KCABJ Newsletter for January 2022

January 10, 2022 - Leave a Response

Encouraging Start

   KCABJ President Harold Kuntz, reviewing the holiday party in December, said at the January membership meeting that it was a success and that such gatherings of the membership should likely occur three times this year.

   “We did have a great time,” Harold said. “It was good to see you all in person.”

   The coronavirus pandemic since March 2020 forced all membership meetings to be via Zoom as a precaution against spreading the illness. Harold said that the meetings like the one in December would take place at a black-owned business so that KCABJ patronizes it as it did Gates Bar-B-Q in December.

   Harold updated the membership on the 2022 convention of the National Association of Black Journalists. The plan was for it to take place Aug. 3-7 in Las Vegas. But the delta and now the omicron variants of COVID-19 could force the convention for a third consecutive year to be virtual.  KCABJ member Glenn E. Rice, also the program co-chair for the joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists, said NABJ is still looking for workshop ideas and encouraged KCABJ members to submit them.

   KCABJ also discussed the student journalism academy. No dates have been set yet. It will be in August and run five days this year instead of two weeks. The Urban League of Greater Kansas City has agreed to provide the classroom space. Glenn has agreed to put together the curriculum. Several KCABJ members have volunteered to serve on a task force to help make the academy possible. The KCABJ academy started in 1982, one year after the organization was founded. Hundreds of high school and college students with an interest in journalism have gone through the program. The academy was suspended in 2018 after too few students signed up to take the class in 2016 and 2017. KCABJ members this year plan to launch a stronger recruitment effort to make the class possible again. Students in the past have learned the basics of print, broadcast and new media journalism. They have produced their own newspaper, and TV and radio broadcasts at area stations, which in the past have been eager to supply the time and the space. KCABJ also provides four scholarships that go to the top students in the program.

  KCABJ member Kia Breaux invited Ryan Sorrell to the KCABJ Zoom meeting. Sorrell is the founding editor of The Kansas City Defender, launched on the Web in July 2021. He spoke to the membership about his digital startup, its 10,000 followers and what he hopes to accomplish.

   The next KCABJ meeting will be at 11 a.m. on Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 12. Watch for the link in your email..


   News from the National Association of Black Journalists includes:

   NABJ announcing that it is disgusted by the allegations of harassment, gender discrimination, and gender-based pay disparities detailed in a lawsuit filed by former employees of the Black News Channel (BNC). “Our Board members have spoken with current and former employees of BNC who corroborate many of the disturbing claims playing out in the court system,” the NABJ website states. “NABJ calls for immediate change within the culture of the organization.”

   The NABJ news website Black News and Views (BNV) is looking for a full-time Executive Managing Editor (EME).

   The EME, who will be a direct report to and serve under the supervision of the NABJ Executive Director, will oversee content, personnel and other resources earmarked for BNV.

   The NABJ Bryan Monroe Memorial Scholarship Program will award $5,000 scholarships to two college students — one for each person — who aspire to eventually become newsroom managers, such as editors and news directors.

   The deadline is Feb. 28. Applicants must be college sophomores, juniors or seniors majoring in journalism or related fields. They also must be current members of NABJ and have at least a 3.0 GPA. For more information, go to https://nabjonline.org/blog/nabj-announces-bryan-monroe-memorial-scholarship-program/.

News You Can Use

   KSHB-NBC, Channel 41 has the following job openings:

   Assistant News Director. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=AVSlFncQCDMzsEfJAAAAAA%3D%3D.

   Multimedia Journalist. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=EQ_hxLteleUomdTeAAAAAA%3D%3D.

   News Photographer. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=5wYTkujRzxhPIJN5AAAAAA%3D%3D.

News Editor. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=ry4lyCO6-6RVSXzGAAAAAA%3D%3D.

   Sales Director. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=ry4lyCO6-6RVSXzGAAAAAA%3D%3D.

   The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations that wish to partner with that University of Missouri-Columbia institution on practical innovative projects for local news.

   For more information and to apply, go to https://rjionline.org/about-rji-fellowships/.

   The Columnist Newsletter provides the following job openings:

   The Tulsa (Okla.) World is seeking an assistant editor. For more information, go to https://www.journalismjobs.com/job-listing/1670848?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic.

   The Atlantic in New York is seeking a senior editor. For more information, go to https://atlanticmedia.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Careers/job/New-York/Senior-Editor–Ideas_R355.

   KHQA in Quincy, Ill., is seeking a marketing consultant. For more information, go to https://edyy.fa.us2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_2002/job/6307.

Happy New Year! As the new Director of Journalism Initiatives for NPF, I’m getting in touch to share news about our new “Widening the Pipeline” Fellowship, which will begin in March.
The program will engage up to 25 young working journalists of color in a 12-month training in the leadership, in-depth reporting, data and multimedia skills they need to hold governments and corporations accountable and to advance in their newsrooms.
Along with monthly virtual trainings, fellows will receive individual coaching and mentoring, as well as networking sessions with editors during two in-person Washington, DC workshops, COVID protocols permitting.
NPF is committed to leveraging its resources and decades of training experience to help grow the pipeline of diverse journalists who will rise to positions of influence in America’s newsrooms. And we need your help to do it successfully. If you know potential candidates for this type of career support and guidance, please encourage them to apply.
Rachel Jones
Director of Journalism Initiatives | National Press Foundation
rjones@nationalpress.orgRachel Jones
Director of Journalism Initiatives | National Press Foundation

KC People

   KCABJ member Glenn E. Rice reported at the membership meeting that Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent with PBS NewsHour and the moderator of Washington Week, is supposed to speak at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. It may be virtual, but if it is in person, Glenn said KCABJ might want to sponsor a get-together with her as it has done in the past when NABJ members have come to town on speaking engagements. As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the membership.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2020

   Membership has its privileges. Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 414014, Kansas City, Mo. 64141. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter and emailed meeting notices.



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   (Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Membership is subsidized by KCABJ investment income.)

  For more information or to share news with KCABJ members, email KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid at diuguidlj@yahoo.com.

KCABJ Newsletter for December 2021

December 12, 2021 - Leave a Response

 Exceptional Party!

   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all KCABJ members and supporters! That was the message from KCABJ President Harold Kuntz on Dec. 11 at the KCABJ Holiday and 40th Anniversary Party.

