KCABJ Newsletter for June 2018

KCABJ Meeting

At the June membership meeting, KCABJ voted to contribute $200 to being a co-sponsor of the Lucile Bluford book lecture and signing for Sheila Dean Brooks, PhD.

Brooks, founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications LLC, will have a book lecture, signing and reception at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at the Helzberg Auditorium at the Central Library downtown. Brooks and Clint C. Wilson II co-authored “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.”

Brooks is a former TV news broadcaster and board member of the National Association of Black Journalists. KCABJ Vice President/Print Glenn E. Rice, who served on the NABJ board with Brooks, brought the issue of sponsorship to KCABJ. Glenn said at the June meeting that KCABJ participated in the reception at the downtown library when Robin D. Stone had a book signing about eight years ago for a memoir she authored on her husband titled “My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times.” Boyd was a St. Louis native and a University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism graduate. He started his newspaper career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and ended it at The New York Times, where he rose to become that newspaper’s first black White House correspondent and the first black managing editor. He was toppled from that spot in 2003 after national news headlines resulted from stories that a Times reporter, Jayson Blair, made up.

Brooks’ at the July 11 event will discuss her book on Kansas City Call editor and publisher Lucile Bluford and the activist role Bluford played as a journalist and as a University of Kansas graduate, seeking admission in 1939 as a graduate student to the MU School of Journalism. Bluford was rejected because she was black. Bluford’s court challenge went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld segregation as the law of the land. Segregation remained entrenched in the United States until the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Decades after initially rejecting Bluford, MU bestowed a doctorate on her. The School of Journalism presented her with its highest honor, the Missouri Honor Medal, and this year a new dormitory opened on campus bearing Bluford’s name. Bluford died in 2003 at age 91. KCABJ in 2003 named a scholarship in Bluford’s honor. She would not permit it while she was alive.

KCABJ members are urged to attend Brooks’ discussion at the downtown library on July 11.

NABJ News

Pre-registration for the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Detroit has been extended to June 22. NABJ’s Convention and Career Fair will take place Aug. 1-5 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. For more information go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.

To book a room at the hotel, go to https://www.google.com/maps/place/Detroit+Marriott+at+the+Renaissance+Center/@42.3288966,-83.0415776,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m7!3m6!1s0x883b2d2643d2fcf9:0x2e2af1d880fbd4df!5m1!1s2018-07-06!8m2!3d42.3288966!4d-83.0393889. Room reservations must be made by July 13.

NABJ praised ABC President Channing Dungey for her leadership in Rosanne Barr’s show being canceled after Barr’s racist comments on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

NABJ has contributed to changes in “The Associated Press Stylebook.” Specifically, it has gotten the AP to expand the use of the word “boy.” NABJ President Sarah Glover writes: “Without the proper context, that word can have detrimental and racial overtones when used to describe black males, a demographic that is routinely robbed of fair representation in the media. NABJ looks forward to the change and the tone of how black males are depicted in future coverage.”

NABJ also provided input on stylebook use of the words “biracial” and “multiracial,” which, following the stylebook, are now acceptable terms to describe “people with more than one racial heritage.” NABJ will also provide input to the AP on other stylebook race-related entries that may be considered in the future.

NABJ last month announced the workshops and panels that will occur at this year’s convention. To learn more, go to http://www.nabjconvention.com/sag.cfm.

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