The KCABJ membership meeting for June was canceled. Members who normally attend had other commitments. That happens during the summer months.
There normally isn’t a June meeting because of members’ commitment to the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy, but that had to be canceled this year because of an unexpected illness of a key academy faculty member.
The six students from high schools throughout the area who had submitted applications were notified in writing and told they would be considered for the 2017 journalism academy class.
The next KCABJ membership meeting will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at The Kansas City Star. If there are any changes, members will be notified via email, or people can email KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at Ldiuguid@kcstar.com.
The National Association of Black Journalists convention in combination with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention will take place Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel. People who plan to attend are encouraged to make their hotel reservations soon by calling Omni Hotel & Resort at 202-234-0700.
NABJ members are encouraged to send their 30-second video about their NABJ experience. Go to #NABJNAHJ16 or http://www.nabj.org for more information.
NABJ President Sarah Glover lists 10 things to know about #NABJNAHJ16:
1. The convention is a collaboration between NABJ and NAHJ.
2. The joint meeting will be the largest gathering of journalists in 2017.
3. People attending are encouraged to arrive Tuesday, Aug. 2 or early the next day.
4. Hotel space is limited so folks are encouraged to reserve their rooms early.
5. New this year is the “Look Your Best Pavilion” at the career fair. Convention-goers will be able to take advantage of tips from image and wardrobe consultants, hair dressers, makeup artists, photographers, and hair and beauty vendors.
6. Dozens of media companies are expected to be at the career fair seeking good journalists of color. The career fair opens at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. Job-seekers are encouraged to upload their resumes in advance so employers can see them.
7. The convention also will feature an “Innovation Bubble,” enabling people to handle the latest digital equipment and get social media tips.
8. The 2016 NABJ awards and special honors will be an attraction.
9. Convention-goers wanting continuing education will find it at specialized daylong training sessions.
10. And of course for those who like to party, there will be time for that after hours.
Among the award recipients at the convention will be LaCrai Mitchell, 2016 NABJ Student Journalist of the Year.
Former NABJ President Sidmel Estes (1991-1993) will be honored with the Ida B. Wells Award. She died suddenly last year. Her family will receive the award at the convention.
The NABJ chapter of the year also will be announced. Nominees include the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists, the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists and the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists.
Gail Wiggins of North Carolina A&T State University was picked as the 2016 NABJ Educator of the Year.
NABJ announced other honors for members including Yvette Walker, former night news and presentation director at The Oklahoman and former assistant features editor at The Kansas City Star, was named assistant dean of Student Affairs at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Wayne Dawkins has been promoted from associate professor to professor of professional practice at Hampton University
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NABJ and NAHJ ahead of the August convention offer some guidance to reporters covering mass shootings in the aftermath of the Orlando, Fla., tragedy in June at the Pulse nightclub, where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 before he was killed in a shootout with police. NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina said journalists have to recognize the effect the shooting had on the Latino community and not just in Orlando. Also, the shooting has been called the worst in U.S. history, but more than 100 black people were killed in the East St. Louis, Ill., massacre in 1917, and more than 100 black people were gunned down during a mass shooting in Colfax, La., in 1873. The professional organizations for journalists of color warn people covering such events to be careful about using superlatives.