Velvet S. McNeil
Tina A. Brown
Executive Editor, Director
A raconteur, Tina A. Brown is a Savannah-based author and award-winning journalist whose work focuses primarily on crime, health and social trends.
She’s won many awards, including the 2007 Casey Journalism Medal for Meritorious Journalism from the Center on Children and Families at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and the 2001 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s Let’s Do it Better prize. She also shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news with her colleagues at the Hartford Courant.
She is the author of “Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan.”
Tina is the editor/director of SSU Media High, a digital journalism residential camp for high school students at Savannah State University, and she works as the assistant to the chair of Journalism & Mass Communications. She teaches writing courses in a local jail and conducts community self-empowerment workshops for youth on various aspects of storytelling.
Tina is a student in the Master of Fine Arts Narrative Nonfiction program at The University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism.
Terry E. Manning
Co-Director, Technology Coordinator
Terry is a veteran journalist with skills in producing and editing content for print and digital, including audio, photography and video. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, copy editor, page layout editor, Internet and multimedia editor and newsroom manager. Originally from Gaffney, S.C., and a graduate of Clemson University, Terry was editor of The Tiger, his college newspaper, and he has worked professionally at The Gaffney (S.C.) Ledger, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.), Pensacola (Fla.) News-Journal, Greenville (S.C.) News and the Montgomery (Ala.)Advertiser.
Tiffany Alexander is an award-winning journalist, author, educator, and entrepreneur. She has handled national and international news coverage including the death of Pope John Paul II, the wars in Iraq and Syria, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2008 and 2012 elections of President Barack Obama.
Tiffany is the author of eight books and creator of the Children’s Band picture books series, which teaches preschoolers and early readers lessons in money management, work ethic, arts and culture, health and fitness, and overcoming life's obstacles. She is a proponent of diversity in media. Her goal is to ensure that all children – no matter their race, socioeconomic status, or special need – see themselves in books and on television. Her characters include a child who can’t hear or speak and a middle-schooler who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.
Tiffany teaches writing, communications, and journalism short courses to elementary and secondary school students. She also teaches international storytelling, media ethics, and writing courses at Kent State University.
She enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and traveling.
Velvet S. McNeil
Artist, Photojournalist, Educator
Velvet S. McNeil has been privileged during her 20-year professional career to do work that she is passionate about, including shooting photos, teaching young students and showcasing her artwork in galleries.
As a teacher, she is particularly interested in integrating art and technology into classroom instruction. She did exactly that when she managed a media arts program for at-risk youth.
Velvet is an award-winning photojournalist who has photographed everything from the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks to community street fairs. She did much of her visual journalism as a staff photographer for The Detroit News. Her work has appeared in national media outlets.
Velvet studied photography at the University of Westminster in London. She earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art and secondary art education from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, and a master’s of fine arts in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Velvet is a New York City native who lives in southern New Jersey.