Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists,
students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and
services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.
Founded by 44 men
and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest
organization of journalists of color in the nation.
Many of NABJ's
3,300 members also belong to one of the dozens of professional and student
chapters that serve black journalists nationwide.
NABJ is committed
to the following:
- Strengthening ties
among black journalists;
- Sensitizing all media
to the importance of fairness in the workplace for black journalists;
- Expanding job
opportunities and recruiting activities for veteran, young and aspiring black
journalists, while providing continued professional development and training;
- Increasing the number
of black journalists in management positions and encouraging black journalists
to become entrepreneurs;
- Fostering an
exemplary group of professionals that honors excellence and outstanding
achievements by black journalists, and outstanding achievement in the media
industry as a whole, particularly when it comes to providing balanced coverage
of the black community and society at large;
- Working with high
schools and colleges to identify and encourage black students to become
journalists, and to diversify faculties and related curriculum; and
informational and training services to the general public.
NABJ holds an
annual convention and careers fair each summer with dozens of plenary sessions
and workshops for professional development. The careers fair draws hundreds of
recruiters and is among the best means of finding a job in the industry.
annual Salute to Excellence awards and special recognition honors (Lifetime
Achievement, Journalist of the Year, Community Service, etc.) are bestowed at
Each year, NABJ
awards nearly $100,000 in scholarships and internships to college and high
school students nationwide, as well as fellowships for seasoned professionals.
The NABJ Media
Institute provides professional development and technical training for black
journalists at venues across the country.
headquartered on the campus of the University of Maryland-College Park.
Every two years, the
membership elects a president and national board of directors to govern NABJ.
An executive director leads the national office staff.