The State of Black Media 2023

Business Wire and Black PR Wire Present: The State of Black Media 2023

The media platform continues to evolve and change for all markets and communities, especially for people of color.  

Business Wire and Black PR Wire hosted a candid and pertinent discussion on The State of Black Media featuring media experts and professionals from around the nation sharing powerful insights and meaningful information on the past, present and future role that Black media plays in our society.   

Gain insights on the current topics that are altering the trajectory of the Black Media in America and much more.  

This webinar was originally held Thursday, February 23.


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Our panelists:

Bernadette Morris

President & CEO, Black PR Wire; President & CEO, Sonshine Communications

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Bernadette Morris is a dedicated community leader and successful business owner/executive. Bernadette owns three companies: Sonshine Communications, founded in 1993; Black PR Wire, Inc., founded in 2000; and Women Grow Strong, founded in 2007. Black PR Wire is an online newswire distribution company providing key news and information to Black media in the U.S. and the Caribbean 24/7. 

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Cheryl Thompson-Morton

Black Media Initiative Director, Center for Community Media, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

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In her role as Black Media Initiative Director for the Center for Community Media at the Newmark J-School, Cheryl Thompson-Morton works to support Black media outlets through training, research, convenings, and connecting them to financial resources.


MODERATOR: Traci Cloyd

South Florida PBS

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Traci is both a ‘personality’ and a journalist. She is known for: her approach to news, unique “voice”, attention to accuracy, grammar and her and ability to tell a good story.

She’s described by the Miami Herald as a ‘smart pretty, high energy news writer and anchor. The Miami New Times says she’s a very stunning and totally hilarious radio personality’.



Dr. Frances Draper

CEO, Afro-American Newspapers

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Dr. Frances "Toni" Draper is the CEO of the AFRO American Newspapers, founded by her great-grandfather in 1892. Draper earned a B.A. in Spanish education from Morgan State University, holds master’s degrees in education, business administration and pastoral counseling, and a doctorate degree in ministry. A community leader, she is focused on giving back and continuously learning.



Rahman Johnson

Professor of Journalism and Communications, Edward Waters University; National Anchor, iHeartMedia

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Rahman Johnson serves as Professor of Journalism and Communications at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was named Professor of the Year. Most recently, Rahman published the poetry collection Living, Loving, Letting Go, which was honored as Book of the Year by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

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