KCABJ Newsletter for January 2016

January 17, 2016 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Meeting
KCABJ members formalized a Black History Month event at the January meeting to attract new members.

The time and date are set for Feb. 20. The location tentatively is Danny’s Big Easy at 18th and Vine streets. The program is a get-together for KCABJ members and potential members. People will receive invitations to come to the event for food, drinks and fellowship.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver told KCABJ members that the kcabj.org website will be revamped this year to enable people to pay their annual dues and make media awards submissions and applications for the student journalism academy rather than only by snail mail. The website also will be revamped to include a modified logo and a slide show, projecting pictures of KCABJ members, its student academy and community events. Bette explained that KCABJ members will be able to post their work on the website just as they would on Facebook and Twitter to attract more readers and viewers. All of it will enhance members’ visibility in the media in which they work.

At the March membership meeting after the February Black History Month unity event, KCABJ members will meet to vote on the executive board positions for 2016. KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid stressed that young members and leaders are important to the continuance and viability of the organization, which founded in 1981 celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The open positions are president, vice president/print, vice president/broadcast, treasurer and secretary.

The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will hold a joint convention Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C. The first-ever convention of the two groups is seeking proposals for workshops and panel discussions. The theme is “One Mission Driving Innovation.” The goal is to offer training to members at all experience levels in innovative storytelling. The deadline is Jan. 22.
NABJ split with UNITY Journalists of Color in 2011. NAHJ in 2013 left UNITY. The joint convention with NAHJ is a way to continue the diversity bridge.

NABJ student members have until Jan. 31 to apply for the NABJ student projects, which include an all-expenses paid trip to cover the joint NABJ-NAHJ convention in Washington. For more information go to nabj.org.
Students can apply for NABJ scholarships of up to $2,500. The deadline is Feb. 12. For more information go to nabj.org.

Fellowship opportunities exist through NABJ’s partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal for NBC News Group Summer Fellows Program. The deadline is Feb. 19. For more information go to nabj.org.

Applications are being accepted for the NABJ Salute to Excellence National Media Awards competition. The deadline is April 15. For more information go to nabj.org.

NABJ is attracting attention at #BlackTwitter. Check it out on Twitter.

NABJ is encouraging people to join the organization. For more information go to nabj.org.

NABJ held a presidents’ conference call this month, involving more than 30 chapter presidents. Ken Lemon, former Charlotte, N.C., chapter president, will become the Council of Presidents chair. He can be reached at ken.lemon@wsoctv.com.

NABJ Chapter Grant program is accepting applications. The deadline is Jan. 22. Bette said she will apply for KCABJ. Go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/nabjnahj16-one-mission-driving-innovation/. The deadline is Feb. 15.

All NABJ members and local members are eligible for $50 chapter rebate on their convention discount. People must register for the convention before March 1. Register at http://www.nabj.org/event/nabjregisteration2016. The chapter rebate form is at http://www.nabj.org/?page=ChapterRebateForm.

The NABJ Media Institute will kick off with a Black Twitter Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27 in New York City. For more information go to NABJ President Sarah Glover’s Twitter site at http://www.twitter.com/sarah4nabj.

The host hotel for the convention is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, N.W. Room rates are $179, Call 202-328-2000 to reserve your room if you plan to attend the convention.
News You Can Use

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is seeking entries for its 2016 awards program. The deadline is March 15. Fees are $50 for entries from non-NSNC members and $25 for members. For more information go to http://www.columnists.com/category/columncontest/.

Kansas City area students are welcome to apply to the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop running July 9-17 at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism — the oldest and the best journalism school in the world. Applications are due April 15. For more information contact Stephanie Green at 573-882-6031 or email her at mipa@missouri.edu.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased with the addition of Anita Parran, Lewis Diuguid, Bette Tate-Beaver, Alonzo Weston, Eppie Pallangyo and Lincoln Academy student and Generation Rap host Maya Brown-Edwards.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Alonzo will have a book signing at the Black Archives at 3406 Frederick in St. Joseph. His new book is “Street Smarts,” a collection of some of his columns printed in the St. Joseph News-Press. KCABJ members plan to attend.

Former KCABJ member Yvette B. Walker is the new assistant dean of academic affairs at the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Commications.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2016
Mail this application with your $35 or $25 for students 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 email and emailed monthly meeting notices.



