Archive for December, 2017

KCABJ Newsletter for December 2017
December 20, 2017

Anticipating 2018

   The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists on Dec. 1 had its holiday party in The Kansas City Star’s third-floor cafeteria, and turnout was great!

Henry N. Heredia, an educator and international coordinator for Cuban writers and artists, was the guest speaker. Heredia was on a visa lecturing throughout the United States. He shared with the audience information about his home country and encouraged KCABJ members to visit Cuba.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver since 2015 has annually led groups of educators, journalists and other professionals to Cuba through the National Association for Multicultural Education, where she is the executive director. Bette plans to take about two dozen people to Cuba on a cultural and professional exchange in the spring of 2018.

For more information email Bette at The trips are rich and filled with the culture, history, food, language, progress and excitement that only Cuba could provide.


The National Association of Black Journalists is accepting nominations for its #NABJ18 2018 NABJ Hall of Fame Awards. The honor celebrates legendary journalists, authors, educators and activists who in their careers have made exceptional contributions to their fields and the black community.

NABJ also is accepting nominations for its special honors and awards. For more information go to The awards will be presented at the NABJ convention in Detroit, Aug. 1-5.

NABJ also is open to members submitting proposals for the Detroit convention whose theme is “Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust.” For more information go to

The NABJ Student Project is accepting applications. The deadline to apply is Feb. 2. The fellowship is at the Aug. 1-5 NABJ convention. “Students will work with veteran journalists, educators, media and public relations professionals in a newsroom, creating daily convention content to include TV newscasts, newspaper and online reports, in addition to social media, public relations and marketing campaigns,” NABJ reports. For more information go to

Also for students, NABJ is offering a summer internship program in partnership with Comcast and NBCUniversal. The application deadline is Feb. 21. For more information go to

NABJ is expressing its “dismay” at NewsOne Now with Roland Martin going off the air on Dec. 21.

“Roland Martin’s show has served as the only television broadcast to provide daily coverage of black people and issues,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “NABJ applauded TV One executive Johnathan Rodgers for tapping Roland, an ‘NABJ Baby,’ to work for the network 12 years ago and CEO Alfred Liggins for selecting Roland as the host of NewsOne Now.
“Today, we understand the importance of making sound business decisions, however, NewsOne Now had recently grown from one-to-two hours, and to think the news program will cease is disheartening. I call upon the news and broadcast industry to develop programming that serves black communities. The void is like a gaping wound.”
In a written statement, NABJ added: “In a year where journalists have faced daily assaults and attempts to discredit their work with the onslaught of claims of ‘fake news,’ NABJ is concerned by TV One’s decision to halt its signature news program, one of the most credible news sources, especially for black and disenfranchised communities.
“A past NABJ Journalist of the Year, Martin’s work has garnered numerous awards and is currently a contender for two NAACP Image Awards. His show employs nearly 30 journalists, who face the reality of unemployment going into the New Year.
‘“When anything is happening that impacts African Americans, you can turn to TV One for perspectives you won’t see on other programs,’ said Dorothy Tucker, NABJ’s Vice President of Broadcast. ‘The demise of Roland’s show leaves a huge void that we simply can’t afford now.’
“Noting that Martin has been instrumental in increasing contributions to historically black colleges and universities, while also tackling international issues and holding elected officials accountable, even the president of the United States, NABJ is deeply concerned about the future of journalism when a show of NewsOne Now’s caliber is taken off the air.”

In other news, NABJ is seeking a program manager. For more information go to

NABJ also is seeking a communications and media relations manager. For more information go to

News You Can Use

NABJ is offering a Multimedia Short Course March 14-17 at North Carolina A&T State University. Students will produce a newscast, webcasts, podcasts, video slide shows and related social media sites. They will be instructed by experienced industry anchors/reporters, news directors, producers, videographers/editors, and NC A&T faculty. For more information go to


KC People

Kara Edgerson, senior editor at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, has been picked for the 2017 Diversity Leadership Class of the Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. Kara was a graduate of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. She is among 25 participants in the 2017 class for the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, a transformational leadership program for journalists of color.


KCABJ Membership Application for 2017

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