2019 PROFESSIONAL CHAPTER OF THE YEAR
HONORING OUR PAST AND WORKING FOR THE FUTURE
THE ROCHESTER ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2021
Contact: Dave McCleary, RABJ President
RABJ Statement Regarding Sexual Harassment of Journalist Brianna Hamblin
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists supports and commends Spectrum News 1 journalist Brianna Hamblin for her bravery in confronting the inappropriate behavior of male passersby during her news reporting Friday.
Unfortunately the harassment of women in public spaces is not uncommon. But women should not be forced to just “roll with it or ignore it,” as emphasized in Hamblin’s tweet exposing the situation.
In an industry that is still dominated by men, it is important that we all demand that women in the field be treated with respect and dignity. Additionally, as a Black journalist, Hamblin is already faced with an uphill battle to obtain equity.
Part of the mission of RABJ is to serve as a resource to Black journalists and to advocate for fair and equal treatment in the newsroom and in the field. We will continue to support Hamblin and all Black journalists in this quest.
Founded in 2004, the Rochester Association of Black Journalists is a nonprofit that works to groom future journalists of color, help chapter members thrive in their current roles, and advocate for African-Americans to be depicted in a fair and balanced way in the media. The National Association of Black Journalists named RABJ the Professional Chapter of the Year in 2019.
BLACK CINEMA SERIES
In partnership with the Little Theatre The Black Cinema Series celebrates both documentary and narrative expressions in black cinema with a curated film choice every month. To complement each film, The Little will host discussions led by RABJ members, local experts, community leaders, and filmmakers after each series screening. The series began during Black History Month in 2017 with the critically acclaimed I Am Not Your Negro.
PROJECTS & EVENTS
RABJ hosts a series of events and carries out numerous projects that celebrate and supports the life and achievements of Black journalists and aspiring journalists throughout the Rochester area.
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists is a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists that covers the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
The organization works to groom future journalists of color, help chapter members thrive in their current roles, and advocate for African-Americans to be depicted in a fair and balanced way in the media.
As a 501c(3) non-profit, we are committed to providing services such as education, scholarships, and advocacy for Black people in our community to improve representation in the field of journalism. Please consider donating to the cause as we cannot do this without you.