Dear HRBMP Members:
While our ability to meet in large groups has been halted due to COVID-19, it has not hampered our desire to serve you and the Hampton Roads Community. The new Byron Burney Community Journalism Academy just completed its’ fourth month of operation. We’ve begun partnerships with schools across the region and anticipate the number of students involved to more than triple by our next session, slated for Wednesday,
January 20th at 7p on Zoom.

If you have a background in animation, we have several mentee’s interested in this field of study and could use your help. We also welcome any of our members who specialize in film, videography, poetry, social media, print or broadcast journalism to participate and share your talents for one hour, once a month with our academy participants.

HRBMP is growing. As a result, we’ve added several volunteer positions to our roster including: a Media Watch Chair who would guide the Media Watch Committee. Phyllis Terrell will chair this committee. The committee’s key responsibilities include: monitoring Black people and how other minority groups are portrayed in the media and keeping a watchful eye on hiring practices when it comes to promoting or hiring people of color to managerial roles at our local media outlets. We also now have a Superintendent for the Academy. Marie Bullock will be responsible for making sure our mentees and mentors stay connected, assignments are clear and delivered on time and participants are paired with the best mentor for their area of interest. Shantel Davis will step in for Marie and Chair the Professional Development Committee.

If you’re interested in serving as a mentor for the Academy or on the Media Watch or Professional Development Committee – please reach out at

We are also in the process of planning a virtual raffle for February 2021. If you’d like to serve on the planning committee for this event
or just have great ideas for securing prizes, please reach out to
Fundraising Chair, Grace Douglas at

Have something you’d like to share with the membership? Our spring newsletter will launch in March. If you’d like to contribute to this important project, please contact Media Relations Chair Kanitra Hatton at Your special share can also be announced during our monthlyHRBMP members meeting. To ensure it’s highlighted, reach out to Corresponding Secretary, Sheryl Jeffries at at least 48 hours prior to the meeting date.

As always, if you have yet to select a committee to serve on, please do so. Our success as an organization relies heavily on your
dedication to our mission! Please see the Committees and their Chairs.

You can also reach us at:  Please include in your email, the name of the committee you’re interested in, your email address, phone number and the best time to contact you.
Our next monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 28th at 7p on Zoom.  
Thank you for your dedication to and support of HRBMP!


Lisa Godley
HRBMP President