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1) What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Doreen Wade and I am the Publisher and CEO of a global web based newsmagazine called New England Informer or as many know it now N.E. Informer newsmagazine. I bring information to uplift, educate and inform. I do this with the help of professional specialist throughout the world.
2) What is your educational background?
My educational history stopped after my first semester in Graduate Business School, beginning my studies at Harvard University. I left because two beautiful children were placed at my door and I opted to raise them instead of finishing Graduate studies. Even more than my school education, I gained vast knowledge working in all aspects of the media business. I even spent several years working in a field black woman could not enter into – Editorial for the Jewish Advocate a Jewish owned newspaper in Boston. Imaging a black woman making decisions on what is being read by the Jewish Community. As well, I gained additional hands on educational experience working and Interning over the years in Publishing, Magazine and Radio. I have been blessed to serve on Boards throughout the country in Director’s capacities. All these areas of education have opened the door for my producing N.E. Informer newsmagazine.
3) What are some hurdles you overcame to get to where you are today?
Throughout the development and implementation of my business my life almost seemed as if it were a lifetime movie. Looking back over 10 years I remember so many days filled with trepidations, from having my business stolen so I could not produce my first printed magazine, to being blackmailed for half of my company. Then watching someone steal my first online newsmagazine to being excluded as a member of the black media at our elite events. One difficult hurdle was dealing with my black ball status from other blacks in the Boston media, something today I still can not understand could have happened. In 2005 illness was a hurdle that I thought was going to take my life but I survived. Being accepted as a serious businesswoman did not come easy. I had to fight for the respect of something as simple as having my business labeled a newsmagazine instead of newsletter. Although I struggle trying to get support it has been worth every days difficulty as I celebrate my nomination as Massachusetts Small Business Person Of The Year Award for 2013.
4) If you had any advice for young people wishing to follow in your footsteps, what would it be?
Any young person coming to me wanting to be a publishing owner or even work in this field, I tell them they need to be PERSEVERE. You will need this more than anything in the world to succeed in the media business. You can learn all aspects of this business but it is your integrity that is going to make gains. No matter how many doors close for you, keep knocking on them. They will eventually open.
5) What are your plans and goals for the short and long-term future? Are you working on anything you’d like our audience to know about?
My plans for the future for N.E. Informer first and foremost, to continue with the highest quality the newsmagazine can produce for its readers. To continue to grow the N.E.I. Report, a radio talk show produced from the pages of the newsmagazine. To advance myself as a returning news commentator for Media resources that will accept me as their equals as WVON in Chicago has. And to get my book – “Trepidations, a Black Woman’s Journey Through Black America’’, published. But more than anything I want to keep using the newsmagazine to help people reach their goals and accomplish their dreams in this industry.
6) Is there anything else you’d like to share with our Your Black World audience?
I wish to thank Dr. Boyce Watkins and Your Black World Network for supporting me. And I would like to say thank you to all those who have supported me through the most exciting and challenging years. I look forward to the future.