The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists on Dec. 10 honored three Kansas City area journalists and a broadcast station during the 24th KCABJ Media Awards. The ceremony took place at KMBC-TV, Channel 9.
Years of quality, accurate and affirming programming and news stories about African Americans and other people of color earned KKFI-FM the 2016 KCABJ Broadcast Community Service Award. About a half-dozen persons from KKFI, including Donna Wolfe, Marvita Oliver and Valerie Andruss, KKFI board president, accepted the award from KCABJ.
Cindy Hoedel is this year’s recipient of the 2016 KCABJ News Features Award for her compelling July 24, 2016, story in The Kansas City Star headlined, “I am: Raising a black child.”
KCABJ in a rare step in its 35-year history honored two Kansas City area journalists with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The select group of past KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Helen Gray, Geri Gosa, Anita Parran, Pete Wilkerson and J.W. Edwards. Added to that list were Bryan Busby and Lewis W. Diuguid.
Busby, meteorologist with KMBC-TV, Channel 9 since 1985 and now chief meteorologist at the station accepted the KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless service to KCABJ and the Greater Kansas City community. Busby has always spoken to students in the KCABJ journalism academy and has served as host, emcee and speaker at community events and schools metrowide.
Busby was inducted in the Kansas City Media Professionals Hall of Fame in 1991. In 2011 Busby won the American Meteorological Society National Television Meteorologist of the Year award.
Diuguid worked as a journalist at The Kansas City Star from May 1977 to October 2016. He received the KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award for tireless work in the community and for KCABJ. He is a former vice president at The Star, a founding member of KCABJ and the author of two books — “A Teachers Cry: Expose the Truth about Education Today” and “Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union.” He has been honored with more than 100 awards, including the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.
KCABJ’s 2017 Plans
KCABJ will meet in January to elect officers and determine the future of the organization. Layoffs and cutbacks at Kansas City area media companies have hurt the organization. People who attend the January meeting will determine the direction of KCABJ. Also, now is the time to pay your dues for 2017. You will find the membership application 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 email@example.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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. or Drew Berry at email@example.com.
The next meeting of KCABJ will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at The Star.
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.
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/.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.