KCABJ Newsletter for November 2016

November 20, 2016 - Leave a Response

KCABJ News
KCABJ members met on Nov. 19 and picked the winners of the 24th KCABJ Media Awards. Those individuals will be notified in the coming week, and the awards program tentatively is set for Dec. 10. The time and location will be announced soon.

Winners are in print and broadcast categories. In addition, two names will be added to the list of KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Awards winners. Past recipients are Anita Parran, Helen Gray, Geri Gosa, Pete Wilkerson and J.W. Edwards. These are African Americans who were honored for their long careers and leadership in the media and how they paved the way for others in the field.

The KCABJ Media Awards are presented to individuals and media companies that are doing accurate and enterprise journalism about African Americans and other people of color. KCABJ members will be notified through email about the time and location of the media awards program.
NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists was among 15 professional journalism organizations that sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, letting him know they are “eager” to work with him to “perpetuate one of this nation’s great strengths: our freedom of the press.” The press pool tradition of covering the White House is one that dates back to the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.

“We also call for access to you via regular press conferences and pool sprays and to your key decision-makers. You have an opportunity as incoming president to set the tone for your staff speaking on the record for the sake of transparency. We also hope your administration will improve response rates to FOIA requests as a way to show the American people, and the world, that the republic belongs to the people.

“A great America depends on having sunlight on its leaders. We expect the traditions of White House press coverage to be upheld whether in Washington or elsewhere. Again we, a joint group of diverse journalism associations, speak as one as we respectfully ask that you take these steps to ensure access to our members covering your administration.”

In addition to NABJ, other organizations that signed the letter to Trump included the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of News Editors and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2016

November 3, 2016 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Awards
The KCABJ Media Award winners normally would have been picked, and the plaques ordered. But this has been far from a normal year.

The Kansas City Marathon kept KCABJ members from meeting on Oct. 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Police blocked traffic throughout midtown and downtown for runners and walkers, making access to the church nearly impossible.

Only two KCABJ members showed up. So judging on the award entries will take place in November. That meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 19. Please look for the meeting notice in your email soon from KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver.

Entries have been received from newspapers and broadcast. Some surprise nominations by members also have been made. The meeting will not be one that members want to miss. Journalists have to be paid members of KCABJ to have a voice in the judging.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists has picked its scholarship winners for 2016. The organization gave out $27,500 in scholarships this year.

The NABJ scholarships are a part of the Student Education Enrichment and Development Program, which provides professional and educational opportunities to students pursuing careers in journalism. Since 2009, NABJ has awarded $470,196 in scholarships.

The winners this year are:
Maya King – Les Payne Scholarship, Howard University.

Natalie Henderson — Carole Simpson Scholarship, Central Michigan University.

Malika Andrews — Larry Whiteside Scholarship, University of Portland.

Bamidele Idowu —Stuart Scott Scholarship, Syracuse University.

Antonio Scott — Dewayne Wickham High School Scholarship, University of Memphis.

Mahlia Posey — Visual Task Force Scholarship, University of California Berkeley.

Aloni Hill — NABJ Scholarship, Regent University.

Brandi Montgomery— Allison E. Fisher Scholarship, Howard University.

Jesse Sparks — Visual Task Force Scholarship, Northwestern University.

Polly Irungu – Visual Task Force Scholarship, University of Oregon.

NABJ reported in October that it expects to end 2016 with a $1 million surplus. That is a far cry from the organization drowning in red last year. “The projected surplus is a result of disciplined fiscal management and a surge in convention registrations — 3,209 NABJ registrants for the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Convention, which had a total of 3,890 attendees,” NABJ said in a prepared statement.

NABJ President Sarah Glover said: “We are working to ensure NABJ’s long-term financial health by focused efforts on zero-based budgeting and careful fiscal management — watching expenses closely, securing new revenue, and making sound investments.”

NABJ Executive Consultant Drew Berry added: “NABJ is now in its strongest financial position in more than 20 years.”

The 2013-2015 NABJ board faced a two-year deficit of $642,000. The 2015-2017 NABJ board adopted zero-based budgeting this year resulting in the turnaround.

NABJ is seeking students for its short courses in journalism in 2017. Participants will receive instruction from faculty and experienced industry reporters, news directors, producers, videographers and graphic designers. Participants will produce newscasts, webcasts, podcasts, video slide shows and social media sites, as well as learn strategies on how to market their skills to secure a job after graduation.

Applicants must be:

• A current member of NABJ.

• Be currently enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university.

• Major in journalism or communication.

• Be a junior, senior or graduate student.
• Possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Applications will be accepted online only. The deadline is Nov. 4 for the FAMU short course taking place Jan. 26-29. Go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/r1ak4l8m05a2iwm/ to apply.

KC People
KCABJ has sent in the paperwork to renew its nonprofit listing with the Missouri secretary of state.

After 39 years and five months, Lewis Diuguid on Oct. 7 abruptly resigned from The Kansas City Star. He began his long and storied career at what used to be The Kansas City Times in May 1977 as a reporter and photographer after graduating at age 21 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

During his tenure, Diuguid covered gangland murders; wrote stories that exposed and broke up discrimination that African Americans and Hispanics faced in the late 1970s at discotheques; covered the Jackson County Courthouse; Kansas City area politics; the medical/science beat; was part of the staff that won The Star/Times a Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for the July 17, 1981, skywalks collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where 114 people were killed and more than 200 were injured during a tea dance. He went on to cover the outcome of many of the court cases.

Diuguid also wrote stories resulting in the no-shut-off rule during the winter for Missouri utility companies after an infant perished in the cold; was a graduate of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s Editing Program Fellowship in 1984 and went on to the copy desk at The Times. He also served the newspaper as automotive editor in 1984 and 1985.

Diuguid in October 1985 moved to The Star, the afternoon newspaper, as assistant bureau chief in Johnson County Bureau. In 1987 he was named bureau chief of the Southland Bureau and began writing a column for the newspaper.
In 1992 after The Star and The Times merged into a morning newspaper, Diuguid was named an assistant city editor. In 1993, Diuguid became a co-chair of The Star’s diversity initiative, and in 1994 he moved to the downtown newsroom as an associate editor and the newspaper’s first African American metropolitan section columnist.

In 1999, Diuguid was promoted to vice president of community resources, serving on the editorial board, writing a twice a week column and overseeing the newspaper’s philanthropic efforts in the community. Among the more than 90 awards Diuguid has received in his journalism career at The Star, he was named a winner of the Honor Medal from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism partly because of a series of more than 100 columns he wrote about taking a seat with the Class of 1999 at Washington High School in Kansas City, Kan., from the students’ freshman year until they graduated and afterward to chronicle what it was like to be a teacher and teen. A lot of those columns went into Diuguid’s 2004 award-winning book, “A Teacher’s Cry: Expose the Truth About Education Today,” explaining that intense community involvement is the only way to improve public education. Diuguid also is the author of the 2007 book on diversity, “Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union.”

The publisher eliminated the vice president of community resources job in March 2009 during ongoing cutbacks. Diuguid remained on the editorial board as a columnist, editorial writer, letters editor, op-ed page editor and daily blogger until October, parting company with The Star after the one other editorial board staffer was eliminated in continuing staff cutbacks. When Diuguid joined the editorial board in 1999, it had 11 members.

Diuguid is a founding member of KCABJ in 1981, and since the student journalism academy started in 1982, he has been a consistent member of the faculty. Diuguid also served on the faculty of the Maynard Institute Editing Program from 1991 to 2007.

He started the KCABJ Media Awards program in 1991 as a way to encourage area news media to do enterprise stories about African Americans and other people of color instead of the stereotypical coverage of crime, underperformance and other negative depictions of minorities. Diuguid currently is the president of KCABJ and looks forward to continuing to serve the affiliate of NABJ.

