KCABJ Newsletter for March 2018

KCABJ Academy

Spring break and travel by KCABJ members delayed the March meeting until April.

By the Saturday, April 21 meeting, KCABJ will have set dates for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. It will take place in early June after students have gotten out of school. The Urban League of Greater Kansas City has offered its continuing education classroom for adults to KCABJ for the two-week program.

The academy will include instruction by journalism professionals in the Kansas City area on print, broadcast and new media. The class in 2016 was canceled because of faculty illnesses and in 2017 because only one student signed up for the program.

Any efforts to enroll students in the program would be appreciated.


The National Association of Black Journalists has extended until March 30 its early bird registration for its Aug. 1-5 convention in Detroit. The theme is “Driving Journalism, Technology and Trust.”

Roland S. Martin has been appointed NABJ vice president-digital.

NABJ is partnering with NBC to bring student and entry-level journalists a webinar to showcase opportunities on NBC while highlighting best-practices during the job search. Panelists include NBCUniversal Director of Talent Acquisition for Campus Programs Seldric Booker; and MSNBC Director of Booking Jesse Rodriguez. The Webinar time is 7:30 p.m.; the date is March 19. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__L6V6WtMRLGgUIPv-hV3Ug.

ESPN and NABJ are offering a summer internship in memory of Stuart Scott for his contributions to sports journalism. Interested students may apply for the internship online. It includes a $3,500 scholarship on behalf of ESPN and the NABJ Sports Task Force. All applications must be submitted online by the deadline: April 16, 2018. To learn more and to apply, click here.

NABJ seeks a programs coordinator (“PC”) who has had hands-on convention and career fair, and event planning experience. The candidate must have experience in event planning, and have excellent organizing, and verbal and written communications skills. Review the complete job posting on NABJ.org now.

The National Association of Black Journalists celebrates the National Writers Union‘s (NWU) final settlement with Ebony Magazine on the payment of grievances of 45 freelance writers, editors and designers who are collectively owed $80,000. NABJ President Sarah Glover recognizes NWU’s win as a major step forward for the advocacy of journalists across the nation. NWU President Larry Goldbetter and members attended the 2017 NABJ Convention in New Orleans for fellowship and a meeting.

The NABJ 2018 Salute to Excellence award nominations has been extended to April 20. Each year, NABJ recognizes excellence in journalism and media covering the experiences and issues affecting African American/black communities. The Salute to Excellence National Media Awards competition is open to all media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and/or digital journalism and media. Please submit your nominations here.

The NABJ Elections Committee is accepting filings for the 2018-2020 NABJ Board of Directors. The filing deadline is Monday, April 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The voting period is July 2 to August 3 online and during the #NABJ18 Convention. The offices up for election this year are:

  • Vice President – Print
  • Treasurer
  • Parliamentarian
  • Region II
  • Region IV
  • Academic Representative
  • Media-Related Representative

Any member seeking a position on the NABJ Board of Directors, including incumbents, must submit a declaration packet to nabjelections@nabj.org by the filing deadline.

Each year, NABJ and our partners award scholarships to students pursuing careers in journalism, media and communications. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $10,000. Applicants must follow specific criteria/requirements for each scholarship. Please review carefully individual scholarship pages for criteria/requirements. All applications must be submitted online by the deadline: Apr. 16, 2018.

The National Association of Black Journalists commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report published on Feb. 29, 1968. President Lyndon Johnson created the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission, in honor of its chair, Governor Ott Kerner Jr. of Illinois. Following seven months of investigation of the 1960s race riots that took place across U.S. cities such Newark, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles, the commission issued a 426-page report intended to improve race relations in the future.

One element of the report included a scathing take on the media and its practices being a contributor to racial discord. The Kerner Commission summarized: “The press has too long basked in a white world looking out of it, if at all, with white men’s eyes and white perspective.”

The report’s recommendations to diversify newsrooms were ignored by many, but there were some organizations that acted. Newsday hired NABJ Founder Les Payne and five others, for example.

“Just as President Johnson largely ignored the Kerner Commission’s conclusion that white racism was driving the nation ‘toward two societies; one black, one white – separate and unequal’; most newspapers in the republic discounted its media recommendations that they must recruit, hire and fairly promote more blacks in order to better cover the news,” Payne wrote.

While NABJ’s 44 founders had already been consciously working toward equal opportunity in the media, and some organizing efforts started in Philadelphia in the early 1960s, the Kerner Report’s recommendations helped buoy the cause in living color, advance NABJ’s formation and propel its mission into motion.

NABJ is honored to share the thoughts of some of its founders on this important media diversity anniversary. NABJ Founders Les Payne, Sandra Dawson Long Weaver and Francis Ward share how the Kerner Report impacted their lives.

The Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists will host the NABJ Region II conference April 20-21 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown Indy. We’re excited about seeing everyone and have a great program planned. We need your help, though, to make it a conference that truly represents our region. First, if you know of any potential panelists, please shoot me an email with name and contact information. We also welcome volunteers for the student critique/mentoring sessions. Check out the tentative schedule with session topics below. We’ll make program updates as needed.

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