Archive for September, 2014

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2014
September 21, 2014

Membership meeting
KCABJ members at the September meeting tabled until October issues on membership recruitment. Members realize that young black journalists may not have a strong commitment to the goals of the organization established in 1981. Some brainstorming will have to occur to determine what will appeal to the younger generation of black journalists.

KCABJ wants to reach out to new members.

The National Association of Black Journalists Region 1 Conference will take place Oct. 4 in Atlantic City, N.J. The theme is “The Winning Hand: Leading, Learning & Leveraging in Journalism & Media.” The conference will be at the Tropicana Casino & Resort. Some of the topics include “producing investigative stories while covering your beat” and “leveraging all platforms to do cutting-edge journalism.” For more information go to

The Sixth Annual NABJ Media Institute for Media Professionals will be on Oct. 3 also at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. The theme is “Media Roulette: Making the Right Moves in the Media Game.” For more information go to

NABJ also is partnering with other organizations on a panel titled “Know Your Rights: Minorities Dealing with the Police and Issues of Police Brutality.” It will be on Sept. 26 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 202 B in Washington, D.C. For more information go to the NABJ website.

News You Can Use
The Association of Opinion Journalists lists an opening for an opinion writer. For more information go to

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is offering a new, full-tuition scholarship to a NABJ member who applies to its master’s in journalism program for the fall of 2015. For more information call Colleen Marshall, director of admissions, at 646-758-7852 or send email to

KC People
Ramanda Hicks, KCABJ vice president/print, unexpectedly resigned her post, citing personal reasons. Ramanda as a teen had been a student in the KCABJ journalism academy and years later became a member and then an officer.

Many members of KCABJ have praised Ramanda for her “unselfish service to the organization” and have noted how she will be “sadly missed.”

Glenn E. Rice, a past president of KCABJ and treasurer and board member of the National Association of Black Journalists, volunteered to fill the spot in the interim.

September KCABJ Membership Meeting
September 17, 2014

KCABJ members will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St., in the Large Meeting Room. The agenda will include reports from officers and efforts to boost membership.