Melissa speaks about a range of topics from her life, experience as a multimedia  journalist and emerging media entrepreneur.

  • Carving out your industry niche 

  • The business of freelancing

  • Caribbean Travel & Culture 

  • Policy and politics (focus on immigration) 

  • Immigration and mental health 

  • Childhood trauma impact

  • International Race Relations 

  • Strengthening the bonds of the African diaspora through storytelling, investment and trade 

  • Digital Media vs. traditional media 

  • The art of pitching your story to media

Melissa has addressed organizations, schools and conferences as a keynote speaker, panelist, host and workshop presenter at venues across the United States and internationally, including : 

  • The United Nations

  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 

  • The New York Times 

  • International Labour Organization 

  • National Association of Black Journalists  

  • Caribbean Women Storytelling for Social Good

  • New York City's Department of Small Business 

  • The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism 

  • The University of the West Indies (Jamaica)

  • City Colleges of Chicago 

  • Knight Foundation Diversity Initiative 

  • The Embassy of the Republic of Haiti

  • The Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana

She teaches short courses and seminars from the middle school level to the graduate level on the craft of journalism, niche reporting, the art of pitching  and multimedia skills. Melissa also does community workshops on reporting, media relations and community engagement. 

Please email for more information on rates and how to book Melissa for your next event. 

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