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KCABJ Newsletter for December 2015

December 21, 2015 - Leave a Response

KCABJ in 2015
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists in 2016 will celebrate its 35th anniversary. Getting to this point has not been easy.

Membership has always been a challenge. The organization has been affected by staffing cutbacks at area news media companies with journalists of color often being disproportionately affected.

Yet, KCABJ continues to serve area journalists of color, provide a journalism academy for high school and college students who have an interest in careers in the media and promote enterprising journalism about African Americans and people of color through its media awards program.

In 2016 in honor of KCABJ’s 35th anniversary, the organization will host a community social event during Black History Month. Details will be provided in January. Don’t miss that membership meeting on Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at The Kansas City Star!

In the meantime, please fill out the attached membership application and mail it in with your annual dues.

News You Can Use
The William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas-Lawrence on April 15 will present the William Allen White Foundation Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award to a journalist at a newspaper that is circulated in Kansas. People who are interested in applying can send up to two entries demonstrating enterprise in reporting before the March 15, 2016, deadline. Entries should go to Kansas News Enterprise Award, KU School of Journalism, Attn: Office of the Dean, Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 200, Lawrence, Kan. 66045-7515.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting offers journalists training for covering the science behind some of the hottest environmental topics. To learn more about the annual science immersion Workshops, go to metcalfinstitute.org.

The National Association of Black Journalists commemorated its 40th anniversary on Dec. 12, honoring the founders at a reception in Washington, D.C. Eleven of the founders took part in the program. They were Maureen Bunyan, William Dilday, Allison J. Davis, W. Curtis Riddle, Joe Davidson, Paul Brock, Les Payne, Sandra Dillard, Paul Delaney, Sam Ford and Norma Adams-Wade.

To see the video and pick up more information on the event, go to http://www.nabj.org.

NABJ member Jeff Ballou has been elected vice president of The National Press Club. Ballou is a news editor/manager at Al Jazeera Media Network’s English language channel, which he helped launch in 2006.

NABJ President Sarah Glover promises a financial turnaround for the organization. Adjustments have been made in the last 30 days to reduce expenses, and NABJ has generated more than $100,000 in revenue. “We are working to transform NABJ for the better during the strategic planning process,” Glover said.

“Although the new board was passed a challenging financial situation by the outgoing board, the Glover administration is up to the challenge,” she wrote.

The joint NABJ-National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention will run Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C. The convention theme is “#NABJNAHJ16: One Mission Driving Innovation.” The convention will be in the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and will include continuing journalism education, programming, networking opportunities and the career fair. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

KC People
Michele Watley has renewed her membership in KCABJ as have Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver. This is the time to renew or join. The application is below.

Membership dues is due in January:

KCABJ Membership Application for 2016

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 email and emailed monthly meeting notices.



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

KCABJ Newsletter for November 2015

November 15, 2015 - Leave a Response

2015 Media Awards
KCABJ handed out four media awards on Nov. 14 to journalism professionals and media organizations. The event took place at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion.

Graduates of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy also received their diplomas and copies of the 2015 KCABJ Journal printed by The Star, which included stories the students did in the summer program at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. They also received attractive flash drives, which had photographs from the academy and the newscast they did at the studios of KMBC-TV, Channel 9 in the second week of the intensive journalism program.

The award winners were:

 Gina Kaufmann, Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton and Laura Zigler with KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast Radio Feature Award for “Quindaro Dreams.” Aired Aug. 18, 2015.

 The Kansas City Star; KCABJ News Civil Rights Coverage Award for “Martin Luther King Jr. Special Section: 50 years Later, March Goes On.” Published Jan. 12, 2015.

 Alonzo Weston with the St. Joseph News-Press; KCABJ Newspapers Daily (under 200,000): Commentary Award for “Drink Special, Racist Graffiti Bad for St. Joe.” Published Dec. 10, 2014.

The KCABJ President’s Award goes to the area media professional or organization that has done the most to further the interests of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists. The recipient is judged by the president of KCABJ to have selflessly given time, talent and resources to benefit other journalists of color in Greater Kansas City. KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid chose Bette Tate-Beaver, KCABJ treasurer. Tate-Beaver took over the broadcast week of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. She worked with the students and the speaks, checked the day before on the students’ on-camera attire for their newscast at KMBC-TV, Channel 9 and guided the young women in professional and personal matters. Without Tate-Beaver, the broadcast week would have been scrapped.

KCABJ also gave out four scholarships.

