Archive for August, 2011

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2011
August 20, 2011

KCABJ Media Awards
KCABJ members at the August meeting finalized plans for the Oct. 22 program for the 20th Annual KCABJ Media Awards ceremony.

The event will take place at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee. The deadline for entries is Aug. 25. In previous years the deadline had been in July, which created some confusion earlier this year.

Print, broadcast and new media entries will be accepted. KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks agreed to chair the judging for the newspaper and magazine entries. She will be joined by KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran, and they will pick at least one other person to help with the judging.

The broadcast and new media entries will be judged by KCABJ members Sharon Cheers, Lori Oyler and KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid. During the ceremony in October, KCABJ will give awards to Kansas City area journalists for their outstanding work about African Americans and other people of color.

In addition, the students who graduated from the 2011 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy will be honored. Four will receive scholarships based on their performance in the summer program. Each will get copies of their student newspaper and TV and radio broadcast tapes.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of KCABJ. Members at the August meeting discussed having a reception to honor the anniversary and combine it with a 2012 membership drive.


Hundreds of journalists attended the Aug. 3-7 National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Philadelphia. KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice was among the national NABJ award winners for a series of stories he authored with Mike McGraw for The Kansas City Star on the 1970s slaying of black political leader Leon Jordan.

Glenn also chaired the NABJ Elections Committee. Gregory H. Lee Jr. was elected president of the organization, replacing Kathy Times, whose term expired. Kathy had been KCABJ vice president/broadcast when she worked as a reporter in the 1990s at KSHB-TV, Channel 41.

In a prepared statement to NABJ members, Lee said he was seeking members who want to serve on committees overseeing membership, development and communications.

“We will tackle membership recruitment efforts expeditiously,” Lee said. “We will hold true to our mission and effectively advocate for black journalists.

“We will also continue our revenue upswing by seeking out diverse sponsorship opportunities…. Our time together helped spark increased enthusiasm in NABJ, which led to many members rededicating themselves to the organization. With more than 2,500 attendees we exceeded our projections.”

The 2012 NABJ convention will run June 20-24 in New Orleans. It is months ahead of when the convention normally occurs partly because of NABJ deciding earlier not to participate in the UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc. convention in 2012. It will be the first time NABJ has not be part of UNITY since UNITY conventions began in 1994. They occur every four years bringing together black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American journalists. Disagreements over finances and representation in UNITY led to the NABJ split.

Jobs And More

TEN magazine is seeking an editor to manage print and electronic projects. For more information contact Tammy Edwards, assistant vice president – community development with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She can be reached at

KC People
KCABJ members who were unable to attend the NABJ convention can contact Lewis Diuguid at 816-234-4723 to read copies of the convention newspaper, The Monitor. Several KCABJ academy students in the past have worked for the convention publication and because of their efforts, their entire way to the convention was free.