   About 30 people attended the event at the Gates Bar-B-Q Restaurant at 1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. A dining area reserved just for KCABJ was filled with conversations and laughter for the three hours that the party took place.

   Because of the coronavirus pandemic, KCABJ members and prospective members since March 2020 have only been meeting on Zoom each month. This was only the second time this year that members of KCABJ have come together in person for a special event. The other was June 30 at the Soiree Steak and Oyster House in the 18th & Vine District, where KCABJ members gathered for a sendoff for then KCABJ President Kaci Jones. Our organization believes strongly in supporting Black businesses.

   The party on Dec. 11 was in lieu of a regular monthly membership meeting. Please watch for email notices on the first membership meeting of the New Year.


   The National Association of Black Journalists this month announced its 2021 Salute to Excellence, Hall of Fame and Special Honors.

Salute to Excellence Winners:

Digital Media Winners

Magazine Winners

Newspaper Winners

Television Winners

Radio Winners



PR & Marketing


Categories with no nominees or entries

2021 Hall of Fame inductees:

2021 Special Honors recipients:

News You Can Use

   The deadline to apply for a University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications Scholarship is Dec. 15. For more information, go to https://ku.academicworks.com/. Other scholarships also are listed with different deadlines.

   The 2022 Women in Journalism Workshop will take place April 8-10, 2022. For more information and to register, go to https://rjionline.org/women-in-journalism-workshop-2022/.

   The Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America (GKC-PRSA) is accepting applications for its national and regional scholarships. Students can apply for the Inez Y. Kaiser GKC-PRSA Memorial Scholarship Fund for 2022. The deadline is March 11, 2022. For more information, go to https://gkccf.academicworks.com/opportunities/4399.

   The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education lists the following job openings:

Audience Engagement Editor, Food – Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA
Features Editor, The New Yorker
 – Condé Nast, New York, NY

Capitol Reporter – CalMatters, Los Angeles, CA

Assistant Photo Editor – CalMatters, (Remote)

Commentary Editor – CalMatters, (Remote)

News Editors (Full-time and Part-time contract) – CalMatters, Sacramento, CA

Producer, Social Media – Southern California Public Radio KPCC/ LAist.com, Pasadena, CA 

Major Gifts Fundraiser – Southerly, (Remote in the southern United States)  

Senior Writer – The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Editor-in-Chief – Bitch Media, Remote

Impact Fund for Reporting on Health Equity and Health Systems (Grant Opportunity) – USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism

New England Equity Reporting Fellowship – New England Region, USA

Chief of Staff – Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

Director of Fellowships – The 19th, Remote

KC People

   Three people did take the opportunity at the Dec. 11 KCABJ Holiday and 40th Anniversary Party to renew their membership in the organization. They were Anita Parran, Kia Breaux and Lewis Diuguid — all former presidents of KCABJ. The application and instruction on membership renewal is below.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2022

   Until we get an online system running, please mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 414014, Kansas City, Mo. 64141. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.



HOME ADDRESS_________________________


Email address_________________________

Phone (w) _____________


Cellphone ____________________________

Occupation (Title, company and address):



(circle one)

Years of Experience ____________________

KCABJ and/or  NABJ member

(circle one or both)

(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)

KCABJ Newsletter for November 2021

November 15, 2021 - Leave a Response


  Get ready to party on Saturday, Dec. 11!

That’s when the December membership meeting of KCABJ will take place but this time in person and at Gates Bar-B-Q at 1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.

   The time is 11 a.m. KCABJ will provide the food. Members who attend can purchase their own drinks. The occasion is KCABJ’s annual holiday party, and it will enable members to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.

   It also will be a great opportunity for people to get together again to see each other beyond Zoom meetings.

   KCABJ President Harold Kuntz reserved the space for the group and told the membership at the November meeting that it also will be an opportunity for people to invite others and encourage them to join. The barbecue will be served buffet style. People can buy their own drinks.

   Membership information will be available so people who want to get a jump on 2022 can pay their annual dues of $35.

   The membership also learned at the November meeting that former President Glenn E. Rice volunteered again to lead the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The one-week academy currently is set to start on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. Glenn explained that the academy in the past had run two weeks at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley and had a print week and a broadcast week. He also said it was unlikely that The Kansas City Star would print the student newspaper as it had in the past because it no longer has the local press capacity.

   KCABJ will likely have to produce a web version only of the student newspaper. Scholarships will still be provided to the top students who enroll. Instead of the community college, KCABJ will partner with the Urban League of Greater Kansas City to use its classroom space and computers.

   The academy will follow the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and take place just before high school and college students return to their regular classes.

   For KCABJ members, podcasts are being planned to highlight individuals’ work, and volunteer opportunities for community service also will be available.


   Our own Glenn E. Rice has been chosen as a program co-chair for the joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists on Aug. 3-7 in Las Vegas.

   The program chairs and committees play a key role reviewing and selecting member-submitted session and workshop proposals, and work on session content strategy and development with the organizations’ Boards and staff. Both NABJ and NAHJ will announce their respective call for convention session proposals in the coming weeks.

   “We are grateful for our members who are lending their time and talents to help us develop a unique and timely roster of sessions and workshops to meet the needs of our attendees in 2022. Our volunteers, staff and boards are already working diligently to ensure the convention is jam-packed with relevant and impactful programming that will energize, empower and enlighten our members,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker and NAHJ President Nora López in a joint statement.

   In addition to Glenn, a reporter with The Kansas City Star since 1988, the other NABJ program co-chair is Tia Mitchell, Washington correspondent for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The NAHJ co-chairs are McNelly Torres, investigative journalist and editor with the Center for Public Integrity, and Keldy Ortiz, a general assignment reporter with Newsday.

News You Can Use

   The following opportunities were listed with the Maynard Institute:

   The Washington Post is adding 41 editing positions to push its operation to a 24/7 news cycle. For more information, go to The Washington Post announces the addition of 41 editing roles, including 2 masthead positions – The Washington Post.

   Capital & Main, an award-winning state and national investigative news publication based in Los Angeles, is building one of the country’s only newsrooms committed to coverage of inequality. It is seeking an audience growth and engagement specialist. For more information, go to Careers and Freelance Opportunities – (capitalandmain.com).

