KCABJ Newsletter for March 2009

Workshop Deja Vous
A committee was formed at the KCABJ March membership meeting to look into possible new locations for the 2009 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.
KCABJ member Glenn Rice reported to the membership that Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley officials said they wanted to charge KCABJ $1,955 to use a classroom and college computer facilities for the two-week summer student academy. “I am not advocating on behalf of Penn Valley,” Glenn said.
The program is to run June 22 through July 3.
The academy moved to Penn Valley earlier this decade after Rockhurst University said it planned to charge KCABJ for the use of classroom space, which had been provided at no charge since 1992. The program had been at Penn Valley Community College prior to that, where the facilities also were free.
KCABJ has never charged a tuition to high school or college students to be in the academy. Their application and their interest in journalism was all that was required.
Those serving on the search committee include KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid and Vice President/Print Andale Gross.
Last year, MCC-Penn Valley required KCABJ to get an insurance policy to cover the college against liability incurred during the academy. That cost was a new wrinkle. The expense was more than $650, which KCABJ had to eat.
KCABJ members Eric Wesson, Secretary Anita Parran, Kia Breaux, Glenn, Lewis and Andale said they would contact high schools, churches and colleges in the area to drum up students for the academy. Journalism educators already have received the applications. The deadline to apply is April 25.
“I am glad everyone has had good ideas,” KCABJ President Greg Moore said. “We need to put them all into play.”

State of the News Media 2009
The latest annual report on American journalism shows that conditions are not good for the print and broadcast news media.
Newspaper advertising revenue has slumped 23 percent in the last two years. Some newspapers are in bankruptcy court, some such as the Rocky Mountain News have gone belly up and others have lost three-quarters of their value. Local television news staffs have been decimated, and revenues are down by 7 percent.
News organizations are partnering with each other to cut costs and survive. Sharing of news gathering and other aspects of the business are occurring among network television stations, local television stations, radio stations, newspapers and Internet companies.
The changes have affected the quality of American journalism, the report said. The news media have become more reactive and passive and less enterprising and investigative. Even the ethnic press was hit hard in 2008 by the economic crisis that swept the nation.
The ethnic media had done better than the mainstream press previously. The shrinkage of advertising revenue has begun to affect the black and Hispanic publications, too. For more information go to http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2009/.

Other News
The NAACP plans to focus on diversity in newspaper newsrooms after the fallout over the chimpanzee cartoon in the New York Post in February.
The editorial cartoon showed two police officers shooting a chimpanzee. The caption said, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the New York Post apologized for what had been called a racist cartoon because of its depiction of President Barack Obama as the dead monkey.
The Rev. Al Sharpton and several New York City Council members said they wanted the Federal Communications Commission to pull a waiver allowing Murdoch’s News Corp. to run two newspapers and two TV stations in the city.
The deadline for the early bird registration for the NABJ convention in Tampa, Fla., is April 1. For KCABJ members who also are NABJ members, the cost is $225. It goes up after the deadline. The convention is Aug. 5-9. NABJ elections will take place this year. April 6 is the deadline for people to file for office.
The newspaper industry blues includes The Kansas City Star laying off about 150 people in March. The Hartford Courant eliminated about 100 jobs. The Spanish-language newspaper Al Dia has cut back to two print editions a week. The San Francisco Chronicle may shut down. Newsday will be charging online readers. The American Society of Newspaper Editors announced it was canceling its 2009 convention. The San Francisco English-language weekly for Asian Americans and the San Francisco Bay View, a black newspaper, each have said they are ending their print editions. The Sacramento Bee laid off 34 employees. The Omaha World-Herald laid off 38 employees. More than 22,800 journalism jobs have been lost since Sept. 15, 2008, according to UNITY, Journalists of Color Inc. Belo, the parent company of KTVU, Channel 7 cut 150 jobs companywide. The McClatchy Co., owner of The Kansas City Star and about 30 other newspapers, cut 1,600 jobs.
Bob Johnson, founder of BET, said more minorities are needed on television. NPR is ending its daily newsmagazine, “News & Notes,” targeting African Americans. But the network’s CEO said NPR needs to do a better job of including minorities in its programming.

Job Openings
Allvoices.com is seeking free-lance journalists. For more information go to http://www.allvoices.com/rewards,.
The Kansas State University A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications has a non-tenure-track opening for a journalist to oversee the student publication, the Collegian. For more information go to http://www.spub.ksu.edu and http://www.jmc.ksu.edu.
The USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism is offering 10 fellowships to ethnic media journalists for workshops in Los Angeles beginning April 30 and running through May 6. For more information call 212-620-4230.
The Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California – Berkeley is accepting applications for three, weeklong training sessions for mid-career journalists. For more information call 510-642-3892.

KC People
KCABJ member Helen Gray won first place in the Kansas Press Association’s religion catetory writing competition.

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