HISTORY

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In 1976, a group of Black journalists founded The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists.  GSLABJ was one of the first chapters to affiliate with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ.)

  

Local members were tired of seeing Blacks rejected (or not even considered)  for media jobs because they weren’t “qualified.”

 

Shortly after the groups’ formation, members created a journalism workshop for high school students to help prepare them for journalism careers.

 

And so, the Minority Journalism Workshop (MJW) was born!  Hosted at a local college, the MJW was set up like a real newsroom and over the years, members have mentored and trained thousands of students.

 

With help from members and the Greater St. Louis community, an estimated $100,000 has been raised and given to students as scholarships.

In addition to the workshop, it was our pleasure to host the 13th Annual NABJ convention in St. Louis.  Our guest speakers included the late, great “60 Minutes” correspondent Ed Bradley.  GSLABJ’s Sharon Stevens was the convention co-chairperson.

In wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, GSLABJ has continued it's service to its members and the community. The organization transitioned to virtual meetings, gave away thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating seniors/ incoming college freshmen. The organization also held a virtual seminar for high school students due to the cancellation of its traditional high school workshop. 

GSLABJ Founders 

  • Gerald M. Boyd (first president), reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*

  • George Curry, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*

  • Gaynelle Evans, producer, KTVI-TV

  • Donald Hammonds, reporter, St. Louis Globe-Democrat

  • Cleora Hughes, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Margie Hollins, public relations manager, City of Wellston, MO

  • LeRoy Grant, public relations manager, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.

  • Robert Joiner, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Betty Lee, editor, Proud magazine*

  • Linda Lockhart, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Chris Moore, producer/ host, KETC-TV

  • Christine Mullen, producer/ writer, J-V-L News

  • Joseph Palmer, publisher, J-V-L News and Proud magazine*

  • Sheila R. Rule, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Robin Smith, reporter/anchor, KMOX-TV

  • Stan Stovall, reporter, KSD-TV

  • Ellen Sweets, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (also of the St. Louis American)

  • Fred Sweets, photographer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (also of the St. Louis American)

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