KCABJ Newsletter for July 2014

July 22, 2014 - Leave a Response

Normal vanishes
Normally KCABJ would be gearing up for its 23rd Annual Media Awards ceremony after completing the annual KCABJ summer urban student journalism academy. Normally KCABJ members would be getting ready to attend the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention and jobs fair.

But this is far from a normal year. The NABJ convention is taking place July 30 through Aug. 3 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston. Hundreds of black journalists are expected to attend.

Some from the Kansas City area are likely to go, too.

But KCABJ is in a rebuilding mode. Invitations to the 2014 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy yielded no applications. Because of a declining interest in the area media producing enterprise and accurate news stories about African Americans and other people of color, the KCABJ membership voted earlier this year to cancel the media awards program for 2014.

The next KCABJ membership meeting will be Saturday, Aug. 16. The time and date will be announced by email to paid members of the organization.

People who plan to attend should get in touch with KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid by sending email to Ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

The August meeting will be the start of the restructuring of the organization. The agenda for August will focus on the urban student journalism academy and what KCABJ could do differently to attract and retain more students. Members are urged to come with ideas.

The meeting the following month will deal with the media awards program and how that might be restructured to generate more interest.

Again, KCABJ members are encouraged to send email to Lewis with ideas they would like to share at the meetings.

KC People
Liliya Karimova rejoined KCABJ as a member. KCABJ academy graduates are headed back to school and others are in the job market. KCABJ members have promised to do what they can to support KCABJ students for life with recommendations and career counseling. We strive to do for our young people what few to no persons ever did for us.

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2014

June 29, 2014 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy
The KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy was canceled this year. Despite several high school and college students expressing an interest in attending and despite KCABJ’s months-long recruitment efforts, no students submitted applications for the free program. As a result, no scholarships will be issued this year by KCABJ. Scholarships are awarded based on merit to the top students of each year’s class.

KCABJ started offering the academy in 1982 first at Penn Valley Community College to give students who were interested in journalism careers some exposure to a college campus. The college is on a bus line providing easy access to the commuter program for students — particularly those in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., schools. The academy became a residential program in the early 1990s at Rockhurst College but went back to a commuter program a few years later.

KCABJ members will meet in July and determine what adjustments need to be made in the recruitment efforts to ensure that students enroll in the program. In the early years, it was not uncommon to get about 50 students to submit applications, and most were from the Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., school districts. The applications have dwindled over the years to under a dozen, and nearly all of the students are from suburban or private schools. KCABJ has always received a few applications from students in colleges nationwide. Those willing to do the work are accepted.

The next KCABJ meeting is July 19. The time and location will be announced.

This is not the first time the annual academy has been canceled. It occurred twice in the mid-1980s, and for a year or two the academy merged with a similar program offered at the University of Kansas school of journalism in Lawrence.

KCABJ canceled its annual media awards program this year also because of a declining interest by area news media and journalists to either submit their work for judging or a lack of enterprise journalism produced about African Americans and other people of color. The membership also plans to retool that program this year so that it will be stronger and more compelling when it re-emerges.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists convention will be July 30 to Aug. 3 in Boston at the convention center. NABJ has been sending out a lot of email highlighting the convention. Members also have received recorded telephone calls.

The theme is “Revolution to Evolution: Shaping Our Future.”

The 2014 Salute to Excellence Award winners will be showcased at the convention. In another announcement, NABJ plans to have members at the convention perform community service through the Pine Street Project to assist U.S. veterans. The work will be done in collaboration with Rent-A-Center.

The convention also will feature a film festival. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

Plenary speakers will go along with this being a midterm election year nationally. Speakers include Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

NABJ members also will be able to attend the jobs fair at the convention to shop around their resumes with print, broadcast and new media companies that might be hiring. In addition, members can attend a number of workshops that provide continuing education and career enhancement.

And for exercise, NABJ members can take part in the 2014 NABJ 5K run/walk or the NABJ Celebrity Golf Tournament. Both are on Aug. 2. On Sunday the Gospel Brunch will take place.

News You Can Use
Applications are available for the 9th International Conference on Climate Change taking place July 7-9 in Las Vegas. For more information go to http://www.climateconference.heartland.org.

The Kansas City Star is seeking an experienced investigative reporter. For more information send email to Greg Farmer, senior assistant managing editor at gfarmer@kcstar.com.

