Archive for March, 2013

KCABJ Newsletter for March 2013
March 24, 2013

Day of Service
KCABJ members will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at True Light Family Resource Center at 31st and Charlotte streets for a day of service. KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks arranged for KCABJ members to help women served by the church, which is operated by the Rev. Alice Piggee-Wallack. Pastor Piggee-Wallack’s goal is to help women who are homeless get back on their feet and into housing and a stable, supportive lifestyle.

KCABJ members are encouraged to donate business-like clothing for women and also to dress professionally. What Ramanda has arranged is for KCABJ members to work with women at the center to write resumes, help with interview skills and professional demeanor, making it easier for women to get jobs so they can support themselves and their families.
True Light ministries is open from 5 to 6 p.m.

KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid reported that he moderated a candidate forum for the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association in Kansas City, Kan., ahead of the April 2 mayoral and council elections for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan. KCABJ member Amber Mobley had encouraged KCABJ to be among the sponsors of a candidate forum to help inform the public about the people seeking seats in the election.

The KCABJ chapter retreat remains on hold. However, work on preparing for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy continues. The applications went out this month and are posted online at The one with the deadline and dates is on the blog site on the webpage. Ramanda, Lewis and KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran have spoken with groups at the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, school groups and with a parent organization at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. The deadline for the application is April 27. Already a number of students have expressed an interest. For more information call Lewis at 816-234-4723.

KCABJ will go on “Generation Rap” as in previous years to try to gin up more students for the summer program, which runs from June 17 through June 28 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. The academy can accommodate up to 12 students each summer. KCABJ has annually run the program since 1982 for high school and college students who are interested in journalism careers.
KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice also informed members about the upcoming regional NABJ convention in Little Rock. It will be April 19-20. It will include workshops and professional development sessions. Registration for nonmembers is $75; $45 for people who are members of NABJ and KCABJ. For more information go to

The next KCABJ meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Waldo library.

It’s time to pre-register for the National Association of Black Journalists convention July 31-Aug. 4 in Orlando. For more information go to
NABJ is holding its fifth annual Media Institute on Health: Health Policy and Health Inequities sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation. It will take place April 4-6 at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, D.C. For more information and to register go to

News Media study
The latest State of the News Media report shows that older, white Republican males are less likely to pay attention to the news sources they once relied on.

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism annual report found that nearly one in three Americans polled had given up on their news outlet. That’s combined with the number of reporters dropping drastically in the last 13 years and local news being less dominant than international news from the wire services. Local news is more costly to produce for newspapers, magazines, radio stations and television outlets. Newsroom cutbacks at newspapers last year showed the industry employment down 30 percent compared with a peak in 2000, Pew reports.

For the first time since 1978 there were fewer than 40,000 people working in 2012 in newspaper newsrooms in the United States. Local TV news has been affected as well with 40 percent of local TV content consisting of sports, weather and traffic. Audiences are down, and TV news stories are shorter.

Only 42 percent of adults under age 30 counted themselves as regular local news viewers in 2006. Last year it fell to 28 percent, the study showed.

The report says stations have sliced in half their coverage on government compared with 2005. People who said they had given up on news sources cited the declining quality of the journalism. Sixty-one percent said the stories were less complete than they had been in the past.

Diversity Reversals
Expect to see fewer persons of color on TV. Soledad “Brien and Roland Martin and CNN were expected to part company, The Call of Kansas City reported this month.
CNN also may be dropping Donna Brazille, a Democratic strategist and the cable news network’s only African American female commentator. This is taking place while CNN is hiring three white commentators. Speculation is that CNN will soon hire other black journalists. Stay tuned.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership inched up by two with the additions of Jonathan Carter, a KCTV-5 news anchor, and Michele Watley, director of the Kansas City branch of the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.

KCABJ member Pamela Woodley, who relocated from a broadcast job in Detroit, is teaching classes for the University of Phoenix and National American University.
Former KCABJ member Steve Penn had a book signing on March 23 at the Black Archives of Mid-America Inc. for his first book, featuring former Black Panther Pete O’Neal. The title is “Case for A Pardon.”

KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice was notified that he has won a first-place award from APME for breaking news for his coverage of Kansas City Chiefs Javon Belcher’s murder suicide in December. Glenn also won second place for general news reporting.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2013
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 emailed monthly meeting notices.



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