Archive for May, 2018

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2018
May 19, 2018

KCABJ Academy

Only one student applied for the 2018 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Because a minimum of six students is needed for the class, KCABJ canceled the course for this summer.

It would have occurred June 25 through July 6 at the Urban League of Greater Kansas City. The one student who did apply has been notified and promised that her application will remain on file for the 2019 academy. She is completing her sophomore year at a south Kansas City area high school.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver suggests that an online application process would enable today’s young cyber-natives to complete their application and upload supporting material rather than rely on the U.S. Postal Service for delivery, which they are less inclined to do. KCABJ will explore acquiring that capability. Applications currently are emailed to journalism instructors in Kansas City area high schools who then distribute them to students. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran also got her AKA sorority to include information about the academy.

Bette also shared with the membership the 2019 dates and some details for the cultural and professional exchange to Cuba. She annually has led trips of educators, health care professionals and journalists to the island nation since 2015 after then-Cuban President Raul Castro and then-U.S. President Barack Obama acted in December 2014 to start normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries.


The National Association of Black Journalists convention will take place Aug. 1-5 in Detroit. Some panels and workshops already have been selected.

They include “Kerner Commission, 50 Years Later,” “Racism and Sexism in Sports” and “Restoring Trust in Journalism.” To learn more, go to

Pre-registration for the convention ends June 1. Registering onsite is a lot more expensive.

It’s also not too late to submit nominations for some of the awards to be presented at the convention. Go to for more information. Convention-goers who have published books also can check out the NABJ Authors Showcase.

The NABJ High School Workshop (JSHOP) is a free, four-day high school journalism workshop held each year in the host city of NABJ’s Convention and Career Fair. The program offers interactive learning opportunities through lectures, presentations, assignments, training and tests. Participating students will gain knowledge in multimedia journalism fundamentals from educators, journalists and college journalism students. It runs July 31-Aug. 3 in Detroit.

CNBC is hosting a free, invitation-only interactive workshop at #NABJ18 designed to teach general news journalists how to quickly identify and present a financial news story for a business audience. Attendees will have an opportunity to work directly with CNBC producers to learn the tools of financial journalism. People who apply must be registered for the NABJ convention.

Request an application by sending your resume and contact info to: The deadline is June 29.

This is an election year in NABJ. The list of certified candidates for the 2018-2020 board of directors can be found at June 1 is the deadline for current or lapsed members to renew, or for first-time members to join, in order to be eligible to vote via mail-in balloting before this year’s convention.

NBCUniversity is providing a one-day workshop for on-air and off-air convention attendees. The course is taught by NBCU “professors” and is for individuals at all career levels.

The coursework includes script writing and career development. For more information go to The deadline to apply is July 20.
KC People

Kevin Holmes, news anchor at KSHB-NBC-TV, Channel 41, told the membership at the May meeting that at 8:30 a.m. June 16 he will be emceeing the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in the Kansas City Power & Light District. For more information go to

Glenn E. Rice, a past KCABJ president, NABJ treasurer and NABJ board member, reported that Sheila Brooks, a Kansas City native and former NABJ board member, is to be in Kansas City on July 11 speaking at the downtown library at 6:30 p.m. about her new book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” Brooks co-authored the book with Clint C. Wilson II. KCABJ at its June meeting will discuss being a co-sponsor of the event and how much that will entail.