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

February 22, 2016 - Leave a Response

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.

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 ($25 for students) is among the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)

2015 in review

February 12, 2016 - Leave a Response

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KCABJ Newsletter for January 2016

January 17, 2016 - Leave a Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/$25 for students is among 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 2015

December 21, 2015 - Leave a Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Membership dues is due in January:

KCABJ Membership Application for 2016

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

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. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)

KCABJ Newsletter for November 2015

November 15, 2015 - Leave a Response

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

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

The award winners were:

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

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

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

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

KCABJ also gave out four scholarships.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some recommendations to stop the bleeding include:

 Limiting outsourcing and contracts.

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

 Reducing operating expenses.

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

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

For more NABJ information go to nabj.org.

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

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

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2015

October 18, 2015 - Leave a Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2015

September 20, 2015 - Leave a Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2015

August 23, 2015 - Leave a Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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