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Become a Member

 Enhance your professional and personal development year-round from seasoned media professionals and expand your network within the journalism industry by becoming a WBMA member.  

Membership Benefits


  • Access leadership and mentoring opportunities for black journalists seeking to improve their skills . 

  • As a NABJ Chapter member you get a discount on convention registration.

  • Awards - Seek recognition of your work via “Honoring Our Own” Award

  • Connect with other WBMA members through Mixers and annual Summer Cookout

  • You get to register for upcoming WBMA Upcoming Events 

Levels of Membership

Full Membership shall be accorded to full-time working journalists, who produce, gather or disseminate News; to journalism educators and to retirees who have spent at least 10 years as working journalists.

Associate Membership shall be accorded to persons who work as professionals in mass communications, but who do not meet the requirements of full membership.

Affiliate Membership shall be accorded to persons committed to the goals of the NABJ/WBMA, but who do not meet the requirements of the other categories of membership.

Student Membership is open to anyone who is a full-time student who is majoring in a field within mass Communications or, where the college or university does not offer such a major, indicates a strong interest In pursuing a career in the field.

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WHAT Members SAY

"Personally, I have had a lot of mentors who have helped me develop along the way from NABJ groups across the country from my time as a student through my professional years."  

— Ben Hart, WISN News Director