About the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

Tauhid Chappll, Ernest Owens, Manny Smith, Vincent Thompson, Sharyn Flanagan, Camai Ellis

The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists Executive Board.


Back (from L to R): Secretary Tauhid Chappell, Vice President of Broadcast Vincent Thompson,

 President Manuel Smith, Vice President of Print Ernest Owens, Treasurer Camari Ellis

Front: Parliamentarian Sharyn Flanagan

Founded in 1974, The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) is the nation’s oldest professional association of journalists of color. We are the founding chapter of the National Association of of Black Journalists.

This rich history allows us to serve as advocates for newsroom diversity and fair coverage of communities of color. Beyond newsroom diversity, our communities benefit best when we own the stories that get told and shared about us.

We serve this mission through our awards programs, training institutes and signature community programs like our renowned Media Access Workshop.

In 2019, PABJ launched a first-of-its kind residency at Pipeline Philly, a co-working space next to City Hall. It is the cornerstone of PABJ’s new focus on supporting Black content creators & media entrepreneurs.

Want to support PABJ? Become a member or send a donation. Both support PABJ scholarships, mentorship, training opportunities and community empowerment events.


Support us through PayPal by addressing your donation to PleasePayPABJ@gmail.com

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