Paulette Brown-Hinds Honored with ATHENA of Riverside Award for Community Journalism

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Apr 26, 2023

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  • Paulette Brown-Hinds has been honored with the 38th annual ATHENA of Riverside Award for her news media and journalism work.
  • Brown-Hinds’ initiatives, including Mapping Black California and Media In Color, have ensured that communities of color have a voice in the media landscape.
  • Proceeds from the ATHENA of Riverside Award luncheon will fund scholarships for young women at Riverside colleges and universities.

Paulette Brown-Hinds, the publisher of Black Voice News, has been honored with the 38th annual ATHENA of Riverside Award for her exceptional work in the news media and journalism. The award, which recognizes young women for their work in leadership, community service, and mentorship, will be presented to Brown-Hinds at a luncheon on May 25 at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside. This article highlights Brown-Hinds’ achievements and impact on the media industry and community engagement.

Brown-Hinds’ Impact on Black Media and Community Engagement

For over 30 years, Brown-Hinds has advocated for the Black community through her work in media, communications, and community engagement. As a lead Black media strategist, she has used Black media as a trusted community news and information source. Her work with the Black Voice News has transformed the publication into a digital platform with solutions-based data journalism, creating a more engaging and informative experience for readers.

Mapping Black California Initiative and Media In Color

Brown-Hinds has also led the Mapping Black California geospatial community mapping initiative, which won $300,000 from the Google News Initiative Innovation Fund. This initiative aims to represent Black Californians and their communities with insightful discussions on why these communities are often excluded from mainstream media coverage.ย 

Additionally, Brown-Hinds is the co-founder of Media In Color. It is an organization that works with media professionals to ensure California’s news media organizations in communities of color are self-sufficient civic actors informing, empowering, and advancing the interests of their communities.

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Scholarship Fundraising and ATHENA of Riverside Award

Proceeds from the ATHENA of Riverside Award luncheon will fund scholarships for young women at Riverside colleges and universities. The award celebrates exceptional women in leadership, and Brown-Hinds is a worthy recipient for her outstanding work in the media industry and her contributions to the community. 

Brown-Hinds has served on several boards, including the American Press Institute, CalMatters, and the California Press Foundation. In 2019, she became the first African American to lead the California News Publishers Association as president.

Conclusion

Paulette Brown-Hinds’ dedication to community journalism and advocacy for the Black community has significantly impacted the media industry and the community. The ATHENA of Riverside Award recognizes her leadership and mentorship of young women, and the scholarship fundraising event celebrates her achievements.ย 

Brown-Hinds’ initiatives, such as the Mapping Black California geospatial community mapping initiative and Media In Color, have ensured that communities of color have a voice in the media landscape. She is a role model for aspiring journalists and community leaders, and her contributions to the media industry will continue to inspire and empower future generations.

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