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.

NABJ News
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.

NABJ News
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.

NABJ News
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

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 Urban Student Journalism Application for 2015

April 19, 2015 - Leave a Response

2015 Urban Student Journalism Academy
June 22-July 2, 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 April 25, 2015, 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 April 2015

April 19, 2015 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy
Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley will accommodate the summer KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Class runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15-26. The first week will focus on print journalism. The second week will be on broadcast journalism and new media. A mandatory orientation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion at 16th and McGee streets.

The application deadline is Saturday, April 25. At the April membership meeting, KCABJ Treasurer Bette Beaver said she would work with Michelle Watley on the social media part of the student academy. Bette also said she would explore ways to get KCABJ’s website to do more such as enabling members to pay dues electronically.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists convention will be Aug. 5-9 at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center. A discount is being offered for attendees who travel on United Airline. People can book online at http://www.united.com and enter the offer code: ZUTE980386, or call 800-426-1122. The discounted rate for the Hilton Minneapolis is $189 a night.

This is an election year for NABJ. Voting will run from July 1 to Aug. 7. Officers will be elected, and some amendments will be on the ballot. Mike Woolfolk, with WXYZ-TV (ABC) in Detroit, is the 2015 NABJ Elections Committee Chairman.

NABJ President Bob Butler reports that a major plenary at the convention will focus on racism in America. It will include panelists, having an honest discussion on race and how it daily affects African Americans.

KCABJ Newsletter for March 2015

March 22, 2015 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy
KCABJ members decided to move the dates for the summer journalism academy up a week because there were fewer snow days this year that students will have to make up at the end of the year. That means students will be getting out of school earlier.

To try to get those interested in journalism careers to sign up for the academy and actually show up, the dates were moved from June 22-July 3 to June 15-June 26. The mandatory orientation date will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13.

Joe Seabrooks, president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, has agreed to provide classroom space on campus for the academy. Applications are ready to be mailed and emailed. The deadline for students to apply is April 25.

KCABJ members also agreed to build social media into the curriculum so that students are aware of the positives and negatives associated with such things as posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other outlets.

Glenn Rice, KCABJ vice president for print, agreed to run that part of the program. Robyn King said she is unable to put together the broadcast week. Other KCABJ members will handle that part of the academy.

NABJ News
Bill Wells will serve as honorary chair of the 2015 National Association of Black Journalists 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair. It will take place from Aug. 5-9 in Minneapolis.

Wells is president of W. Wells & Associates, LLC, a management company specializing in diversity strategy and inclusion. NABJ President Bob Butler tapped Wells for the convention job.

Butler also appointed Leisa Richardson as special events chair at the convention. Richardson is with the Indianapolis Star.

Richardson will lead the planning for the opening reception and opening ceremony. She also will head the planning for the plenary sessions, the Salute to Excellence Gala and Gospel Brunch at the convention.

Richardson has been a NABJ member since 1985 and served two terms on the NABJ board as a regional director. She was convention chair of the NABJ convention in Las Vegas in 2007 and Tampa in 2009 and program lead for the 2006 NABJ convention in Indianapolis and the 2008 UNITY convention in Chicago.

The nomination deadline for the NABJ 2015 Salute to Excellence National Media Awards is 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time April 10. The honor recognizes exemplary coverage of people or issues in the Africa/African American diaspora. It includes work published or broadcast from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

The NABJ first Media Institute on Education will take place April 16 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. The one day conference will focus on education policy, including education equity, ensuring educational opportunities for poor and minority students, accessing higher education, closing gaps in educational quality and how supporting communities directly affects the quality of the education children receive. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

The NABJ’s Seventh Annual Media Institute on Health: Health Policy & Health Inequities will take place April 9-11 at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. Its focus will be on health disparities in communities of color. It will provide journalists with tools to effectively report on the effects of the Affordable Care Act for underserved communities. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

News You Can Use

The Associated Press has an opening for a deputy regional editor in Philadelphia. For more information go to http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH09/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AP&cws=1&rid=3822#sthash.alu8vQqB.dpuf.

The Omicron Xi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is taking applications for its cash scholarships. The organization is seeking African American students in the Kansas City area who qualify. The deadline application is May 1. Students must have a 2.8 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate significant community service beyond what school requires.

For more information contact Glenn E. Rice, Omicron Xi Scholarship Committee chair at 816-560-2543.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership crept up by one with the addition of Alonzo Weston. Alonzo brought students in his Reporting Live program in St. Joseph to Kansas City, where they toured The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion and the news operation.

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2015

February 22, 2015 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Membership
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists at the February membership meeting decided to retain all officers in their current positions.

Continuing as president is Lewis Diuguid; vice president/print, Glenn E. Rice; secretary, Anita Parran; and treasurer, Bette Beaver. Open is vice president/broadcast.

KCABJ members also decided that the applications for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy will become available in March ahead of the March 21 meeting. The academy for 2014 was canceled because no students applied. KCABJ already has had students asking about the 2015 academy, and extra efforts will take place to ensure that students apply and the academy this year. It will be at the Metropolitan Community Colleges-Penn Valley. The goal is to give students the experience of being on a college campus so that it will not be intimidating to the high school and college students in the KCABJ program. Students will produce their own newspaper and radio and television broadcast. For more information go to kcabj.org.

The KCABJ Media Awards, which was discontinued in 2014 because of diminishing interest by the area news media in 2013, will pick up this year reconstituted. Stay tuned.

News You Can Use
The National Association of Black Journalists is seeking nominations for its 2015 NABJ Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Dec. 12 on NABJ’s 40th anniversary at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NABJ will hold its inaugural Media Institute on Education at the Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. on April 16. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org/events/event_details.asp?id=599341&group=.

