NATIONAL ASSOCIAITON OF BLACK JOURNALISTS
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists is a local Rochester chapter under the umbrella of the National Association of Black Journalists headquartered at the University of Maryland-Washington Park. Click the learn more button to go to their website!
ROCHESTER ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists strives to help ensure diversity in area media and accurate, balanced coverage of communities of color while serving as a resource for both established and aspiring communicators of African descent.
RABJ brings together people of color who work in the media, or media-related jobs throughout the Rochester area. We provide professional support and development for journalist of color and awards scholarships to promising young black students who plan to pursue careers as journalists.
Membership and Organization
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists is a professional organization whose membership includes journalists from area print, TV, radio and online outlets. Also, public relations and communications professionals serve as members, along with educators and anyone else in a media or media-related profession. Student memberships are available for those who are training to begin journalism as a career.
Join RABJ for our monthly meetings at WXXI Public Broadcasting Council on 280 State St.
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Meet the RABJ
Richard J. McCollough serves as president of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. The Washington D.C. native became Rochester's first African-American metereologist when he worked at WHAM 13. McCollough is a 40-year veteran of television and radio broadcasting who has worked at NBC, ABC, CBS, and PBS affiliates in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Rochester. In 1988, he founded Mirusmedia with a clear mission of producing network quality television and video productions.
April Franklin is Vice President of RABJ. Prior to her current role as host and reporter at WXXI News, she worked many years as a medical technician at Strong Emergency. Her passion for writing and storytelling led her to earn a degree in Journalism and Broadcast from SUNY Brockport. She has been an active member of NABJ since 2016.
Tianna Mañón is the owner of Mañón Media Management, a full-service public relations company that serves businesses, artists and activists across the nation. As a public speaker and social media expert, Tianna is constantly utilizing different platforms and medium outlets to speak to people, business owners and politicians about critical issues. She specializes in campaigns that focus on equity and inclusion
She graduated from RIT in 2015 with dual majors in Journalism and Political Science. As an advocate, she uses media to consistently challenge harmful stereotypes and damaging messages. For several years, Manon revamped a defunct Black magazine in Rochester NY, leading it to have one of the biggest audiences of any minority online-only outlet in the region and creating a platform for difficult conversations on race, gender, politics and policy.
Chib Onwunaka is the owner of Chib Designed It; a web design company located in Rochester, NY. He has worked on multiple sites that range from non-profits, musicians, consultant groups, and more.