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Founded in 1974, PABJ is the nation’s oldest professional association of Journalists-of-Color. With over 100 active members, we are also one of the largest & the founding chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

This rich history & size allows us to serve as advocates for newsroom diversity and fair coverage of communities of color. We serve this mission through our awards programs, training institutes and signature community programs like our renowned Media Access Workshop.

In 2019, PABJ launched a first-of-its-kind residency at Pipeline Philly, a co-working space next to City Hall. It is the cornerstone of PABJ’s new focus on supporting Black content creators & media entrepreneurs. Beyond newsroom diversity, our communities benefit best when we own the stories that get told and shared about us.

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Our Mission

  • Strengthen ties among Black community members and Black media entrepreneurs

  • Sensitize the media to biased news coverage.

  • Promote diversity and equity in newsrooms.

  • Sponsor scholarships for black high school students interested in journalism.

  • Honor excellence and achievement in the media.

  • Offer workshops to enhance the skills of black journalists.

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