Hello HRBMP Family!

In person meetings and events are in full effect! For those of you who weren’t able to attend our 40 th Anniversary Celebration and Luncheon at NSU, you missed an amazing event. It was an absolutely fabulous afternoon! A few weeks later, we were planning HRBMP’s Holiday Soiree at Roger Brown’s. The winter edition of “Stay Tuned” is packed with photos and highlights. If you attended either event, you just might see yourself!

As a way of showing our love, we’ll be hosting a Membership Drive throughout the month of February. Professional Memberships (for full-time media professionals) will drop from $50 to $40. Associate Memberships for those working in the media part-time is reduced from $25 to $20 and Student Memberships have been lowered from $15 to $10.

Our first members meeting of the new year was held on February 2 nd at Fort Monroe. The evening started with a tour of the museum, followed by a meeting where members engaged in a robust dialogue surrounding the death of Tyre Nichols. The evening ended with a social gathering at Hampton’s 1865 Brewing Co. If you’re not reading your HRBMP emails, you’re missing a lot!

Our mission to support the career development of media professionals and serve as mentors to students interested in media-related fields continues! A few weeks ago, we took the Byron Burney Community Journalism Academy (BBCJA) on the road! Our first stop for the new year was Norfolk State University where 13 News Anchor Janet Roach shared her expertise with a
room full of students about ‘How to Ask Tough Questions.’ This was followed by the students forming a ‘press gaggle’ and throwing some pretty tough questions at our Kanye impersonator!

For any of you interested in becoming a mentor for the Journalism Academy, please reach out to Academy Superintendent Woube Gebre at: Realtoreel32@gmail.com or Vice Superintendent Marie Bullock at: bbcjasupt@gmail.com.

Our next Academy session will be Wednesday, February 15 at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard Auditorium at 7p, then we’ll be back at NSU in March!

Also, HRBMP’s scholarship applications go out this month. If you know a graduating high school senior or a college student studying or planning to go into a media-related field please encourage them to apply!

If you have an idea for a fundraising event or know of upcoming community events that align with HRBMP’s mission or just have an idea for a fun outing please reach out to me: godleyproducer@gmail.com.

Can’t wait to see you in person!

Lisa Godley
HRBMP President