Archive for February, 2012

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2012
February 19, 2012

Web site construction
Work is expected to begin soon on the reconstruction of http://www.kcabj.org. KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks has worked with vendors who have explained what they can offer to make the site more stable and accessible for members and people who want to join the organization.

The membership at the February meeting asked whether she could get some details nailed down before they pick a vendor and features that may be offered. This is the third time the site has been rebuilt for KCABJ. Ramanda said she would like the site to go live in April.

KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice said he wanted to re-institute the practice of inviting newsmakers to speak at the KCABJ monthly membership meetings so that members might be more informed about the community or get story ideas. Jesse Barnes, executive director fo the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center spoke at the February meeting, explaining plans he has for the facility.

KCABJ over the years has held monthly membership meetings, community forums and banquets at the center.

A possible speaker next month may be a proponent of the one-eighth-cent sales tax to attack urban blight in the black community. The idea was proposed at the Urban Summit in January.

Ramanda said she would like to get the organization to re-initiate the community forums to raise KCABJ’s visibility.

One possible program would be on the Kansas City Public Schools and its future. School board elections are to occur in April, but several open seats have no candidates.

Voters will have to write in people they want to have the posts. In addition, proposed legislation is pending in the Missouri General Assembly to dissolve the school district and part it out to surrounding school districts, have Kansas City Mayor Sly James take over Kansas City schools or have the state board of education take over the schools. Kansas City Public Schools lost its accreditation in January and has had a long history of being academically deficient.

Glenn told the members he wanted to hold the monthly membership meetings in different places to encourage more people to attend. The next meeting is March 17. The location will be announced closer to the meeting date.

No dates have been set for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. It could be as early as June 4 through June 15.

KCABJ member Kia Breaux said she would look into when schools let students out for the summer to make sure teens are available to participate. The academy may have to be moved up two weeks because of a conflict with the National Association of Black Journalists convention, which takes place June 20-24 this year in Philadelphia.

Job Opening
The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com is seeking two investigative reporters and two energy writers. Send resumes to jobs@opubco.com.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2012
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