   The Los Angeles Times is seeking a national correspondent in Seattle. For more information, go to 20,000+ Correspondent jobs in United States (536 new) (linkedin.com).

   WNDU in South Bend, Ind., is seeking a multimedia journalist. For more information, go to Gray Television hiring MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST – WNDU in South Bend, Indiana, United States | LinkedIn.

   CNN is seeking a News Desk journalist. For more information, go to WarnerMedia hiring Newsdesk Journalist, CNN en Español (Temp) in Miami, Florida, United States | LinkedIn.

   WNKO, Gray Television, Bowling Green, KY, is seeking a multimedia producer/journalist. For more information, go to 2,000+ Multimedia Producer jobs in United States (61 new) (linkedin.com).

   The Tribune Publishing Company, Orlando, FL, is seeking a seeking a senior content editor/opinions. For more information, go to 5,000+ Senior Content Editor jobs in United States (108 new) (linkedin.com).

   American Public Media Group, Pasadena, CA, is seeking a producer for social media. For more information, go to Producer, Social Media | American Public Media Group (ultipro.com).

   The Tribune Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, is seeking a chief videographer/editor and associate producer. For more information, go to Careers (indiana.edu).

   Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN, is seeking a multimedia producer. For more information, go to Careers (indiana.edu).

   Other opportunities listed by the Maynard Institute:

Project Manager (Temporary/Contract) – Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, Anywhere (Remote)

Paid Spring 2022 Virtual Intern CNN Digital National Race and Police (Part-time) – CNN, Atlanta, GA (or Remote)  

Audience Engagement Editor, Food – Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA

Recruitment Manager, Report for America – The GroundTruth Project, New York, NY 

Investigative Editor – Reveal – The Center for Investigative Reporting, San Francisco Bay Area, CA (or Remote)

Features Editor, The New Yorker – Condé Nast, New York, NY

Technical Director / Digital Engineer / Broadcast Technician – Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN 

Culture and Narrative Fellowship (6-month) – The Opportunity Agenda, Anywhere in U.S. (Remote)

Graduate Research Assistants – The Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy (Remote)

Communications Manager – Resolve Philly (Remote) 

Capitol Reporter – CalMatters, Los Angeles, CA

Assistant Photo Editor – CalMatters, (Remote)

Water Reporter – CalMatters, (Remote)

Commentary Editor – CalMatters, (Remote)

News Editors (Full-time and Part-time contract) – CalMatters, Sacramento, CA

Producer, Social Media – Southern California Public Radio KPCC/ LAist.com, Pasadena, CA 

Major Gifts Fundraiser – Southerly, (Remote in the southern United States)  

Senior Writer – The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Impact Fund for Reporting on Health Equity and Health Systems (Grant Opportunity) – USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism

   Registration is open for the Women in Journalism Workshop. It takes place April 8-10. For more information, go to Women in Journalism Workshop 2022 – RJI (rjionline.org).

   The Sinclair Broadcast Group has a job opening for a full-time IT Engineer. For more information, go to IT Engineer – Sinclair Broadcast Group Careers (oraclecloud.com).

   The Columnist offers the following job opportunities:

The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) is hiring an editorial writer.
Editorial writer sought to craft well-reasoned, persuasive opinion pieces on topics of local interest for readers of The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette in Indiana’s second-largest city.   Read the complete job listing HERE.    
The Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX) is hiring a senior editorial writer.
The Houston Chronicle’s award-winning Opinion staff is seeking an engaging writer and proven journalist with a history of dogged reporting who can craft editorials, Sunday essays and daily columns that hold public officials accountable, elevate urgent issues and seek positive change in Houston, across Texas and beyond.   Read the full job listing HERE.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX) is hiring a senior managing editor.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is seeking a creative, collaborative news leader to serve as senior managing editor, responsible for directing day-to-day operations and helping to lead our newsroom to the next level in consistently producing journalism that is essential to our readers.    Read the full job listing HERE.   Huffington Post is looking for personal essays about the holidays for @HuffPost Personal. We’re taking very few but we pay if we accept. Email Noah.Michelson@HuffPost.com with your pitch. Folks from/with diverse backgrounds/experiences are encouraged to submit. $125 per article.   Read the full pitch HERE.   Women’s Media Center is looking for smart climate stories, like how diverse communities are dealing with the consequences of a morphing atmosphere and how we can adapt to meet the realities of this crisis. Learn about what they’re looking for and how to pitch HERE. ($200/article)   Chicken Soup for the Soul: Eccentric, Wacky, Lovable Fun Families   Those eccentric, goofy, wacky, lovable, and oh-so-fun family members — the ones we tell all the stories about. They could be a parent or grandparent, an in-law, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or cousin. Or grown children. Share your true stories and poems about those family members. With love and appreciation, please. No mean-spirited stories wanted. Limit 1,200 words. Pays $200 and 10 copies. Submission details HERE.

Saveur Magazine

From senior editor, commerce, Ellen Fort:

I’ve joined the team @SAVEURMAG as senior editor, commerce. That means I’ll be editing/assigning/writing guides and stories around culinary goods, services, and more. So! Please tell me all your favorite things immediately. And if you’re a writer who loves to go deep on products and reviews, please hit me up. ellen.fort@saveur.com

WIRED is always looking for pitches of features on “the ways science and technology are reshaping the world and what it means to be human.” The rates start at $1 per word and increase based on the level of reporting. See their pitch guide for more info and send pitches to Camille_Bromley@wired.com

Big Laugh Comedy is always looking for content, both pitches and assigned. “If you’re funny, have article ideas, pitch us. If you’d like to report the news from your local stand-up scene, or review a special, or video, we’re interested in that, too. Email Alliwo@blcomedy.com. Include links if possible, but a well-thought-out pitch works, too. Include ‘PITCH’ in the subject line if you’re pitching a piece. We’re always looking for contributors and are open to new writers.” $50 per piece.

Texas Highways Magazine is looking for pitches of stories on “Texas’ scenic, recreational, historical, cultural, and ethnic treasures.” They are especially interested in pitches for their print issues running from March through December 2022. The rate is $0.50 per word for digital stories, and $1 per word for print stories plus travel expenses. See their pitch guide for more info and send pitches to @emilylizroberts.

KC People

   KCABJ Vice President/Print Cortlynn Stark said the Missouri Press Association is expected to start a diversity committee. Area journalists who are interested in being on the committee should get in touch with the association.

