Archive for December, 2015

KCABJ Newsletter for December 2015
December 21, 2015

KCABJ in 2015
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists in 2016 will celebrate its 35th anniversary. Getting to this point has not been easy.

Membership has always been a challenge. The organization has been affected by staffing cutbacks at area news media companies with journalists of color often being disproportionately affected.

Yet, KCABJ continues to serve area journalists of color, provide a journalism academy for high school and college students who have an interest in careers in the media and promote enterprising journalism about African Americans and people of color through its media awards program.

In 2016 in honor of KCABJ’s 35th anniversary, the organization will host a community social event during Black History Month. Details will be provided in January. Don’t miss that membership meeting on Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at The Kansas City Star!

In the meantime, please fill out the attached membership application and mail it in with your annual dues.

News You Can Use
The William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas-Lawrence on April 15 will present the William Allen White Foundation Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award to a journalist at a newspaper that is circulated in Kansas. People who are interested in applying can send up to two entries demonstrating enterprise in reporting before the March 15, 2016, deadline. Entries should go to Kansas News Enterprise Award, KU School of Journalism, Attn: Office of the Dean, Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 200, Lawrence, Kan. 66045-7515.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting offers journalists training for covering the science behind some of the hottest environmental topics. To learn more about the annual science immersion Workshops, go to

The National Association of Black Journalists commemorated its 40th anniversary on Dec. 12, honoring the founders at a reception in Washington, D.C. Eleven of the founders took part in the program. They were Maureen Bunyan, William Dilday, Allison J. Davis, W. Curtis Riddle, Joe Davidson, Paul Brock, Les Payne, Sandra Dillard, Paul Delaney, Sam Ford and Norma Adams-Wade.

To see the video and pick up more information on the event, go to

NABJ member Jeff Ballou has been elected vice president of The National Press Club. Ballou is a news editor/manager at Al Jazeera Media Network’s English language channel, which he helped launch in 2006.

NABJ President Sarah Glover promises a financial turnaround for the organization. Adjustments have been made in the last 30 days to reduce expenses, and NABJ has generated more than $100,000 in revenue. “We are working to transform NABJ for the better during the strategic planning process,” Glover said.

“Although the new board was passed a challenging financial situation by the outgoing board, the Glover administration is up to the challenge,” she wrote.

The joint NABJ-National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention will run Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C. The convention theme is “#NABJNAHJ16: One Mission Driving Innovation.” The convention will be in the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and will include continuing journalism education, programming, networking opportunities and the career fair. For more information go to

KC People
Michele Watley has renewed her membership in KCABJ as have Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver. This is the time to renew or join. The application is below.

Membership dues is due in January:

KCABJ Membership Application for 2016

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 email and emailed monthly meeting notices.



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