Archive for April, 2013

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2013
April 22, 2013

Day of Service
A handful of KCABJ members gathered 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 coordinated the event and had members speak about ways they could better prepare themselves for the job market. Members who participated include KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran, Treasurer Lewis Diuguid and Members Pamela Woodley and Bette Tate-Beaver.

The women and men were appreciative of the pointers and the clothes and luggage that Bette left for the women to help them in their job search. The church is operated by the Rev. Alice Piggee-Wallack. Pastor Piggee-Wallack’s goal helps women transition from homeless to stable housing and a supportive lifestyle.

KCABJ members at the April meeting decided to go on “Generation Rap” on KPRS-FM on a Saturday to drum up interest in the journalism academy. KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice also informed members about the upcoming regional NABJ convention in Little Rock. It took place April 19-20.

KCABJ members set Saturday, Oct. 26 as the date for the KCABJ Media Awards program. It will be at 2 p.m. at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion., 16th and McGee.
The next KCABJ meeting will be May 18. The location will be announced.

The National Association of Black Journalists has picked Gregory L. Moore, editor of The Denver Post, for the NABJ Lifetime Achievement Award. It is NABJ’s highest honor.
NABJ also picked Roland Martin, syndicated columnist TV host and radio and television commentator, for its Journalist of the Year award.

Dawn Kelly was picked for the professional of the year award. She is vice president and account team leader for Global Communications for Prudential Financial Inc.

NABJ also commented on the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, urging news outlets to use caution on labeling potential suspects as “dark-skinned individuals.” It is not to encourage censorship but to push responsible reporting on issues of race, NABJ said in a prepared release.

The NABJ convention this year will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla., from July 31 through Aug. 4. To pre-register go to The deadline to preregister is June 15.

News To Go Places
KCUR-FM public radio is offering internships for students interested in radio broadcasting careers. For more information contact Sylvia Maria Gross at or call her at 816-235-6696.

UNITY Journalists of Color Inc. through the Ford Foundation is offering a $200,000 grant to promote entrepreneurial journalism. For more information go to or call 703-854-3685.

NABJ has added a Sports Task Force Scholarship Jam to its convention line up. For more information go to