Journalism and Women Symposium is offering a new fellowship for women to attend the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). For more information send email to Fellowship Chair Kira Zalan at jawsfellows@gmail.com.

KC People
Kevin C. Morris, a former KCABJ member, is the new director of communications with Operation HOPE. Kevin has 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and strategic planning. Operation HOPE promotes self-respect and self-sufficiency through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities in more than 300 cities worldwide.

KCABJ academy graduate and scholarship recipient Briana Simmons is working to hook up a new NABJ student chapter at Missouri State University in Springfield, where she is a student. KCABJ member and academy coordinator Glenn E. Rice said he planned to write a letter in support of Briana’s efforts. The new chapter plans to have in guest speakers on journalism-related topics, focus on professional skills development, resume writing and networking. The students also want to do more to promote journalism as a career for African Americans and other students of color.

Check out KCABJ member Aaron Randle. He has had a number of articles in The Call of Kansas City. But Aaron also has had an article posted on Ebony.com. You can find it at http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/in-shonda-they-trust-black-women-take-over-tv.999.

KCABJ Academy for 2014 canceled

May 28, 2014 - Leave a Response

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists had to make the regrettable decision to cancel the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy for 2014.

It was to have taken place June 16-27 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. Applications were posted online and distributed to interested persons starting in March.

Many people expressed an interest before the April 26 deadline, but no one applied. The deadline was extended twice — first to May 16 and then to May 23. Still no applications so the program was canceled.

KCABJ will regroup and offer it again in 2015.

The academy has been an annual program sponsored by KCABJ since 1982 to better equip high school and college students of all colors for careers in journalism. KCABJ offers scholarships to the top graduates of the academy.

The program has taken place at MCC-Penn Valley during most of its history because the college is on a bus line and provides students easy access to the commuter program.

KCABJ also has the academy taught by print and broadcast journalism professionals at MCC-Penn Valley to give students an early exposure to college.

The program has been canceled only twice in the past. KCABJ also decided earlier this year to cancel its Media Awards program because of dwindling interest by area news media companies in submitting enterprising print, broadcast, new media and other entries showing African Americans and other people of color in accurate and non-stereotypical roles.

KCABJ will spend the next year refashioning this program, too.

Kansas City Star Job Opening

May 20, 2014 - Leave a Response

The Kansas City Star seeks an experienced and motivated investigative reporter to join the newspaper’s enterprise and projects team. We’re looking for someone who knows how to ferret out wrongdoing and hold people in power accountable. Top-rate news judgment is a must. Likewise, this reporter will be a self-starter who has excellent skills researching diverse topics, developing sources and writing with authority and flair.

We need someone with expertise in computer-assisted and data-driven reporting and the ability to make sense of the complexities inherent in that analysis. In addition, this reporter will be a key partner in digital visualization and the creation of interactive graphics that help make projects pop.

The successful candidate will need:

- An impressive track record in investigative reporting.

- Experience developing strong in-depth story ideas.

- Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

- Strong understanding of and commitment to journalistic ethics.

- Desire to engage readers with frequency and urgency on high-interest topics.

- Social media savvy and an appreciation for the value of multi-platform publishing.

To apply for the job, email your cover letter, a resume and links to your best reporting work to Greg Farmer, Senior AME, at gfarmer@kcstar.com.

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2014

May 18, 2014 - Leave a Response

Academy Watch
The deadline for students to apply to the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy was extended from April 26 to May 16 and then extended again to May 23.The executive board of KCABJ will convene May 27 to determine whether enough students have applied for the two-week class to take place. Canceling this year’s class would not be unprecedented. It has occurred twice in the past.

The academy is set for June 16 through June 27 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. KCABJ members decided at the May meeting that they would revamp the application for the academy and the marketing to attract students if the program is suspended for 2014. KCABJ Treasurer Bette Beaver also said more social media has to be included in the program because of its heavy use by young people and more media depending on it to capture audience. The KCABJ website also should be retooled to enable students to apply for the program online. Bette said KCABJ should sell to students the value they get from the free program, which includes enhanced studying, writing and time management skills for college, business etiquette training and mentors who will serve as references and advisers for young people for life. The program is open to high school and college students who have an interest in journalism. KCABJ also offers scholarships to the top graduates.

The membership decided earlier this year to suspend the media awards program because of a diminishing interest by area television stations, radio stations and newspapers in the program, which encourages Kansas City area media companies to do more accurate, enterprising stories, photographs, artwork, public relations and advertising about African Americans and other people of color. The awards program also will undergo an overhaul in 2014.

