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.

PABJ Meeting

April 2019 General Membership Meeting
The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists will hold its monthly chapter meeting on April 9 at 7 p.m. at Pipeline Philly.

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).


Some highlights of serving on a committee:
Have three to four committee members, all of whom should be PABJ members
hold regular meetings as needed (monthly or bi-monthly), can be via conference call or in-person

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?