KCABJ Newsletter for March 2010

KCABJ Drive For Fives
KCABJ President Greg Moore told people at the March membership meeting that KCABJ would launch a “Drive for Fives” new fundraising and membership drive initiative.
Here’s how it works:
1) KCABJ members are asked to recruit five new members.
2) They are to get five past members to renew.
3) Five members are to recruit one new member each.
4) Five members are to donate $5 each.
5) Five members are to commit to donating five days of service to KCABJ.
Members at the March meeting eagerly committed to the drive. The initiative is tied to making the organization stronger in addition to generating revenue so KCABJ can have successful programs in 2010. Members talked about the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.
It will take place June 21 through July 2 at the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. KCABJ member Terez Paylor agreed to lead efforts to recruit students. To get involved call Perez at (313) 330-5542. Greg said he wanted at least 25 applications for the upcoming academy. The student orientation will take place Saturday, June 19.
Applications will be going out soon. KCABJ member Anita Parran said she would prepare the application The deadline for the student applications is April 24.

Diversity Distress
UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc. reports that a year after President Barack Obama was elected as the nation’s first black president that the majority of journalists of color think the mainstream media are not contributing to improved race relations.
The 2010 Journalism in Color Survey on “Race and the Media” tracks the views of professional journalists of color on issues of race and the media.
UNITY also reported that Politico’s meeting of editors and reporters in planning the political news website’s weekly coverage on health care reform in the U.S. failed to include any reporters of color or any women.
Also, according to a new report released by The Nielsen Co., spending on African American and Spanish language media dropped 7.3 percent and 4.7 percent respectively in 2009.
The declines are consistent with the trend in overall advertising. In addition, U.S. Census media buying agencies appear to have not spent enough money with black media companies to ensure against an undercount. That was a charge presented at recent congressional hearings.

The National Association of Black Journalists convention will take place July 28-Aug. 1 in San Diego. The Early Bird registration deadline is April 1. For NABJ affiliate chapter members the cost is $225.
For full members it is $275. The price goes up substantially afterward. The Manchester Grand Hyatt is the convention hotel. To book your room call (619) 232-1234. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.
The deadline for submitting names of black journalists for the 2010 Ida B. Wells Award is April 2. It is presented annually to the journalist who has made outstanding contributions toward making American newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the communities they serve. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

News You Can Use
Northwestern University is offering a Media Executive Leadership Program July 19 through July 30. For more information call Mike Smith at (847) 467-2065.
NABJ is seeking a new executive director for the 35-year-old organization and a marketing director for the NABJ Journal. For more information send e-mail to nabjjournal@gmail.com.
The Association for Women in Communications is sponsoring “Tech Trekking,” a one-day seminar on different aspects of the digital world in Kansas City. It will be on April 16 and will include information on Web design, standards, content management, podcasting, blogging, video production and enhancing images. For more information call Sheryl Liddle at 816-965-4313.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is seeking applications for a 12-week summer copy-editing internship program. For more information send e-mail to ronsmith@journalsentinel.com.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased by two with the additions of J.W. Edwards and Candace Buckner.

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