The BND Summer Media Camps – 2019

3 camps in 3 locations for area youth to learn digital news delivery


Now in its second year, the BND Institute of Media and Culture’s 2019 Summer Media Camp combines journalism and multi- platform media technology for Richmond, Va.-area students in grades 6 through 12 to create and display their work via an online presence.  The camp is led by Bonnie Newman Davis, who has more than 35 years experience as a newspaper and online journalist and university professor. This year, three camps will take place at three locations: Ephesus SDA School, St. Andrew’s School and Second Baptist Church on Idlewood Ave. The day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Here are the dates:

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June  24 – 28, 2019 

Ephesus SDA Academy, 3700 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond, VA 23224. Cost: $60 per student; Register by June 10, 2019 (Some scholarships available; please inquire.)

Ephesus Camp Overview

Ephesus Camp Application

Ephesus Camp Schedule

July 15-26, 2019 

St. Andrew’s School, 227 S. Cherry St., Richmond, VA, 23220, Cost: $120 per student for two weeks; Register by June 30, 2019  (Some scholarships available, please inquire)

St. Andrew’s School BND Media Camp Overview

St. Andrew’s School BND Media Camp Application

Second Baptist Church, 1400 Idlewood Ave., Richmond, VA 23220; Cost: $50 for one week; Register by July 10, 2019; (Some scholarships available, please inquire.)

Second Baptist Camp Overview

Second Baptist Camp Application 

Second Baptist Camp Schedule

During the camps, students will build their confidence as they learn about media literacy and gain more awareness about their individual and collective communities. The programs will tap into and explore students’ creativity, writing, editing and video skills. Students will work with professional media writers, editors, videographers and special guests who will lead them through various aspects of digital storytelling. 

Besides the technical skills students develop, we include time for field trips to local media outlets and to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Such outings enlighten our students about news media operations and enable them to meet professionals in an industry in which they one day may work.

We are eternally grateful for this year’s media camp partners and sponsors:

Stacy Adams, Retired D.C. Police Lt. Henry Banks,

Christopher Noelle Boozer, Eric and Sarah James

JB Bryan Financial Group, Inc., The Home of AfroEconomics™

Debbie Burns, Dr. Linnie S. Carter, Gail A. Carter 

Andrea King Collier, Dominion Energy, Wayne Dawkins

Edward Roddick, Sr., Teshana Gipson, Frank Green, Michael L. Harvey, MLH Assets Management

Chris Mahoney, Kym Marten, Vinara Mosby, Maxamus Insurance

NBC12-Richmond, Va., Sally L. Newman, Nikki Nicholau

John R. Rich, Kenneth S. Johnson, Johnson Inc., Linda Shockley

Sabrina Squire, Lydia Thompson, Charles Taylor, Amy Trainum

Susan Winiecki

Dow Jones News Fund’s 2019 Q&A Interview with Bonnie Newman Davis



Summer Media Camp  2018 NBC12 Video Link:

For more information, please contact Bonnie Newman Davis, call 804 683-7203, or visit

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Why give to the BND Summer Media Camp?

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Why a Media Camp?

I’m excited about helping young people explore a career field that has provided me countless opportunities that continue to this day. For 40 years, journalism and news media have allowed me to report and edit at several news outlets located in various parts of the country. I have interviewed and met numerous public figures, business leaders, artists, authors, musicians and more. My journalism skills have enabled me to teach at several leading institutions of higher learning, and I have traveled to dozens of U.S. cities and states, as well as countries in Africa and the Caribbean. And when the full-time jobs weren’t always available or met my expectations, my journalistic skills have allowed and continue to allow me to run a consulting business for clients that include corporations, universities and sole proprietorships. In addition, I routinely mentor and tutor current and aspiring journalists pro bono.

My combined skills and passion for journalism are the result of veteran journalists taking an interest in me when I had no clue about my future. My first inkling of what life could be like after college was sparked by my North Carolina A&T professors such as Dr. Richard E. “Dick” Moore, Professor Loreno Marrow, Dr. Ethel Taylor, Dr. Sandra Alexander and Dr. Samuel Mosley. After taking my first newswriting class under Professor Marrow, she convinced me that my writing was strong enough for the local black weekly newspaper, The Carolina Peacemaker. (That newspaper’s iconic founder, Dr. John Marshall Kilimanjaro, died this year.) So I wrote about A&T’s homecoming celebrations, of course, and other campus-related activities. Dick Moore further sprinkled seeds of hope that I could become a journalist by serving as my cheerleader and bringing to A&T well-known journalists such as Pamela Johnson, the first African-American woman publisher of a daily newspaper; Jay T. Harris, who became publisher of the San Jose Mercury News; Samuel Adams (who also died recently), a veteran civil rights reporter and distinguished professor at the University of Kansas at Lawrence; and Max Robinson, the first African-American to anchor a network news show who also happened to be from Richmond, Va. Drs. Taylor and Alexander were meticulously stylish women whose English courses furthered instilled in me a love for the written word. I pledged to one day to be like them. Meanwhile, Dr. Mosley was a young, brilliant political science professor who made figures such as Shirley Chisholm, Maynard Jackson, Coleman Young, Tom Bradley and Henry Marsh come to life in our cramped, drafty classroom.

After my first student internship in Wilmington, N.C. in 1978 and graduating from college in 1979, I attended the University of Michigan on a full fellowship. Before starting Michigan, I participated in the Dow Jones Newspapers Internship program, which came with a paid internship in Louisville, Ky. During that summer, as we trained to be copy editors in Bethlehem, Pa., I figured out where boxing champ Larry Holmes’ family was living in nearby Easton, Pa. and interviewed them.  I also covered President Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign in Louisville. A year later, as a summer intern at the Ann Arbor News in Michigan, I interviewed Barbara Bush who was campaigning for husband George Herbert Walker Bush’s presidential bid. In between all the political reporting, I “freelanced” on the side by reviewing musical acts such as James Brown and Bootsy Collins, and got my first taste of reggae music at local nightclubs. Irie, mon! I arrived at the Richmond News Leader in Richmond, Va. in 1981. Since then, the girl whose mother loved to describe as “smart, but shy” has grown comfortable approaching people from all walks of life to explore, listen to and write their stories.

Yes, I’ve had a wonderful career and it is my intent and purpose to inform as many young people as possible that they, too, can enjoy the same career highs in journalism that allow them to tell stories, edit, shoot, speak and deliver the news in today’s ever changing 24-7 news environment. I hope that you will join me by supporting this very worthy endeavor.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.


Bonnie Newman Davis

Journalist, Journalism Educator, Media Consultant

Executive Director, BND Institute of Media and Culture Inc.

804 683-7203

Bonnie Newman Davis: Bio