KCABJ members met for the monthly meeting in September and collected entries for the 24th KCABJ Media Awards. Only KCABJ members could submit entries.
The entries were from KCUR-FM, The Kansas City Star and the St. Joseph News-Press. KCABJ members will gather at the October meeting to decide which of the entries covering enterprise journalism about African Americans and people of color merit awards from the 35-year-old professional media organization, which is an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists. KCABJ members who want to submit entries, which includes public relations, should email KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at Ldiuguid@kcstar.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The October meeting is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at The Kansas City Star. Members and people who want to be paid members are encouraged to come to the meeting and contribute to the deliberation. The membership decided at the September meeting that the awards would be presented in December at a combo awards program and holiday party. It promises to be festive.
Unlike previous years, the awards program will not include students from the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The academy was canceled this year with hopes of resuming in 2017.
In other news, KCABJ officers reported that KCABJ filed the needed papers to again be listed as a nonprofit corporation with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.
The National Association of Black Journalists congratulated Lester Holt, NABJ Journalist of the Year and anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” on being picked to moderate the first presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The debate will take place on Monday, Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
Chris Wallace with Fox News will moderate the final debate on Oct. 19.
CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4 between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine.
The first NABJ Media Institute on Legal Affairs is titled “Law and Justice: Issues of Consequence: from Black Lives Matter to Voting Rights.” It will take place Sept. 24 at Hogan Lovells, 555 13th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information go to nabj.org.
The NABJ Region II Conference will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Chicago at the Northwestern University Medill School of Communications. For more information go to nabj.org.
KCABJ mourns the passing of George E. Curry, who died Aug. 19 at age 69. He had worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was a great friend of KCABJ. The journalism academy that he helped start in St. Louis was one that KCABJ used as a model for its program.
NABJ notes that Curry was passionate about developing the next generation of black journalists. He had worked for Sports Illustrated, the Chicago Tribune, Emerge magazine and was editor in chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service and BlackPressUSA.com. In 2003, Curry was named NABJ Journalist of the Year for his work with the black press. The Rev. Al Sharpton officiated at his funeral in Alabama, where Curry was from.