The BND Institute of Media and Culture was founded in 2016 by Bonnie Newman Davis, a journalist, journalism educator and media consultant. The Institute 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. The BND Institute of Media and Culture is a 501 (c) (3) charitable and nonprofit organization.
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 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, Ms. Newman 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 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. These photos highlight some of the innovative and visionary people with whom Ms. Newman Davis and her students have worked with or encountered.