The New York Association of Black Journalists


NYABJ is a network of media professionals who advocate on behalf of Black journalists in the New York City area. We are also an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). In 2013, we were named professional chapter of the year and in 2014, we were a finalist for that same honor.


NYABJ is one of the the most active local chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), which boasts 3,300 members and is the world’s largest organization for journalists of color. Founded in 1976, NYABJ has a legacy of providing professional and moral support to its members. Our ranks include reporters, editors, photographers, graphics editors, art directors, public relations professionals, students and academics. Throughout each year, we offer professional development workshops, writing and editing seminars, career assessment sessions and informational forums on fellowships nationwide.


Our committees include an active and vocal Media Watch committee, which closely monitors local news organizations to point out racially insensitive coverage; an African/Caribbean Outreach committee that informs members and the public about issues affecting the African diaspora; a Programming committee that coordinates panels, screenings and other projects focusing on issues of interest to members and the black community; and a Student Services committee that helps future journalists excel.

Student Services gives thousands of dollars in scholarships and its annual eight-week journalism workshop for high school students helps to build a foundation for understanding news careers.Find out more about the chapter and how you can get involved.