Meanwhile, Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks said she would put the names of paid KCABJ members in a spreadsheet as well as those who are potential members. The potential members then will be contacted by KCABJ members and encouraged to join.

KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran said the organization has to determine what concrete benefits it has to offer members.

The next KCABJ meeting will be July 19. The location and time will be emailed to members.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists convention will be July 30 to Aug. 3 in Boston at the convention center. The theme is “Revolution to Evolution: Shaping Our Future.”

NABJ will honor Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press. He has been named NABJ’s 2014 Journalist of the Year.

Sandra Hughes, former anchor of WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C., will receive the 2014 Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tiffany Warren, senior vice president and chief diversity officer of Omnicom Group will receive the Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award.

NABJ has named Darryl R. Matthews Sr. executive director of the organization. He had been doing the job on an interim basis.

NABJ this month celebrated Dean Baquet being elevated to executive editor of The New York Times. He had been managing editor of the newspaper. He moved to the top job when Jill Abramson unexpectedly left the position. Baquet, 57, is the first African American executive editor in The Times’ history.

News You Can Use
AARP in the Kansas City area has a paid college internship opening for the summer. For more information contact Anita Parran at 816-360-2202 or send email to aparran@aarp.org.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is offering a lecture series in June that will focus on science, policy implications and communication of climate change to the public. For more information go to http://metcalfinstitute.org/.

KC People
Pamela Spencer added to KCABJ’s membership ranks by rejoining the organization. She also announced at the membership meeting that she is moving into a public relations position at Sprint.

Bre Jordan, a 2012 KCABJ academy graduate and scholarship winner, will be working this summer as a public policy intern at the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.

Trey Williams, a 2007 KCABJ academy graduate and scholarship winner, graduated this month from Northwest Missouri State University. He will be working as a freelance writer in the Kansas City area.

Ken Bunting, an NABJ member and former associate publisher and executive editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, died of a heart attack in April in Columbia, Mo., at age 65. He had served as state capital bureau chief, city editor and assistant managing editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The National Freedom of Information Coalition in Columbia called Bunting “a strong voice for Freedom of Information and government transparency and a great advocate for state coalition groups trying to right off encroachments on their open government laws.”

Student Academy Deadline Extended

May 8, 2014 - Leave a Response

The deadline for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy has been extended to May 23. For additional information or to have an application emailed to you contact Lewis Diuguid, KCABJ president, at 816-234-4723 or email him at Ldiuguid@kcstar.com

The academy will take place June 16-27 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. The two-week, free program is open to any high school or college student who has an interest in a print, broadcast or new media journalism career.

KCABJ has sponsored the academy since 1982.

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2014

April 19, 2014 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Meeting
Kansas City Association of Black Journalists is gearing up for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Applications have gone to journalism instructors at area high schools, and some KCABJ members are visiting schools and community groups to recruit students.

The free academy will take place June 16-27 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks again welcomes KCABJ’s use of the campus and other facilities.

Work is being finalized on securing classroom space and a computer lab for this year’s students. The two-week class is open to high school and college students who have an interest in journalism careers.

The first week consists of print journalism. The second focuses on broadcast journalism. Students do interviews in class with real newsmakers and have assignments outside of class. They write and rewrite their stories for the print part of the program, and The Kansas City Star publishes the students’ work in a newspaper called the KCABJ Journal. In the second week of the program, they go to radio and television stations to produce radio and TV newscasts.

At the April membership meeting, Glenn Rice, who coordinates the print part of the program, and KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid said they would try to get on a KPRS-FM or KPRT-AM show to recruit students. Glenn said he had already reached out to “Generation Rap,” which is a radio broadcast designed for teens.

The deadline for applications is April 26. That has been extended in the past so please watch for notices on that. KCABJ offers scholarships to the program’s top graduates.
The application is posted on the KCABJ website and blog. Both can be found at http://www.kcabj.org.

For the last several monthly meetings, KCABJ has been at Lutfi’s Fried Fish restaurant at 31st and Main streets so members could enjoy lunch during the meetings. But KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks is trying to hook us up with meeting space at the Black Archives of Mid-America Inc. KCABJ had a long relationship with the archives before it went dormant. We are trying to re-establish the connection now that the archives is in a new place. Stay tuned.

