Archive for January, 2014

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2014
January 27, 2014

KCABJ dues rises
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists at its January meeting voted to raise the annual dues from $20 a year to $35 a year.

The dues had remained at $20 annually since the organization was formed in 1981. Donations, membership, interest and wise investments in the 33-year history of the organization had enabled KCABJ to maintain the low dues fee. However, in the last year the return on investments has tanked along with membership, prompting the call to increase the dues.

Despite the increase, KCABJ still remains one of the lowest dues among NABJ chapters. Student dues will rise from $15 to $25. Members deferred action until the February meeting on establishing a fee for the student academy. The meeting was held at Lutfi’s at 3037 Main St. so that KCABJ could continue its practice of patronizing a black business.

KCABJ members also decided at the January meeting to not have an awards program for 2014. Interest in the program over the last four years has continued to diminish. KCABJ will pause for 2014. Members will re-evaluate the criteria this year and then decide in 2015 whether to have the media awards again.

Members heard that the awards program, begun 22 years ago, had had many benefits. It has spurred area news media to do positive stories about African Americans and other people of color that may not have been done otherwise and it has enabled area journalists to receive awards for exemplary work that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. The awards program raises the visibility of KCABJ and its members in the Kansas City area.

KCABJ elections will take place at the February meeting. Glenn Rice, president, said he will not seek re-election. So that position is open. Lewis Diuguid announced at the January meeting that he will run for re-election as treasurer. All board positions are open. They include president, vice president/print, vice president/broadcast, secretary and treasurer. People interested in running for the officer positions should get in touch with Secretary Anita Parran ahead of the February meeting. She can be reached at The February meeting date was set as Saturday, Feb. 15. Ramanda Hicks, vice president/print, will send out notices on the time and location of the meeting.

News You Can Use
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KC People
KCABJ’s membership crept up by three with the addition of Anita Parran, Ramanda Hicks and Aaron Randle. The annual membership dues is due at the beginning of the year. The application for membership follows:

KCABJ Membership Application for 2014
Mail this application with your $35 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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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $35, $25 for students. It is among the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists.