New York Association of Black Journalist’s (NYABJ)
efforts have been to honor outstanding black journalist
and to encourage students in journalism careers.
According to NYABJ, they try sensitizing the media to
the unconscious racism in its coverage of the black community,
and expanding coverage and reporting of black issues.
NYABJ tries to attract students to careers in journalism
by introducing them to the field through workshops. These
workshops will be running from September 23rd thru November
15th. The eight-week workshop includes a comprehensive
introduction to print and mass media at Long Island University
(LIU) Brooklyn campus.
Not only does NYABJ publish newsletters, but they also
hold meetings concerning African Americans in media. Diversity
in the newsroom is an issue for NYABJ, therefore they
want to expand job opportunities and assist in recruitment
of black journalist. “Diversity is extremely important
in the newsroom,” said Mr. Fraser.
From 1976 to the present, NYABJ has been sparking the
interest of students of color by awarding scholarships
as well as attempting to gain exposure with African Americans
in the media.
NYABJ Gerard Fraser, who has worked at the New York Times
for twenty-four years, described the newsroom as a place
where interns and new reporters are protected by the editors
and become their “star.”
“Young people are viewed as having star potential
and colleagues are jealous of who you are,” said
“ I really believe that NYABJ has a good mission
and I really want to be a part of that mission,”
said Zita Allen, chairman of public relations committee
Out the Official NYABL web site at NYABL.org