The next meeting is set for Saturday, May 17. Members will receive a notice via email. If you are not on the list and want to be notified, get in touch with Lewis at 816-234-4723. Increasing the number of people who are members of KCABJ remains the goal for 2014. Please come with ideas and freely share them at the May meeting.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists will have its annual convention and career fair in Boston from July 30 through Aug. 3. It will be in the Sheraton Boston Hotel and John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. The theme is “Revolution to Evolution, Shaping Our Future.” For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

News You Can Use
The Omicron Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is offering a one-time cash scholarship to African American students in the Kansas City area. The deadline to apply is April 25. For more information contact Glenn Rice at 816-234-4341.

The Writers Place has a number of programs of interest to people who want to advance their craft. For more information go to writersplace.org.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased by one with the addition of Kia Breaux, bureau chief of The Associated Press. Others who want to join can find the membership application on line at http://www.kcabj.org.

Some will remember NABJ founder Charles S. (Chuck) Stone Jr. He was a Philadelphia Daily News columnist and university professor who helped steer many young black journalists into the profession. Stone died April 6 at an assisted living facility near Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 89.

KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy Application for 2014

March 10, 2014 - Leave a Response

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists is sponsoring the 2014 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. It will take place from June 16-27 at Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trafficway.

KCABJ is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the Secretary of State of Missouri and affiliated with the National Association of Black Journalists.

KCABJ was founded in 1981, and this year it celebrates its 33th anniversary as an organization of professional black journalists. This is the 32th KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Many graduates of the program are established in the field or are pursuing careers in journalism.

For more information about the academy or the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists call KCABJ member Glenn E. Rice, a reporter with The Kansas City Star at 816-234-4341 or KCABJ President Lewis W. Diuguid, editorial board member at The Star, at 816-234-4723.

Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trafficway, is part of the Metropolitan Community Colleges, which includes five colleges in nine locations in the Kansas City, Mo., area. The others are Blue River, Maple Woods, Business Technology and Longview community colleges.

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists is committed to working with high school and college students to prepare them for careers in print and broadcast journalism or other communications fields. This year’s academy continues that tradition.

The 2014 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC–Penn Valley June 16-June 27. There is a mandatory orientation set for Saturday, June 14 at The Kansas City Star, 16th and McGee streets. Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from the college each day. Class begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley is on a major bus line.

This academy is unique in our area because it is taught by black journalists working for newspapers, television and radio stations and in public relations in Greater Kansas City. Educators will add their knowledge to the instruction. Students will be:

Assigned stories to report and write.

They will work on computers.

Shadow reporters.

Benefit from lectures from major newsmakers.

Network with influential people.

Produce their own newspaper and radio and television newscasts.

Every student who attends the academy leaves with enhanced reading, writing, analytical, communication and questioning skills. Teachers and parents have said teen-agers and young adults have returned from the summer energized and far more interested and able to learn than before.

Scholarships & Other Opportunities
Students selected for the academy will compete for scholarships offered by KCABJ. The awards go to the best students in the class. The class size will be limited to 12. Many of our graduates are award-winning journalists today.

To Apply
1. Write a one-page essay on the role people of color should have in journalism.
2. Send one sample of your writing — if possible something that has been published (e.g. an article in your school newspaper). We are seeking committed students who are not afraid of hard work and who already have a demonstrated interest in journalism.
3. Mail this completed application, your essay and writing sample by April 26, 2014, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

Academy Application

Name_____________________________________

Email:____________________________________

Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________

Address___________________________________

City_________________ State/ZIP _____________

Phone ____________________________________

School Name_______________________________

Year in School ______________________________

GPA_______________________________________

Journalism/English/Yearbook Teacher’s Name:

___________________________________________

In which area are you most interested? Rank
each 1, 2, 3 or 4 with your favorite being #1.

_____Newspaper Television ________

______Radio Public Relations _____

List journalism and/or writing experience in courses you have taken or media companies

where you’ve worked:________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________

On a separate sheet of paper list your career
goals and why you want to attend this academy.

Student signature_______________________________________

Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian_____________________________________________

KCABJ Newsletter for March 2014

March 9, 2014 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Officers
KCABJ members elected new officers for 2014. President is Lewis Diuguid; vice president/broadcast, Pamela Woodley; vice president/print, Ramanda Hicks; secretary, Anita Parran; and treasurer, Bette Tate-Beaver.

Increasing the membership of KCABJ will be the theme of the group this year. Expect to see special events and outreach to journalists of color in the Kansas City area. Jonathan Carter said he will begin the process of gathering names and contact information of African Americans who work for area radio and television stations.

