Paulette Brown-Hinds

Paulette Brown-Hinds
JSK Community Impact Fellow
publisher, Black Voice News; co-founder, Media in Color
Riverside, California

Paulette Brown-Hinds is the publisher of the Black Voice News and co-founder of Media in Color. Paulette has over 30 years working in community media, and has served as a practitioner and strategist utilizing Black media as a trusted source for community news and information, as well as an advocate for California’s community media sector.

As a co-founder of Media In Color, she is working with a collaborative of 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.

As publisher of the Black Voice News she is working to transform the print publication into a digital leader in solutions based data journalism drawing on its 50-year history of justice seeking reporting. Important to that work is her Mapping Black California geospatial community mapping initiative. In 2020 she was awarded Google News Initiative innovation challenging funding to develop a data hub and content sharing platform for the Black Press.

Paulette serves on numerous news industry boards, including the California News Publishers Association, where she served as board chair in 2019, becoming the first African-American elected to lead the organization.