   KCABJ member and former treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver will have a celebration of life on Nov. 21 in Oakland, Calif. Bette died Aug. 29 after a long battle with cancer.

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2021

October 12, 2021 - Leave a Response

Membership meeting

   KCABJ members discussed moving the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy to August just before the end of summer vacation for high school and college students.

   The two-week academy had occurred at the beginning of the summer break to catch students ahead of jobs they might have lined up for the warmer months and family vacations. Members at the October meeting appeared to favor the shift for young people who have an interest in careers in journalism. The planning for the startup of the academy in 2022 now has an Aug. 15-19 date in mind. The membership thought that a one-week academy with a blend of print and broadcast training would suffice.

   KCABJ members also began planning for a Dec. 11 holiday/40th anniversary party potentially at the Gates Bar-B-Q Restaurant at 1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. KCABJ President Harold Kuntz saw the gathering as a way to draw in new members for KCABJ. Dues is due at the first of the year.

   Members also discussed having a KCABJ podcast in which members would talk about the issues of the day. “I’d just like people to get their voices heard,” Harold said.

   KCABJ Secretary Rae Daniel also suggested that KCABJ volunteer to help a nonprofit as a way to build stronger bonds among members. KCABJ member Glenn E. Rice suggested that KCABJ members could work with his church twice a month on food giveaways to people in need. “All you have to do is show up,” Glenn said.

   The next meeting of KCABJ is Nov. 13.


   The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recently announced the selection of 21 new members in response to its expressed commitment to improving diversity among its membership ranks. The move comes months after the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and other groups began engaging with the organization to shine a light on its long history of diversity and inclusion deficiencies, including having no Black journalists as members.

   According to the HFPA announcement, the diversity breakdown of the new members is as follows:

  • 48% identify as women
  • 29% identify as Black
  • 24% identify as Asian
  • 29% identify as Latinx
  • 19% identify as Middle Eastern/North African

   “Today’s announcement represents a positive step forward in a long-overdue overhaul of HFPA’s diversity, equity and inclusion practices,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. “However, NABJ will continue to engage with HFPA to ensure that the other areas of improvement we have been vocal about are being seen through. Going from zero to six Black members is important but seeing more Black members join the organization is critical.” 

   NABJ has selected its inaugural class of the NABJ Entrepreneur Academy powered by CafeMedia. The academy is an arm of the organization’s newly established NABJ Entrepreneur Network, which specializes in helping members with existing digital media companies and websites to grow their businesses. 

   According to NABJ President Dorothy Tucker, the network was created to offer new, veteran and future entrepreneurs and creators business development and digital strategy support.

   “We created the network to provide support for our members who are established, budding or aspiring entrepreneurs and to answer the call to develop and strengthen more Black-owned digital media and content providers,” Tucker said. “NABJ recognizes that not all of our members will pursue traditional jobs, and we want to encourage members to start their own businesses. We are proud to welcome our inaugural class and look forward to what the future holds.”

News You Can Use

   The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia is accepting applications for newsrooms that want to host a RJI Student Fellow for the summer. These fellows will be Mizzou journalism students who are placed with a news organization to work 30-40 hours a week in a summer product fellowship. These fellowships can be remote or in-person.  The 2022 fellowships will be focused on projects that create, extend or build upon product work in each newsroom. This can be anything from building tools, creating a newsletter, working with your CMS or other product centered ideas. Each student will be trained by a News Product Alliance coach prior to their fellowship and have monthly remote training sessions throughout the summer with them. Interested in hosting a RJI Student Fellow? Apply here!

   Georgia Southern University is seeking an assistant director of student media. For more information, go to https://jobs.chronicle.com/job/383241/assistant-director-of-student-media/.

KC People

   Please welcome Tatyana Presley to KCABJ. In June 2020, she started as a Journalism Career Participant at KSHB-NBC, Channel 41. Since then, she has gained the necessary skills to pursue her goal of becoming a full-time producer. She strives daily to create engaging and informative newscasts for the Kansas City community. She says she is excited about her future as a producer with KSHB-NBC, Channel 41.

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2021

September 20, 2021 - Leave a Response


   Restoring the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Urban Student Journalism Academy dominated the September membership meeting.

   KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Jackson Kurtz reported that he had gotten good feedback from Kansas City area educators on the academy being revived to benefit high school and college students who are interested in journalism careers. He said the Kansas Press Association also was interested in helping to recruit students for the program.

   The last class was in 2015. The annual program started in 1982, a year after KCABJ was founded. The 2015 academy took place at Metropolitan Community College — Penn Valley. Since then, KCABJ has struggled to get enough students to sign up for the program. Efforts were put on hold indefinitely in 2019 because of the recruitment concerns.

   Unfortunately, many Kansas City area high schools had ended school newspapers and stopped offering journalism classes.

   Jackson said that has changed. “The interest is there,” he told the membership. “We can make it good for kids.”

   In February, KCABJ held its first KCABJ Sports Webinar, which provided students insight into broadcast sports reporting. The webinar enabled about 15 persons to attend and remain safe from the pandemic.

   There is no way to tell yet whether the academy will have to be online because of the coronavirus or if it could be in person as it had been conducted in the past. Former KCABJ President and academy coordinator Glenn E. Rice explained to the membership how much work is involved in conducting the academy and the expenses that are involved.

   Glenn also said that the academy is “unapologetically Black” with instructors insisting that students learn the value of the Black Press as well as understand why Black journalists must credibly and accurately tell the stories of Black people and other people of color. Too often stereotypes bleed their way into the news media, or positive stories of Black people and people of color get overlooked altogether.

   Glenn added that the instruction has always been collegiate level, enabling KCABJ graduates to do well in college and on jobs.

   KCABJ member Kevin Holmes shared with the membership his participation in the virtual NABJ convention this summer.

   The next KCABJ meeting is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.


   The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) sponsored its second annual virtual convention and career fair Aug. 18-21, 2021. #NABJ21 is the premier multiday conference for journalism education, career development, networking, and industry innovation, attracting leaders and influencers in journalism, media, technology, politics, business, health, arts, and entertainment.