He hopes to have a third book published, soon, titled, “Our Fathers, Making Black Men.”

KCUR-FM, the Kansas City area National Public Radio station, on Sept. 30 ran a story about Diuguid’s unexpected resignation from The Star, headlined “Longtime KC Star Editorial Board Member Lewis Diuguid Stepping Down.”

http://kcur.org/post/longtime-kc-star-editorial-board-member-lewis-diuguid-stepping-down#stream/0

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2016

September 12, 2016 - Leave a Response

Media Awards
KCABJ members met for the monthly meeting in September and collected entries for the 24th KCABJ Media Awards. Only KCABJ members could submit entries.

The entries were from KCUR-FM, The Kansas City Star and the St. Joseph News-Press. KCABJ members will gather at the October meeting to decide which of the entries covering enterprise journalism about African Americans and people of color merit awards from the 35-year-old professional media organization, which is an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists. KCABJ members who want to submit entries, which includes public relations, should email KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at Ldiuguid@kcstar.com or diuguidlj@yahoo.com.

The October meeting is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at The Kansas City Star. Members and people who want to be paid members are encouraged to come to the meeting and contribute to the deliberation. The membership decided at the September meeting that the awards would be presented in December at a combo awards program and holiday party. It promises to be festive.

Unlike previous years, the awards program will not include students from the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The academy was canceled this year with hopes of resuming in 2017.

In other news, KCABJ officers reported that KCABJ filed the needed papers to again be listed as a nonprofit corporation with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists congratulated Lester Holt, NABJ Journalist of the Year and anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” on being picked to moderate the first presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The debate will take place on Monday, Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Chris Wallace with Fox News will moderate the final debate on Oct. 19.

CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4 between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine.
The first NABJ Media Institute on Legal Affairs is titled “Law and Justice: Issues of Consequence: from Black Lives Matter to Voting Rights.” It will take place Sept. 24 at Hogan Lovells, 555 13th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information go to nabj.org.

The NABJ Region II Conference will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Chicago at the Northwestern University Medill School of Communications. For more information go to nabj.org.

KC People
KCABJ mourns the passing of George E. Curry, who died Aug. 19 at age 69. He had worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was a great friend of KCABJ. The journalism academy that he helped start in St. Louis was one that KCABJ used as a model for its program.

NABJ notes that Curry was passionate about developing the next generation of black journalists. He had worked for Sports Illustrated, the Chicago Tribune, Emerge magazine and was editor in chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service and BlackPressUSA.com. In 2003, Curry was named NABJ Journalist of the Year for his work with the black press. The Rev. Al Sharpton officiated at his funeral in Alabama, where Curry was from.

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2016

August 21, 2016 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Media Awards
KCABJ members decided at the August meeting that members should bring entries to the September meeting to nominate for 2016 KCABJ Media Awards.

The awards are open to entries in print, broadcast and new media. They have to exhibit accurate, enterprise journalism about African Americans and other people of color. Only members can make the nominations.

The awards program will take place in October or November, whichever the membership decides at the September meeting. The date and time will be set at the September meeting, which will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at The Kansas City Star unless otherwise rescheduled. Members will be notified.

People who want to nominate an entry for an award but are not a member of KCABJ should contact KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at 816-234-4723 or send email to Ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

KCABJ members also discussed the possibility of having a Black Lives Matter forum, focusing on the news media coverage of the 2-year-old movement. People who want input in that discussion should attend the September meeting. KCABJ has held forums in the past that have drawn large audiences on the N-word and candidate forums leading up to major elections.

NABJ News
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke at the National Association of Black Journalists’ annual convention in August in Washington, D.C. NABJ held a joint convention with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The convention attracted close to 4,000 people.

