Archive for September, 2010

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2010
September 23, 2010

KCABJ September Highlights
KCABJ members at the September meeting set final plans for the 19th Annual KCABJ Media Awards ceremony.
The program will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion at 16th and McGee streets. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The time was moved back to 4 p.m. to accommodate some members attending the Kansas City Branch of the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel. Les Payne, a former president and founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists is to be the keynote speaker. Payne had been the keynote speaker in 1983 in Kansas City during a regional NABJ meeting. Payne also may say a few words at the KCABJ Media Awards program.
Judging for the media awards was completed in September. The winners will be notified at the start of October.
KCABJ members at the September meeting picked the student recipients of this year’s scholarships. They will be named at the awards program. The top students from the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy will receive the Roy Wilkins/KCABJ Scholarship, the Lucile Bluford/KCABJ Scholarship, the Laura Hockaday/KCABJ Scholarship and the Nancy Diuguid/KCABJ Scholarship.
KCABJ members are encouraged to attend the program. KCABJ President Greg Moore and KCABJ member Pamela Spencer are completing the work on the KCABJ Journal, which will be ready for the students at the awards program. KCABJ Vice President/Print Robyn King will have the broadcast DVD done to give to each student.

The National Association of Black Journalists will offer a Media Institute for U.S. and Canadian black journalists on Oct. 7-10. The workshops are to meet NABJ’s goal, adopted in 2007, of reaching out to black communities and news media members internationally.
The NABJ board of directors will hold its fall meeting Oct. 8-9 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The budget review will be moved up by three months. The Media Institute is sponsored by the Toronto Convention Visitors Bureau and the Canadian Association of Black Journalists with NABJ.
To attend the workshops, e-mail Katina Revels, Region 1 director, at or e-mail NABJ Vice President/Print Deidre M. Childress at Room discounts are being offered.
For persons laid off whose membership has lapsed, NABJ is offering a free six-month extention. For more information check out
NABJ President Kathy Times reported in an e-mail letter in September that the organization is interviewing candidates for executive director. She also notes that people can make tax-deductible contributions to NABJ and support the organization through a fundraising Caribbean cruise in June 2011.
The seven-day cruise leaves Fort Lauderdale on June 26. A deposit of $200 is needed to reserve a room on the excursion. The Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas will stop in the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and St. Martin’s before returning July 3. For more information call 336-256-2261 or 301-405-0248.

News To Go Places
Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., is seeking a professor of mass communications. For more information call 386-481-2716 or 386-589-6564.
Teenage females ages 13 to17 and ages 18 to 27 in Missouri are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the Miss Black Missouri USA program. For more information send e-mail to or go to
Chuck McClellan, an executive with a corporate search firm, is seeking a director of corporate communications with an energy firm in Indianapolis. For more information contact McClellan at 312-609-1200 or e-mail him at