Veteran journalist and media consultant Monica L. Haynes has been named editor for Urban Views Education Digest. The quarterly publication, symptoms which previously listed only the names of Richmond and Petersburg Public School students on the Honor Roll, is being expanded to include stories about students, teachers, staff, programs, and activities in those districts.
Haynes, who moved to Richmond in 2013, spent nearly 30 years as a news reporter, entertainment writer, and gossip columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After taking a newspaper buyout, she became a freelance writer, content provider, and blogger. She’s also worked as a publications consultant for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture and as an editor for IN Community Magazines.
“I am looking forward to letting the community know that we are here and we want to tell good stories,” Haynes said. “We are going to tell the stories that the larger media outlets don’t have time to tell. We know that there are problems, but there are also wonderful things going on in these schools and we want people to be just as well-informed about those things as they are about what might not be going right. “
In addition to her post as editor for the Urban Views Education Digest, Haynes will continue her media consulting work with small non-profit organizations and small businesses.
Haynes sits on the board of My Brother’s Keeper of Greater Richmond; a non-profit organization which provides men’s mentoring programs.
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