An invitation had been made to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, however, he declined. Another invitation has been made to Trump, although he would have to meet with journalists from the two groups after the convention.
News You Can Use
NABJ and the Poynter Institute are accepting applications for the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. The first class will run from Dec. 4-9 on the Poynter Campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tuition is free for the 25 participants. Sponsors include The New York Times, Facebook, Google, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the TEGNA Foundation. For more information contact Elisa Jackson at ejackson@poynter.org. or Drew Berry at drewnabj@gmail.com.
The next meeting of KCABJ will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at The Star.

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2016

July 17, 2016 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Meeting
KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver for the second consecutive year led a tour group to Cuba, which included several KCABJ members. The trip this month just as last year was sponsored by the National Association for Multicultural Education. Bette is its executive director.

Nearly half of people in the group of 23 were from Kansas City. They included KCABJ members Bette, Kia Breaux Randle, Anita Parran and Lewis Diuguid; Manny and Sara Pedram with Global and Multicultural Education; Gwen Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City; Clinton Adams, an attorney; Chuck Wurth and his wife, Antonia; retired teacher Rebecca Russell; and Crossroads Academy Principal Tysie McDowell-Ray. The Kansas City group joined educators and health care professionals from throughout the country on the journey to Cuba.

The group traveled first to Miami, and then to Havana before going deeper into the countryside. This is the second trip to Cuba that Bette has led with KCABJ members attending to learn about the people, culture and changes occurring in the communist country since President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro started talks on Dec. 17, 2014, to normalize relations between the two countries. The Cold War and continuing tensions had resulted in a severe U.S. economic embargo on the island nation just 90 miles south of Florida.

The two governments last year opened embassies in the other’s country, and Obama and first lady Michelle Obama traveled to Cuba in March. Obama became the first sitting president since 1928 when President Calvin Coolidge visited Cuba.

At the KCABJ meeting, members discussed the media awards. No date has been set, and members are encouraged to save their best work or what they have seen produced locally to submit for critique later this summer.

NABJ News
The joint National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention runs Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C.

The jobs fair will give journalists of color an opportunity to shop around to see how they can better their careers. In addition, CNN is offering a producers workshop, enabling broadcast journalists to beef up their skills. A daylong workshop also will be offered for broadcast reporters. Go to nabj.org for more information.

CNBC is providing a free workshop to enhance the skills of aspiring journalists. Afterward, three participants will be picked to interview with CNBC Global Headquarters for a CNBC business news associate position. For more information go to the CNBC Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CNBCBizNewsAssociate/.

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2016

June 20, 2016 - Leave a Response

Membership meeting
The KCABJ membership meeting for June was canceled. Members who normally attend had other commitments. That happens during the summer months.

There normally isn’t a June meeting because of members’ commitment to the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy, but that had to be canceled this year because of an unexpected illness of a key academy faculty member.

The six students from high schools throughout the area who had submitted applications were notified in writing and told they would be considered for the 2017 journalism academy class.

The next KCABJ membership meeting will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at The Kansas City Star. If there are any changes, members will be notified via email, or people can email KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at Ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists convention in combination with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention will take place Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel. People who plan to attend are encouraged to make their hotel reservations soon by calling Omni Hotel & Resort at 202-234-0700.

NABJ members are encouraged to send their 30-second video about their NABJ experience. Go to #NABJNAHJ16 or http://www.nabj.org for more information.

NABJ President Sarah Glover lists 10 things to know about #NABJNAHJ16:

1. The convention is a collaboration between NABJ and NAHJ.

2. The joint meeting will be the largest gathering of journalists in 2017.

3. People attending are encouraged to arrive Tuesday, Aug. 2 or early the next day.

4. Hotel space is limited so folks are encouraged to reserve their rooms early.

5. New this year is the “Look Your Best Pavilion” at the career fair. Convention-goers will be able to take advantage of tips from image and wardrobe consultants, hair dressers, makeup artists, photographers, and hair and beauty vendors.

6. Dozens of media companies are expected to be at the career fair seeking good journalists of color. The career fair opens at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. Job-seekers are encouraged to upload their resumes in advance so employers can see them.

