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About 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.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]


The purpose of the PABJ shall be the organizing ofBlack journalists into a cohesive group that can:(a) Advance the interests of Blacks in the journalistic profession andserve as role models and mentors for students interested in journalism.(b) Strengthen ties among Blacks in all media.(c) Sensitize the media to racism in its news coverage andemployment practices.(d) Sponsor scholarships for students to ensure continuedrepresentation of Blacks in the media.(e) Assist Black journalists in enhancing their skills.(f) Assist the community in accessingthe media through such activities as workshops and community forums.(g) Provide a job bank for Black journalists.(h) Do other activities not prohibited to nonprofit corporations bySection 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, and the rulings and regulations thereunder.[/vc_column_text][nd_options_spacer nd_options_height=”30″][vc_column_text]

Governing Documents

Click here to review PABJ’s current Bylaws.

Click here to review PABJ’s current Operating Procedures.

If you have questions regarding PABJ’s governing documents, please contact Parliamentarian Denise James.

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  • Strengthen ties among blacks in all media.
  • Sensitize the media to biased news coverage.
  • Promote diversity 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.
  • Offer workshops that teach the community how to gain access to the media.- Expand job opportunities for black journalists.

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