   The convention featured:

  • 90+ exhibitors and recruiters at the NABJ career fair 
  • 70+ sponsored events and opportunities
  • 140+ workshops, events and training sessions
  • Surprise newsmakers, celebrities and special guests
  • Training on the latest technology and resources
  • Multiple live networking sessions and activities

   The 2022 NABJ convention will be in Las Vegas on Aug. 3-7 and will be in conjunction with the National Hispanic Journalists convention.

News You Can Use

   KMBC-TV, Channel 9 has two openings:

Digital Editor.




   The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia on Oct. 8 will offer a webinar discussion on Journalism Research that Matters. For more information, go to https://umsystem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WIgbALjvRiODr9gci5snLQ.

   The Maynard Institute offers the following job and internship opportunities:

Temporary, Part-Time Instructor (Journalism) – Peralta Community College District, Oakland CA

Studio Show Producer – NBC Sports Bay Area

Program Assistant – Aspen Institute, San Francisco, CA

IRE Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship – Investigative Reporters and Editors, Remote

Writer/Producer – Reliable Sources – CNN, New York, NY

Service Journalism Editor – The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO

Service Journalism Reporter – The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO

Newsletter Writer – The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO

Editor-in-Chief – The 19th, Austin, TX

Head of Audience Development – Cityside, Berkeley, CA

Food Editor, Nosh – Cityside, Berkeley, CA

Multimedia Journalist – WFIU/WTIU, Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN

Senior Producer/Director & Managing Producing (Multimedia Producer) – WFIU/WTIU, Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN

Broadcast Video Engineer (Broadcast Technician) – WFIU/WTIU, Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN

Senior Editor, Justice – Inside Climate News, Brooklyn, NY

Senior Reporter, Racial Equity – The Guardian, New York, NY

Head of Audience Development – The Guardian, New York, NY

Learning Director – Online News Association, Remote / Washington D.C.

The Columnist Newsletter offers the following job opportunities: 

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash., is looking for an Opinion Editor.

The Charlotte Observer is looking for an Opinion Writer.

The Huffington Post is seeking an Opinion Editor.

The New York Times is hiring an Editor.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is looking for an Opinion Writer.

The Roanoke (Va.) Times is seeking an Editor.

The Walt Disney Company is seeking a multiskilled journalist.

Gannett is looking for a Columnist/Editorial Writer.

KC People

   The Society of Professional Journalists in August awarded The Kansas City Star a Special Citation for Excellence in Journalism for The Truth in Black and White series published in December. Marà Rose Williams, who had been a longtime reporter with the newspaper and since has been promoted to the editorial board, came up with the idea.

   It’s with great sadness to inform the membership that our beloved KCABJ member, former KCABJ Treasurer and friend, Bette Tate-Beaver, passed away Aug. 29 after her 5 ½-year battle with cancer. Since 2009, Bette served as the executive director of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Bette will truly be missed. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

   This year KCABJ has witnessed the passing of two former members. One was Eddie Williams III, who died in April at age 66 after a two-year fight against cancer. He had worked for Al Jazeera. Terez Paylor died unexpectedly in February at age 37. He had covered the Kansas City Chiefs for Yahoo Sports.

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2021

August 19, 2021 - Leave a Response


   Harold Kuntz, Fox 4 Sports Anchor, was sworn in as the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists’ new president. Kuntz replaces Kaci Jones, who left Kansas City earlier this year for a broadcast TV anchor position in Charlotte, N.C.

   KCABJ also picked Jackson Kurtz, with KMBC-TV, Channel 9, as its new vice president/broadcast. He replaces Breland Moore, who left Kansas City earlier this year for a broadcast sports anchor job in Philadelphia. Kaci and Breland were instrumental in re-energizing KCABJ, which in December will celebrate its 40th anniversary. KCABJ now has an executive board opening for parliamentarian, which Kuntz vacated to become KCABJ president.

   The membership also was informed that the NABJ Watch Party, which had been set for Aug. 21, has been postponed. Locally, it was to have occurred from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Kansas City Star conference room. KCABJ Vice President/Print Cortlynn Stark and former KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice were to have been the hosts. KCABJ also was approved for a $500 grant from NABJ for the event. However, the money and the gathering will likely be channeled into a KCABJ holiday/40th anniversary party. The new more contagious coronavirus delta variant is the reason for the change.

   In other business:

  • KCABJ member Darren Smith said he hopes some of our local media can inquire about minority hire at Sports Radio 810; Chad Boger is the owner.
  • The PR head of the Kansas City Chiefs is Ted Cruz. Harold is exploring the possibility of having him as a guest speaker at a KCABJ meeting.
  • KCABJ members are looking at a potential Youth Scholarship in Terez Paylor’s honor. Paylor had been a KCABJ member and covered the Kansas City Chiefs as a sportswriter for The Kansas City Star and later Yahoo Sports. He died unexpectedly in February 2021 at age 37.
  • KCABJ currently awards four scholarships, which are the Roy Wilkins, Lucile Bluford, Laura Hockaday and Nancy Diuguid scholarships. They had gone to the top students in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Members are exploring reviving the academy for 2022, starting with working with area high school journalism educators to make them aware of the academy for students interested in journalism careers and the scholarships.

   During the Aug. 14 KCABJ meeting, members heard from Pastor Darron Edwards and Ron Lindsay with Getting to the Heart of the Matter. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between police and the community to reduce crime. The group is pushing for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Kansas City Police Department. Lindsay said an explosive tension exists between the Police Department and the Black community. Change will only follow a serious investigation into the Police Department.

News You Can Use

   KCABJ member India Williams shares that Crossroads Charter Schools is seeking a chief communications and strategy officer. For more information, send email to lewisdiuguid@gmail.com.

   The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism is seeking Student Innovation entries. The deadline is Oct. 31, 2021. For more information, go to Student Innovation Competition – RJI (rjionline.org). First place price is $10,000.

   The Reynolds Institute is seeking nominations of a journalist of color for a leadership coaching position. The deadline is Aug. 27. For more information, go to Reynolds Journalism Institute Submission Manager – Leadership Coaching Nomination (submittable.com).

   The Reynolds Institute on Oct. 8 plans to hold a forum to connect journalism research with practice. To register for this event, go to Webinar Registration – Zoom.

   Network Connectors is seeking writers to capture the stories of emerging nonprofits and neighborhood leaders serving families in Kansas City’s urban core. The stories will be posted online. For more information, contact Alan DuBois at mietta2a@gmail.com.

