Archive for February, 2015

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2015
February 22, 2015

KCABJ Membership
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists at the February membership meeting decided to retain all officers in their current positions.

Continuing as president is Lewis Diuguid; vice president/print, Glenn E. Rice; secretary, Anita Parran; and treasurer, Bette Beaver. Open is vice president/broadcast.

KCABJ members also decided that the applications for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy will become available in March ahead of the March 21 meeting. The academy for 2014 was canceled because no students applied. KCABJ already has had students asking about the 2015 academy, and extra efforts will take place to ensure that students apply and the academy this year. It will be at the Metropolitan Community Colleges-Penn Valley. The goal is to give students the experience of being on a college campus so that it will not be intimidating to the high school and college students in the KCABJ program. Students will produce their own newspaper and radio and television broadcast. For more information go to

The KCABJ Media Awards, which was discontinued in 2014 because of diminishing interest by the area news media in 2013, will pick up this year reconstituted. Stay tuned.

News You Can Use
The National Association of Black Journalists is seeking nominations for its 2015 NABJ Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Dec. 12 on NABJ’s 40th anniversary at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NABJ will hold its inaugural Media Institute on Education at the Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. on April 16. For more information go to

This year’s NABJ convention will take place Aug. 5-9 at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center. For more information go to

The NABJ Region III Conference Cruise is still on. Members will set sail for Nassau March 5-8 on Carnival Cruise Line. The workshops will include “From Selma to Ferguson: 50 Years Later, the March Continues….” For more information go to

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is taking applications for its 17th Annual Science Immersion Workshop taking place June 12-17. For more information go to

An exhibit honoring the life and work of longtime Kansas City Call editor and publisher Lucile Bluford opened Jan. 31 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. It will remain in place through May 31. It is a must-see for black journalists.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership crept up by two with the addition of Glenn E. Rice and Mara’ Rose Williams.
Shawn Edwards, an early 1980s KCABJ academy graduate, will discuss “The Diversity Issue in Hollywood” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and present a screening of Toyota’s Web series, “On the Set,” a look at blacks working behind the scenes in the film industry. The event is being sponsored by Kansas City Women in Film and TV. It will be in the Buffalo room at the Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Road.

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 emailed monthly meeting notices.




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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. KCABJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Black
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