Archive for January, 2012

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2012
January 22, 2012

KCABJ Changes For 2012
Expect to see KCABJ’s web site revamped in 2012. KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks told the membership at the January meeting that she would take on the job of redoing so that it would remain up, give KCABJ officers more control over its content and have new features for members. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran said she would work with Ramanda to get the job done and at a lower monthly maintenance price than what KCABJ has been paying for years.

The organization’s web site has been plagued with outages for years. Ramanda, who is taking on web service duties at her job at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, hopes to remedy that.

KCABJ members voted at the January meeting to re-elect Glenn E. Rice as president of the organization. Glenn has served a number of terms as president and has been elected to other executive board positions in KCABJ. He also has served as regional director and treasurer of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Also re-elected were Ramanda Hicks, vice president/print; Robyn King, vice president/broadcast; Anita K. Parran, secretary; and Lewis Diuguid, treasurer.

Members learned at the meeting that the NABJ convention, which runs June 20-24 in New Orleans, will conflict with the traditional dates of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. The academy normally starts the Monday after Father’s Day.

On that schedule, the academy would start June 18 this year and finish June 29. The dates are set to coincide with students finishing school for the summer, but the KCABJ program couldn’t occur at later dates because students get involved with family vacations and other commitments.

KCABJ members will set the academy dates when they meet in February. The applications generally are available starting in March with a late April deadline.

Ramanda also volunteered to re-institute KCABJ fundraisers during the year. Anyone who’s interested can contact Ramanda at 816-235-1111.

The early bird deadline for the NABJ convention came sooner than normal this year because the convention dates have been moved up. The convention normally occurs in August, but it will be June 20-24 this year in New Orleans.

Entries now are being accepted for the Salute to Excellence National Media Awards. The deadline is Jan. 23. The entry fee is $75 for members and $100 for non-members. For more information go to

NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. writes in a January column about the vanishing diversity in the news industry. Stalwarts such as CBS’ Russ Mitchell and CNN’s T.J. Holmes have “left their jobs for new opportunities.”

“Though both of these talented journalists worked for major news networks regarded as destinations for many of their colleagues, these men had long toiled on weekend shifts,” Lee wrote. “Their situations became so out-of-sync with their abilities that they made a decision unheard of just a decade ago. Mitchell returned to the local network level, and Holmes left to go to BET.”

Lee quotes 2010 NABJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner Paul Delaney, who had been a pioneer black journalist with The New York Times, saying, “We find ourselves fighting for our professional lives. New media resembles old media.”

Lee announced that he planned to visit major media outlets to reintroduce them to NABJ and its advocacy for more diversity in the news industry.

News You Can Use
Journalists are invited to attend the Conference on Health Disparities March 22-24 in Washington, D.C. For more information go to

NABJ is offering scholarships and student projects for persons interested in careers in journalism. The one-week fellowships include print, broadcast, photojournalism, graphic design, multimedia and public relations. For more information go to

KC People
KCABJ’s membership grew by two for the new year with the additions of Anita Parran and Amber Mobley.

KCABJ academy student and faculty member Gary Cotton was accepted in the Sports Journalism Institute. Gary is a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. He will be one of 11 students in the national program June 1-9 in Columbia. The institute is a nine-day comprehensive program for journalism students of color entering sports journalism careers.

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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