The recipient of the 12th KCABJ-Lucile H. Bluford Scholarship is Taylor Holmes. She is a junior at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science. Ms. Bluford had been the longtime editor and publisher of The Call of Kansas City. She continued in that job until she died in June 2003 at age 91. Ms. Bluford used the pages of The Call to promote civil rights and helped open journalism to more people of color.

The KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1987. It is named after a former editor of The Call, Roy Wilkins, who also served as head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the Civil Rights Movement. The winner of the 2015 KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship is Chandi Marsh. Marsh is a senior at Notre Dame de Sion. She is the 28th recipient of the award.

The 13th KCABJ-Laura R. Hockaday Scholarship went to Nia Rhodes, a senior at Lee’s Summit High School. The annual scholarship is named after Hockaday, who until she retired in 2000 was the longtime society editor of The Kansas City Star. Hockaday has received numerous awards for making her work inclusive of the racial, ethnic, gender and other diversity in Greater Kansas City.

The 21st KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship was awarded to Jalynn Saulsbury. Saulsbury is a sophomore at Blue Springs South High School. The scholarship is funded by KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid and named for his mother, who died in 1994 of Alzheimer’s disease. Nancy Diuguid had longed to be a journalist, but such career options were mostly closed to young black women in the 1950s.

National Association of Black Journalists has had to change its national office operations to cut costs. Three staff persons were eliminated, including the executive director post held by Darryl R. Matthews Sr. Drew Berry of Drew Berry & Associates, a media consulting agency, joins the staff as executive consultant for NABJ in this transition period.

NABJ in email to members has pledged a zero deficit in 2016. The organization notified members after the 40th anniversary convention in Minneapolis that it was projected to end the year with a nearly $250,000 deficit, after a $227,000 deficit in 2014, a $60,000 deficit in 2012 and a $619,000 red ink hole in 2009. The projected deficit for 2015 on re-evaluation will be nearly $380,000.

Some recommendations to stop the bleeding include:

 Limiting outsourcing and contracts.

 Developing a funded budget for print products or publish digitally.

 Reducing operating expenses.

The 2015-2017 NABJ Board of Directors is taking steps to stabilize NABJ’s finances. Some measures include a zero-based budget, having a 40th anniversary reception and membership drive and moving the Hall of Fame event to the 2016 convention. NABJ is appealing to members to donate $40 to commemorate 40 years of NABJ. Those who give $40 will be listed in the historic anniversary program. People who renew their membership or become a new member will receive a $15 discount. Members also are encouraged to become lifetime members. The 40th anniversary reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at 815 16th St. N.W. in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $40.

Elise Durham and Hugo Balta will be the co-chairs of the Aug. 3-7, 2016, joint NABJ, National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention in Washington, D.C. And NABJ mourns the loss of another of its 44 founders, Alex Poinsett.

For more NABJ information go to nabj.org.

News You Can Use
Nov. 15 is the deadline to apply for the McGraw Fellowships for Business Journalism. For more information go to http://www.mcgrawcenter.org. Each fellow receives $5,000 a month for up to three months. The fellowship is open to freelance and staff journalists with five years of experience.

The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism is seeking an assistant professor/Missourian editor. The person would teach community engagement (participatory journalism, also known as social journalism. For more information go to https://www.journalismjobs.com/job-listings/1625805.

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2015

October 18, 2015 - Leave a Response

Media Awards
Scholarship winners for 2015 have been picked. They are among the summer KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy graduates at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley. Six high school and college students metrowide completed the intensive two-week summer program in print, broadcast and convergence journalism.

At the Nov. 14 KCABJ Media Awards, the recipients will be named for the KCABJ-Lucile H. Bluford Scholarship, the KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship, the KCABJ-Laura R. Hockaday Scholarship and the KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship.

The membership at the October meeting decided to award scholarships to three area media companies for enterprise work covering communities of color. The companies and the journalists involved will be announced at the Nov. 14 awards program, which begins at 2 p.m. at 16th and McGee streets at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion.

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid also will give out the President’s Award to the member of KCABJ who has done the most in the last year to benefit the organization.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver told the membership at the meeting that she would work with a new Internet service provider to upgrade kcabj.org. Stay tuned for changes that will enhance members’ ability to benefit from KCABJ.

