Archive for February, 2016

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2016
February 22, 2016

KCABJ Black History Month Gathering
About 20 people turned out for the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Black History Month membership gathering on Friday, Feb. 19 at Danny’s Big Easy, 18th and Vine streets.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver made the arrangements, and people were happy to join KCABJ members for good Cajun food, drinks, fellowship and fun. “There was a lot of networking, and good contacts were made. People need to understand there were good advantages to it,” Bette said.

KCABJ made it possible. The gathering was in lieu of the membership meeting for February. KCABJ members discussed the possibility of having such social gatherings throughout the year to increase interest in the organization, how it serves black journalists and the work it does in the community.

The next meeting of KCABJ will be at 11 a.m. March 19 at The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd.

The National Association of Black Journalists and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on Feb. 27 will hold a #BlackTwitter Conference. The biggest journalists, social newsmakers and educators in the U.S. will be part of the first #BlackTwitter conference. Participants will talk about race, gender, media diversity, politics and activism in an engaging forum. For more information register at

On Monday, Feb. 22 NABJ members can click on to be part of a livestream for services for an NABJ founder’s funeral service from 9 to 11 a.m. Eastern time. The service will be at Grace Baptist Church, 25 W. Johnson St., in Philadelphia for those who want to attend in person.

NABJ has set up #BlackTwitter conference for journalists, social influencers and educators for Feb. 27 under #OscarSoWhite. ABC News Mara Schiavocampo will moderate a keynote Q&A with April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite and managing editor of It will be at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Reign’s hashtag has re-emerged sparking new calls for action in the Hollywood diversity debate. Reign will join Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post; Marcus Mabry of Twitter; Jamilah Lemieux of EBONY; Sree Sreenivasan of Metropolitan Museum of Art and others. Pre-registration is Feb. 25. Participate in the discussion by using #BlackTwitter16.

It’s time to apply for special awards from NABJ. They include the Ida B. Wells Diversity Leadership Award. The deadline is March 11. For more information go to The deadline for the Salute to Excellence National Media Awards is April 15. The same deadline applies for the 2016 Salute to Excellence Collegiate Awards.

March 1 is the deadline for early bird registration to the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ convention Aug. 3-7 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. For more information click on

The Region I NABJ Conference will take place April 29-30 in Baltimore. The theme is “One Year After Freddie Gray: Navigating Social Justice in Journalism.” The conference will take place at Morgan State University School of Global Journalism & Communication.

The Region III NABJ Conference will take place April 8-10 at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The theme is “Race Matters: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” It will focus on the effect of race on recent coverage of police shootings to elections this year.

NABJ and ESPN are accepting applications for the newly created Stuart Scott internship at ESPN. The internships are this summer in memory of ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott for his sports journalism. Scott died Jan. 4, 2015, after a battle with cancer. The internships run from June 6 to Aug. 12 in Bristol, Conn. For more information go to

In a message to NABJ members, President Sarah Glover promised to continue to improve the organization’s finances. NABJ Vice President Dorothy Tucker attended the University of Missouri-Columbia’s “Unity Conference” in November with MSNBC’s Rashida Jones.

News You Can Use
The deadline is March 15 for entries in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists 2016 contest. For more information email Contest Chair Cathy Turney at or Luenna Kim at

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased by three with the additions of Kia Breaux, Catherine Wiley and India Williams.

KCABJ member Alonzo Weston had a book signing Feb. 20 at the Black Archives in St. Joseph for his new book “Street Smarts.” Some KCABJ members attended. It was such a success that Alonzo sold out of copies at the book signing and at a book store in St. Joseph.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2016
Mail this application with your $35 check $25 for students) 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 ($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.)

2015 in review
February 12, 2016

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 400 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.