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Mission Statement

The Chicago Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) is dedicated to the support, recognition and professional advancement of African Americans in the news industry. Founded on July 15, 1976, CABJ brought together black media representatives in Chicago to encourage expanded, in-depth coverage of the African American community.

  • Sensitize major media to institutionalized racism in its coverage and employment practices.
  • Strengthen ties between mainstream media, the black press, alternative press, local publishers/entrepreneurs and management professionals in the media.
  • Honor excellence and achievement of journalists and media professionals.
  • Act as a clearinghouse for jobs and opportunities for career advancement.
  • Encourage journalism students to pursue careers in the profession.
  • To chronicle the history of African American journalists in the Chicago area.
Core Values:
  1. Community. We believe in a strong community environment and service to our membership and the community at large.

  2. Inclusiveness. We believe in the inclusion of all journalists and media related professionals into the CABJ community.

  3. Respect. We value each person's intrinsic worth and uniqueness. We acknowledge everyone's contributions and honor his/her opinions.

  4. Ethics. We believe in following rules and orderly governance to protect the integrity and stability of the organization. We will deal with our membership honestly and fairly.

  5. Service. We believe in supporting our members and taking an "active role" in helping them to develop into all they can be.

  6. Innovation. We believe in embracing creativity, new ideas and new ways of continuously improving our organization.

  7. Excellence. We believe in fostering excellence among journalists and recognizing them for their achievements.