Founded in 1974, PABJ is the nation’s oldest professional association of Black journalists. With over 200 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.
The purpose of the PABJ shall be the organizing of Black journalists into a cohesive group that can:
(a) Advance the interests of Blacks in the journalistic profession and serve 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 and employment practices.
(d) Sponsor scholarships for students to ensure continued representation of Blacks in the media.
(e) Assist Black journalists in enhancing their skills.
(f) Assist the community in accessing the 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.