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NABJ is an association of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services year-round to benefit black journalists worldwide.

NABJ is committed to:

  • Increasing black employment in the media.
  • Increasing the number of blacks in management positions.
  • Providing continued professional development and training for black journalists.
  • Sensitizing the media to the importance of fairness in coverage and the workplace.
  • Encouraging black journalists to become entrepreneurs.
  • Strengthening ties among black journalists.
  • Honoring excellence and outstanding achievement by black journalists.
  • Expanding job opportunities for black journalists and assisting in recruiting activities.
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    Now, there are more ways to join NABJ: – A secure and convenient way online to continue your valuable membership benefits and services automatically. To join or renew your NABJ membership, use the online application or download the application (PDF) and fax to (301) 314-1714.

    Choose which membership category is right for you:

    Multi-year Full Membership Full members can take advantage of dues savings by renewing their membership in two- or five-year intervals. Renew for two years and pay only $180 (a savings of $20) or for five years and pay $450 (a savings of $50).

    Full Membership $100 Available for working journalists, including reporters, editors, photographers, newsroom managers, etc., who produce, gather, and disseminate news for newspaper, television, radio stations, magazines, wire services, etc., and full-time freelance journalists.

    Premium Full Membership $150 Same as full-member eligibility plus additional benefits to include VIP express registration at the NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair; a special invitation to the President's reception at the annual convention; acknowledgment in the convention program book and on NABJ's Web site and other publications; a premium member lapel pin; and a special gift.

    Lifetime Full Membership $3,000 Full life membership, plus free yearly convention registration; VIP express registration; VIP seating for members who purchase tickets to the Salute to Excellence Gala, Hall of Fame Luncheon and Sunday Brunch; exclusive invites to NABJ special Convention events and programs including President’s reception and NABJ Corporate Partners Reception; Green Room Access at NABJ Events; Photo opportunity with VIPs and Special Guests at NABJ Events; Exclusive NABJ Film Festival Event Tickets; acknowledgment in convention program book, NABJ Journal and Web site; a lifetime full-member lapel pin; a framed lifetime membership certificate; discounts to Media Institute programs; 5% Discount on NABJ Merchandise.

    pdfDownload the Lifetime Full Membership Form »
    (33 KB PDF, requires the free Adobe Reader.)

    Emeritus/Retired Full Membership $79 - For full members who have retired from active work in the journalism field, but who are still participating in the organization.

    Associate Membership $75 For part-time freelance journalists, journalism teachers, and other media-related professionals.

    Student Membership $40 For full-time students at an accredited college or university. Course of study must be in the communications field, preferably journalism. (Copy of current student ID required.)

    High School Membership $35 Available for full-time academic students. Intended course of study must be in the communications field, preferably journalism. (Copy of student ID required.)

    NABJ membership benefits include the following:

    My NABJ - Access to our new online portal, My NABJ, which allows you to manage your membership profile, access real-time information in the online membership directory, and register for special events. In addition, you are able to track your membership history and product purchases.

    My Profile - Update your personal contact information to receive the latest member news, events, and the NABJ Journal.

    My History - Renew or rejoin NABJ, as well as view past registrations and purchases.

    Upcoming Events - Members and nonmembers can view and register for upcoming events.

    Member Directory - Connect with other NABJ members.

    Member Discounts on Convention Registration - Take advantage of a reduced member rate when you register for the NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair. Visit for more information.

    NABJ Media Institute - Enhance your professional and personal development year-round through the NABJ Media Institute. Expand your network within the journalism industry; gather with your colleagues at NABJ Media Institute programs and regional events; participate in online discussion groups; and benefit from the expertise of seasoned media professionals through year-round fellowships and workshops.

    NABJ Journal - Our official publication presents news and addresses issues about NABJ and the media that affect black journalists and the community. The Journal is a quarterly magazine. Our members only Web access provides portal access to the NABJ Journalonline.

    NABJobs Online - Online job matching service allows members to post resumes and search for jobs listed by participating organizations and companies. Media companies can post or edit job openings and also review resumes of potential candidates online.

    NABJ E-News Updates - Receive email updates to keep you current on news about black journalists and the industry; receive special reports that provide insight into media policy and other topics of interest.

    NABJ Awards - Seek recognition of your work via the four major annual awards programs: Salute to Excellence, Special Honors, Hall of Fame, and the Ida B. Wells Award.

    Scholarship and Internship Opportunities - Recruit and work with aspiring black journalists in high schools and colleges; promote the NABJ Scholarship and Internship Programs; access leadership and mentoring opportunities for black journalists seeking to improve their skills in newsroom management.

    Additional benefits to NABJ members

    A Six-Month Membership Extension - Active NABJ members who have lost their jobs due to recent layoffs will be able to extend their membership by six months. This will keep them connected with their peers and continue their discounts on all of NABJ's educational offerings throughout the year.

    Free Checking with Bank of America - NABJ has partnered with Bank of America to offer our members exclusive account services.

      • My Access Checking Account
      • Second Regular Checking Account
      • Savings Account
      • Certificate of Deposit
      • BankAmericard Rewards Visa card
      • No Fee Mortgage PLUS
      • Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit
      • Personal & Other Loans
      • Online Banking Service with Bill Pay
      • Bank of America Visa Check Card
      • Checks
      • Travelers Cheques

    AT&T Wireless Discount - Offers exclusive discounts on equipment and services. (Applicants must be benefit eligible) - Some benefits can result in:

    • Buy one, get one free
    • 8% off monthly services
    • Waived activation fees
    • And much more ...

    Discounted Rates with Continental Airlines - Offers members the option of taking a percentage discount or a flat rate of $350 for round-trip air travel within the 48 contiguous states. This program will be available for the 2009 calendar year.

    Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company Discount - NABJ has partnered with Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company to offer you discounts on insurance coverage and many other enhanced benefits, such as:

    • Disability
    • Life
    • Pension Plans
    • Medicare Supplement
    • Long-Term Care
    • Critical Illness
    • Annuities

    Hertz Rental Car discount - Members receive special year-round discounts on your daily, weekly, weekend, and monthly rentals for business or pleasure; traveling in the U.S. or worldwide.

    If you have any questions or need immediate assistance, please call Veronique Dodson, Membership Manager, at 301-405-0248 or e-mail us.

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