Archive for July, 2018

Sheila Brooks Discusses Her New Book on Lucile H. Bluford at the Central Library
July 17, 2018

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2018
July 17, 2018

Bluford Event

KCABJ members turned out on July 11 to hear Sheila Brooks talk about her new book on longtime Kansas City publisher and editor Lucile H. Bluford.

The event at the Central Library downtown attracted about 200 people. Brooks and Howard University professor and black media expert Clint C. Wilson II, PhD, co-authored “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” Brooks explained that the book grew out of the doctorate she received in Howard University.

KCABJ was a co-sponsor of the reception on the fifth floor of the library.

Brooks, a Kansas City native and former member of the board of directors of the National Association of Black Journalists, used a PowerPoint at the library to talk about the activist role that Bluford played as a journalist and as a University of Kansas graduate, seeking admission in 1939 as a graduate student to the University of Missouri-Columbia 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. The case resulted in a separate journalism degree program starting at Lincoln University in nearby Jefferson City for black students. Segregation remained entrenched in the United States until the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. Decades after initially rejecting Bluford, the MU School of Journalism presented her with its highest honor, the Missouri Honor Medal, and bestowed a doctorate on her. 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. It goes to one of the top graduates of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Bluford would not permit it while she was alive. KCABJ’s first scholarship was named in honor of Roy Wilkins, who was editor of The Call before Bluford and later Wilkins headed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the Civil Rights Movement. Bluford suggested in 1986 that KCABJ name its first scholarship after Wilkins. It was first awarded in 1987 to a student in the academy.


Delta Airlines and United Airlines are offering discounts to people attending the Aug. 1-5 National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair in Detroit.

CNN will host two, daylong workshops at the convention on enterprise reporting, on-air performance & presentation, storytelling, critical thinking and interview skills — skills people will need to make it in a network job. Reporters can learn more at; producers at The overflow hotel for #NABJ2018 is the Greektown Casino-Hotel, 555 E. Lafayette Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. To make your hotel reservation, please contact the Greektown Casino-Hotel at 313-223-2999. Reference “NABJ” to receive the discounted standard room rate of $179 + tax.

CNBC is hosting an invitation-only, interactive workshop at #NABJ2018 designed to teach general news journalists to produce a financial news story for a business audience across different platforms. Attendees will work with CNBC producers to learn the tools of financial journalism. To request an application: send your resume and contact info to

The NABJ High School Workshop will take place July 31 through Aug. 3 at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair. For more information, go to

NABJ members are encouraged to apply for the Columbia Journalism School Fellowship or the NABJ hardship registration.


The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is providing five partial scholarships to the 2018 NABJ annual convention in Detroit, Michigan. Each fellowship winner will be awarded a $750 grant from Columbia to assist with travel and convention registration costs. More information can be found here.


NABJ is pleased to offer a limited number of complimentary hardship registrations for the #NABJ18 Convention. NABJ members who have lost their full-time journalism, public relations or journalism educator job in the past 9 months and members who are freelancers are eligible. Access more information here.

NABJ Roommate Bureau

NABJ members have found success using the NABJ Roommate Facebook Bureau Facebook group to find a convention roommate. Find a roommate this year to help reduce hotel costs by accessing the roommate bureau here.

The NABJ board of directors accepted the resignation of Executive Director Sharon Toomer.

Fiat Chrysler Automotive will sponsor a 5K run, walk and bike on Aug. 4 at the convention. For more information go to

KC People

KCABJ member Jenee’ Osterheldt left The Kansas City Star and will be starting a columnist’s position with The Boston Globe. Jenee’ had been with The Star for 16 years. She was a Nieman Fellow a year ago at Harvard University.