NABJ Request for Proposals



NABJ Documentary RFP


Project Overview:

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is seeking proposals from experienced documentary production teams or individuals to create a compelling and thought-provoking documentary on the illustrious history of NABJ. The objective of this documentary is to provide context and raise awareness about the importance of this iconic association that began nearly 50 years ago.

Project Scope:

The selected team/individual will be responsible for the end-to-end production of the documentary, including but not limited to:

  •   Research and Concept Development:
    • Thoroughly research and understand NABJ’s history through firsthand pre-interviews, books, and articles that outline the time periods leading up to and including its founding and beyond.
    • Develop a compelling and unique concept for the documentary.
  •   Scriptwriting:
    • Create a well-structured and engaging script that effectively communicates the narrative. (If needed)
  •   Pre-production:
    • Plan and organize all pre-production activities, including locating and digitizing archival footage, location scouting, and securing necessary permits.
  •   Production:
    • Capture high-quality footage and interviews that align with the project’s goals.
    • Ensure compelling and innovative cinematography and excellent sound quality.
  •   Post-production:
    • Edit the documentary into a coherent and impactful story.
    • Incorporate any necessary graphics, animations, music, and/or special effects.
    • Identify the content owner of archival video/audio/music and clear rights; include costs in your budget.
    • Sound design and mixing.
  •   Final Delivery:
    • Provide the final documentary in the agreed-upon format and specifications.


Proposal Requirements:

Interested parties are invited to submit a comprehensive proposal that includes the following:

  •   Introduction:
    • Brief overview of the production team or individual.
    • Relevant experience in documentary production.
  •   Understanding of the Project:
    • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the chosen topic and the goals of the documentary.
  •   Concept and Approach:
    • Outline your proposed concept and approach to the documentary.
  •   Budget:
    • Provide a detailed budget breakdown, including pre-production, production, post-production, and any additional costs.
  •   Timeline:
    • Present a realistic and achievable timeline for the entire project.
  •   Previous Work Samples:
    • Include links or attachments to previous documentary work that demonstrate your ability to deliver high-quality content.
  •   References:
    • Provide contact information for at least two professional references.


Submission Deadline:

All proposals must be submitted by December 26, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered. Additionally, submitters must be able to provide a suggested contract by December 28, 2023.

Selection Criteria:

The selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of experience.
  • Strength of the proposed concept and approach.
  • Budget considerations.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.


It is advisable to include a suggested contract with your submission to expedite the awarding of the contract.


How to Submit:

Please email your complete proposal to rfp@nabj.org with the subject line “Documentary Proposal – [Your Company Name].”

We look forward to receiving your proposals and working with a talented team/individual to bring this documentary project to life.


Thank you for your interest!


About the National Association of Black Journalists:

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development, as well as training, career development and other support to its members worldwide.