Archive for May, 2009

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2009
May 17, 2009

KCABJ Academy
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists has received about a half-dozen applications for the 2009 journalism academy this summer at the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. But the membership was told at the May meeting that the deadline has been extended to May 23 to give more students a chance to apply. KCABJ students from the 2008 academy went on a teen television program this month to try to attract more students (see KC People). Glenn Rice, longtime KCABJ academy director for the print portion of the program, presented the print schedule for the June 22-July 3 academy. It will run one week and include newsmakers holding press conferences for the students. Glenn said story ideas also were needed from members for the students to work on for the print part of the program. KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Robyn King is putting together the second week of the academy. She reported in May that KCTV-5 is where the students will do their news broadcast. That will take place Tuesday, June 30. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran arranged for KCABJ to be insured, which now is required by Penn Valley. Other charges for the use of the community college facilities have been waived. KCABJ President Greg Moore said he wanted to make sure the students in the program had healthy lunches. The option for food at the community college became limited last year, forcing KCABJ instructors to seek meals for the students off campus. KCABJ members and other persons in the Kansas City area news media will be asked to participate in helping to train the high school and college students who have an interest in journalism careers. The orientation for the students will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee. Job And Brain Drain
UNITY, Journalists of Color Inc. reports that blacks and Asian journalists are losing newsroom positions faster than whites or other minorities, “setting back progress made in decades of diversity initiatives.” The reported that newsroom jobs held by black journalists were cut by 13.5 percent, making African-American journalists the single-most targeted group for job losses. American Society of News Editors annual news census showed that “America’s newsrooms became less diverse in 2008 from the year before. The percentage of journalists of color in U.S. newsrooms dropped from 13.5 percent in 2007 to 13.4 percent in 2008. The percentage of journalists of color in supervisory positions also dropped from 11.4 percent in 2007 to 11.2 percent in 2008 despite efforts by UNITY to improve retention of minority managers of color in newsrooms. ASNE had set a goal in 1978 to have the percentage of journalists of color equal the percentage of people in the population by 2000. Having more journalists of color increases the likelihood that more and more credible stories will be done on people of color. But the goal was not met. ASNE about 10 years ago changed the deadline to 2025. In addition, UNITY reported that National Public Radio laid off 13 employees in a cost-cutting move. The Radio, Television and News Directors Association reported that news jobs in local television news dropped 4.3 percent, and salaries fell by 4.4 percent last year. UNITY found that Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, is cutting 590 jobs including some on-air personalities. It is the second round of layoffs this year for the media giant. UNITY reported that since Sept. 15, 2008, 29,308 jobs have been lost in journalism.
Gary Ramsay has been named the new interim Region I director. NABJ is offering full members with at least two years experience professional scholarships to attend the NABJ convention in Tampa, Fla. The awards for up to $1,000 cover travel, lodging and/or convention registration. For more information go to Members who have been laid off can get their membership covered by NABJ for six months. For more information go to NABJ has announced some of the winners of its media awards.The Journalism Educator of the Year is Lawrence Kaggwa at Howard University. The Student Journalist of the Year is Jamisha Purdy, also a Howard student. The NABJ 2009 Hall of Fame inductees are Earl Caldwell, a New York Times and New York Daily news reporter; Peggy Peterman, a St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times columnist and editorial writer until she retired in 1996; Lynn Norment, writer and editor for Ebony Magazine; and Larry Whiteside, sports reporter and columnist with the Milwaukee Journal. He began his career at the Kansas City Kansan in 1959 and was an expert on the Negro Leagues Baseball. Michele Norris with National Public Radio has been named Journalist of the Year for 2009. She is the host of “All Things Considered.” The NABJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Michael Wilbon, a sports writer for the Washington Post and ESPN. Cynthia Gordy with Essence has been named the 2009 Emerging Journalist of the Year. Legacy Award winners are Leon Carter and Rush Rosenbush with the Sports Journalism Institute. The Community Service Award is going to the Chauncey Baily Project for the investigative work that uncovered the conspiracy in the murder case of the Oakland Post editor, Chauncey Bailey. The Percy Qoboza Award goes to Anderson Shadreck Manyere, a free-lance photojournalist in Zimbabwe. News You Can Use
The Institute for Interactive Journalism is seeking entries for its Knight-Batten Awards. For more information go to KSHB/KMCI in Kansas City are seeking news producers, an account executive and an engineer. For more information contact Tracy Wakeman at The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education is offering a six-week Multimedia Editing Program fellowship. For more information call Agata Lowell at 510-891-9202. The new Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University is seeking a business development officer. For more information write to Agata Lowell at
KC People
KCABJ academy students are graduating from high school and college. Tre Williams is finishing Truman High School in Independence. He plans to go to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. India Wells is graduating from Notre Dame de Sion and plans to go to MU also. In addition, India was the recipient of a $2,000 Links scholarship. Adil Shabbir finished his broadcast degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. He is seeking a broadcast journalism job. India Wells and Tamara Davis represented KCABJ this month on “My Teen TV” talking about the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. They appeared on KSMO-TV to drum up more applications for the program.