Neil is an accomplished executive with a proven ability to develop and implement new product strategies that support business, financial and community objectives.Foote, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a ‘hybrid’ whose experience cuts across all aspects of the media, including print, broadcast and the Internet. Foote has been a newspaper reporter (The Miami Herald & The Washington Post), a newspaper industry executive (American Society of Newspaper Editors) and an Internet strategist (The Dallas Morning News, Belo Corporation, Tom Joyner).He is currently is pres
Foote, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a ‘hybrid’ whose experience cuts across all aspects of the media, including print, broadcast and the Internet. Foote has been a newspaper reporter (The Miami Herald & The Washington Post), a newspaper industry executive (American Society of Newspaper Editors) and an Internet strategist (The Dallas Morning News, Belo Corporation, Tom Joyner).
He is currently is president of Foote Communications LLC, a public relations, web consulting and multicultural marketing firm whose clients include the Tom Joyner Foundation, REACH Media Inc. and Girlfriends Health Guide for Women of Color with whom he served as Publisher of its North Texas edition and now consults with the company on digital media, public relations and social media strategies.
When Foote isn’t working with one of his clients, he is a senior lecturer at the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas who helped launch NTNewsNet.com, a regional news site featuring student reported, written and produced content. He teaches classes in basic journalism, multimedia storytelling, public affairs, business writing and the future of media.
Over the years, Foote has launched and owned several publications, including Multi-View, a weekly newsletter targeting African-American readers; DFW Heritage, a monthly faith-based publication, which he worked with journalist Roland S. Martin; and, he has managed and developed several websites from inception to launch, including PoliticsInColor.com, a news and video channel featuring news, blogs and analysis of the latest political happenings from a multicultural perspective.
Previously, Foote was Director of Communications for Tom Joyner’s Reach Media. He managed the public relations and communications plan for all entities of the multimedia company that is the parent company for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the nation’s #1 syndicated morning entertainment radio show. He was charged with creating an overall media plan for the company as well as each of its subsidiaries and special projects and has worked secure articles and appearances in major national media, including the New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Ebony, Black Enterprise, CNN, Regis & Kelly Live! and NPR.
Foote joined Joyner in 2000 to develop and launch his website, BlackAmericaWeb.com, a news, information and entertainment site targeting African-Americans, which has become one of the nation’s top websites with more than 1.5 million members.
During his tenure at the Belo Corporation, he worked as a sales executive at The Dallas Morning News, then joined the interactive team to launch, CityView.com, a local city guide that expanded to more than 50 U.S. cities and into a bilingual version in nearly a dozen Mexican cities.
On the industry level, Foote has served as chairman of the National Association for Multicultural Media Executives. He is a current member and former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists where he served on the Program Committee for the 2011 National Convention in Philadelphia. He also has been Co-Chair of the Executive Suite, a series of career development seminars for mid-career media executives that takes place during the NABJ convention. He also has served on the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation Board.
Foote has traveled the country giving lectures and leading discussions on the future of newspapers, the role of digital media in transforming journalism and diversity in the media.
In North Texas, Foote is chairman of the National Kidney Foundation serving North Texas and is a Life Trustee of The Lamplighter School and a former board member of the ChildCareGroup, one of the region’s largest non-profits. He is a member of Wesleyan University’s Admission Council on Alumni & Volunteer Engagement.
Foote has a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s (Evanston, Ill.) Medill School of Journalism and an M.B.A. at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX).
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