   The Austin American Statesman is seeking a full-time columnist. For more information, go to Career Portal (dayforcehcm.com).

   The Sacramento Bee is seeking an editorial board member. For more information, go to McClatchy (jobvite.com).

   The Columbus Dispatch is seeking an assistant editor. For more information, go to Assistant Editor – Career Portal (dayforcehcm.com).

   USA Today is seeking an assistant opinion editor. For more information, go to Assistant Opinion Editor – Career Portal (dayforcehcm.com).

   The Panama City News Herald is seeking an opinion page editor. For more information, go to Opinion Editor – FL/Panama City – Career Portal (dayforcehcm.com).

   The Wichita Eagle is seeking an opinion editor. For more information, go to McClatchy (jobvite.com).

   The Idaho Statesman is seeking an opinion writer. For more information, go to McClatchy (jobvite.com).

KCABJ Hook-Up to the NABJ Convention

July 28, 2021 - Leave a Response

Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, we can’t gather in-person for the national NABJ convention. But the organization would still like to recognize our original host city of Houston and continue to build community among our members across the nation.

NABJ is hosting a small, COVID-conscious comedy show from Houston on Saturday, August 21 at Noon PT / 2p CT / 3p ET. The event will be livestreamed and hosted by noted Houston broadcaster Isiah Carey. It will last no longer about 1.5 hrs.

We’d like local chapters to host their own COVID-conscious watch parties. Your chapter’s event should be held in a place with a strong enough WiFi connection to not only access the livestream but also allow your chapter to be featured. Similar to a live broadcast, we’d like to be able to throw to each chapter throughout the show (via a laptop, iPad or cellphone). We’re suggesting each chapter starts its event an hour or so in advance of the livestream.

NABJ is offering up to $500 to support local chapters and offset the watch party costs. The funds can be used toward space rental, food and drinks, etc.

Please fill out the below form. If you do not, your chapter will not receive funds. This form needs to be filled out by July 29 at 3p PT.

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists watch party is being hosted by former KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice.

All questions can be directed to Region IV Director Tre’vell Anderson is who spearheading the event. They can be contacted at anderson.trevell@gmail.com.

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2021

July 15, 2021 - Leave a Response

Farewell Send Off

   KCABJ members turned out June 30 in great pre-pandemic numbers at the Soiree Steak and Oyster House in the 18th & Vine District to wish KCABJ President Kaci Jones well in the new job she has taken as an anchor at FOX46 WJZY in Charlotte, N.C. About 25 persons attended the send-off party that KCABJ member and former President Kia Breaux organized.

   Kaci, a native of Richmond, Va., and graduate of Florida A&M University, came to Kansas City about two years ago from Rochester, N.Y., where she worked as a broadcast journalist. She first worked at KCTV-5 in Kansas City as a reporter and later switched to WDAF, FOX4 on New Year’s Eve 2020.

   As a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Kaci reached out to KCABJ, and then took the added step of re-invigorating the organization with new members. She then was elected president of the organization. Because of the Great Recession and recurring layoffs in the news industry, KCABJ’s membership dwindled to about six persons. Because of Kaci and her then-co-worker at KCTV-5 Breland Moore, who left Kansas City for a sports anchor position in Philadelphia, the organization’s paid membership increased to 38.

   The loss of Kaci and earlier this year Breland, leaves open two key executive board positions in KCABJ. Kaci reported at the July membership meeting that she plans to stay on with the organization until the executive board picks a new president and vice president/broadcast. Persons interested in having the KCABJ executive board consider them for the positions should send email to Lewisdiuguid@gmail.com.

   Also discussed during the membership meeting was a Watch Party at The Kansas City Star. It would feature this year’s NABJ convention. KCABJ member and past President Glenn E. Rice will be the host. The convention will take place Aug. 18-21. No date for the watch party has been set yet. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the convention will be virtual again. Refreshments will be served.

   During the July membership meeting, Kaci had Melesa Johnson speak to the organization as part of the association’s Talk of the Town feature. Johnson is a lawyer and special adviser to Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas. She has been in the position since February pushing public safety as well as equity for businesses owned by women and people of color. She reported that she and others at City Hall closely follow local news and that the stories that journalists do affect the mayor’s office.

   Johnson said that “troubling stories” typically don’t come from journalists of color. “We’re in a very divisive and polarizing time,” Johnson said. It is filled with “trigger phrases and trigger words.”

   Johnson shared that the city is examining its affirmative action policy, reforming the certification process and updating the website.

   The next meeting of KCABJ will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Look for the email notice soon.


   The National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Jobs Fair will take place Aug. 18-21. It will feature more than 140 convention sessions, special events and activities, including more than 70 sponsored opportunities to engage with major companies, organizations and influencers at networking receptions, workshops, cocktail hours, luncheons, breakfasts, and upfronts/screenings. For more information, go to nabj.org.

   Meanwhile, NABJ officers have asked to meet with heads of the Disney Corporation over New York Times and other news reports on a toxic culture at ESPN, which Disney owns. Learn more at https://nabjonline.org/blog/nabj-calls-for-meeting-with-disney-heads-after-treatment-of-espns-maria-taylor-reveals-toxic-culture-of-bias/.

News to Go Places

   “Journal-isms,” an on the website of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education covering news about journalists of color, is seeking a part-time assistant editor. For more information, go to https://www.journal-isms.com/about/.

   Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City is seeking:

  • Program: 90-Day Match Support Specialist
  • Program: Volunteer Enrollment & Matching Specialist
  • Operations: Facilities & Office Manager

The deadline to apply is July 16. For more information, go to https://www.bbbskc.org/careers?cached=0.

   The Inez Y. Kaiser GKC-PRSA Memorial Scholarship Application Portal is now live via registration here. Read more about this national Black public relations pioneer and apply for this $2,500 scholarship today. It is open to all African American/Black junior or first semester undergraduate registered seniors and enrolled in a public relations or communications program at an accredited college or university in Kansas or Missouri. The student must live in Kansas or Missouri at the time of application. Preference is given to PRSSA members and affiliate chapters, however, membership or affiliation is not a requirement for eligibility. The applicant must have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale overall. The application should reflect the applicant’s commitment to volunteerism, a hallmark of Inez Kaiser’s legacy. Two scholarship recipients will be announced at the GKC-PRSA chapter Prism event Thursday, October 21, 2021.Applications are due Sept. 24, 2021. For more information visit http://www.kansascity-prsa.org.