The Kansas City Star will continue its long-standing practice of printing the 2015 KCABJ Journal. Bette has the flash drive from the students’ newscast done at KMBC-TV-Channel 9, another long-standing KCABJ media partner. Copies of it will be made to give to the students at the awards program.

The National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for 2015-2016 has been rescheduled. Instead of taking place Dec. 16 it will occur at the NABJ convention on Aug. 5, 2016, in Washington, D.C. NABJ will have a joint convention next year with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The convention and the ceremony will be at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where the 44 founding members met in 1975.

NABJ said farewell to one of its presidents, Sidmel Estes. She died Oct. 6 at age 60. She was president from 1991-1993. Services for Estes were on Oct. 10 at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta. She died after an unexpected and short illness. She had been a broadcast journalist at WAGA-TV/Fox 5 in Atlanta. In 2006 she left the station to start BreakThrough Inc., a media consulting firm. Estes also was an adjunct professor at Emory University and Clark Atlanta University.

Six young black journalists were named Reuters-NABJ fellows. They are Makini Brice, Gina Cherelus, Bethel Habte, Marcus E. Howard, Justin Madden and Clarece Polke.

NABJ President Sarah Glover also picked Clayton Gutzmore, a senior communications arts major at Florida International University, as the NABJ student representative for the 2015-2017 board term.

KC People
Drew H. Brown with the St. Joseph News-Press joined KCABJ as a new member for 2016. He is the first to enroll for the new year.

Kinyatta Wright will be joining KNPN-TV in St. Joseph as a news producer. She is relocating from Milwaukee. She received a master’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University and holds a bachelor of arts degree in print journalism and advertising/public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Wright has co-produced promotional clips for WCGV/WVTV TV and created script writing for promotional spots. She has worked as a columnist for Examiner.com and looks forward to being involved in the St. Joseph-Kansas City area.

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2015

September 20, 2015 - Leave a Response

Membership meeting
KCABJ members at the September meeting reviewed some material for the 2015 KCABJ Awards program to determine whether they merited honors this year. The discussion was continued until the Oct. 17 meeting when some members promised to bring more material to be considered for this year’s awards. The media awards will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Press Pavilion of The Kansas City Star, 16th and McGee streets. Students who were graduates of the 2015 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy have been notified. The scholarship winners were picked at the August meeting. The names will be announced on Nov. 14.

The KCABJ website will undergo a remake. KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver told the membership meeting that she would bring cost estimates to the October meeting. Additions to the site should include the ability of members to pay online with reminders that their dues is due. In addition, students will be able to apply for the urban journalism program online. Those teens without online capabilities will be able to send the application and other material to KCABJ by mail. KCABJ will be relying on members to help the organization become more tech and social media savvy so that members’ work will gain maximum exposure through the KCABJ website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

KCABJ will have to work on building the membership numbers in 2016. That was an issue brought up by KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran. Like other black, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American journalists associations, KCABJ has been affected by the downturn in readership, viewership, listenership and accompanying layoffs on the sinking ships of media companies. Minority journalists’ numbers are down, and the industry has to find ways to turn around that trend.

The National Association of Black Journalists Region 1I Conference will take place Oct. 17 with a theme of “Covering Comeback Cities.” It will be at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland in the auditorium. The regional conference topics will include covering “Policing the Populace,” “The Role of Great Schools in Selling Cities,” “Economic Development” and “Diversity and Inclusion.” People attending will be at the Westin Cleveland downtown. For more information call 216-771-7700 or go to nabj.org.

NABJ President Sarah Glover in a message to the membership announced the receipt of a $100,000 Ford Foundation grant to help with strategic planning for 2016. NABJ has not done strategic planning since 2012.

The joint NABJ-National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention will be Aug. 3-7, 2016, in Washington, D.C. It takes place at the same time as the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Since taking office in August, the NABJ board has advocated for fair coverage of the black community. It also has been made aware that the last black reporter covering news in Birmingham, Ala., was laid off. Depressing diversity setbacks are taking place in other newsroom that NABJ needs to be kept aware of.

NABJ has spoken out against Egyptian court officials sentencing Al Jazeera journalists to prison time despite insufficient evidence alleging false news reports.
NABJ is hoping more members will attend the NABJ Hall of Fame honors in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 16.

News You Can Use
The Boston Globe is seeking interns. The application deadline is Nov. 2. For more information call Paula Bouknight, AME/Hiring & Development at The Globe, 617-929-3120 or send email to paula.bouknight@globe.com. Twitter at GlobeBouknight.

