SAABJ is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization
In 1998, six black media professionals pulled their money together to start the city’s first San Antonio Association of Black Journalists, which is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Despite the fact that San Antonio has a small black population, the chapter has successfully recruited new members every year; and gives out thousands of dollars in scholarships to media students.
SAABJ advocates for a diverse media, encourages students to pursue their media careers and offers its members tools to enhance their careers.
SAABJ has completed a number of community projects. Here are a few highlights:
• Donates scholarships annually to journalism students
• Hosted annual free “How to Write a News Release” workshop for several years
• Donated $135 and collected eight boxes of books for an Ethnic Book Drive for the library of Princeville, North Carolina – the oldest African-American town in the United States, which was wiped out by Hurricane Floyd.
• Participates annually in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March in January,
• Annually hosts a dinner and open discussion with minority high school students attending the San Antonio College’s Urban Journalism Workshop
• Organized a regional journalism conference in 2000 to professionals and students. The event allowed the students to grill top executives with Phillip Morris Co about its tobacco marketing
• Helps students at Sam Houston High School with their broadcast and newspaper programs.
• Participated annually in the All-Media Mixer that includes all the local journalism organizations