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 and author, Yanick shares her expertise at Howard University, where she is an associate professor and interim assistant chair of the new Department of Media, Journalism and Film. She teaches multimedia reporting, interactive editing and magazine writing. She is also adviser to 101 Magazine and the Howard University News Service. Her research focuses on the impact of social media and technology, media management and diversity in coverage.
In addition to teaching, Yanick is a media consultant, Digitally Speaking columnist for Howard Magazine and co-founder of FierceforBlackWomen.com and Fully-Connected.com. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Essence, Parenting, Ebony, The History Channel Magazine, BlackAmericaWeb.com and thegrio.com, part of MSNBC. 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 is also the John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow.
Her roles with Heart & Soul magazine have included editor-in-chief, editorial director, associate publisher and vice president under three owners. As founding editor of BET Weekend, her editorial vision led to the magazine becoming the second-largest publication for African Americans. Under her leadership, the magazine’s circulation increased nearly 40 percent, from 800,000 to 1.3 million in 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 Communications 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.
Yanick and her staffs have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a Folio: Editorial Excellence Award, several Unity Awards and five Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also received an Industry Research Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, a McDonald’s Black History Maker of Today Award in Journalism, and various awards for leadership and service. She was recently named a History Maker in education.
Yanick 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. She is completing her debut novel, Nursing Wounds.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Yanick holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Ohio State University and an MBA from Howard University, specializing in media management and marketing.