7. The convention also will feature an “Innovation Bubble,” enabling people to handle the latest digital equipment and get social media tips.

8. The 2016 NABJ awards and special honors will be an attraction.

9. Convention-goers wanting continuing education will find it at specialized daylong training sessions.

10. And of course for those who like to party, there will be time for that after hours.

Among the award recipients at the convention will be LaCrai Mitchell, 2016 NABJ Student Journalist of the Year.

Former NABJ President Sidmel Estes (1991-1993) will be honored with the Ida B. Wells Award. She died suddenly last year. Her family will receive the award at the convention.

The NABJ chapter of the year also will be announced. Nominees include the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists, the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists and the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists.

Gail Wiggins of North Carolina A&T State University was picked as the 2016 NABJ Educator of the Year.

NABJ announced other honors for members including Yvette Walker, former night news and presentation director at The Oklahoman and former assistant features editor at The Kansas City Star, was named assistant dean of Student Affairs at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Wayne Dawkins has been promoted from associate professor to professor of professional practice at Hampton University

News You Can Use
The Philadelphia Inquirer is seeking a deputy editor for the editorial page. For more information contact Harold Jackson at hjackson@phillynews.com.

NABJ and NAHJ ahead of the August convention offer some guidance to reporters covering mass shootings in the aftermath of the Orlando, Fla., tragedy in June at the Pulse nightclub, where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 before he was killed in a shootout with police. NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina said journalists have to recognize the effect the shooting had on the Latino community and not just in Orlando. Also, the shooting has been called the worst in U.S. history, but more than 100 black people were killed in the East St. Louis, Ill., massacre in 1917, and more than 100 black people were gunned down during a mass shooting in Colfax, La., in 1873. The professional organizations for journalists of color warn people covering such events to be careful about using superlatives.

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2016

May 22, 2016 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy
Five students applied for this year’s KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. However, letters dated May 21 went out to those who applied letting them know that the summer academy was being canceled this year because of staffing and support challenges. KCABJ members were notified at the May meeting that the KCABJ academy would regroup in 2017 and extend an invitation to apply to this year’s students.

KCABJ has offered the journalism academy all but three to four years since it began in 1982 to help prepare students for college and careers in print, broadcast and new media journalism. This year’s program was canceled because the organization lacked the personnel to devote full time to being with the students during the two weeks of the academy at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. Newspaper and broadcast media professions working in the Kansas City area have staffed the academy.

KCABJ, however, plans to have its fall awards program honoring the best in journalism by the local news media in the coverage of African Americans and other people of color.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists is gearing up for its joint convention in Washington, D.C., with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. It will take place Aug. 1-6 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. It will include many workshops, panel discussions and a career fair. Students have been selected for the Student Multimedia Project. They will be the ones staffing the media, chronicling the news at the convention in radio, television, daily newspaper and new media coverage. “The program gives both NABJ and NAHJ students an opportunity to showcase their talents to the membership and help further their journalistic skills,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover, who says she was a “proud ‘NABJ baby’ from the 1995 student project.”

Getting involved and staying involved in NABJ and member chapters is so important to the growth of the organization.

NABJ Council of Presidents continues to have conference calls, the latest has been on financial security and fundraisers for local chapters. Chapter Day is on Aug. 3 during the NABJ/NAHJ convention.

NABJ Students are eligible to apply for the NABJ-Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism will provide five partial scholarships to help with the costs associated with the convention registration and travel. For more information, go to http://www.nabj.org.

The convention will include awards presented to media companies for good journalism as well as special recognitions. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will be honored as the 2016 NABJ Journalist of the Year; Steve Crump, NABJ Journalist of the Year in a Small or Medium-Size Market; Dale R. Wright, NABJ 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient; David Aldridge, 2016 NABJ Legacy Award; Darci McConnell, 2016 Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award Recipient; Jamiles Lartey, NABJ 2016 Emerging Journalist of the Year; and Chauncy Glover, 2016 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award.

