The KCABJ Media Award winners normally would have been picked, and the plaques ordered. But this has been far from a normal year.
The Kansas City Marathon kept KCABJ members from meeting on Oct. 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Police blocked traffic throughout midtown and downtown for runners and walkers, making access to the church nearly impossible.
Only two KCABJ members showed up. So judging on the award entries will take place in November. That meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 19. Please look for the meeting notice in your email soon from KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver.
Entries have been received from newspapers and broadcast. Some surprise nominations by members also have been made. The meeting will not be one that members want to miss. Journalists have to be paid members of KCABJ to have a voice in the judging.
The National Association of Black Journalists has picked its scholarship winners for 2016. The organization gave out $27,500 in scholarships this year.
The NABJ scholarships are a part of the Student Education Enrichment and Development Program, which provides professional and educational opportunities to students pursuing careers in journalism. Since 2009, NABJ has awarded $470,196 in scholarships.
The winners this year are:
Maya King – Les Payne Scholarship, Howard University.
Natalie Henderson — Carole Simpson Scholarship, Central Michigan University.
Malika Andrews — Larry Whiteside Scholarship, University of Portland.
Bamidele Idowu —Stuart Scott Scholarship, Syracuse University.
Antonio Scott — Dewayne Wickham High School Scholarship, University of Memphis.
Mahlia Posey — Visual Task Force Scholarship, University of California Berkeley.
Aloni Hill — NABJ Scholarship, Regent University.
Brandi Montgomery— Allison E. Fisher Scholarship, Howard University.
Jesse Sparks — Visual Task Force Scholarship, Northwestern University.
Polly Irungu – Visual Task Force Scholarship, University of Oregon.
NABJ reported in October that it expects to end 2016 with a $1 million surplus. That is a far cry from the organization drowning in red last year. “The projected surplus is a result of disciplined fiscal management and a surge in convention registrations — 3,209 NABJ registrants for the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Convention, which had a total of 3,890 attendees,” NABJ said in a prepared statement.
NABJ President Sarah Glover said: “We are working to ensure NABJ’s long-term financial health by focused efforts on zero-based budgeting and careful fiscal management — watching expenses closely, securing new revenue, and making sound investments.”
NABJ Executive Consultant Drew Berry added: “NABJ is now in its strongest financial position in more than 20 years.”
The 2013-2015 NABJ board faced a two-year deficit of $642,000. The 2015-2017 NABJ board adopted zero-based budgeting this year resulting in the turnaround.
NABJ is seeking students for its short courses in journalism in 2017. Participants will receive instruction from faculty and experienced industry reporters, news directors, producers, videographers and graphic designers. Participants will produce newscasts, webcasts, podcasts, video slide shows and social media sites, as well as learn strategies on how to market their skills to secure a job after graduation.
Applicants must be:
• A current member of NABJ.
• Be currently enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university.
• Major in journalism or communication.
• Be a junior, senior or graduate student.
• Possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
Applications will be accepted online only. The deadline is Nov. 4 for the FAMU short course taking place Jan. 26-29. Go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/r1ak4l8m05a2iwm/ to apply.
KCABJ has sent in the paperwork to renew its nonprofit listing with the Missouri secretary of state.
After 39 years and five months, Lewis Diuguid on Oct. 7 abruptly resigned from The Kansas City Star. He began his long and storied career at what used to be The Kansas City Times in May 1977 as a reporter and photographer after graduating at age 21 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.
During his tenure, Diuguid covered gangland murders; wrote stories that exposed and broke up discrimination that African Americans and Hispanics faced in the late 1970s at discotheques; covered the Jackson County Courthouse; Kansas City area politics; the medical/science beat; was part of the staff that won The Star/Times a Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for the July 17, 1981, skywalks collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where 114 people were killed and more than 200 were injured during a tea dance. He went on to cover the outcome of many of the court cases.
Diuguid also wrote stories resulting in the no-shut-off rule during the winter for Missouri utility companies after an infant perished in the cold; was a graduate of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s Editing Program Fellowship in 1984 and went on to the copy desk at The Times. He also served the newspaper as automotive editor in 1984 and 1985.
Diuguid in October 1985 moved to The Star, the afternoon newspaper, as assistant bureau chief in Johnson County Bureau. In 1987 he was named bureau chief of the Southland Bureau and began writing a column for the newspaper.
In 1992 after The Star and The Times merged into a morning newspaper, Diuguid was named an assistant city editor. In 1993, Diuguid became a co-chair of The Star’s diversity initiative, and in 1994 he moved to the downtown newsroom as an associate editor and the newspaper’s first African American metropolitan section columnist.
In 1999, Diuguid was promoted to vice president of community resources, serving on the editorial board, writing a twice a week column and overseeing the newspaper’s philanthropic efforts in the community. Among the more than 90 awards Diuguid has received in his journalism career at The Star, he was named a winner of the Honor Medal from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism partly because of a series of more than 100 columns he wrote about taking a seat with the Class of 1999 at Washington High School in Kansas City, Kan., from the students’ freshman year until they graduated and afterward to chronicle what it was like to be a teacher and teen. A lot of those columns went into Diuguid’s 2004 award-winning book, “A Teacher’s Cry: Expose the Truth About Education Today,” explaining that intense community involvement is the only way to improve public education. Diuguid also is the author of the 2007 book on diversity, “Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union.”
The publisher eliminated the vice president of community resources job in March 2009 during ongoing cutbacks. Diuguid remained on the editorial board as a columnist, editorial writer, letters editor, op-ed page editor and daily blogger until October, parting company with The Star after the one other editorial board staffer was eliminated in continuing staff cutbacks. When Diuguid joined the editorial board in 1999, it had 11 members.
Diuguid is a founding member of KCABJ in 1981, and since the student journalism academy started in 1982, he has been a consistent member of the faculty. Diuguid also served on the faculty of the Maynard Institute Editing Program from 1991 to 2007.
He started the KCABJ Media Awards program in 1991 as a way to encourage area news media to do enterprise stories about African Americans and other people of color instead of the stereotypical coverage of crime, underperformance and other negative depictions of minorities. Diuguid currently is the president of KCABJ and looks forward to continuing to serve the affiliate of NABJ.
He hopes to have a third book published, soon, titled, “Our Fathers, Making Black Men.”
KCUR-FM, the Kansas City area National Public Radio station, on Sept. 30 ran a story about Diuguid’s unexpected resignation from The Star, headlined “Longtime KC Star Editorial Board Member Lewis Diuguid Stepping Down.”