Our History

 

The National Association of Black Journalist was founded on December 12, 1975, by 44 Black professional journalists, Their mission was to dedicate themselves to the fair and balanced coverage of communities of color. This mission lives on in the 4,000 plus members to date. NABJ is currently the largest organization of journalists of color.

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Signatures of our 44 founders courtesy of NABJ.org

Our University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter was chartered during the summer of 2013 when UW-Madison student L. Malik Anderson had a conversation with Monay Robinson about networking opportunities for minority students in the journalism department during the Summer Collegiate Experience.

Upon arrival on campus for the 2013-2014 academic year, the two charter members decided to pursue an interest in bringing opportunities for students, regardless of major, opportunities to advance themselves in the communications industry. All students, especially those of color are encouraged to join whether they plan on becoming writers, broadcasters, radio/ television personalities, producers, graphic designers, or embarking on any other media-related career.

After establishing the purpose and goals of the chapter, Anderson registered the chapter with the Wisconsin Involvement Network (WIN) on Sept. 15 and the chapter was approved as a student organization on campus Sept. 26. By this time, the chapter officially began with three members from various schools ranging from the College of Letters and Science to the College of Engineering.

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Pictured are our two charter members, Monay Robinson and L. Malik Anderson

 

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