Melissa Noel Wins Salute To Excellenece Award From The National Association of Black Journalists

August 04, 2018

Melissa Noel won a Salute to Excellence Award in the category of Digital Media: Single Story Feature for "Jamaica's 'Barrel Children' Often Come up Empty with a Parent Abroad" from NABJ. Noel reported on Caribbean children left behind when parents migrate to another country, who receive material support in the form of goods sent in a shipping barrel. These children are often referred to as ‘barrel children,’ and may spend as long as a decade separated from their parents. Her reporting examined the long-term impact that prolonged parental separation can have on Caribbean children, and spoke with the health professionals who are pushing to create better ways to support these children and their families, both in the region and the diaspora.

Humans Of The Caribbean Diaspora Features Melissa Noel

December 20, 2017

Melissa was featured on Humans of The Caribbean Diaspora, a media platform with a mission to document the stories of those within the Caribbean Diaspora in order to change the limited narrative of what it means to be Caribbean and build a network among all within the Diaspora.


Secret Birds Caribbean Names Melissa Noel A Female Founder

August 07, 2017

SecretBirds-Caribbean is an emerging market entrepreneurship community. This community empowers, encourages and supports women in the pre-startup and startup phases of their businesses'. It also teaches girls aged 8-13 in disadvantaged communities entrepreneurial skills. It is a community actively involved with women and girls using entrepreneurship as a tool for empowerment.


March 14, 2017

Melissa and some of her work were featured on Island Muse,  a premier digital destination for today’s young, hip and progressive Caribbean woman. This platform showcases exclusive interviews with some of the Caribbean’s best and brightest female entrepreneurs and features weekly content geared toward Caribbean women. 

She Rocks! Meet Melissa Noel – Global Award Winning Multimedia Journalist

March 10, 2017

The Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation is a non-profit foundation that is dedicated to empowering Guyanese women and girls to create their own paths to success. It's goal is to inspire young women to unlock their true leadership capabilities by encouraging excellence and empowering them to succeed through access to enrichment programs, scholarships, and exposure to professional and exceptional female role models.  

The Importance of Telling Authentic Caribbean Stories

January 31, 2017

Melissa was featured on the Carry On Friends Podcast with  Kerry-Ann Reid Brown. Carry On Friends was created in 2013 to spotlight and showcase the perspectives, stories and experiences of the professional, entrepreneurial and savvy Caribbean Americans because their views and experiences are underrepresented on the web.Combining knowledge, expertise and experiences – the podcast and the blog is where career, entrepreneurship and Caribbean Culture intersect.

Migration and Separation: Stories of “Barrel Children” wins international reporting award

December 20, 2016

Melissa won an award for Excellence in reporting on “Breaking Stereotypes on Labour Migration”presented by the International Labour Organization in collaboration with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Equal Times, Solidarity Center, Human Rights Watch, Migrant Forum in Asia, and the International Federation of Journalists


November 08, 2016

On election day 2016, Melissa was featured on The Vocal Minority Report Podcast. Her expertise covering immigration and more specificially issues affecting black immigrants in America was sought for a discussion about the lack of addressing diversity in the immigration debate, the criminalization of black immigrants as identified in the Black Alliance For Just Immigration report as well as the problems with citizenship as a means of real reform. The discussion covers a wide range of issues that affect marginalized immigrants daily and debate the merits of the American born Black vs Black immigrant beef and if it’s real or not.


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