What is HRBMP?

 

Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, Inc., (HRBMP), is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, (NABJ). As a collective force of nearly 100 communicators, its voice continues as a powerful resource for its members and the community.

With a strong legacy of preparing and propelling members to their highest place of purpose and employment, the support and connection among HRBMP members is legendary. With more than 35 years since its inception, it remains true to its call -- to be of service in significant ways.

The organization is comprised of TV reporters, print reporters, radio producers, 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, 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.

TMP’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

Karen Eure Wilson

Freelance Journalist & Public Relations Specialist
Charter Member of HRBMP

PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR

Chris Watson

Freelance Publicist

WEBMASTER

Ted Heck

Owner, HECK Productions

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT/

SOCIAL MEDIA

Cheryl Ross

Owner, Cheryl Ross Communications

TREASURER

James Wright

Retired WAVY-TV Photographer
Main Founder of HRBMP

 

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Delores "Dee-Dee" Gee

Marketing Strategist

Cox Media

BUDGET OFFICER

Shelia Harrison

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Nauticus

 

EDUCATION/SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR

Larry Rubama

Reporter

The Virginian-Pilot

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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