The Memphis Association of Black Journalists is a Memphis based organization for young local journalists. Particularly, minority journalists whether experienced or fresh out of school. Some legacy members of the organization include longtime production specialist at WREG-TV Eddie Goss and WREG veteran anchors Alex Coleman and April Thompson who anchor together at 4:00pm.
Montee Lopez is the current president of MABJ. He is a morning show producer at WATN-TV in Memphis. Lopez said the purpose of the organization is to help young or veteran minority journalists network, get though the stressful work week of media, and to serve the Memphis community. MABJ also holds several events to support the organization.
Lopez said that the last fundraiser MABJ had raised about $300 for the scholarship fund. The goal is to give out two $500 scholarships for media based majors.
“We want to support our students and so we have set up this fund for books and supplies,” he said.
MABJ has over 30 members including recurring guest members in the organization.
The organization serves minority journalists throughout the Mid-South including Jackson, TN and parts of Mississippi and Arkansas.