The Boston Association of Black Journalists, Inc., was incorporated in 1989 as a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
The nonprofit association was re-incorporated in 1995 in its current state.
BABJ’s charge, as defined by the association’s bylaws, is as follows:
- (a) promote and enhance the professional growth of its Members through discussions, workshops, and media activities;
- (b) seek to establish a job referral and/or job listing service to the membership;
- (c) conduct meetings with newsmakers in order to establish viable contacts between them and the membership;
- (d) recognize outstanding journalistic talent from within its ranks and from the community at large;
- (e) promote and encourage Black journalistic talent through scholarship grants and awards to high school and college students and increase their awareness of the media through individual and group presentations; and
- (f) educate members of the community about their roles as media consumers and how to use the media effectively to achieve their own goals and objectives.
The association is composed of print, digital, television, and radio journalists as well as public relations professionals, students, and newsroom managers from the greater Boston area.
NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provide quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.
Founded by 44 men and women on Dec. 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.