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2015

August 23, 2015 - Leave a Response

KCABJ members at the August membership meeting critiqued the 2015 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy and picked the four scholarship winners from the six students who were enrolled this summer.

The scholarship recipients will be announced at the KCABJ Media Awards set for Nov. 14. KCABJ members also decided that they would review print and broadcast entries that members bring to the September meeting as potential candidates for media awards. People who want their work considered should make sure their membership dues is current in order to have their work reviewed. The recipient of the KCABJ President’s Award also will be announced at the awards program.

Members in discussing the academy said that the students all exhibited a lot of hustle. Their stories have been edited and are ready to be copy edited and laid out for the 2015 KCABJ Journal, which The Kansas City Star has annually printed for KCABJ.

KMBC-TV, Channel 9 has already produced the student broadcast. Copies just have to be made to present to the students at the awards program. KCABJ academy coordinator Glenn E. Rice, also KCABJ vice president/print, put together the curriculum for both the print and the broadcast week. KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver stayed with the students throughout the broadcast week. Glenn and KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid and Bette were with the students for the print week of the program at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

Most of the speakers were strong and provided good information for the students. Bette pointed to one speaker during the broadcast week who was not worth inviting back in 2016. Glenn pointed out that it was a struggle to get some broadcasters to commit to speak to the students. Bette complimented KMBC-TV, Channel 9, saying people at the station went out of their way to help the students learn more about broadcast journalism. In addition to doing their newscast, the students got tours of the station and the trucks that go out on assignments. Bette said she made sure to work with the students to ensure that they dressed appropriately to be on camera, having them text her pictures of what they planned to wear.
The National Association of Black Journalists held its 40th annual convention in Minneapolis, attracting hundreds of journalists from throughout the country. New officers were elected. Sarah Glover is the new NABJ president, defeating Mira Lowe. Glover is a social media editor at NBC owned stations. Glover had been defeated by Bob Butler in the 2013 presidential election. The NABJ Monitor, which reports on the convention, said that the new president and NABJ officers will have to contend with the organization being $227,137 in the red. NABJ Finance Chair Greg Morrison was quoted, saying the organization hoped to make up the shortfall with projected revenue from the NABJ Hall of Fame event in December.

KC People
KCABJ members who attended the NABJ convention were Kia Breaux, Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver. Lewis received the Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award on the morning of Aug. 8. The big awards program was that evening. Former KCABJ members who were at the convention included Mark Holland, LaVelle Neal, Gromer Jeffers Jr. and Greg Moore. KCABJ academy graduates who were at the convention included Gary Cotton and Miesha Miller. For more information about the convention go to nabj.org or check out nabjmonitor.org.
The next meeting of KCABJ will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 19 at The Star.

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2015

July 21, 2015 - Leave a Response

Academy Aftermath
The students in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy have turned in their stories. KCABJ members will begin editing them and prepare a budget for the copy to be ready for publication in the fall. The Kansas City Star has traditionally printed the newspaper for KCABJ.

KCABJ members will meet next on Aug. 15 to decide which of the six students should receive the four KCABJ scholarships. (See the June newsletter for a list of the persons who graduated from the academy.) The scholarships are awarded to the top students in the academy based solely on merit. The biggest award is the KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship, named after a former editor of The Call who went on to lead the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. There is the KCABJ-Lucile H. Bluford Scholarship, named after the longtime editor and publisher of The Call, a black weekly newspaper in Kansas City that has been published since 1919. A third award is the KCABJ-Laura R. Hockaday Scholarship. It is named after a longtime society editor at The Kansas City Star who made diversity part of her work in the pages of the daily newspaper. The fourth award is the KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship, named for the mother of KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid. His mom wanted to be a journalist, but it was a profession that was mostly closed to African American women in the 1950s and 1960s.

When KCABJ members meet in August, they will set a date for the awards program and collect news stories and broadcast tapes to review for awards. The format is different this year.

The NABJ convention will be packed with activity from the day it opens on Aug. 5 to its close Aug. 9 at the Minneapolis Hilton and Minneapolis Convention Center.

Many awards will be presented, and elections will be held for new leaders in the organization. The National Association of Black Journalists announced ahead of the convention the individuals who will be inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame. They are Tony Brown, Charles Gerald Fraser, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Dorothy Leavell, Dori Maynard, Gil Noble, Austin Long-Scott, Jacqueline Trescott, Morrie Turner, John H. White and L. Alex Wilson.

