The BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc., a nonprofit 501-C3 organization, provides programs, services and training dedicated to educating and engaging diverse audiences about contemporary news media and its impact on African-American life and culture. Since 2018, the BND Institute has hosted a summer media camp to introduce middle and high school students to the news media industry. During the five- to 10-day camp, students work with news professionals to learn and develop skills in reporting, broadcasting and photography.

BNDIMC Board Members

Bonnie Newman Davis, CEO, BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc., Richmond, Va.

Bonnie’s CV and Resume

Wayne Dawkins, Associate Professor of Journalism, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Linnie S. Carter, Linnie Carter & Associates, Chesapeake, Va.

Michael Harvey, MLH Assets Management LLC, Richmond, Va.

Karla E. Peters, Media and Communications Strategist, Richmond, Va.


For more than 20 years, Bonnie Newman Davis, founder and director of the BND Institute of Media and Culture, has trained hundreds of journalism students at universities that include The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina A&T State University,  Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Union University and Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Ms. Newman Davis, a prolific journalist, writer and editor, has served as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Newman Davis also has written and edited for digital news organizations based in Dallas and New York. Her work as an educator and journalist has enabled her to travel throughout the United States, as well as in Ghana and South Africa. For several years,  Davis served on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists, and has served in leadership roles for the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association. She currently is a columnist for Richmond Magazine, guest editor for The Richmond Free Press,  and Executive Director and Founder of the BND Institute for Media and Culture, a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization. In 2011, Davis received the National Association of Black Journalists’ Educator of the Year Award. That same year, Davis was named the Greensboro News and Record/Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor of Journalism at N.C. A&T State University.  Davis, who was born in Roxboro, N.C. and raised in Greensboro, N.C., is a graduate of N.C. A&T State University and the University of Michigan. Her breadth of experience has allowed her and her students to meet and interview leading figures in the arts, business, entertainment, education, journalism and politics. Davis pays homage to her mother, Dorothy Chavis Newman, who nurtured her middle child’s creativity and curiosity by providing frequent trips to the Greensboro Public Library in the early 1960s.  Davis also reflects on her father, James Allen Newman, Sr., who enjoyed being out and about in the Greensboro community, listening keenly to what people were talking about and coming home to report all that he’d heard and seen.