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MR-5-01I am honored and enthusiastic as I begin my term as president of PABJ. I am
committed to increasing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair coverage of the
Black community.

Started by a group of trailblazing pioneers in 1973, PABJ is the nation’s oldest
organization dedicated to the development of Black journalists and the founding
chapter of NABJ.

The theme of my term is “Black Vigilance.” Freedom of the press is under attack and
viewed with suspicion as some belittle or discount factual news reporting. How to
stop digitally spread fake news, and the use of Twitter as a personal attack medium
are of great concern. How do journalists deal with Social Media posts that might – or
might not – be official government policy?

During my tenure our goals will be to build the next generation of warriors through
mentorship, increase the chapter’s visibility through community service and quality
programming, and build alliances with other journalist organizations.

I encourage you to recommit your involvement in PABJ. There are multiple
committees that need your help, including Media Monitoring, Membership,
Fundraising, Bylaws, and Election.

We welcome your feedback to ensure that we support these goals throughout the
year and assist in our members’ professional development.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meetings. So, from the new
executive board and myself, thank you for your continued support, enthusiasm, and
commitment to PABJ.

Melony Roy
President, Phila. Association of Black Journalists
Social Media Editor, KYW Newsradio



The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 by journalists concerned about the lack of black journalists in the media and the dearth of coverage of the black community.


  • Strengthen ties among blacks in all media.
  • Sensitize the media to biased news coverage.
  • Promote diversity in newsrooms.
  • Sponsor scholarships for black high school students interested in journalism.
  • Honor excellence and achievement in the media.
  • Offer workshops to enhance the skills of black journalists.
  • Offer workshops that teach the community how to gain access to the media.- Expand job opportunities for black journalists.


Click here to review PABJ's current Bylaws.

Click here to review PABJ's current Operating Procedures.

If you have questions regarding PABJ's governing documents, please contact Parliamentarian Denise James.



Jay-Scott-Smith Jay Scott Smith
Vice President-Broadcast
Jay Scott Smith is a multimedia and broadcast journalist. Overall, He has nearly 15 years experience as a journalist, broadcaster, voice over artist, and audio production specialist.

Jay received his Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University and a Master's Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, he covered sports, business, political, and human interest stories for a number of publications including The Detroit News, Newsweek, Magazine,, The Daily Beast, the Asbury Park Press and

As the Vice President of Broadcast for PABJ, he has made it his goal to help the organization grow as well as be an advocate for Black and Brown Journalists in the Philadelphia region.
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s-sneed-head Sheldon Sneed
Vice President-Print
Sheldon Sneed is a graphic artist and designer with the Asbury Park Press Design Studio. With more than twenty years of experience, Sheldon began his career working for the Gannett Newspaper Company and has worked for the Jackson Sun, The Ft. Myers News Press and the Courier-Post. He also runs his own freelancing company, Sheldon Sneed Designs. He designs the NABJ Journal Magazine.
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Candace Candace Shelton
Candace Shelton is a native of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. After high school, she earned a full tuition scholarship to Boston University, where she received her degree in journalism in 2014.

Soon after graduation, she worked as a news apprentice at KYW-TV.  In 2016, Candace transitioned to Visit Philadelphia where she is a digital content coordinator for and
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cherri Cherri Gregg
Immediate Past President
Cherri is the Community Affairs reporter for KYW Newsradio. She reports on civil rights, social justice, public affairs issues and underserved communities for KYW Radio, CB3-TV and

An award winning journalist, Cherri prides herself on community connection and frequently hosts events and moderate panels.  The DC native is a licensed attorney, with degrees from Boston University, Howard University School of Law and Temple University.

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HaniyyahHeadshot Haniyyah Sharpe
Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown is a driven leader.  She is a creative thinker and innovative in her approach to create collaborative opportunities for others and most importantly, can motivate people around her to turn their ideas into reality. A graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Journalism, Mrs. Sharpe-Brown brings over eight years of extensive experience (locally, regionally and nationally) in the communications field with special focus on public relations, social media, community relations and strategic planning.

She is the Communications Manager to Philadelphia Councilwoman At-Large Blondell Reynolds Brown, Majority Whip; Founder and Principal Consultant of On Point Communications; ; and sits on the board of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists; PA Cares Mentoring Movement and the Union Benevolent Association.
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Twitter: @OnPoint24_7 
booth Erica Booth
Erica Booth, Author, President and CEO of Erica Booth Tax & Accounting Services, LLC has more than a decade of experience specializing in finance and small business taxes. Erica is a 2006 graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. She has earned a MBA in Finance from Wilmington University in 2012. Always trying to expand her knowledge base, Erica is currently attending the University of Denver, attaining a Master’s Degree in Taxation as well as currently obtaining her license as an Enrolled Agent. The Enrolled Agent License is for tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

Erica Booth is also the President and Executive Director of A.B.L.E (Advancing Businesses for Longevity and Entrepreneurship) a non profit organization which focuses on educating individuals and business owners on the value of learning about taxes and business finance. She has written a book titled, A Tax Deduction Guide for Small Business, specifically for small business owners to reference for business taxes. Through workshops and webinars, A.B.L.E will create financial awareness and the importance of building and sustaining a profitable business.



Congratulations 2016 Honorees! 
Each year, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) honors area journalists for their outstanding contributions to the industry and also recognizes community leaders for their efforts to enhance the quality of life in the Delaware & Lehigh Valleys.  