This year’s NABJ convention will take place Aug. 5-9 at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org/?page=2015Overview.

The NABJ Region III Conference Cruise is still on. Members will set sail for Nassau March 5-8 on Carnival Cruise Line. The workshops will include “From Selma to Ferguson: 50 Years Later, the March Continues….” For more information go to http://www.nabj.org/events/event_details.asp?id=518935.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is taking applications for its 17th Annual Science Immersion Workshop taking place June 12-17. For more information go to http://metcalfinstitute.org/.

An exhibit honoring the life and work of longtime Kansas City Call editor and publisher Lucile Bluford opened Jan. 31 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. It will remain in place through May 31. It is a must-see for black journalists.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership crept up by two with the addition of Glenn E. Rice and Mara’ Rose Williams.
Shawn Edwards, an early 1980s KCABJ academy graduate, will discuss “The Diversity Issue in Hollywood” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and present a screening of Toyota’s Web series, “On the Set,” a look at blacks working behind the scenes in the film industry. The event is being sponsored by Kansas City Women in Film and TV. It will be in the Buffalo room at the Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Road.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2015
Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via e-mail and emailed monthly meeting notices.

NAME_______________________________

DATE_______________________________

ADDRESS___________________________

Email _______________________________

Phone (w) ___________________________

(h)__________________________________

Cell _________________________________

Occupation (Title, company and address):

FULL/ASSOCIATE/STUDENT MEMBER
(circle one)

Years of Experience___________________

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

(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. KCABJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Black
Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2015

January 18, 2015 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Meeting
KCABJ members met for the January meeting decided to revamp the media awards program for 2015 so that members decide what merits an award from articles, radio and TV stories they have collected from the year. The face of the awards program will change. Look for it to be more engaging, entertaining and streamlined. This year it may take place at the Black Archives of Mid-America Inc. Stay tuned.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver shared her plan to survey the KCABJ board then the membership asking what day and times are best for KCABJ monthly meetings. Once the best monthly day and time is established, she will send meeting notices well in advance of the meetings and repeat the emails so that people will mark their calendars to attend. We want to pick set day and time that works best for the most people possible. If your best email address has changed, please contact Bette at BetteBeaver@me.com with your updated information.

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid reported that KCABJ has secured its affiliate status with the National Association of Black Journalists. The election of KCABJ officers will take place at the February meeting. Persons interested in holding positions on the executive board should send email to Lewis at Ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

Bette said she will pursue getting a NABJ grant for KCABJ for the student academy program. Applications for the academy should be ready by March. Efforts will be made this year to ensure that students actually apply. The program was canceled in 2014 because KCABJ received no applications. We need your support in promoting this great FREE program.

NABJ News
The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will hold a joint convention in 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The convention will include journalism training, specialty programming, national newsmakers and the journalism career fair. 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. Plan now to attend in 2016. For more information check out http://www.nabj.org

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased with the addition of Anita Parran and Markl Johnson. Markl is now with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2015

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

NAME______________________________

DATE______________________________

HOME ADDRESS_________________________

Email address____________________________

Phone (w) _________________________

(h)________________________________

Cellphone __________________________

Occupation (Title, company and address):

____________________________________

FULL/ASSOCIATE/STUDENT MEMBER
(circle one)

Years of Experience________________________

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

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

KCABJ Newsletter for December 2014

December 17, 2014 - Leave a Response

KCABJ in 2015
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists received notice from Veronique Dodson that it has been renewed as an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
That’s in time for NABJ’s celebration in 2015 of its 40th anniversary. Dodson, with NABJ chapter relations, said KCABJ is able to apply for a chapter grant for its programs in 2015.
KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver said she planned to make the application.

KCABJ owes its continued standing as an affiliate NABJ chapter to its officers, Glenn E. Rice, vice president/print; Anita Parran, KCABJ secretary; Bette; and Lewis Diuguid, KCABJ president.

The terms of KCABJ officers expire this month. Elections will take place in January. Persons who are interested in running for the seats should contact Lewis at Ldiuguid@kcstar.com.
News You Can Use
NABJ will have its 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis from Aug. 5-9. People who plan to attend should go to http://www.nabj.org to register for the convention.
Discounts are out there for people who plan to attend.

Don’t forget the NABJ Region III Conference Cruise on March 5-8 to Nassau Bahamas. It’s on Carnival Cruise Lines.

North Carolina A&T Short Course will take place March 18-21 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. The deadline to apply is Jan. 16. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

Special honors nominations are now open for NABJ awards. They include Journalist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, the Pat Tobin Award, the Community Service Award, Award, Legacy Award, Emerging Journalist Award, Percy Quoboza Foreign Journalist Award, Student Journalist Award, Educator of the Year Award, Best Chapter Award and Best Practices Award. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

Application are being accepted for the NABJ/NBC News Summer Fellowship. The deadline is Feb. 13. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism is offering a new full tuition scholarship to a NABJ member who applies for admission to its M.A. in Journalism program for the fall of 2015. The scholarship is worth $17,000-$36,000. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

The Metcalf Institute is partnering with the National Adaptation Forum and EcoAdapt to offer a day-and-a-half seminar on climate change. It will be May 12-14 in St. Louis. There is no cost for the seminar, but it includes lodging and travel support. The deadline to apply is Feb. 9. For more information go to metcalfinstitute.org/training/adaptation2014 or call Karen Southern at 401-874-6009. You can also send email to her at Karen_southern@mail.uri.edu.

KCABJ’s membership is open. Membership dues is due in January. Here is the application:

KCABJ Membership Application for 2015

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.)

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