Entries have been received, and the material has gone to the judges for the 21st Annual KCABJ Media Awards.
The awards ceremony will occur at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at The Star Press Pavilion.
KCABJ honors go to news media coverage for accurate and honest depictions of African Americans and other people of color in stories, pictures and artwork about people in the Greater Kansas City area. KCABJ also has award categories that include advertising, public relations and public service announcements.
Through the awards, KCABJ positively encourages the area news media to produce good, honest journalism in the coverage of people of color.
The judges will decide by mid-September the winners for this year. The honorees will receive their plaques at the October ceremony.
The students in the summer KCABJ journalism academy have received letters from KCABJ informing them to attend the awards program or have a family member there on their behalf, where they will be honored with the media professionals. The students’ stories will appear in the 2012 KCABJ Journal, which will be available at the awards ceremony, and they will receive copies of their television and radio newscasts.
At the awards program, KCABJ will announce the winners of scholarships given to the top performing academy students. KCABJ member Pamela Spencer is doing the final edit. The scholarship winners will be picked at the Sept. 15 KCABJ meeting
KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks is to post on the KCABJ website some of the TV and radio newscasts.
President Glenn E. Rice at the August meeting said the group is looking into fundraising possibilities for the future.
KCABJ again renewed its not-for-profit status with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office in Jefferson City.
The National Association of Black Journalists in its NABJ Journal summer publication notes that the number of African American journalists declined for the fourth straight year.
The latest newsroom census showed that the blacks declined from 4.68 percent in 2011 to 4.65 percent in 2012. The numbers were released by the American Society of News Editors and the Center for Advanced Social Research, a unit of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.
The NABJ Journal reports that since 2002 African American journalists have lost 993 jobs – more than any other minority group.
Gregory H. Lee Jr., NABJ president, said: “NABJ members are tired of seeing these depressing numbers annually. They demand more action about a problem that has existed for many years.”
The magazine reports: “Overall newsroom employment has dropped 2.4 percent since the last ASNE census, from 41,600 to 40,600. But among minorities, the loss has been more than double – 5.7 percent – from 5,300 to 5,000. Nearly one out of three newsroom job cuts removed a journalist of color. And as hiring rebounds, news organizations continue habits that confirm the adage: ‘Last hired, first fired.’”
KCABJ membership grew by one with the addition of Jenna Hanchard.