Archive for August, 2017

Images This Month from the NABJ Convention in New Orleans
August 16, 2017

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2017
August 16, 2017


Busy summer schedules prompted the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists to skip the meeting for August and pick things up at the Sept. 16 meeting. Members will receive an email letting them know the time and location.

KCABJ members at that meeting should bring entries for the 2017 KCABJ Media Awards. Only members whose dues is current can submit entries for 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. There also are categories for public relations with KCABJ Media Awards for community service, media public service and the KCABJ president’s award.

The awards program will take place in the fall. The membership will decide the date and the venue.

People who have any questions should contact KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at 816-730-9194 or send email to


The National Association of Black Journalists Aug. 9-13 convention in New Orleans managed to swim above the flooding that overtook that city ahead of convention-goers’ arrival.

Neither the rain nor high water dampened NABJ members’ spirit or enthusiasm. In addition to attending workshops and panel discussions, attendees were able to share international story ideas with the Pulitzer Center.

There also were numerous job opportunities for black journalists who ventured through the jobs fair at the convention.

Convention-goers learned that the Ford Foundation was awarding a $150,000 grant to NABJ to further the association’s strategic plan. The two-year grant is for executive level staffing and will enable NABJ to focus on “issues often ignored by the mainstream media.”

People also were informed that NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will have a joint convention in 2020. The organizations’ last joint convention was in 2016 in Washington, D.C. The city and location for the 2020 convention will be announced soon.

Front and center during the 2017 NABJ convention was the second phase of the Black Male Media Project. People were invited to submit photos for a digital photography exhibit meant to challenge the media’s pictorial narrative. #InspireBlackMen is an

initiative to help change the narrative around the lives and images of black men in the news and in society. Pictures for the project exhibit can be sent to by Oct. 15.

The convention also featured a Volunteer Day of Service during which NABJ members went into the New Orleans community to assist in repairing homes still damaged from the 2005 devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

NABJ also gave out more than 100 awards during the convention and inducted four veteran journalists into the NABJ Hall of Fame. The 2017 Hall of Famers were Michael Days, former newspaper writer and author of “Obama’s Legacy: What He Accomplished as President”; Rev. Aisha Karimah, prize-winning television producer; John Jenkins, veteran photographer and television executive; and Garth C. Reeves, Sr., Publisher Emeritus of the Miami Times.


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The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will offer a tuition-free leadership program to train journalists of color working in digital media.   Applications are now open for the 2017 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. The academy, offered to 25 participants, will run Dec. 3-8, 2017, at the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tuition is free. To learn more and apply by Aug. 18, go to here.