   The Federal Reserve of Kansas City is seeking freelance writers. For More information, contact Stan Austin, stan.austin@kc.frb.org.

   WDAF FOX4 is seeking a digital producer. For more information, go to https://nexstar.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/nexstar/job/MO-Kansas-City3030-Summit-WDAF/Digital-Producer_REQ-10674.

   FOX4 also is seeking a multimedia reporter. For more information, go to https://nexstar.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/nexstar/job/MO-Kansas-City3030-Summit-WDAF/Reporter-I–MultiMedia-Journalist_REQ-9956.

KC People

   KCABJ’s membership grew with the addition of Nathaniel Taylor.

   Anita K. Parran, a current member of KCABJ and past president of the organization, is a Community Advisory Board member for the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She would like to introduce KCABJ members to new opportunities that would be of benefit to you and other individuals in communications. As you will see in the flier, MyAlliance for Brain Health and is a resource for brain health and is for anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Customized information is provided for everyone, whether you are a family member, caregiver, a friend of someone who has been diagnosed, or simply someone who has an interest in overall brain health. Join MyAlliance at http://www.kumc.edu/kuadc/join-my-alliance-for-brain-health.

   Feel free to share this information about MyAlliance for Brain Health with members of the communications community and ask them to share it with family, friends, and others. It is important for everyone to have access to this free resource so they can stay informed and make good brain-health decisions. 

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2021

June 21, 2021 - Leave a Response

Membership meeting

   Dorothy Tucker, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, spoke to the June membership meeting of KCABJ, saying she was running for re-election.

   Tucker pointed out that she led NABJ through the unprecedent coronavirus pandemic, enabling the organization to pivot to a virtual convention last year with the intention to repeat that success this year. She added that she helped NABJ to aid members who have suffered pay cuts, layoffs or hours cutbacks.

   At the same time, NABJ has remained financially solid. Tucker said she also hopes the organization is able to draw on the talents of its members to create its own news media organization. The aim is to strengthen NABJ financially. “In the future, NABJ can be self-reliant,” Tucker said.

   Under Tucker’s leadership, several news companies have hired African Americans in key upper management jobs. In addition, NABJ has been looking out for the mental health and well-being of its members.

   NABJ also instituted LGBTQIA training for members. “I don’t tolerate anybody not feeling safe in this organization,” Tucker said.

   She said that if she wins a second term, she hopes to focus on undoing systematic racism, which includes attacking pay inequities in the news media. “We need to change that,” Tucker said.

   This was the second time in less than a year that Tucker has spoken directly with members of KCABJ.

   KCABJ President Kaci Jones said plans are taking shape for KCABJ members to hold a NABJ convention watch party on Aug. 21. The event will be catered by a black-owned company.

   Also speaking during the June membership meeting was Qiana Thomason, president and chief executive officer of the Health Forward Foundation. Kaci explained that Thomason was the first KCABJ Talk of the Town speaker, enabling members to hear from local newsmakers.

   Thomason explained that she is working to “reset” the foundation to focus on racial equity and economic justice. She explained that conditions such as housing, income, education and wealth affect health outcomes for people. The more a person makes, she said, the better that individual’s health tends to be.

   Thomason urged Black journalists to keep such concerns in mind as they cover stories about health and the associated disparities negatively affecting people of color.

   “There’s a health implication to most issues you cover,” she said. For example, “housing is health.” Homeownership is the key to wealth building.

   Thomason also explained that she hopes to change the narrative about people of color from a language of people who are vulnerable and at risk. The focus instead will be on their strengths, adaptability and resilience.

   The deficit-based language feeds the marginalization of people of color and enables conservatives to push attacks on schools and universities teaching critical race theory. Fear and a perceived loss of power are behind the controversies in state legislatures including in Kansas and Missouri. Philanthropy reset can help change that, Thomason said.

   Providing young people in underserved ZIP codes with jobs is one program that can help. “Power and money are the language of many folks,” she said.

   In other business, KCABJ re-iterated its commitment to restart the student journalism institute. A committee has been formed to try to get the program underway in 2022.


   The National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Jobs Fair will again be virtual this year because of the coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of more than 600,000 Americans. The convention will take place Aug. 18-21. NABJ members are urged to register as soon as possible at NABJ (vfairs.com). July 1 is the convention pre-registration deadline, which provides members and chapters with discounted registration rates. 

   The convention will feature more than 140 sessions and events and 10 tracks. More than 70 companies will greet people and provide job opportunities and training. For more details go to nabj.org.

News You Can Use

   Kansas City PBS is currently seeking applicants for the following positions:

  • Donor Relations Manager
  • Development Assistant
  • Multimedia Producer/Editor/Director
  • Graphic Designer

For more information, go to Employment (kansascitypbs.org).

   The Columbia Missourian is seeking an executive editor and Missouri community newspaper management chair/professional practice professor. For more information, go to JournalismJobs.com – Job Listing – Executive Editor of the Columbia Missourian and Missouri Community Newspaper Management Chair/Professional Practice Professor.

   WDAF-TV, Fox 4 offers the following job openings:



KCABJ Newsletter for May 2021

May 14, 2021 - Leave a Response

President’s Column

   This is a bittersweet time for us as we say goodbye to Breland Moore, our Vice President of Broadcast.

   You might have heard a VP does most of the work but you really have no idea. When I asked Breland to join KCABJ last summer, she hit the ground running.

   I told her my goal was to reinstate the chapter as an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, and she has been a vital support system in reaching that goal.

   Breland was a walking billboard for KCABJ. She invited several working journalists to become KCABJ members. She established partnerships with local organizations.

   Breland never turned away from the real work. She never complained about the workload. Instead, she saw the opportunity to get involved as a privilege.

   Breland took the lead to plan our first sports webinar, which drew in dozens of people to learn more about what it takes to become a sports journalist.

   This event also raised money for KCABJ. Breland showed courage in her workplace as she fiercely and courageously helped create real change at KCTV5.

    Her efforts have created a better workplace environment for Black journalists and paved the way for Black colleagues to be promoted and others to be hired. This work is often a thankless job.

   I wanted to take the time to tell Breland, my friend and colleague, that I appreciate her selfless sacrifices. Through it all, Breland continues to be an inspiration to many around her including me.

