National Association of Black Journalists
Student Chapter

One chapter affiliation application and nearly 50 days of waiting and the National Association of Black Journalists at Marquette University (NABJ-MU) is an official NABJ student chapter. This is the only NABJ student chapter to exist in the entire state of Wisconsin.


Originally founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color. Committed to diversity, not only in the stories that are presented by media organizations, but also the journalists who write them, NABJ has been an important part of the journalism industry for over 30 years.

NABJ-MU will now officially be apart of this legacy.


Now in existence, NABJ-MU has potential to offer opportunities to all ethnicities and areas of study. While the intent of this chapters is to promote more students to go into the journalism/communications fields, one cannot deny the professional and personal developments to be experienced. Nor can one deny NABJ-MU’s ability to be advocates for students of color by giving them a voice on campus.


In addition, with NABJ-MU’s presence within the Diederich College of Communication, it is only inevitable that the chapter will inspire and ignite a sense of hope and community amongst current and future students of color within the college.


Notable Marquette alumni NABJ members include:

  • Joy Bennett Kinnon (Jour ’79), Senior Editor at Ebony magazine, a publication that focuses on how things impact the African American community.
  • James Causey (Jour ’92), Editorial Writer for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Current president of the WBMA.
  • Toni Coleman (Jour ’96), Editor at Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, magazine that focuses on the issues that students of color face in education.
  • Herbert Lowe (Jour ’84), Professional in Residence, Journalism department, Diederich College of Communication. Served as president of national NABJ organization from 2003 to 2005.
  • Barry Simms (Jour ’84), Anchor and News Reporter for WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Ronald Smith (Jour ’05), Assistant Managing Editor/News Operations at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  • Gregory Stanford (attended Marquette in the late 1960’s). Former Writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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