NABJ also congratulated one of its founders and past presidents, Les Payne, for being inducted in the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame.

KC People
Jenee’ Osterheldt, FYI columnist with The Kansas City Star, has been accepted in the Nieman Foundation for Journalism program at Harvard University. Gerald Jordan was the last journalist of color at The Star who was a Nieman fellow in the early 1980s. Jenee’ will be one of 24 journalists in the Class of 2017. Osterheldt plans to study theories of discrimination and their application to storytelling on diverse subjects.

Former metro columnist Steve Penn is working on and hopes to soon publish his second book. This one will be on Kansas City jazz.

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2016

April 17, 2016 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy
Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley will accommodate the summer KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.
Joe Seabrooks, president of MCC-Penn Valley, has been contacted, and the necessary paperwork for the classroom and computer access is being processed.
KCABJ also will have to come up with the insurance coverage for the class. Glenn E. Rice, KCABJ vice president/print, and Bette Tate-Beaver, KCABJ treasurer, have agreed to coordinate the print and broadcast portions of the academy respectively.

Student applications went out in March to journalism teachers and advisers throughout the metro area. Requests for applications are still being received.

The two-week class will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6-17 at MCC-Penn Valley. A mandatory orientation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee streets. The first week of the class will focus on print journalism. The second week will be on broadcast journalism and new media. Bette has already met with Olivia Dorsey with KMBC-TV, Channel 9, and the station has again agreed to have the students do their newscast at the ABC affiliate.

The application deadline is Saturday, April 30. (See the application below)

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists joins other organizations in pushing for an end to the race and gender salary gaps among employees.

Dow Jones reporters union IAPE 1096 found in its data that disparities remained largely unchanged for decades. NABJ is pushing for pay parity for journalists of color and women at The Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones publications. In an April 5 email to members, NABJ notes: “We urge all news organizations to conduct their own inquiries about pay and ensure that hard working journalists are being paid fairly and equitably, regardless of color or gender. But let’s not stop there; let’s also continue to address the lack of inclusion in our industry’s ranks. In addition to pay, we should also look into providing equal opportunity for promotions. We need more journalists of color in positions of leadership — which could help address these inequities during salary negotiations and the hiring process.”

NABJ and the Poynter Institute are partnering to create a transformational leadership program for journalists of color working in the digital media. For more information contact Tina Dyakon at Poynter at Tdyakon@poynter.org or call 727-553-4343.

The NABJ Council of Presidents had a conference call in March mostly to talk about the NABJ national convention in Washington, D.C. It will run from Aug. 3-7 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and will be held in conjunction with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention. For more information, go to http://www.nabj.org.

NABJ this month saluted two veteran black journalists for recent honors. Sam Ford, an NABJ founding member, was inducted into the D.C. Hall of Fame. Ford is a broadcast journalist having covered the Capitol for CBS News and ABC7/WJLA-TV.

Simeon Booker, 97, a veteran reporter and editor for Jet and Ebony magazines, won the prestigious George Polk Career Award. His coverage included the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Money, Miss., which sparked the Civil Rights Movement.

KC People
April McClellan-Copeland, a former KCABJ member who had been a reporter for The Kansas City Star, and then the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, will be in Kansas City around the Fourth of July for a family reunion for her husband, Noral Copeland, and former award-winning Kansas City Star columnist and veteran journalist Steve Penn. More details will follow. April is with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

2016 Urban Student Journalism Academy, June 6-17, 2016 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 35th anniversary as an organization of professional black journalists. This is the 33th 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 Vice President/Print 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 2016 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC–Penn Valley June 6-17. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 4 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 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 April 30, 2016, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

Academy Application

Name_____________________________________

Email:____________________________________

Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________

Address___________________________________

City_________________ State/ZIP _____________

Phone ____________________________________

School Name_______________________________

Year in School ______________________________

GPA_______________________________________

Journalism/English/Yearbook Teacher’s Name:

___________________________________________

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

______Radio Public Relations _____

List journalism and/or writing experience in courses you have taken or media companies
where you’ve worked:________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________

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

Student signature_______________________________________

Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian_____________________________________________

KCABJ Newsletter for March 2016

March 20, 2016 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy
KCABJ members at the March meeting set dates for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. They are June 6 through June 17 to coincide with the early release of students from school. KCABJ again will work with Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley for classroom space and computer access for the students.

