Welcome to the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

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.

September General Membership Meeting

There's no better time than now to start planning attending PABJ Meetings this fall. Join us for our next General Membership Meeting Tuesday, September 10th 6:30pm - 9pm. Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th Street, Philadelphia 15th Floor RSVP link and guest speaker information available soon

PABJ Pool Party 2019

It's the 2019 edition of the private pool celebration of journalists & media makers of the Delaware Valley on Saturday, August 17 from 1-7pm. The event is hosted at a private pool in a Delaware County location. The exact location will be shared with those who officially RSVP a week before it starts.   But [...]

Media Access Workshop 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 16, 2017) – The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) mourns the passing of distinguished journalist Claude Lewis. Lewis was one of the founders of PABJ and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

More Than Just Green the Color of Cannabis

Pennsylvania lawmakers, community members and businesses and are paying more attention to the prospect of legalizing cannabis for adult use consumption in our state.


These conversations are happening as more states across the country legalize cannabis for medicinal or adult use. How does the media, tasked with informing residents from all backgrounds, play a role in covering this ongoing movement and creating an empowered, and engaged, community?