So, when Hampton’s Y.H. Thomas Community Center offered us space in their  facility for journalism training we jumped at the opportunity.  But who could have predicted that a pandemic would have swept the nation, limiting the size of gatherings and keeping us from occupying Academy space.  Thus, the virtual launch.  One thing this pandemic has taught us is we don’t have to all be in the same space to tell great stories.  So, we’re moving ahead with our training workshops – virtually!  Our first session will follow the online dedication on August 19th.

What’s in a name?  We decided to name the Academy in memory of a beloved HRBMP Past President, Byron Burney, who passed earlier this year.  Byron’s dedication to the art of great story telling was an inspiration. He will always be remembered for caring about his community and the people in it.  And it is with his spirit of tenacity that we begin this new journey and grow this Academy.

If you’ve been thinking, how can I make my community a better place?  What can I do in the midst of this pandemic and period of racial unrest? Consider becoming an individual or corporate sponsor of the Academy. Your generosity will allow us to equip the journalists of tomorrow with the tools and resources needed to share their stories and the stories of this region with the nation and the world!  

Individual Academy gifts start at $50 and Corporate Sponsorships at $1,000, but donations of any amount are appreciated. For more information, please visit the Academy page on the HRBMP website.  HRBMP is a nonprofit, (501C-3) and your donations are tax deductible. 

Thank you for your consideration and hope to see you on the 19th!

Lisa Godley

HRBMP President