Archive for January, 2018

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2018
January 20, 2018

 KCABJ Membership Meeting

The first membership meeting of the New Year attracted a greater than normal turnout and people renewing their membership for 2018.

Anticipation also was high for the noon Sunday, Jan. 28 KCABJ membership gathering that KCABJ member Jenee’ Osterheldt is organizing at the Blue Sushi Sake Grill, 4705 Rainbow Blvd. in Westwood. The aim of the meeting is to re-energize KCABJ to fit the needs of today’s black journalists.

At the monthly meeting, members learned that KCABJ is financially sound. Its programs for 2018 currently include the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Applications won’t go out until March, and the dates for the two-week, print, broadcast and new media curriculum will be set in the coming weeks.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver also shared with the group information about the cultural and professional exchange trip that she is leading to Cuba. For more information on that, email Bette at


Registration is now open for the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Detroit. The theme is “NABJ18: Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust.” The convention will take place Aug. 1-5 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Register for #NABJ18 Convention & Career Fair HERE.

For a hotel reservations, please visit HERE or contact the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center at 504-584-3959. Reference “NABJ” to receive the discounted standard room rate of $179 + tax.

Dallas-area editor and journalism educator Eva D. Coleman has been named #NABJ18 Convention chairwoman.

The Democracy Fund has awarded NABJ a $200,000 grant to help NABJ build its staffing capacity in its national office and to help implement the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020.

The two-year restricted grant is targeted for staffing and allows NABJ to better support journalists of color. The association’s priorities include jobs for journalists of color, professional development, social justice and advocacy.

Since 2011, the Democracy Fund has invested more than $70 million in support of a healthy democracy, including modern elections, effective governance and a vibrant public square.

NABJ and Reuters are accepting applications for the Reuters-NABJ Graduate Fellowship. It offers tuition assistance, editorial training, mentorship and internship opportunities to a NABJ member who is an incoming graduate student in the Business & Economic Reporting program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The fellow will be a part of the master of arts degree program and will be able to take part in reporting workshops at Reuters. The fellow will also receive a paid internship at Reuters.

The Reuters-NABJ Fellowship covers about half of the cost of tuition and fees for the three-semester program. Fellows may be considered for additional NYU scholarship aid to cover remaining tuition costs.

The deadline to apply for the Reuters-NABJ Graduate Fellowship is Feb. 17, 2018. NABJ membership is required. Benefits are outlined and the application is available here.

NABJ President Sarah Glover was among the journalists participating in “The Power Shift Summit” in January at the Newseum. Those involved discussed the “Me Too” pronouncements against sexual harassment and discrimination in the journalism industry. NABJ is against sexual harassment and discrimination in the media and elsewhere.

The NABJ Region 1 convention will take place April 13-14 in New York City. It’s being called the Global Diversity Summit and will focus on improving the industry’s coverage of America’s diverse landscape, promoting international dialogue through stories and media coaching, and providing diversity training for all levels within the industry.

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KC People

   KCABJ’s membership for 2018 increased with the additions of Jenee’ Osterheldt, Mara’ Rose Williams, Carlotta Berry, Aaron Randle, Bette Tate-Beaver and Lewis Diuguid. KCABJ’s next monthly meeting will be on Feb. 17. An election will take place for new KCABJ officers. Persons who are interested in running for president, vice president/print, vice president/broadcast, treasurer and secretary should email Lewis Diuguid at


KCABJ Membership Application for 2018

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via e-mail and e-mailed monthly meeting notices.






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