The New York Association of Black Journalists is excited to bring back our media awards competition to honor the best and brightest in New York journalism.


We aim to recognize exemplary coverage of people or issues in the African/African American Diaspora. The competition is open to all professional (staff and freelance) journalists in print, broadcast or online news media. Only work originally published or broadcast between January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 will be eligible for consideration.

Entries are being accepted from now until July 18, 2018.

NEWSPAPER:  Spot/General News, General Feature, Public Affairs, and Commentary
TELEVISION: Spot/General News, General Feature, Public Affairs, and Documentary
RADIO:  Spot/General News, Public Affairs, General Feature, and Sports
ONLINE MEDIA: Spot/General News, General Feature, Investigative, and Blog Commentary
MAGAZINE: General Feature, Investigative, Commentary, and International

This year, our contest submission process will be done entirely online through the Better Newspaper Contest service. To enter the contest, visit our BNC website. The service has a FAQ/Contestant Guide — review or download it below:


NYABJ members can submit up to two (2) entries for $25 each. Non-NYABJ members will pay $50 per entry. Here’s a helpful guide for how to pay for entries:


As always, the gala raises money for the First Take NYC High School Journalism Workshop, an eight-week intensive program that teaches reporting, writing and multimedia skills to area youth.