Dear NYABJ members and supporters,

Thank you for a successful year. The New York Association of Black Journalists started 2018 with a general body meeting at The New York Times with Executive Editor Dean Baquet and we finished the year with our annual Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive. We also held events at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Business Insider and Insider, BuzzFeed with founder Ben Smith, NBC News and MSNBC with Lester Holt and CBS News with Vice President of News Kimberly Godwin.

Julie Walker

In addition, NYABJ hosted the NABJ Region I conference with an opening reception at Bloomberg headquarters keynoted by the Rev. Al Sharpton and former White House Social Secretary Deesha Dyer. The conference included a day of workshops and a job fair at New York University. In 2019, the conference will be held at Hampton University in Virginia.

Other notable accomplishments include our annual awards competition, the Black Male Media Initiative and job fair, scholarships for two members to attend the annual NABJ convention and another successful High School Journalism Workshop, which took place for six Saturdays in the fall. There were also numerous opportunities throughout the year for members to expand their knowledge of the news business as well as network. We also continued a tradition I began, the annual Affinity Mixer, which brought together members from NYABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, SAJA and NLGJA.

The New York Association of Black Journalists is always open to exploring new opportunities for our ever-growing membership. As a 501C3, we are open to accepting donations and or working with you on events. In 2019 we look forward to holding general body meetings at New York Public Radio/Gothamist, Vice News, and AT&T, all of which have all committed to hosting us. Google will also be holding a media workshop for us. If your company would like to plan something for us or if there is an opportunity to partner or attend a workshop or event, please reach out.  

Thank you,

Julie Walker
President NYABJ
New York Association of Black Journalists
Correspondent AP Radio
@jwalkreporter @nyabj


Thank you for your continued support and interest in the New York Association of Black Journalists. I was re-elected NYABJ President and am excited to serve again in 2018-2020.

This year we have several opportunities for media companies and others to get involved with our programming and sponsorships.

Please consider hosting NYABJ at your organization, as well as inviting us to your events. Our membership includes emerging and top journalists and media professionals across the city who are constantly seeking new content ideas and who are interested in expanding their networks.

Hosting one of our five general body meetings during the year gives your organization the chance to highlight its work and to recruit our members. In the past we’ve been hosted by WNYC, CBS, AP, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. In January, The New York Times hosted us for a conversation with Executive Editor Dean Baquet. We are booked in March, at Business Insider, in May, BuzzFeed and in September, NBC News.

A few additional notes:
-NYABJ will be hosting the NABJ Region I Convention in April.
-During Region I, we will offer a 2018 Diversity and Management Training workshop.
-We continue our work to bring the annual NABJ Convention to NYC.
-We will again hold our annual Awards competition and ask that you encourage
colleagues to submit their work when it opens in March.
-In June, we will hold our Black Male Media Project, a nationwide NABJ effort to uplift black
men in the media. Last year NBC was our host at Rockefeller Center. This year there is an
opportunity to host us.
-In the Fall, we will again hold our highly successful First Take High School Journalism workshop. The two-month long program takes
place every Saturday and teaches high school students how to be a journalist. In the past, we
had a student published in the NY Daily News. We are always looking for funding for the program,
as well as in-kind donations.
-In addition, in the Fall we will hold a Gala to recognize our colleagues’ achievements. There
are several levels of sponsorship opportunities for that.
-We are a 501C3.

NYABJ is graciously run and managed by volunteers who also work full-time. We rely on our networks and communities to develop the best programming for our membership and to elevate the voices and work of black journalists.

Thank you,

Julie Walker
President NYABJ
New York Association of Black Journalists
Correspondent AP Radio