Serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, & Lake Counties
The Central Florida Association of Black Journalists was founded in 1983 as the Black Media Association/Central Florida. Its mission was to form a regional network of journalists that would serve as a forum in which they could to improve skills and share ideas and experiences.The organization became an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists in 1991. Currently, CFABJ serves journalists, media and public relations professionals, and students and professors in the communications field in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, and Lake counties.
Since its inception, CFABJ has been diligent in providing its members with opportunities for career growth. For example, the chapter has hosted three regional National Association of Black Journalists conferences, which included sessions on ethics, good writing, and upward mobility in management. Journalists form six states in the southeast region attended.
Each year, the organization hosts the media tent at the Zora Neale Hurston Festival in Eatonville. This five-day arts and humanities festival is rated as one of the top festivals in the United States.
The chapter honors its longtime participation in Orlando’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Members and friends of organization design and build a float each year featuring the theme established by the city’s parade committee. In 2004, the float won first place the Best Theme and Design. In 2004, the float won third place.
In 2001, CFABJ was host to the 26th Annual NABJ National Conference. More than 5,000 journalists and broadcasters attended the conference at Walt Disney World. The chapter assisted with the panning and execution and raised more than 20,000 for its scholarship program.
At present, CFABJ supports student chapters at the University of Central Florida and Bethune-Cookman University. Through the years, it also has partnered with journalism programs at Bethune-Cookman University. The chapter provides mentoring, assistance with professional program fees, as well as regional and national conference registration for students.