Welcome to the online home of the Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists (IABJ), a nonprofit organization that has served African-American journalists for nearly 20 years. IABJ is Indiana’s most prominent group of veteran, young and aspiring black journalists. Our national organization (NABJ) strives to unite Black journalists dedicated to excellence and diversity in news coverage, and full equality in the industry.
Founded in 1991, IABJ has a legacy of providing professional and moral support to reporters, editors, photographers, graphics editors, art directors, public relations professionals, students and journalism instructors. The chapter also has a history of helping future journalists excel. To date, IABJ has given more than $20,000 in scholarships to college students who aspire to careers in communications and media.
At the local level, IABJ helps young high school and college students by introducing them to careers in journalism and communications. We critique their work, take them to our jobs, and assist them as they breathe life into their stories and ideas. We also are a source for job leads and career development programs for working media professionals.
Our organization works as the public’s watchdog. We have active and vocal members who closely monitor news organizations to point out racially insensitive coverage. We also work in newsrooms, TV stations and boardrooms across the state – using our judgment and experience to guide and influence news stories that are relevant to people of color.
IABJ members are the decision makers in front of the camera and behind the headlines. Our local executive board works in conjunction with the national board to ensure that we are providing quality programs and support to all our professional and student members.
Become a member of IABJ by clicking the Membership tab and filling out an application. Please attend one of our general meetings and/or upcoming events to see firsthand what IABJ is all about. I also encourage you to continue visiting our website and Facebook page and follow our tweets on Twitter for news, updates, membership photos and videos.
Remember: There is power in numbers. Join IABJ today!
With warmest regards and best wishes,
DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Producer, WTHR-TV