Once people are identified as potential members, a survey will be taken to learn what people want in the organization and an invitation made for them to join KCABJ.

Pamela suggested that current KCABJ members reach out to at least five potential members and encourage them to become part of the group.

“They need to see some value in it besides having to attend one more meeting per month,” Bette said.

Ramanda said she would post to KCABJ’s website any link members might send of their work to highlight KCABJ members’ accomplishments. To do that, KCABJ members can send links and any additional information to diuguidlj@yahoo.com. Lewis then will forward the work to Ramanda.

KCABJ members also set the dates for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The orientation will be June 14 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee streets. The academy will run from June 16-27 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

The first week will be dedicated to print journalism. Glenn E. Rice, past president, said he will coordinate that part of the program. Robyn King, past vice president/broadcast, said she will put together the second week, focused on broadcast journalism.

The academy has been an ongoing, annual feature of KCABJ’s since 1982, encouraging more African Americans to pick journalism as their profession. Many KCABJ students have graduated from college and for years have worked and excelled in the print, broadcast and new media industries.

KCABJ member Aaron Randle said he would help recruit students into the program through visits to public schools.

The next KCABJ meeting was set for April 26. The time and location will be announced.

News You Can Use
A “First Opportunity Fair” for high school youth will take place on March 25. For more information contact Nick Hardesty with Kauffman Scholars Inc., 816-932-1088.

KC People
Kia Breaux and Jonathan Carter joined KCABJ, helping to build the membership.

KCABJ Secretary Anita K. Parran has been selected for the 2014 Class of Influential Women in Kansas City. KC Business recognizes Kansas City’s most outstanding female civic and business leaders as Influential Women.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2014
Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter on the KCABJ website at kcabj.org and emailed monthly meeting notices.

NAME______________________________

DATE______________________________

HOME ADDRESS_________________________

Email address____________________________

Phone (w) _________________________

(h)________________________________

Cellphone __________________________

Occupation (Title, company and address):

____________________________________

FULL/ASSOCIATE/STUDENT MEMBER
(circle one)

Years of Experience________________________

KCABJ and/or NABJ member

(circle one or both)

(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $35 is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2014

February 15, 2014 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Meeting
Not enough people showed up to the KCABJ meeting in February at Lutfi’s at 3037 Main St. for a quorum. So the election of officers will take place at the March meeting. The positions that are open are president, vice president/broadcast, vice president/print, treasurer and secretary.

The next meeting will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at Lutfi’s. KCABJ will provide refreshments at the restaurant.

News You Can Use
KSHB-NBC, Channel 41 is looking for an executive producer to work mornings. For more information contact Tanya Minella, senior recruiter-television content with E.W. Scripps Co. at 513-977-3723 or 513-476-0089. Her email is Tanya.Minella@scripps.com.
The Rising Sun at W.E.B. Dubois Learning Center is seeking volunteers to help prepare students for the KCABJ academy. For more information send email to risingsunkc@gmail.com.

The Pitch is seeking people for marketing, advertising, design, event planning and media. For more information call 816-561-6061. The Pitch also has an opening for sales and marketing assistant. For more information send email to Joel.hornbostel@pitch.com.

The Kansas City Star is seeking a machine operator. For more information call 816-234-4636.

HubPages is seeking online writers and bloggers. For more information go to Hubpages.com.

ESolutions in Olathe is seeking a graphic designer. For more information contact go to ecorpnet.com.

TriStar Publishing Inc. in Overland Park is looking for a director of digital media. For more information go to tristarpub.com.

The University of Kansas Medical Center is seeking a communications specialist. For more information go to http://www.kumc.edu/prospective-employees.html.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased with the addition of Anita Parran, Ramanda Hicks and Aaron Randle at the last month’s meeting. In addition, Richandra Myles became a member, and Dr. Beverly Horvit in Columbia made a donation to KCABJ. Many thanks to them all.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2014
Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via e-mail and e-mailed monthly meeting notices.

NAME______________________________

DATE______________________________

HOME ADDRESS___________________________

Email address____________________________

Phone (w) _________________________

(h)________________________________

Cellphone __________________________
Occupation (Title, company and address):

____________________________________

FULL/ASSOCIATE/STUDENT MEMBER
(circle one)

Years of Experience________________________

KCABJ and/or NABJ member
(circle one or both)

(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $35 is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)

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