Olivet School of Media and Communication (OSMC) is excited to announce the addition of a distinguished academic and veteran journalist, Dr. Milbert O. Brown, Jr., to its faculty team. Dr. Brown will assume the role of adjunct professor in the graduate journalism program, specializing in photojournalism and news reporting for the academic year 2023-2024.
Dr. Brown's illustrious career boasts a rich tapestry of experience in education, media, and visual arts. With three decades of journalism experience under his belt, including prominent roles at esteemed newspapers like the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune, his contributions to the field are undeniable. During his tenure at the Chicago Tribune, Dr. Brown's meticulous management of visual news content as Assistant Picture Editor for sports was instrumental in pivotal projects, including commemorating the Chicago Bulls' historic first NBA Championship season. His dedication to journalism reached its zenith when he was awarded the prestigious "Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Explanatory Reporting" in 2001, an honor he shared with a distinguished Chicago Tribune team.
From 2014 to 2020, Dr. Brown's leadership shone as he assumed the role of International Editor for The Oracle Magazine, the official publication of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He masterfully coordinated and edited articles and images from 750 chapters worldwide, spanning the United States, Africa, England, Germany, and Japan.
As an educator, some of Dr. Brown’s past academic appointments have included teaching media production, media history, multimedia reporting, and photojournalism courses. He has taught online and in-person at renowned institutions such as the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Howard University, Loyola University-Chicago, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Washington Adventist University, and Wilberforce University.
His dedication to education was further recognized when he was awarded the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Faculty Fellowship by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in 2015. During this fellowship, Dr. Brown had the privilege of delving into the inner workings of digital newsrooms at renowned media outlets like BuzzFeed, ProPublica, and WNYC Radio, leading to the creation of captivating multimedia projects in the vibrant metropolis of New York City.
Dr. Brown's academic journey is a testament to his commitment to knowledge and expertise. He holds a Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Higher Education Leadership from Morgan State University, specializing in Advanced Studies Leadership and Policy. Additionally, he earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Photography from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Journalism from Ball State University.
OMSC believes that Dr. Brown's exceptional background in journalism and education will be an invaluable asset to its program. His presence promises to infuse academic rigor and real-world practical training, ensuring that OSMC students receive a quality education.