The organization has had a long-standing relationship with the community college because having the academy on a college campus helps to demystify and take the fear out of the college experience for many high school students. The orientation date is June 4. The location and time will be publicized in the next KCABJ newsletter.

KCABJ Vice President-Print Glenn E. Rice plans to put together the print week of the two-week academy and work with the students each day. KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver, who worked with the students in the broadcast week of the academy last year, has already reached out to KMBC-TV, Channel 9 to secure that station for the students’ work on camera. The high school and college students who are accepted into the program write stories for their own KCABJ newspaper, and they will produce their own newscast at KMBC-TV, Channel 9. Bette, who met with Olivia Dorsey at the station, said the general manager also wants to have lunch with the students. In addition, the students will be exposed to many jobs behind the camera, including work as account executives selling advertising. “Part of what we talked about is getting young folks to expand their horizons,” Bette said.

Bette also showed KCABJ members the work that has been done to redesign the kcabj.org website. It will include many more photographs from the student academy, slide shows, the students’ newscast and enable students to apply for the academy online. In addition, working professionals will be able to pay their dues online. Right now all of that is done through snail mail.

KCABJ.org will include links to Twitter and Facebook. Bette said the target is to get the new website up and running by the end of the month. Plans for the redesign have been in the works since last year. It will be a great way for members to communicate with each other and for KCABJ to reach out to new journalists in the area to get them to join. “I think it will expand our ability to draw in more folks,” Bette said.

Members also discussed the success of the social hour during Black History Month that KCABJ sponsored at Danny’s Big Easy at 18th and Vine streets. It resulted in new members joining and great networking with KCUR-FM and KMBC-TV, Channel 9. KCABJ members said it would be worthwhile to have similar social hours periodically this year.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists has extended the deadline to 5 p.m. March 21 for its highest honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Journalist of the Year Award, Best Practices Award and Ida B. Wells Diversity Leadership Award.

NABJ also during Black History Month was the recipient of the 2016 NASCAR Diversity Institution Award. NABJ President Sarah Glover and NABJ Sports Task Force Member Ricky Clemmons received the honor on behalf of the organization.

The joint NABJ and National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention will take place Aug. 3-7 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. to register and for more information go to nabj.org.

The NABJ Region III Conference will be Aug. 8-10 at the Downtown Memphis Sheraton in Memphis, Tenn. The theme is “Race Matters: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” For more information send email to gayle.d.hurd@gmail.com or call 301-405-8281.

The NABJ Region I Conference will take place April 29-30 at the School of Global Journalism & Communication on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore. The theme is “One year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice in Journalism.” Contact Johann Calhoun at calhoun.nabj.@gmail.com for more information.

During Black History Month, NABJ expressed its “disappointment” over the end of the “Melissa Harris-Perry Show.” MSNBC announced at the end of February that it was severing ties with Harris-Perry after she walked away from the show last week. Harris-Perry was upset over pre-emptions of her weekend program over the past few weeks. The New York Times also reported that Harris-Perry and the cable news network had a dispute over editorial freedom and airtime. In an email, NABJ said: “For four years, Harris-Perry and the program’s team of producers provided a critical space for underrepresented voices to discuss issues of national and international importance. Harris-Perry told NABJ that she does not believe she was targeted by her race, however, she does not dismiss the ‘race’ factor.”

News to Go Places
The Hickman Mills School District has an opening for a public relations assistant. For more information send email to pio@hickmanmills.org.

