Archive for January, 2015

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2015
January 18, 2015

KCABJ Meeting
KCABJ members met for the January meeting decided to revamp the media awards program for 2015 so that members decide what merits an award from articles, radio and TV stories they have collected from the year. The face of the awards program will change. Look for it to be more engaging, entertaining and streamlined. This year it may take place at the Black Archives of Mid-America Inc. Stay tuned.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver shared her plan to survey the KCABJ board then the membership asking what day and times are best for KCABJ monthly meetings. Once the best monthly day and time is established, she will send meeting notices well in advance of the meetings and repeat the emails so that people will mark their calendars to attend. We want to pick set day and time that works best for the most people possible. If your best email address has changed, please contact Bette at with your updated information.

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid reported that KCABJ has secured its affiliate status with the National Association of Black Journalists. The election of KCABJ officers will take place at the February meeting. Persons interested in holding positions on the executive board should send email to Lewis at

Bette said she will pursue getting a NABJ grant for KCABJ for the student academy program. Applications for the academy should be ready by March. Efforts will be made this year to ensure that students actually apply. The program was canceled in 2014 because KCABJ received no applications. We need your support in promoting this great FREE program.

The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will hold a joint convention in 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The convention will include journalism training, specialty programming, national newsmakers and the journalism career fair. NABJ split with UNITY Journalists of Color in 2011. NAHJ in 2013 left UNITY. The joint convention with NAHJ is a way to continue the diversity bridge. Plan now to attend in 2016. For more information check out

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased with the addition of Anita Parran and Markl Johnson. Markl is now with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2015

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 e-mailed monthly meeting notices.



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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $35 is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)