Archive for December, 2008

KCABJ Newsletter for December 2008
December 15, 2008

New Officers Elected

   The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists combined business with pleasure at the December meeting, electing new officers at its holiday party to lead the organization during one of the most turbulent times in the news media’s history.

   Greg Moore, wire editor at The Kansas City Star, replaces Kia Breaux as president. Kia is interim bureau chief with The Associated Press’ Kansas City office. Kia had served two, one-year terms as president of KCABJ. An outstanding accomplishment during her tenure was the reactivation of the KCABJ Web site at

   The other officers of KCABJ are Robyn King with KPRS-FM, continuing her long tenure as vice president/broadcast; Andale Gross, a reporter with The Associated Press, serving as vice president/print; Anita K. Parran with the AARP serving as secretary; and Lewis Diuguid with The Star continuing his long tenure as treasurer.

   The officers face a news industry decimated by job losses both locally and nationally. Racial and ethnic diversity in journalism jobs also has become a casualty of the bad economy with journalists of color being let go.


NABJ Steps Up

   National Association of Black Journalists President Barbara Ciara said that in the 33-year history of NABJ the organization faces “the worst employment crisis in memory.”

   NABJ has launched some initiatives that should assist its members including a six-month membership extension to people who have recently lost their jobs. That includes extended access to the NABJ Job boards and resume loading capabilities.

   In addition, the NABJ Media Institute will in 2009 bring additional educational programs online for members. NABJ also is continuing a Reinvention Committee, which will provide professional mentorship to colleagues in personal finance, career development and health and wellness.

  Through NABJ, members can get free checking with Bank of America, a special access code to get a discount with their AT&T bill, Mutual of Omaha Insurance in a partnership with NABJ will provide discounts on insurance coverage and discounted airline rates through Continental Airlines have been negotiated. NABJ’s 33rd Annual Convention and Career Fair will be in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 5-9.

   NABJ Vice President/Broadcast Kathy Times encourages people to join the list serve at She asks people to post layoffs and curbacks in the electronic media. “The NABJ Board welcomes your ideas as we track the constant changes that affect each and every one of us,” said Kathy, who served as KCABJ’s vice president/broadcast in the 1990s.

   UNITY: Journalists of Color reports that since Sept. 15, 6,075 journalism jobs have been lost. The Tribune Co. has filed for bankruptcy, and the Miami Herald has been put up for sale by McClatchy, which owns The Kansas City Star. The Associated Press also is cutting its staff by 10 percent over the next year resulting in the loss of more than 400 positions.


Jobs And More

   Entries are being sought for the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. Jan. 12 is the deadline. The prize is $75,000. For more information go to

   The Metropolitan Community CollegeBlue River has an opening for a public information specialist. For more information visit MCC’s Web site.

   An evening celebrating women’s heart health will take place Feb. 11 at the Midland Theater. For more information call 913-588-2800.

   The American College of Healthcare Executives in Chicago has an opening for an editor-in-chief editorial manager, communications and marketing. For more information call 312-424-9341.

   The American Press Institute is seeking applications for fellowships for its 2009 programs. For more information send e-mail to Carol Ann Riordan at

   The Kauffman Foundation is offering summer internships in 2009. For more information go to

   The Montgomery Advertiser has a general assignment reporter opening. For more information call Wanda Lloyd at 334-261-1509.

   CAS Video Productions in Orlando, Fla., has an opening for an on-camera narrator. For more information write to

   Free digital media training is being offered by the Webb Media Group. For more information go to

   The Knight Center for Specialized Journalism is offering seminars on the economy, the military and digital life. For more information call 301-405-4817.

   The United Nations Foundation has an opening for an online communications officer. For more information go to


KC People

   India Wells, a 2008 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy graduate was featured in The Call last month as an AKA debutante.

   Former KCABJ Vice President/Print Eyobong Ita sends word of Africans in America celebrating Barack Obama’s election as president with a unique inaugural ball. For more information call Ceaser Williams at 816-478-7914.

   Membership dues for 2009 is due. The application is below.

Print this application and mail it with your $20 check to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111 to cover your annual membership dues. KCABJ maintains the lowest dues among all of the affliated NABJ chapters.






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