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!


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.

Click here to see our calendar. 

Meet the RABJ


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Dave McCleary
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Dave is a publisher, journalist, and president of the Minority Reporter Media Group. Since 2007, he has been covering news in the African American and Latino communities in the Rochester and Syracuse areas through his publications Minority Reporter, La Voz, and CNY Vision newspapers. We’re excited to welcome Dave as our new leader and look forward to the new direction of RABJ.

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April Franklin
Vice President
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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.

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The Secretary shall keep a roll of the membership of the Association, and shall notify members of the monthly meeting, and any special business meetings of the general membership that may be called. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all business meetings of the Board of Directors and the general membership. He/she shall also undertake other duties as assigned by the President. If interested, please contact the Vice President April Franklin.

Chib Onwunaka
Web Designer
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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.