We demand equality from the News Media. Newspapers like the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times must hire Arab journalists. Journalism groups like the Society of Professional Journalism and UNITY must end their discrimination against Arab Journalists. Our voices will be heard.
Journalism as a Career
iNAAJA encourages young Arabs and Muslims to pursue journalism as a professional career and to add their voices to the media industry. Women are an integral part of the profession. We defend the rights of journalists to pursue fair, objective news and stories without persecution, abuse or discrimination.
NAAJA has hosted International Conferences in Chicago, Detroit, Occupied Jerusalem, Dubai, Lebanon and Jordan. Our conferences allow members and speakers to network, share ideas and writing, spotlight challenges and anti-Arab racism, and augment our voices as integral parts of international journalism.
iNAAJA recognizes the achievements of its members with awards and competitions showcasing the best writing. MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. The Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. iNAAJA Excellence in Journalism Award.
Nearly two decades of organizing to give our members a voice in defining mainstream journalism
Networking that brings Arab and Muslim journalists together with mainstream media industry leaders
Documenting the history of Arab and Muslim journalism in America and in the Middle East
Defending our members from bigotry, racism and the growing animosity against Arabs and Muslims
Defining the professional image of Arab and Muslim journalists, writers, authors and poets
Number of ethnic Arab & Muslim publications
Number of Arab & Muslim TV shows
Number of Arab & Muslim Radio shows
Number of Arab & Muslim news websites
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NAAJA Conference an Inspiration—And Major Networking Opportunity NAAJA conference organizers are commended for hosting workshops vital to Arab-American journalists. (Staff photo D. Hanley) The National American Arab Journalists Association (NAAJA), founded in 1999, held its sixth annual national conference in Dearborn, MI, April 29 to May 1, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Dearborn Mayor Jack Read more about NAAJA Conference an Inspiration—And Major Networking Opportunity[…]
NAAJA and Radio Baladi announce 2011 Journalism Conference in Dearborn November 3, 2010 The National Arab American Journalists Association is partnering with Radio Baladi radio to host a journalism conference to explore the state of American Arab and Muslim news media and journalism 10 years after Sept. 11, 2001. Titled “The Future of American Arab Read more about NAAJA and Radio Baladi announce 2011 Journalism Conference in Dearborn[…]
Past NAAJA Officers and members Here is a record of past officers and members. CHAPTER COORDINATORS: Aref Assaf – NEW JERSEY CHAPTER Aref Assaf is the New Jersey Coordinator for NAAJA. He is a columnist with the Star Ledger Newspaper, New Jersey. He writes the SL Blog, Denville New Jersey. He has been writing op-eds for more Read more about Past NAAJA Officers and Members[…]
MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award The M.T. Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award Sponsored by the Mehdi Family, ADC and NAAJA This award is established by the family of the late journalism pioneer Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi. Dr. M.T. Mehdi regularly challenged the common stereotypes and notions of Arabs in the American mass media and in the public sphere to Read more about MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award[…]
Wayne State criticized for Helen Thomas award cancellation American Arab Journalists denounce Wayne State University’s cancellation of Helen Thomas Award as a move to undermine Free Speech Published by the Arab American Times, November 20, 2010 Chicago, Il – The National Arab American Journalists Association Saturday denounced the decision to Wayne State University to terminate its Read more about Wayne State criticized for Helen Thomas award cancellation[…]
Speech to the 1999 Arab Writers Conference By Ray Hanania This was the opening speech delivered to the first conference of the National Arab American Journalists Association on Saturday evening, 7:30 pm at the Radisson, O’Hare Hotel in Chicago attended by more than 125 Arab and Muslims journalists, writers, ethnic newspaper publishers, radio talk show Read more about 1999 NAAJA Conference Welcoming remarks[…]