Archive for November, 2011

KCABJ Newsletter for November 2011
November 20, 2011

KCABJ Holiday Party, 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists membership decided at the November meeting to have the group’s holiday party and 30th anniversary celebration on Friday, Dec. 16 at Gates barbecue restaurant at Linwood Boulevard and Main Street. KCABJ was founded in 1981. All founding members are invited back to the celebration.

KCABJ members are encouraged to bring a friend and to renew their membership for 2012. KCABJ will provide a President’s Platter for those who show up.

The party starts at 7 p.m.

The membership also decided to hold elections for 2012 officers at the January meeting. That is set for noon on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. KCABJ will provide lunch for those attending. A paid membership for 2012 is required for any vote to count.

NABJ News And More
National Association of Black Journalists President Gregory Lee Jr. said NABJ in the coming year will continue to take diversity seriously in the news industry. As a “watchdog,” NABJ “is committed to speaking up, speaking out, and wants to offer real solutions to the problems we see.”

Lee encourages NABJ members to contact Media Monitoring Chair Eric Deggans about issues that need addressing.

The NABJ Annual Hall of Fame Awards Gala will take place Jan. 26 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Gwen Ifill will be among the inductees.

The NABJ convention will occur June 20-24 in New Orleans. It is earlier this year than previous years, so mark your calendars if you plan to attend.

In other media news, the Maynard Institute reports that the Occupy Wall Street movement blooming in cities nationwide has attracted few people of color.

“By not covering this aspect of the story, media outlets are missing important opportunities to gauge the future impact of the protests and offer insight into communities of color,” Nadra Kareem Nittle wrote in the Maynard newsletter this month.

“Answering these questions with comprehensive reporting would broaden the public’s perspective on the protests as well as on minority communities,” she wrote. Questions to ask include, “Why aren’t more people of color actively engaged in this movement when minorities suffer most from the wealth gap in America?

“Will growth of the protests be hampered by an inability to recruit people of color? Are the solutions that the protesters are seeking in the best interest of minority residents.”

News You Can Use
The Maynard Institute Media Academy 2012 is now accepting applications. The dates are Jan. 9-13 and March 12-16 at Harvard University. The program is for media managers in business and editorial departments.

The academy will provide participants with leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills. For more information go to

The San Antonio (Texas) Express-News has an opening for a metro columnist. For more information call O. Ricardo Pimentel at 210-250-3165.

The North New Jersey Media Group has an opening for a vice president/editor of The Record (Bergen County, N.J.) For more information e-mail Gina Stulen at

KCABJ Membership Application for 2011
Mail this application with your $20 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via e-mail and e-mailed monthly meeting notices.
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