New KCABJ President Greg Moore stepped down as KCABJ’s three-term president to accept a job with The Associated Press in Phoenix. His last day as an editor at The Kansas City Star was Feb. 17.
“Greg provided a lot of positive energy and insight,” said Glenn Rice, vice president for print of KCABJ. “We’re grateful for his service.”
KCABJ members elected Glenn as president and Ramanda Hicks as vice president/print to replace Glenn in that position. Glenn, a reporter at The Star, has served as president of KCABJ numerous times in the last 20 years. Ramanda was a student in the KCABJ journalism academy and currently works at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She joins Robyn King as an officer of KCABJ who was an academy graduate.
Pamela Spencer will host a going away party for Greg at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. All of the KCABJ programs will continue despite the change of leadership. The last time KCABJ lost its president was in 1984.
Members at the February meeting discussed having a membership drive in the next few weeks. They also discussed a proposal presented by KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran to move the journalism academy from Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley to the Urban League of Greater Kansas City’s campus. The details are being explored to determine whether the switch would work out best for KCABJ and its 2011 students. This will be the 29th year of the academy.
It also will mark the 30th anniversary of KCABJ. Plans will begin soon for a banquet to coincide with the fall 20th Annual KCABJ Media Awards.
In new business, KCABJ hopes to partner with another organization to sponsor a mayoral and City Council forum leading up to the March general election in Kansas City.
Applications are ready for students who are interested in the summer KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The applications can be e-mailed to anyone who wants them. Please contact KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid at 816-234-4723, go to the KCABJ web site at http://www.kcabj.org or Google the KCABJ blog, which carries the complete application and the deadlines. The academy is free and open to all students in high schools or colleges who have an interest in journalism careers. It is free, and KCABJ offers scholarships to the stop program graduates.
NABJ News KCABJ has submitted a workshop proposal for the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Philadelphia. It focuses on maintaining a viable ABJ chapter in turbulent times. The convention takes place Aug. 3-7. Register early and take advantage of the discount.
NABJ is seeking entries for its 2011 awards program. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.
News You Can Use NABJ holds a conference on health disparities March 24-26 at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.
The Association of Health Care Journalists is offering professional and student fellowships to people to attend an April 14-17 Health Journalism Conference in Philadelphia. For more information go to http://www.healthjournalism.org/secondarypage-details.php?id=904.
Nominations are being accepted for the Thorp Menn Award for Literary Excellence. For more information contact Nicky Stanke at 816-753-0812.
NABJ student members are encouraged to apply for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. For more information go to http://www.nytimes-institute.com.
The Record is seeking applications two reporters and an associate digital news editor. For more information send e-amil to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KC People KCABJ’s membership grew by two with the additions of Imo McCosh of Emporia, Kan., and Gerald Jordan, a founding member and journalism professor at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.