Milbert O. Brown, Jr., is an assistant professor at Howard University’s School of Communications (SOC). Professor Brown joined Howard’s SOC as a lecturer in Fall 2014. Currently, he teaches a multi-platform curriculum that includes design, multi-media, photojournalism, and visual communications in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film.
In addition to his teaching duties, Brown serves as the editor of The Oracle Magazine, the official international membership publication for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is also a contributing photojournalist for the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA).
This summer, Brown was the recipient of the 2015 HBCU Back to the Newsroom Fellowship sponsored by the International Center For Journalists (ICFJ). The ICFJ, faculty fellowship was based in New York City, and provided Brown with an understanding of how newsrooms use contemporary digital applications and report online. He produced online multi-media packages for New York’s BuzzFeed and WNYC.
The Indiana native’s higher education experience includes instruction as an adjunct media and photography professor at Loyola-Chicago, Northern Virginia Community College, Northwestern, Washington Adventist and Wilberforce universities.
During his professional journalistic career, Brown served as an editor, photojournalist, and public affairs writer. His distinguished background afforded him the opportunity to work at some of the top newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. While at the Tribune, he shared the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Explanatory Reporting as a contributing staff member.
Among the hundreds of assignments during his career, the most notable were his coverage of South Africa’s first all-race election and the subsequent inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the president of South Africa in 1994. During his month-long reporting assignment in South Africa he was a member of the Foreign Correspondents Association.
Later, Brown was one of six U.S. journalists selected by a joint committee from the National Association of Black Journalists and the United Nations to cover Liberia’s presidential elections as a 2005 United Nations Overseas Reporting Fellow.
Brown’s current research examines whether Black men are more successful in college if they are in supportive male initiative programs. He is an ABD- doctoral candidate in higher education leadership at Morgan State University. Brown graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in journalism. After completing his Master of Arts from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communications, he embarked on a career in journalism that now spans over three decades.