The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists at its February membership meeting voted to retain all officers in their current positions. The KCABJ vice president/broadcasting remains open. Broadcast journalists who are interested in the position should email KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Lewis continuing as president, Glenn E. Rice will serve as vice president/print; Anita Parran, secretary; and Bette Beaver, treasurer.
KCABJ members discussed the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. KCABJ since 1982 has annually offered a journalism academy to high school and college students interested in journalism careers. It has occurred the last several years at the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.
Glenn said there would be many challenges to the academy taking place this summer. Increasing demands in the news industry now makes it difficult for Kansas City area broadcast and print journalists to volunteer time to serve on the staff of the academy.
Included among the challenges will be producing a 2017 edition of the KCABJ Journal. Glenn explained that The Kansas City Star in the past has printed the tabloid newspaper for KCABJ at no cost. But there may not be personnel available at the newspaper to do the work to make that possible. KCABJ is exploring an all-digital product, which students can printout and show their work.
Discussion on the academy for 2017 will be a key agenda item at the March 18 membership meeting. Also tabled until the March meeting is further discussion on the editorial board of The Star having no African Americans in a city that is about 30 percent black. It has become a hot topic of conversation in the white, black and Latino communities in the Kansas City area.
The concern centers on not only there being no black voice being part of the institutional voice of the newspaper but that the African American The Star picks for the position accurately and fairly represent the people of the community and not voice some far off, far-right position. “You could have a (President Donald) Trump in blackface,” one KCABJ member said at the February membership meeting. That would not accurately reflect the political and racial sentiments of the community.
Another concern is the small number of African American and Latino reporters on The Star staff for a metropolitan community of about 2 million people. Again, this has not gone unnoticed in the community especially as the newspaper continues to hire young white journalists. The old line in the news industry of editors being unable to find qualified African Americans for newspaper jobs is nothing more than a pathetic excuse. The Greater Kansas City community deserves better.
The National Association of Black Journalists invites members to submit workshop proposals for the 2017 Convention. It will take place Aug. 9-13 in New Orleans. People must be a current NABJ member to submit a workshop proposal.
The workshops last 90 minutes and are limited to four panel members. Workshop coordinators and panelists are permitted to participate in only two workshops.
A programming committee will review all of the proposals. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15.
For more information go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/abstract.cfm.
KCABJ’s membership increased by one with the renewal of India Williams. In addition to being on the staff at KIPP-KC Academy, India oversees Generation Rap on KPRS-FM. She said she would like to make the KCABJ journalism academy available to students on the popular Saturday morning radio program. India was a graduate of the academy when she was a teenager.
KCABJ Membership Application for 2017
Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. KCABJ at the monthly meetings also takes credit cards and cash. Your membership covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.
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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. KCABJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Black
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KCABJ meets the third Saturday at 11 a.m. Contact Lewis Diuguid at email@example.com for the location.