Archive for September, 2008

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2008
September 28, 2008

KCABJ September Highlights

   KCABJ members at the September meeting set final plans for the 17th Annual KCABJ Media Awards ceremony.

   The program will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion at 16th and McGee streets. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

   KCABJ Secretary Greg Moore told the group that he and Pamela Spencer were finishing the editing and design of the 2008 KCABJ Journal, which will contain the stories the students did in the 2008 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The Kansas City Star annually has published the newspaper for KCABJ.

   KCABJ Vice President-Broadcast Robyn King said she will get the broadcast tape from Olivia Dorsey with KMBC-TV, Channel 9 so that can be dubbed for each of the academy graduates and played at the awards program. The students’ work is highlighted with the awards that journalism professionals receive.

   Letters have gone out to all of the award recipients. The plaques also have been ordered. KCABJ members at the September meeting picked the recipients for the four scholarships that the group will present to the top student graduates.

   In addition, Greg reported to the membership that he will be KCABJ’s representative on Friday, Oct. 10 in the program on the presidential election that KCABJ agreed to do again with students from the University of MissouriKansas City. It is part of the 2nd Annual African American & Latino Empowerment Summit for Men of Color. “Represent! Building Future Foundations.”

   Greg will be on a panel titled “Running for President: Race, Gender and the Politics of Leadership. It will run from 10:40 to 11:35 a.m. Oct. 10 at the University Center on the UMKC campus. That session will be repeated at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Another program will follow titled “Get Ready to Lead!” at 3:45-4:45 p.m.

   KCABJ will promote the event on its Web site at

   KCABJ members are invited to a program on Monday, Oct. 6 titled “Speaking for Ourselves: Women, Minorities and the Media.” It will be at 7 p.m. at the Tony Aguirre Community Center, 2050 West Pennway. The panel will include Eric L. Wesson, a reporter and columnist with The Call of Kansas City; Joe Arce, publisher of the Kansas City Hispanic News; Victoria Dixon, a media consultant; Sylvia Maria Gross, producer of “KC Currents” on KCUR; and C.J. Janovy, editor of The Pitch. For more information call Pat Bartholome at 816-777-2924.


Other News About the News

   The American Society of Newspaper Editors suspended its Student Newspaper Project, according to Richard Prince‘s column, Journal-isms. The effort to increase the number of people of color in journalism jobs was abandoned because of cost-cutting in the industry.

   The Kansas City Star with other newspapers owned by McClatchy made a second round of layoffs this summer. However, a a blog listed as the Bottom Line commented that no journalists of color were among those laid off. But the post was incorrect. Journalists of color were included in the layoffs/buyouts. Check out the Web site

   Some of the brightest journalists of color will participate in the Watergate Conference on Political and Congressional Reporting titled “Did Politics Change Media or Did Media Change Politics?” The National Association of Black Journalists Media Institute Conference will run from Nov. 21-23 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

   UNITY: Journalists of Color wants to get more women and journalists of color included in the media as moderators during the presidential debates. UNITY called on the Commission on Presidential Debates to “re-evaluate the process that has failed to recognize the nation’s changing demographics and has selected only one woman of color to moderate the presidential debates in the commission’s 20-year history. Jim Lehrer of PBS moderated the debate on Sept. 26. Tom Brokaw of “NBC News” will be the moderator on Oct. 7, and Bob Schieffer of “CBS News” will play that role on Oct. 15.

   NABJ President Barbara Ciara said: “While it is significant that a woman of color will moderate the vice presidential candidate debate, the dearth of diversity in the higher-profile presidential debates is extremely disturbing. Gwen Ifill moderated the vice presidential debate in 2004. It couldn’t have been that difficult to elevate her to one of the presidential debates.”

   Ifill, who’s an African American, works for PBS’ “NewsHour” and “Washington Week.” She will moderate the vice presidential debate on Oct. 2.

   A UNITY study released in July at the UNITY convention in Chicago found that journalists of color constitute only 13 percent of the Washington Press Corps. ASNE’s annual minority count found that journalists of color still hold fewer than 14 percent of all newsroom jobs. That is despite efforts to have the percentage of journalists of color equal the percent of minorities in the population by 2025. The deadline set in 1978 had been for 2000. But it was pushed back when it was obvious that the goal would not be met. Minorities constitute more than 34 percent of the U.S. population of more than 300 million people.

   On a sad note, Nancy Hicks Maynard, co-founder of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and co-publisher of the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, died unexpectedly at age 61. She and her husband, Robert Maynard, were instrumental in starting the institute to help train reporters, editors and managers for newspaper jobs through institute fellowships. Three Maynard Institute graduates at The Kansas City Star are Greg Moore, wire editor; Mary Sanchez, Local and syndicated columnist; and Lewis Diuguid, vice president/community resources.


News To Go Places

   KCUR-FM, an NPR affiliate in Kansas City, is offering structured internships throughout the year. For more information send e-mail to Stephen Steigman at

   WOSU Public Media in Columbus, Ohio, is seeking a weekend host/producer. For more information go to

   The American Press Institute in Reston, Va., is offering seminars Nov. 17-20 to media managers on surviving in these difficult economic times. For more information call Mary Peskin at (703) 715-3336.

   The Poynter Institute is offering a seminar Oct. 20-24 on “Reporting & Writing for the Ethnic Media.” For more information go to

   The NABJ/New York Times will have a Leadership Academy running from November 2008 through August 2009. For more information go to

   An editor is being sought for Catalyst Ohio magazine in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information write to Michael Easterling at

   Fellowships are being offered to journalists for the second annual “Strictly Financials” weeklong seminar covering the essentials of financial reporting. The program runs from Jan. 6-9 in Phoenix at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University. For more information go to

   The NABJ Media Institute will hold a seminar titled “Facilitating Change: Lessons From the Multimedia Battlefield.” It will run from Oct. 23-25 at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute in Nashville, Tenn. For more information go to

   The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education is offering a Digital Leadership Program from Oct. 28-31 in Atlanta. For more information contact Agata Lowell at

   WREG-TV in Memphis is seeking an assistant news director. For more information write to Bruce Moore, News Director, WREG-TV, 803 Channel 3 Drive, Memphis, Tenn. 38103 or

   KSHB/KMCI-TV in Kansas City is seeking an executive producer and an account executive. For more information write to Tracy Wakeman at

   The Boston Globe is seeking an overnight shift producer and a news producer for its online operation. For more information write to


KC People

   Lurleen Brinkman, who was a lawyer when she graduated from the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy in 2003, is continuing her studies. She is in the School of Law at the University of Tulsa studying Indigenous Law. She was at the September KCABJ meeting.

   Also continuing her studies is Amber Mobley, a KCABJ 1998 academy graduate. She is in a fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley.

KCABJ Monthly Meeting
September 19, 2008

The September KCABJ meeting will be at noon on Saturday, Sept. 27 at The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., in the newsroom conference room on the second floor.

Agenda items will include final planning for the Oct. 25 KCABJ Media Awards program and scholarship event. We also will discuss the elections forum. KCABJ members must pick the scholarship winners for 2008.