KCABJ members will try to regroup in December for a membership/holiday meeting. The date and location will be announced. Refreshments will be offered and memberships for 2015 accepted.
Election of officers will take place in January. If you are open to running for president, vice president/print, vice president/broadcast, treasurer or secretary, please email KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at Ldiuguid@kcstar.com.
The National Association of Black Journalists offers an all-expenses paid fellowship for students who will cover the 40th Annual NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis from Aug. 5-9. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.
NABJ Region III Conference Cruise is taking place March 5-8 to Nassau, Bahamas. For more information contact Scott Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-405-7520. The cruise will take place on Carnival Cruise Lines, leaving from Orlando, Fla.
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The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is seeking applications for its science immersion fellowship. It will be held June 7-12 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. For more information contact Karen Southern, director of communications at the Metcalf Institute, at Karen_southern@mail.uri.edu.
Lewis and KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver spoke Nov. 15 at the Third Annual NABJ-MU Unity Conference at the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. They put on a program involving how journalists can better cover events like those in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson is where a white police officer on Aug. 9 fatally shot unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown, setting off protests — some violent — that continue to occur. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Nov. 17 declared a state of emergency in the St. Louis area ahead of a state grand jury decision on whether charges should be filed against Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson. The governor called out the Missouri National Guard to help keep the peace.
Jonathan P. Hicks, a St. Louis native, MU School of Journalism graduate and longtime NABJ member died in November of pancreatic cancer. He was 58. Hicks had worked for more than 24 years as a reporter for The New York Times. He joined The Times in 1985. His father had been the first black reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.