The final touches also are being put into place for the parties at the convention. They will include the R&B group Mint Condition. There also will be a NABJ Student Glow Party on Aug. 7. There will even be an Apollo Night on Aug. 5 for people with talent who aren’t afraid to show it off.

The convention also will include network opportunities, a career fair and many panel discussions and workshops to enable people who attend to develop new skills in the profession. On Sunday, people can feel the spirit at the gospel brunch. For more information, go to nabj.org.

News To Go Places
Reuters-NABJ Fellowship Program provides nine months of hands-on experience in a Reuters U.S. bureau. Reuters will have recruiters at Booth #315 at the convention. For more information go to nabj.org.

KC People
Greg Moore, former KCABJ president who left The Kansas City Star in 2011 to take a position with The Associated Press in Phoenix, will be leaving that sun city for the AP’s Milwaukee bureau. Greg starts in Milwaukee in August. Greg is from Detroit so that is a lot closer to home.

KCABJ member Mara’ Rose Williams was the winner of the national Gerald Loeb Award for a series she did in The Star with Mike Hendricks on the Henry W. Block School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which exaggerated and misstated its record to boost its reputation. Star features columnist Jenee’ Osterheldt was among the winners of Society for Features Journalism awards.

KCABJ members who participated in the student journalism academy should know that one of the parents attended most of the two weeks of classes with the students at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. That is only the third time that has happened.

The first was in 1986 when Crystal Lumpkins, now a PhD journalism professor at the University of Kansas-Lawrence, was a student in the academy. Her dad attended each of the classes at Penn Valley with her.

Another time was in the 1990s at Rockhurst University. The mom took notes for the daughter who was disabled but still very much interested in being a journalist.

The parent in the 2015 class, Dale Hill, wrote in her note: “Thank you for allowing me to audit the class. It was an opportunity that I’m grateful to have experienced. The program is a great program for our youth, and I hope it continues with much success in the future. We need more programs like it. Keep up the good work. It is evident that you are working in your life’s calling. God Bless.”

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2015

June 21, 2015 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy
All six students picked for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism academy attended the mandatory orientation on June 20 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion and received their first story assignment.

The students are Nia Rhodes, who will be a senior in the fall at Lee’s Summit High School; Chandi Marsh, who will be a senior at Notre Dame de Sion; Gabrielle Morris, who will be a junior at Paseo Academy; JaLynn Saulsbury, who will be a sophomore at Blue Springs South High School; Marlisa “Clover” Ross; a sophomore at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley; and Taylor Holmes, who will be a junior at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science.

Many of the students attended the orientation with family members. Glenn E. Rice, academy coordinator, explained to the audience that the first week will be the most intense, focusing on print and the basics of journalism. The second week will be on broadcast journalism and will include sessions on new media. The trend in journalism is for people entering the profession to be able to do it all because of Web publishing, YouTube and audiences being attracted by still and motion pictures.

The academy will run from June 22 through July 2 at MCC-Penn Valley. The class will be in Room 211 in the Humanities building. The program is sponsored by KCABJ with in-kind support from area journalists and media companies.

The goal is to help prepare, encourage and nurture more young people of color for jobs in journalism. KCABJ has offered the free academy nearly every year since 1982. KCABJ was founded in 1981. Four scholarships will be awarded in the fall to the top graduates of the program.

KMBC-TV, Channel 9 will open its studios to the students for them to do their TV newscast. The student publication, the KCABJ Journal has annually been printed by The Kansas City Star.

The National Association of Black Journalists convention will be Aug. 5-9 at the Minneapolis Hilton and Minneapolis Convention Center. NABJ will announce the NABJ affiliate chapter of the year at the convention. Contenders are the NABJ chapters in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists. Dr. Sybril Bennett, professor of journalism at Belmont University will be honored at the convention as NABJ’s Journalism Educator of the Year. People who attend the convention also will be able to pick up a copy of “Breaking News: A Pictorial History of NABJ’s First 40 Years.”

The convention will feature a career fair, awards programs, an authors’ showcase, 5K run/walk, exhibitors, visits to the Mall of America, networking, partying and the Gospel Brunch. Officers also will be elected for the next two years, including president; vice presidents of print, broadcast and digital; regional directors; treasurer; and secretary.
Some members and officers of KCABJ plan to attend the NABJ convention.

