Archive for May, 2017

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2017
May 19, 2017

KCABJ Academy

Only one person mailed in an application for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy before the April 29 deadline.

Because of that, the program is being canceled this year. The class has to have a minimum of six students and a maximum of 12 to occur.

The young lady who applied was informed in writing that like college classes that don’t have enough students enroll, the academy would not occur this year. However, we will try again next year with the hope that more high school and college students will show an interest in journalism careers.

KCABJ has offered the academy since 1982. There have been only three years that it has not occurred either because of a lack of interest expressed by students or staffing problems.


The National Association of Black Journalists in its NABJ Journal features a cover story on the black press having a standing exhibit at the new Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The NABJ Convention will take place from Aug. 5-13 in New Orleans. People who plan to attend should make their reservations at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel before July 5. The hotel is offering rooms for $159 a night. Convention-goers are urged to register for the conference before June 1 to save big.

The honorary co-chairs for the convention are Warren Bell and Michelle Miller. The convention theme is “Power Up and Break Through.”

The NABJ Elections Committee has certified a slate of candidates for the 2017-2019 Board of Directors. Sarah Glover is running unopposed for president. For Vice President-Broadcast, Gayle Hurd is facing Dorothy Tucker. For secretary, Cheryl Smith is running unopposed. For Region I director, Johann Calhoun is running unopposed as is Ken Lemon for Region III director. Four persons are running for student representative on the board. They are Kyra Azore at Howard University, Wilton Jackson at Louisiana State University, Lawrence Malloy at Fort Valley State University and Gladys Sargeant at Hampton University. For more information go to

In other NABJ News, April Ryan was named NABJ Journalist of the Year. She is with the American Urban Radio Networks covering the White House.

NABJ also expressed its dismay at allegations of a hostile racial environment at Fox News. Eleven current and former Fox News employees have filed a class action lawsuit against the leading cable news network.

NABJ has launched a Black Male Media Project to help change the lives and image of black males. The first program of its kind will occur June 10 in cities nationwide.

“The program is designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in journalism and media and those that aspire to,” NABJ notes. “All NABJ chapters are invited to join the dialogue on June 10 by creating local workshops and sessions aimed at cultivating skills and broadening the networking opportunities for black men in media. This program is not exclusive to black participation and is aimed at helping all people engage around the value of black males working in newsrooms and media.”

Participating chapters will use #InspireBlackMen to promote the project.

“The second phase of the NABJ Black Male Media Project will be a digital photography project showcased at the NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair from Aug. 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NABJ members will be invited to share positive pictures of black men where they are, as they are.

“NABJ chapters interested in hosting one of the concurrent June 10 training programs should contact NABJ Council of Presidents Chair Ken Lemon by April 14 to indicate interest at

Media outlets and general questions may direct inquiries to: Partnership inquiries may be addressed to JoAnne Lyons Wooten at”

NABJ last month developed a new strategic plan, which includes: financial stability, a robust jobs effort to secure more employment for its members at media companies, more training and professional development, more advocacy efforts for black journalists and coverage of issues in the black community and a revision of its convention site selection.

KC People

KCABJ’s membership inched up by one with the addition of Carlotta Berry.

Gerald Jordan, a founding member of KCABJ in 1981, was honored in 2016 with the Arkansas Press Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Jordan had been the first African American sportswriter at The Kansas City Star and the first African American to serve on the newspaper’s editorial board in the mid-1970s. He is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid had his third book published in April. The title is “Our Fathers: Making Black Men.”