What is HRBMP?

 

Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, Inc. has been a highly respected non-profit presence in the community for nearly 35 years.  The organization is comprised of TV reporters, print reporters, editors, news photographers, mass communications/journalism educators, graphic artists, public relations professionals, freelancers, marketing and advertising professionals, media managers, social media practitioners, digital journalists, internet content developers, students and corporate partners.  Membership includes professionals and students throughout Hampton Roads, Richmond, VA and Northeastern, NC.  Its expanded membership also includes alumni and affiliate members located throughout the U.S.

HRBMP History

Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, Inc. (HRBMP) was founded in 1982 as Tidewater Media Professionals (TMP). James Wright, widely recognized as the organization’s founding father, was concerned by the continuous negative portrayal of    Blacks in the media with little reported on the    positive contributions of the Black community. What    started out as conversations with a few peers    including, Barbara Ciara, Marvin Leon Lake, Lou    Paris, Don Roberts and Regina Willey quickly grew    into a membership of 25 media professionals    working in newspaper, television, radio, academia and public relations.

T   MP’s goals were as follows: to leverage members professional standing to influence how Blacks were portrayed in the media;   Read more...

HRBMP has as its purpose:

 

• Serve as a liaison between the community and the media.

 

• Provide the community with professional insight into media coverage and operations.

 

• Support the career development of media professionals.

 

• Create and fund scholarships to be awarded annually to eligible minority students pursuing media-related degrees.

 

• Present and provide partnership opportunities to produce activities and events that support HRBMP’s people, priorities and programs.

HRBMP Board

PRESIDENT

Ashley Smith

Anchor, 13News Now Daybreak

 

 

 

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT

Johnnie Maples II

Producer/Director/Videographer
 Spectra at
Ted Constant Convocation Center

 

TREASURY/BUDGET

Brian Hill

Reporter, WTKR News 3

VICE PRESIDENT

Nikki Curry

Media Brand Consultant/ Talent Producer

The Image Brand Company

 

 

WEBMASTER

Ted Heck

Owner, HECK Productions

 

HRBMP Lifetime Members/Past Presidents

1982-84         Don Roberts

 

1984-86         Regina Mobley

 

1986-87         Byron Pitts

 

1987-88         Charlise Lyles

 

1988-90         Arthur Fennell

 

NABJ Chapter of the Year 1990

 

1990-94         Barbara Ciara

 

1994-95         Ted Heck

 

     Arthur Fennell, NABJ President

 

1995-96         Barbara Hamm

 

1996-97         Beverly Williams

 

1997-98         Barbara Ciara

 

1998-99         Byron Burney

 

1999-00         Charles Taylor

 

2000-01         Karen Eure Wilson

 

2001-03         Marvin L. Lake

 

2003-05         Kafi Rouse

 

NABJ Chapter of the Year 2005

 

     Herb Lowe, NABJ President

 

2005-07         Marquita Smith

 

2007-09         Katrice Hardy Franklin

 

     Barbara Ciara, NABJ President

 

2009-11         Derrick Rose/Cheryl Ross

 

2011-13         Cheryl Ross

 

2014              Karen Eure Wilson

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