Archive for January, 2016

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2016
January 17, 2016

KCABJ Meeting
KCABJ members formalized a Black History Month event at the January meeting to attract new members.

The time and date are set for Feb. 20. The location tentatively is Danny’s Big Easy at 18th and Vine streets. The program is a get-together for KCABJ members and potential members. People will receive invitations to come to the event for food, drinks and fellowship.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver told KCABJ members that the website will be revamped this year to enable people to pay their annual dues and make media awards submissions and applications for the student journalism academy rather than only by snail mail. The website also will be revamped to include a modified logo and a slide show, projecting pictures of KCABJ members, its student academy and community events. Bette explained that KCABJ members will be able to post their work on the website just as they would on Facebook and Twitter to attract more readers and viewers. All of it will enhance members’ visibility in the media in which they work.

At the March membership meeting after the February Black History Month unity event, KCABJ members will meet to vote on the executive board positions for 2016. KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid stressed that young members and leaders are important to the continuance and viability of the organization, which founded in 1981 celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The open positions are president, vice president/print, vice president/broadcast, treasurer and secretary.

The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will hold a joint convention Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C. The first-ever convention of the two groups is seeking proposals for workshops and panel discussions. The theme is “One Mission Driving Innovation.” The goal is to offer training to members at all experience levels in innovative storytelling. The deadline is Jan. 22.
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.

NABJ student members have until Jan. 31 to apply for the NABJ student projects, which include an all-expenses paid trip to cover the joint NABJ-NAHJ convention in Washington. For more information go to
Students can apply for NABJ scholarships of up to $2,500. The deadline is Feb. 12. For more information go to

Fellowship opportunities exist through NABJ’s partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal for NBC News Group Summer Fellows Program. The deadline is Feb. 19. For more information go to

Applications are being accepted for the NABJ Salute to Excellence National Media Awards competition. The deadline is April 15. For more information go to

NABJ is attracting attention at #BlackTwitter. Check it out on Twitter.

NABJ is encouraging people to join the organization. For more information go to

NABJ held a presidents’ conference call this month, involving more than 30 chapter presidents. Ken Lemon, former Charlotte, N.C., chapter president, will become the Council of Presidents chair. He can be reached at

NABJ Chapter Grant program is accepting applications. The deadline is Jan. 22. Bette said she will apply for KCABJ. Go to The deadline is Feb. 15.

All NABJ members and local members are eligible for $50 chapter rebate on their convention discount. People must register for the convention before March 1. Register at The chapter rebate form is at

The NABJ Media Institute will kick off with a Black Twitter Conference on Saturday, Sept. 27 in New York City. For more information go to NABJ President Sarah Glover’s Twitter site at

The host hotel for the convention is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, N.W. Room rates are $179, Call 202-328-2000 to reserve your room if you plan to attend the convention.
News You Can Use

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is seeking entries for its 2016 awards program. The deadline is March 15. Fees are $50 for entries from non-NSNC members and $25 for members. For more information go to

Kansas City area students are welcome to apply to the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop running July 9-17 at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism — the oldest and the best journalism school in the world. Applications are due April 15. For more information contact Stephanie Green at 573-882-6031 or email her at

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased with the addition of Anita Parran, Lewis Diuguid, Bette Tate-Beaver, Alonzo Weston, Eppie Pallangyo and Lincoln Academy student and Generation Rap host Maya Brown-Edwards.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Alonzo will have a book signing at the Black Archives at 3406 Frederick in St. Joseph. His new book is “Street Smarts,” a collection of some of his columns printed in the St. Joseph News-Press. KCABJ members plan to attend.

Former KCABJ member Yvette B. Walker is the new assistant dean of academic affairs at the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Commications.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2016
Mail this application with your $35 or $25 for students 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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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $35/$25 for students is among the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)