Archive for December, 2011

KCABJ Newsletter for December 2011
December 25, 2011

KCABJ Election in January
KCABJ members decided at the November meeting that officers will be elected for 2012 at the Jan. 21 meeting. The time and location will be announced soon.

The offices that are open for a one-year term are president, vice president/broadcast, vice president/print, secretary and treasurer. Please let KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice know whether you are interested in having your name on the ballot. He can be reached at

KCABJ had a good turnout at its holiday gathering at Gates BBQ restaurant on Linwood and Main. People who showed up also celebrated the organization’s 30th anniversary of serving black journalists and Greater Kansas City.

Glenn thanked members for their service and support of KCABJ and its programs. He also notified members via email of serving a second year as chair of the NABJ Elections Committee. The upcoming ballot will include amendments to the NABJ constitution.

Entries are being accepted through Jan. 9 for the 2012 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence contest.

The work had to have been published or broadcast from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011. For more information go to

NABJ has decided to honor news director and diversity champion, Michael Fields with the NABJ Ida B. Wells Award. Fields is the news director of WABE, 90.1 FM in Atlanta. The awards program will take place Jan. 26 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. That’s also the day and the location of the NABJ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. NABJ President Gregory Lee said in a prepared statement, “We are proud to salute these worthy honorees.” In the last 19 years, NABJ has inducted more than 45 journalists into the Hall of Fame. This year will include Gwen Ifill.

NABJ has given Chapter Grant Awards to nine professional and student chapters. The recipients are the NABJ affiliate chapters in Boston, Columbus, Hampton and Triad. The student chapters are Carolina, Jackson State, University of Louisville and Winthrop University.

NABJ this month congratulated T.J. Holmes on his move to BET. Holmes had anchored CNN on Saturday and Sunday mornings. He joined the network in October 2006.

Just as KCABJ celebrated its 30th anniversary in December, NABJ toasted its 36th anniversary this month. The anniversary date for NABJ was Dec. 12.

Don’t forget that the NABJ convention in 2012 is earlier than normal. It will be June 20-24. Early bird registration already is available. Go to for more information.

KC People
People already are sending in their membership dues for 2012. They include Glenn Rice, Lewis Diuguid, Jonathan Carter, Imo McCosh, April Jackson, Markl Johnson, Kia Breaux, Ramanda Hicks and Liliya Karimova.

Blaise Labbe, news director with KCTV-5, was honored this month with the Urban League of Greater Kansas City’s 2011 Difference Maker Award for advancing the principles of diversity and inclusion in the electronic media. The number of black producers and anchors have all increased since he took the job in February 2010. Labbe said he maintained a commitment to serving Kansas City and its diverse population.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2012
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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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $20 has not changed since 1981. It is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)