   I’m so proud of everything she’s done. As Breland returns home to continue her career in Philadelphia, PA, market #4, I’m grateful this organization was able to have Breland’s leadership. Our loss is Philadelphia’s gain. Fly Breland Fly! We will never replace Breland, but if someone steps up willing to make half the sacrifices she did, KCABJ can continue to be a viable organization.
With sincere love and gratitude,

Kaci Jones
KCABJ President

Membership Meeting

   KCABJ member Kevin Holmes shared some of the results of a survey of members. The findings will fold into a strategic plan for the organization.

   Kevin said there were 24 respondents to the survey. A key outcome: “Folks really realized there is value to this organization,” Kevin said.

   There are things that KCABJ does and does well. Yet from the survey results, people questioned whether the mission and objectives of the organization are clear and whether KCABJ has a large enough footprint in the Kansas City area.

   Some suggestions included KCABJ sponsoring more webinars, more events and having more of a public presence. KCABJ also could provide more mentoring opportunities, social mixers, happy hour get-togethers, fundraisers and dinners.

   Kevin said he would make the full results known to members soon.

   KCABJ President Kaci Jones said she would meet with Kevin and Parliamentarian Harold Kuntz to discuss how the survey results will figure into the organization’s strategic plan.

   The next KCABJ Zoom meeting will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12.

   After the meeting, Kaci opened the discussion to the first quarterly KCABJ Mental Health Check-In. It was led by Dr. Tamela Ross.

   Members shared their concerns with being asked by white media companies where they work to speak for the entire Black community involving stories about African Americans. Often they are the only person of color in news meetings, and often there is push-back from their white colleagues when they do share their thoughts.

   Members also expressed concern over dealing with racism in their newsrooms. Some said that it is difficult with all that is being asked of them to have a good work-home balance. All of it makes the job of being a Black journalist exhausting, members shared.

   An additional frustrating aspect about being Black in the white news media is never knowing how other African Americans at the media company will respond on controversial racial issues. “Not all skin folks are kin folks,” one KCABJ member shared.

   “It’s a weird space to be in sometimes,” another member shared.

   Some members they have been accused of not Black enough on the job. Members said they were frustrated by some Black co-workers’ refusal to engage, saying: “I got my check. I’m going home.”

   Dr. Ross said a sad aspect of what KCABJ members expressed was that over time they just become numb. Congress recently passed legislation attacking hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. But African Americans have had to endure acts of hate and police killings without any urgent congressional response.

   “It’s overwhelming,” she said. Dr. Ross encouraged KCABJ members to practice self-care and to lean on each other for solace. “If you don’t take care of you, you can’t take care of anyone else,” she added.


   The theme this year’s National Association of Black Journalists’ convention will be “Navigating a Digital World – United by Mission, Driven by Purpose.” Just like last year, the convention running Aug. 18-21 will be a virtual gathering.

   Registration is now open! This virtual event promises to be even more exciting than last year’s historic gathering that saw 3,713 attendees.  

   NABJ President Dorothy Tucker said this year’s convention chairs will be Kay Angrum and Isiah Carey. Leisa Richardson will serve as the convention program chair. Carol Gantt and Justin Madden will chair the student multimedia project. The JSHOP (High School Workshop) Chair is Sheryl Kennedy Haydel. The Innovation Bubble Chair will be Michelle Johnson and the Authors Showcase Chair is Alexis Yancey. The Salute to Excellence Chairs are Greg Morrison and Sia Nyorkor. The Special Honors/Hall of Fame Chairs are Sachelle Saunders and Jamar Younger.

   Attendees: Remember to upload or update your resume at NABJCareers.org if you plan to attend the career fair. Be sure to check off on your profile that you will be attending the convention so recruiters can easily search for you!

News You Can Use

   The Wichita Beacon launches this summer and is seeking a full-time executive editor with benefits. The person who is hired will guide the newsroom through transformational growth. Salary range starts at $70,000. For more information, go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rR3vtWNCj_HRGHjNvRH_TkMJlj1ASMOe3huFGtp8ySg/edit.

   The Maynard Institute lists the following job opportunities and internships:

Communications Director – The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Remote/Emeryville, CA

Director of Inclusion & Audience Growth – American Press Institute, Arlington, VA

Senior Editor, Investigations – Southern California Public Radio, Pasadena, CA

Executive Editor – MLK50, Memphis, TN/Remote

Senior Reporter: City Hall – Berkeleyside, Berkeley, CA

Senior Reporter: City Hall and policing – Oaklandside, Oakland, CA

Anchor/Reporter – KIRO7 Newscasts, Seattle, WA

2021 National Fellowship – USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, Nationwide

Director – International Women’s Media Foundation, Washington, D.C. 

Media Relations Manager – International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) 

Philanthropy Officer – inewsource, Remote/San Diego, CA

Peter Roth Internship Program – Paley Center, Remote/New York, NY

   Susan Smith Richardson, deputy editor with the Guardian US, Guardian News & Media, shares the following openings:

Breaking news/general assignment reporter, west coast

Senior tech reporter/editor, west coast

Breaking news reporter, NY

Editor, US Editorial Partnerships

And see this link for a complete list of openings at the Guardian US.

KC People

   At the May membership meeting, those in attendance wished KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Breland Moore farewell. She is leaving KCTV5 to work as a sports anchor for Fox 29 in Philadelphia, the nation’s fourth largest market. It also happens to be her hometown. KCABJ President Kaci Jones said that Breland has been invaluable to the organization and will be missed. Breland piloted KCABJ this year through its first successful webinar on sports coverage. Kaci encouraged KCABJ members who are interested in the vice president/broadcast position to please get in touch with her.

   Mara’ Rose Williams, a longtime reporter and now editorial board member of The Kansas City Star, was honored last month with the Eleanor McClatchy Award for piloting The Kansas City Star through a series and apology in December on the coverage of the Black community.

   Longtime KCABJ members also paid tribute to Eddie Williams III, a Kansas City native and former KCABJ member, who died April 19. Eddie was the older brother of Missouri state Sen. Barbara Anne Washington, a 1984 KCABJ journalism academy graduate. KCABJ President Kaci Jones provided a letter from the organization that was read at Eddie’s service on May 8 at The Blue Room in the 18th and Vine District.