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
Director of Digital News, 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, TheGrio.com, The Daily Beast, the Asbury Park Press and MLive.com.

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 visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com.
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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 CBSPhilly.com.

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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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.