This year’s PABJ Award honorees are:
2016 PABJ Journalist of the Year (Online): Carron Phillips, engagement editor at the News Journal/Delaware Online in Wilmington, DE. He is being honored for his groundbreaking opinion pieces that explore race, sports, pop culture, education and current events in and around Delaware.

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award: Robin "Bobbi" Booker, a multimedia journalist whose editorial experience spans news, culture, lifestyle, business, sports, politics and entertainment, for such diverse outlets as The Philadelphia Tribune,, NPR Books, and more. She is being honored for her decades long dedication to documenting the world of America's Black people.

2016 Impact Award: Cesar Aldama, manager of news operations at NBC10 and Telemundo. He is being honored for his outstanding work and contributions for over 25 years, to news, entertainment and sports. During his career, Caesar has managed news operations at stations in Miami, Philadelphia and Orlando.

2016 PABJ Community Service Award: Cheryl Ann Wadlington,Cheryl Ann Wadlington, founder of the Evoluer House. The award winning fashion journalist and commentator is being honored for her decades long commitment to empowering marginalized girls with the tools they need to become college-bound and career-ready, and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

2016 Trailblazer Award: Ernest Owens is an award-winning multimedia journalist and editor of Philadelphia Magazine’s “G-Philly.” He is also the face behind “The Ernest Opinion” column for Metro US. Ernest is being honored for his dedication to reporting on race, politics, pop culture and entertainment and his advocacy for the LGBT community.

2016 PABJ Media Professional of Year: Aalyah Duncan, owner of public relations agency Alist Events Marketing LLC, founded her company in 2013 and is being honored for her communications work in the arts and entertainment industry.  Her clients have included award-winning artists such as Najee, Joey Sommerfield, Kebbi Williams and Carvin Haggins.   

 PABJ will honor its Award winners at its Awards & Scholarship Reception on Saturday, October 22, 2015 from 6 to 10:30 p.m., at WHYY Studios, 6th Street between Arch & Race Streets, Philadelphia. Tickets for the awards program and reception are $65.00 if purchased by October 15 and $75 thereafter.  Students pay $25.  Click here for tickets.  Monies raised benefit PABJ’s student scholarships, journalism training workshops and community programming. PABJ’s 2016 Student Scholarship recipients will be announced the last week of September.  

You can create some beautiful content by using some simple HTML elements. The Warp theme framework offers some neat styles for all HTML elements and a great set of CSS classes to style your content. Basic HTML is very easy to learn and this small guide shows you how to use all styles provided by the Warp framework.

Basic HTML Elements

Here is a short demonstration of text-level semanticts. The <p> element creates a new paragraph. It will have some space before and after itself. To turn your text into hypertext just use the <a> element.

Text-Level Semantics

You can emphasize text using the <em> element or to imply any extra importance the <strong> element. Highlight text with no semantic meaning using the <mark> element. Markup document changes like inserted or deleted text with the <del> element or <ins> element. To define an abbreviation use the <abbr> element and to define a definition term use the <dfn> element.

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Quotations and Code

Inline quotations can be defined by using the <q> element.

The <blockquote> element defines a long quotation which also creates a new block by inserting white space before and after the blockquote element.

To define a short inline computer code use the <code> element. For a larger code snippet use the <pre> element which defines preformatted text. It creates a new text block which preserves both spaces and line breaks.

pre {
    margin: 15px 0;
    padding: 10px;
    font-family: "Courier New", Courier, monospace;
    font-size: 12px;
    line-height: 18px;
    white-space: pre-wrap;
Use the <small> element for side comments and small print.

Useful CSS Classes

Here is a short demonstration of all style related CSS classes provided by the Warp framework.

Highlight Content

Drop caps are the first letter of a paragraph which are displayed bigger than the rest of the text. You can create a drop cap using the CSS class dropcap. To emphasize text with some small boxes use <em> element with the CSS class box.

This simple box is intended to group large parts of your content using the CSS class box-content.
This is a simple box to highlight some text using the CSS class box-note.
This is a simple box with useful information using the CSS class box-info.
This is a simple box with important notes and warnings using the CSS class box-warning.
This is a simple box with additional hints using the CSS class box-hint.
This is a simple box with download information using the CSS class box-download.

Use the CSS class dotted to create a dotted horizontal rule.


Create a zebra stripped table using using the CSS class zebra.

Table caption
Table Heading Table Heading Table Heading
Table Footer Table Footer Table Footer
Table Data Table Data Data Centered
Data Bold Table Data Data Centered
Table Data Table Data Data Centered

Definition Lists

Create a nice looking definition list separated with a line by using the CSS class separator.

Definition List
A definition list is a list of terms and corresponding definitions. To create a definition list use the <dl> element in conjunction with <dt> to define the definition term and <dd> to define the definition description.
Definition Term
This is a definition description.
Definition Term
This is a definition description.
This is another definition description.


Create a clearly arranged form layout with fieldset boxes using the CSS class box.

Form legend

This theme comes with different module styles, badges and icons. For each module you can pick a style and combine it with an icon or badge to create your own unique look. Here is a list of the available options:

Styles Box, Plain
Colors Grey, Black, Color
Badges Hot, New, Free, Top
Icons Download, Twitter, Mail, Bubble, Login, Cart

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