KC People
KCABJ picked up a new member in addition to others (as reported in the February newsletter) who joined because of the social hour during Black History Month at Danny’s Big Easy. Ieshia McDonald is a freelance writer for KC Studio Magazine.

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2016

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KCABJ Black History Month Gathering
About 20 people turned out for the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Black History Month membership gathering on Friday, Feb. 19 at Danny’s Big Easy, 18th and Vine streets.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver made the arrangements, and people were happy to join KCABJ members for good Cajun food, drinks, fellowship and fun. “There was a lot of networking, and good contacts were made. People need to understand there were good advantages to it,” Bette said.

KCABJ made it possible. The gathering was in lieu of the membership meeting for February. KCABJ members discussed the possibility of having such social gatherings throughout the year to increase interest in the organization, how it serves black journalists and the work it does in the community.

The next meeting of KCABJ will be at 11 a.m. March 19 at The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on Feb. 27 will hold a #BlackTwitter Conference. The biggest journalists, social newsmakers and educators in the U.S. will be part of the first #BlackTwitter conference. Participants will talk about race, gender, media diversity, politics and activism in an engaging forum. For more information register at http://www.nabj.org.

On Monday, Feb. 22 NABJ members can click on https://livestream.com/coopty/events/4842170 to be part of a livestream for services for an NABJ founder’s funeral service from 9 to 11 a.m. Eastern time. The service will be at Grace Baptist Church, 25 W. Johnson St., in Philadelphia for those who want to attend in person.

NABJ has set up #BlackTwitter conference for journalists, social influencers and educators for Feb. 27 under #OscarSoWhite. ABC News Mara Schiavocampo will moderate a keynote Q&A with April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite and managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com. It will be at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Reign’s hashtag has re-emerged sparking new calls for action in the Hollywood diversity debate. Reign will join Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post; Marcus Mabry of Twitter; Jamilah Lemieux of EBONY; Sree Sreenivasan of Metropolitan Museum of Art and others. Pre-registration is Feb. 25. Participate in the discussion by using #BlackTwitter16.

It’s time to apply for special awards from NABJ. They include the Ida B. Wells Diversity Leadership Award. The deadline is March 11. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org. The deadline for the Salute to Excellence National Media Awards is April 15. The same deadline applies for the 2016 Salute to Excellence Collegiate Awards.

March 1 is the deadline for early bird registration to the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ convention Aug. 3-7 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. For more information click on http://www.nabj.org/?page=2016Convention.

The Region I NABJ Conference will take place April 29-30 in Baltimore. The theme is “One Year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice in Journalism.” The conference will take place at Morgan State University School of Global Journalism & Communication.

The Region III NABJ Conference will take place April 8-10 at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The theme is “Race Matters: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” It will focus on the effect of race on recent coverage of police shootings to elections this year.

NABJ and ESPN are accepting applications for the newly created Stuart Scott internship at ESPN. The internships are this summer in memory of ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott for his sports journalism. Scott died Jan. 4, 2015, after a battle with cancer. The internships run from June 6 to Aug. 12 in Bristol, Conn. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

In a message to NABJ members, President Sarah Glover promised to continue to improve the organization’s finances. NABJ Vice President Dorothy Tucker attended the University of Missouri-Columbia’s “Unity Conference” in November with MSNBC’s Rashida Jones.

News You Can Use
The deadline is March 15 for entries in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists 2016 contest. For more information email Contest Chair Cathy Turney at Cathy@cathyturney.com or Luenna Kim at director@columnists.com.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased by three with the additions of Kia Breaux, Catherine Wiley and India Williams.

KCABJ member Alonzo Weston had a book signing Feb. 20 at the Black Archives in St. Joseph for his new book “Street Smarts.” Some KCABJ members attended. It was such a success that Alonzo sold out of copies at the book signing and at a book store in St. Joseph.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2016
Mail this application with your $35 check $25 for students) or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via e-mail and e-mailed monthly meeting notices.

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