Yanick Rice Lamb’s mission is to give voice to the voiceless and share the gift of knowledge through the written word. An award-winning journalist, author, educator and speaker, Lamb shares her expertise at Howard University, where she is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. She teaches multimedia reporting, interactive editing and magazine publishing. She is also adviser to 101 Magazine, the Howard University News Service and TruthBeTold.news, a new fact-checking site and one of 11 projects under the 2015-16 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education administered by the Online News Association.
Her research focuses on the impact of social media and technology, entrepreneurship, media management, and diversity in hiring, promotion and coverage. It has been published in the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, Asia-Pacific Media Educator, Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader and Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice. She also received an Industry Research Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications for research on tablet use by newspapers and magazines.
In addition to teaching, Lamb is a freelance journalist, media consultant and co-founder of FierceforBlackWomen.com, honored with a 2015 Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communication. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Essence, Parenting, Ebony, The History Channel Magazine, TheRoot.com, ESPN’s TheUndefeated.com and BlackAmericaWeb.com. Through an Association of Health Care Journalists fellowship, she spent a year investigating long-term care of the uninsured for the article “Stuck in the Hospital.” She received a Salute to Excellence Award in Digital Features from the National Association of Black Journalists for “Dealing With Dementia,” which she wrote as a John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow. She is featured in the Library of Congress as a History Maker in media and education. Other honors include a Folio: Editorial Excellence Award, McDonald’s Black History Maker of Today Award in Journalism and Distinguished Service to Humanity Award from Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams).
At Heart & Soul, she served as editor-in-chief, editorial director, associate publisher and vice president, successfully relaunching the health magazine under three owners. As founding editor of BET Weekend, her editorial vision led to the magazine becoming the second-largest black publication, growing nearly 40 percent from 800,000 to 1.3 million in just three years. She spent a decade at the New York Times as assistant style editor, deputy home and living editor, assistant editor of Connecticut Weekly, metropolitan copy editor and layout editor on the news desk. She was also senior editor at Child magazine, copy editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reporter at The Toledo Blade, editor-at-large at Essence magazine and contributing editor for Emerge. Her clients at Miyan Media Group have included The Magazine Group, BET, Essence, Heart & Soul, Afro-American Newspapers, the Fort Greene News, and authors Cheryl Martin and the late Ron Walters.
Lamb is co-author of Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson, Rise & Fly: Tall Tales and Mostly True Rules of Bid Whist and The Spirit of African Design. She is a contributor to BET on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama, Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader, Haternation, Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice, Aunties: 35 Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother and Health & Healing for African-Americans. Nursing Wounds is her forthcoming debut novel.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Lamb holds a bachelor’s in journalism from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Howard University, specializing in media management and marketing. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Medical Sociology at Howard with a dissertation on environmental health.
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