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Dear user,

Welcome to the The University of Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists' website, where we support rising journalists in all fields while supporting quality journalism and diversity in newsrooms!

UKNABJ is an organized group of JOU, COM, ISC and MAS majors in the College of Communication and Information who are dedicated to diversifying the field and strengthening the media industry.

Every summer, our chapter visits the annual NABJ convention and career fair to network with media professionals, and chapters around the world to enhance our skills.

This year, the UKNABJ is placing special emphasis on building community and scholarship.

Our goal is to help students of color gain the necessary skills to thrive in this competitive industry and ultimately to obtain the career they've dreamed of.

Through planned events, fundraisers, interactive meetings and the help of driven students and professionals we invite you to join us this year as we take the UKNABJ to new heights!

Feel free to browse our website and get to know our organization!

Portal Information


The University of Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists is a group that has been dedicated to the advancement of minorities in media on UK campus and in the Lexington, Ky. community for more than 12 years.

The UK chapter abides by the NABJ constitution as well as the UKNABJ bylaws and believes in its mission to:

Strengthening ties among black journalists;
Sensitizing all media to the importance of fairness in the workplace for black journalists;
Expanding job opportunities and recruiting activities for veteran, young and aspiring black journalists, while providing continued professional development and training;
Increasing the number of black journalists in management positions and encouraging black journalists to become entrepreneurs;
Fostering an exemplary group of professionals that honors excellence and outstanding achievements by black journalists, and outstanding achievement in the media industry as a whole, particularly when it comes to providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large;
Working with high schools and colleges to identify and encourage black students to become journalists, and to diversify faculties and related curriculum; and
Providing informational and training services to the general public.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

Join us and be a part of a group dedicated to growing you and the professional media industry.



Organization Email

This should be an organization email, as opposed to an individual student's email.

Meeting Day, Time, & Location

Every Other Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the Grehan Building in The Maggie Room

Selection Process

If your organization has selective membership, please describe the selection process.

The University of Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists opens membership to all students interested in joining regardless of race, ethnicity, background, gender, sexual orientation, social status, etc. As a student in good standing with the University of Kentucky you are welcome to be a part of UK NABJ and participate in activities, trips and regular general body meetings, as well as fundraisers and special events.
Local membership to UK NABJ requires a payment of $10 per semester for dues.
National membership to the NABJ requires an annual payment of dues, which can be found at
Local and national membership is strongly encouraged.

Advisor First and Last Name

Advisors must be full-time faculty or staff members.

Mel Coffee

Advisor Title and Department

e.g. Assistant Director for Leadership Education, Office of Student Involvement
Assistant Professor of Geology, Arts & Sciences

Associate Professor in the School of Journalism

Advisor Email

Must be a valid UKY email address.

President/Primary Contact Name

Aaron Porter

President Email Address