The NABJ convention for 2016 will be Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C., held jointly with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In 2017, the NABJ convention moves to New Orleans, and in 2018 it will be in Detroit.

News You Can Use
Editor & Publishers is seeking entries for its EPPY Awards, honoring the best in digital media, including college and university journalism. The deadline is Aug. 28. For more information contact Martha McIntosh at Martha@editorandpublisher.com or call 949-660-6150, ext. 216.

The Association of Opinion Journalists will collaborate with the Poynter Institute on a Minority Writers Seminar. The program is to help news journalists and others transition to opinion journalism or sharpen their skills. The program is in its 20th year. It will take place Nov. 12-15 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tuition is free. For more information go to http://about.poynter.org/training/in-person/aoj-mws or call O. Ricardo Pimentel at the San Antonio Express-News at 210-250-3165.

KC People
KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver in July is co-leading a delegation of educators to Cuba through the National Association for Multicultural Education, where she is the executive director. Also attending will be KCABJ member Michele Watley, director of the Kansas City office for the Missouri Secretary of State, and KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid. Bette for years has led tours of educators to such places as China.

Lewis will be honored at the NABJ convention with the 2015 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award. It recognizes people in the profession who have had a positive impact on the community outside the normal realm of journalism. The NABJ award was named after the late Angelo B. Henderson, who was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, won a Pulitzer Prize for that newspaper and later became a minister, community activist and radio talk show host.

NABJ President Bob Butler said in a prepared release: “Improving the situation in the black community, addressing issues of discrimination, diversity and how they impact our community is what Mr. Diuguid’s life is committed to. Whether he is offering assistance and support to the elders in the community, helping out families with food, repairs, guidance and wisdom, or meeting with youths to offer support and homework help, Diuguid has demonstrated a clear commitment to his community and is most worthy of this high honor.”

The NABJ news release said: “Diuguid has been a journalist and community activist/contributor in Kansas City and beyond for over 38 years.” Lewis is one of the founding members of KCABJ.

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2015

May 17, 2015 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy
KCABJ members voted at the May meeting to accept six students in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.

They are Nia Rhodes, a junior at Lee’s Summit High School; Chandi Marsh, a junior at Notre Dame de Sion High School; Gabrielle Morris, a sophomore at Paseo Academy; JaLynn Saulsbury, a freshman at Blue Springs South High School; Marlisa “Clover” Ross, a sophomore at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley; and Taylor Holmes, a sophomore at Sumner Academy.

The academy will take place June 22 through July 3 at MCC-Penn Valley. The two-week program had to be pushed ahead a week from the earlier approved schedule to accommodate the faculty.

A mandatory orientation for the students will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion at 16th and McGee streets. The first week of the academy will cover print journalism; the second week will focus on broadcast journalism.

Students who take part in the intensive academy return to their schools superstars in journalism. Letters will be mailed to the students notifying them of their acceptance. KCABJ will continue to correspond with the students until the program begins to maintain their interest during the summer.

The students will produce their own newspaper and TV newscast. KCABJ has been conducting the annual program since 1982 — a year after the organization was founded.

The National Association of Black Journalists convention will be Aug. 5-9 at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center. New officers are to be elected this year, including regional directors.

NABJ has announced winners of some of the awards to be handed out during the convention. They include Nikole Hannah-Jones, with The New York Times Magazine, named 2015 Journalist of the Year; Brittany Noble-Jones, KMOV-TV in St. Louis, named 2015 Emerging Journalist of the Year; and Carole Munroe, director of public relations for Walt Disney World Resort, picked as the recipient of the 2015 Patricia Media Professional Award.

Application deadline extended for journalism academy

April 28, 2015 - Leave a Response

The deadline has been extended for people to still mail in their application for the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Urban Student Journalism Academy. Be sure the application is postmarked by May 15.

2015 Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 15-26, 2015

at Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley

3201 Southwest Trafficway

Sponsored by The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists

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

About the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists

KCABJ was founded in 1981, and this year it celebrates its 34th 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.

About Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley

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 2015 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC–Penn Valley June 15-26. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 13 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.

Study social media and its personal and population effects.

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 May 15, 2015, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. (The deadline was extended from April 25.)

Academy Application



Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________


City_________________ State/ZIP _____________

Phone ____________________________________

School Name_______________________________

Year in School ______________________________


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_____________________________________________


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