Archive for August, 2016

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2016
August 21, 2016

KCABJ Media Awards
KCABJ members decided at the August meeting that members should bring entries to the September meeting to nominate for 2016 KCABJ Media Awards.

The awards are open to entries in print, broadcast and new media. They have to exhibit accurate, enterprise journalism about African Americans and other people of color. Only members can make the nominations.

The awards program will take place in October or November, whichever the membership decides at the September meeting. The date and time will be set at the September meeting, which will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at The Kansas City Star unless otherwise rescheduled. Members will be notified.

People who want to nominate an entry for an award but are not a member of KCABJ should contact KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at 816-234-4723 or send email to

KCABJ members also discussed the possibility of having a Black Lives Matter forum, focusing on the news media coverage of the 2-year-old movement. People who want input in that discussion should attend the September meeting. KCABJ has held forums in the past that have drawn large audiences on the N-word and candidate forums leading up to major elections.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke at the National Association of Black Journalists’ annual convention in August in Washington, D.C. NABJ held a joint convention with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The convention attracted close to 4,000 people.

An invitation had been made to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, however, he declined. Another invitation has been made to Trump, although he would have to meet with journalists from the two groups after the convention.
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NABJ and the Poynter Institute are accepting applications for the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. The first class will run from Dec. 4-9 on the Poynter Campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tuition is free for the 25 participants. Sponsors include The New York Times, Facebook, Google, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the TEGNA Foundation. For more information contact Elisa Jackson at or Drew Berry at
The next meeting of KCABJ will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at The Star.