Archive for September, 2009

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2009
September 20, 2009

Holiday Party In December
KCABJ members at the September meeting finalized plans for a holiday party 2009 and membership drive 2010.
KCABJ Vice President-Print Glenn E. Rice and KCABJ member Dr. Susan B. Wilson worked together to secure Diastole at 2501 Holmes as the party location. The event also will celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Call of Kansas City, the oldest continuously published black newspaper west of the Mississippi River.
KCABJ will honor The Call, its executive staff and employees at the gathering.
KCABJ members also learned at the meeting that entries for the 18th Annual KCABJ Media Awards are in the hands of judges. They are to complete their work by mid-October.
The Media Awards ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion at 16th and McGee. The public is invited to attend.

More Media Blues
UNITY Journalists of Color Inc. reported this month that in the last year the jobs lost in the journalism industry have been at nearly three times the rate of jobs lost each month in the overall economy.
UNITY’s 2009 Layoff Tracker Report shows an average 22 percent increase in journalism jobs lost each month from September 2008 to August 2009. In comparison, the economy dropped jobs at an average rate of about 8 percent each month in the same period.
The news industry lost 35,885 jobs since September 2008 and 45,599 jobs since UNITY began tracking job losses on Jan. 1, 2008. The UNITY report is compiled from Security and Exchange Commission filings and self-reported data from 1,101 print and broadcast media outlets. For more information go to
In addition to job losses, some ethnic newspapers are struggling to survive. A Florida newspaper for black and Caribbean Americans is seeking partners to survive.
Those partners for the South Florida Times with a weekly circulation of 20,000 could include the U.S. Census Bureau and the University of Miami.
The Nichi Bei Times, Northern California’s oldest Japanese American community newspaper, announced that it was shutting down. The 63-year-old publication was to have closed this month. Some community leaders are trying to keep the paper going. It has 8,000 subscribers. Both papers cite increasing losses in advertising revenue for their troubles.

Better Media News
The National Association of Black Journalists is closer to moving its headquarters to Knight Hall at the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
The office will be in 26,000 square feet on the third floor of the $50 million building.
UNITY Journalists of Color Inc. has picked the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for its 2012 convention. The gathering will be Aug. 1-4, 2012. It will be the fifth UNITY convention featuring black, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American journalists associations.
The first UNITY convention was in 1994 in Atlanta; the second in Seattle in 1999; the third, Washington, D.C., in 2004; and the fourth in Chicago in 2008, with an attendance of more than 7,500 people.

News You Can Use
KCABJ Secretary Anita K. Parran is leading a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Plaza Library titled, “How Women Communicators Sell Themselves And Their Work.” Advanced registration is required by Sept. 25. For more information write to Linda Cruse at
The National Association of Black Journalists is to have an “Advancing in Broadcast Management” seminar on Nov. 7 in Baltimore. For more information go to
The NABJ/New York Times will have a leadership academy in January and March. Oct. 1 is the deadline to apply. For more information go to
The Meredith Corp. and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University are offering a weeklong program for minority broadcast student journalists. For more information go to The program runs Jan. 4-9 in Phoenix.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is accepting applications for the 2010 Knight News Challenge, a contest that awards up to $5 million for innovative ideas using digital experiments to transform community news. For more information go to
The Columbia University Journalism School is seeking submissions for the 2009 John B. Oakes Award for Environmental Journalism. For more information go to
The National Health Policy Training Alliance for Communities of Color is providing a day-and-a-half-long training program for journalists Oct. 8-9 in Las Vegas. For more information call Sherice Perry at 202-628-3030.
The Kaiser Media organization is offering a 12-week health issues internship program. For more information go to
Entercom Radio (WKTK and WSKY) in Gainsville/Ocala, Fla., is seeking a general sales manager. For more information write to Dick O’Neil at

KC People
KCABJ President Greg Moore will leave for Kenya to teach journalism in that and other African nations. It is part of a fellowship exchange program with The Kansas City Star.
Greg Moore and Rodney Muhumuza, an Alfred Friendly fellow at The Star, plan to go to Kansas State University to speak with journalism students about the coverage of news in developing nations.
KCABJ member Ramanda Hicks has accepted a job as an administrative assistant in the chancellor’s office at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Zachary McGowan, a 2009 graduate of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy, sends his thanks to the organization for all he learned during the summer program. Zachary also has started writing a column, “Prep Corner,” which runs in The Call of Kansas City.
Toriano Porter has been promoted from reporter at the Examiner in Independence to assistant sports editor.
KCABJ member Eric L. Wesson, a reporter and columnist at The Call, received an “I Am My Brother’s Keeper” award from the Sheer Essence School of Etiquette and Leadership Development.
KCABJ member Kim Riley, a book reviewer and columnist for The Call, has started her own marketing, public relations and event planning business called Creative Groove. She is having Kimberla Lawson Roby, a noted author, in Kansas City for a conference on Oct. 3 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.
Crystal Nance, a 2005 KCABJ journalism academy graduate, writes with an update. She is a senior now at Drake University working on a degree in public relations and sociology.
RaKeisha Michealle Brown, a 2001 KCABJ journalism academy graduate, writes to say she has received her bachelor’s degree in business management and plans to pursue a master’s.