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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of "African-American journalists, students, and media professionals. Founded in 1975 in "Washington, D.C., by 44 journalists, the NABJ's stated purpose is to provide quality programs and services to and advocate on behalf of black journalists.[1] The organization has worked for diversity and to increase the number of minorities in newsrooms across the country.[2]

The association's national office is on the main campus of the "University of Maryland, College Park. The current president is Sarah Glover, Social Media Editor for NBC-owned television stations, and the executive consultant is Drew Berry. The NABJ states that it has a membership of 4,100 and is the largest organization of journalists "of color in the United States.[1] The organization was one of the four minority journalist member associations in the "UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. until they seceded from the organization in Spring 2011.

The organization's annual Salute to Excellence Awards honors coverage of African-American people and subjects. Awards given include Journalist of the Year, Emerging Journalist and Lifetime Achievement; past honorees have included "Ed Bradley, "Carole Simpson, "Byron Pitts, "Charlayne Hunter-Gault, "Bernard Shaw, and "Michele Norris. NABJ also maintains the "NABJ Hall of Fame, which is designed to honor black journalists.


Annual Convention and Career Fair[edit]

NABJ annually holds the nation's largest journalism convention and career fair each summer with plenary sessions and workshops for career and professional development.

Recent speakers have included former U.S. President "Bill Clinton, Liberian President "Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, "Hillary Clinton then presidential candidate "Barack Obama, and "Senegalese President "Abdoulaye Wade. The convention features hundreds of recruiters and is among the best means of finding a journalism position in the industry.

The NABJ Career Fair encompasses the nations broadcast, print, and online media including recruiters from "Gannett Corporation, "NBC News, "CNN, "Bloomberg, "Google, "ESPN, "The Huffington Post, "The New York Times, and "Tribune Company.

NABJ held its first convention in October 1976 at "Texas Southern University, which at the time had recently established the second school of communications at a "historically black college or university in the nation (the first was the School of Communications at "Howard University).

Future locations of the NABJ Convention and Career Fair include Washington, D.C.; New Orleans, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan.

In October 2014, CNN withdrew its support for the 2015 Convention and Career Fair after the NABJ criticized the network for its lack of diversity on air and its treatment of black employees.[3][4][5]


During its Annual Convention and Career Fair, NABJ presents various awards at the annual Salute to Excellence Awards Gala.[6][7]

Journalist of the Year[edit]

Legacy Award[edit]

Journalism Educator of the Year[edit]

Student Journalist of the Year[edit]

Community Service Award[edit]

Emerging Journalist of the Year[edit]

Pat Tobin Media Professional Award[edit]

Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist[edit]

Best Practices[edit]

Student Chapter of the Year[edit]

Chapter of the Year[edit]



President's Award[edit]


The organization also distributes more than $100,000 in "scholarships to "African-American college journalism students, places 14-16 students at paid "internships and sponsors short courses for students at "historically black colleges and universities.

Task forces[edit]


On December 12, 1975, 44 men and women gathered at the "Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. (now the "Marriott Wardman Park) to form the NABJ. The following are their names and where they worked at the time:[13]


Twenty-one people have served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists:


  1. ^ a b "History/Mission - National Association of Black Journalists". www.nabj.org. 
  2. ^ Rose Creasman Welcome, "Minority Groups Praise BuzzFeed’s Diversity Pledge", American Journalism Review, October 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Eddie Scarry, "Black Journalists Group ‘Concerned’ About CNN", Mediaite, October 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Richard Prince, "CNN’s Restructuring Results in Several Layoffs for Journalists of Color", "The Root, October 16, 2014.
  5. ^ Aprill Turner, "CNN Withdraws Support of the National Association of Black Journalists", NABJ News Release, October 17, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d Turner, Aprill (April 20, 2011). "NABJ Honors Pioneering Sports Journalist, ESPN's Claire Smith with Annual Legacy Award". National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Retrieved 2011-10-21. [T]he association’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Philadelphia, PA, ... [was to be held on] Saturday, August 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Past Special Honors Recipients - National Association of Black Journalists". www.nabj.org. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "NABJ Special Honors Award Winners 2013 - National Association of Black Journalists". www.nabj.org. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g April Turner, "NABJ Announces 2014 Salute to Excellence Awards Finalists", Friday, May 30, 2014, accessed 11/18/2014.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "NABJ Special Honors Award Winners 2011 - National Association of Black Journalists". www.nabj.org. 
  11. ^ "NABJ Honors Morgan State University's, Allissa Richardson as Journalism Educator of the Year - National Association of Black Journalists". www.nabj.org. 
  12. ^ Roberts, Sam (January 20, 2017). "William A. Hilliard, 89, Pioneering Black Journalist, Dies". "The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  13. ^ "NABJ Founders - National Association of Black Journalists". www.nabj.org. 

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