Melissa Noel is an award-winning, independent multimedia journalist, television host and media entrepreneur. She brings stories to international audiences with a lens on culture, travel, social issues and business. Melissa has covered stories out of the Caribbean region and throughout diaspora communities in the US and Canada for outlets such as One Caribbean Television, CBS News USVI, ABC News USVI,, Caribbean Beat Magazine, and

This episode is rich with insights and practical tips for freelance journalists. Some of the topics we discuss are:

  • Impact (on readers, sources, policy) as a driving motivation to tell complex narratives
  • Journalism grants for international reporting
  • How using an unexpected lens makes a story feel as if it’s previously unreported
  • Pivoting in 2020 and adapting to coronavirus and Black Lives Matter in NYC
  • Addressing racism in the travel industry


Melissa on Instagram: @live_from_melissa

Melissa on Twitter: @NoelKnowsWell

Love in a Barrel:

“Jamaica’s ‘barrel children’ often come up empty with a parent abroad” on NBC News

“Repairing broken bonds: How families rebuild ties after migration” on NBC News