The New York Association of Black Journalists is excited to confirm the return of our annual awards gala to honor the best and brightest in New York journalism.

NYABJ’s Scholarship & Awards Gala is set for September 2016. As we finalize the details and the gala location, we want to give editors, reporters and producers a chance to start thinking about the work they’d enter in this year’s competition. Our contest will open for entries on May 1 and close on May 31. (THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 7!)


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 August 1, 2014 through January 1, 2016 will be eligible for consideration.

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 three (3) entries for $50. Non-NYABJ members will pay $50 per entry. Here’s a helpful guide for how to pay for entries:



More details about the gala and tickets for the event to come… Check back here soon.

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.

For gala corporate sponsorship and souvenir journal ad rates, please contact Awards Chair, Cheryl Wills at