Archive for December, 2013

KCABJ Newsletter for December 2013
December 21, 2013

KCABJ in 2014
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists ends another successful year.

Its membership is stable, and the opportunities to grow in 2014 are great.

In 2014 elections will occur. All of the executive board positions are on the table.

KCABJ members are welcome to contact KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice to let him know they are interested in the open seats for president, vice president/print, vice president/broadcast, treasurer and secretary. The term is one year for each of the positions. Glenn can be reached at

Programs during the year include the student academy and the media awards program. Community events may be added as the members see fit. All of the programs for the year will be re-evaluated early in 2014 in a retreat of the executive officers.

Also on the table will be a discussion over whether to increase dues for KCABJ members and charge students for the urban student journalism academy. The New Year will be exciting with changes that could be part of the plan.

News You Can Use
A two-year associate reporting program is being offered in Pittsburgh, Pa. Journalists with 18-months of experience or less can “polish their craft” with the likelihood of getting a permanent job at the end. For more information contact Mark J. Rochester, deputy managing editor at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at 412-263-1698, 412-508-6852 or send email to

Entries are being accepted for the 2014 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts. For more information go to

KC People
Former KCABJ President Greg Moore, who’s working as an editor for The Associated Press in Phoenix, has taken part in an AP leadership development program, which enabled him in 2013 to travel to London and New York. In the Big Apple, Greg touched base with KCABJ academy graduates Gary Cotton and Rickeena Richards. Both are doing well.

Greg also reports that former KCABJ member Candace Buckner is doing well as a sports reporter in Indianapolis.

KCABJ’s membership is open. Membership dues is due in January. Here is the application:

KCABJ Membership Application for 2014
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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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $20 has not changed since 1981. It is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black
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