Archive for September, 2018

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2018
September 24, 2018

Media Awards

KCABJ members met for the monthly meeting in September and decided against having a media awards program in 2018.

Some key contributing members of KCABJ have left the area to work for other media companies. They could have been eligible for media awards if they were still working at local media companies and had submitted material to be considered by the association.

Members also decided to revisit in October whether and where the organization might hold a holiday gathering/membership drive for 2019. To have input, please plan to attend the October KCABJ meeting. KCABJ would absorb all of the expenses for the event, which traditionally has been held at a black owned restaurant or bar.


The National Association of Black Journalists from Nov. 24 through Dec. 2 will be going to China on a reporting mission. The trip offers NABJ members an opportunity to report on Asia. The trip will include stops in Beijing and Shanghai in China.

“With the NABJ Les Payne Reporting Trip to China, NABJ will expand its international footprint for the first time in Asia,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said in a prepared release. “This journey is a terrific opportunity for NABJ to expand its reach and partnerships, and for members to provide perspective on policies that affect Americans at home and abroad. The trip also supports NABJ members who continue to be at the forefront of reporting on issues that impact black people across the diaspora and people of color.”

The release added: The trip is in honor of Les Payne, NABJ founder and the fourth president of NABJ, for his revolutionary work to introduce NABJ members and students to foreign reporting experiences. Payne died earlier this year. In the past 30 years, more than 100 NABJ members have participated in NABJ-organized reporting missions abroad. Countries include Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Senegal, Gambia, Morocco, Mozambique, Ghana, Jamaica, Bahamas and Cuba.

People interested in the trip can learn more by emailing their questions to, or email Kaylan Somerville at

News You Can Use

Applications now are being taken for the NABJ Multimedia Short Course at North Carolina A&T State University. It is a four-day journalism workshop that provides hands-on experience and practical guidance of what it takes to be successful multimedia journalists.

Participants will produce a newscast, webcasts, podcasts, video slide shows and related social media sites. They will be instructed by experienced industry anchors/reporters, news directors, producers, videographers/editors and NC A&T faculty.

For more information go to

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for two communications officers based in Battle Creek, Mich. To Apply include a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format) and where you learned of the position. Send the information to The Website is W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

The Boston Globe is offering a 2019 summer internship program. At The Globe, interns will have the opportunity to work as reporters, photographers or copy editors. The 12-week, paid internship program places reporter-interns in The Boston Globe’s news, business, living/arts and sports departments. Photo interns will shoot stills and video for all sections, and the copy editing interns will work on local, national, foreign and business copy as well as with Globe newsroom staff will provide direction and feedback on a daily basis. Globe interns produce every day and finely polish their journalism skills over the summer.

The application deadline is Nov. 1. For more information on the program and to get an application, go to You also can email Paula Bouknight, AME/Hiring & Development with The Globe at

 KC People

Former KCABJ member and Kansas City Star reporter Cheryl
W. Thompson

was elected president of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) this
summer. NABJ said in a news release, praising Thompson’s election: Thompson,
who’s leading the
43-year-old IRE as its first African
American president,
is a longtime investigative reporter at The Washington Post. She’s also
an associate professor of journalism at George Washington University School of
Media and Public Affairs. An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Thompson was named
the 2017 NABJ Journalism Educator of the Year.

Thompson said she’s committed to ensuring that IRE continues to thrive and is excited to collaborate and share ideas with other organizations.

“Investigative journalism is needed now more than ever in this country and also around the world,” Thompson said. “Being a woman of color, who just happens to be board president, allows me the opportunity to show everyone that IRE is about inclusivity. Our organization should reflect the tapestry of this country, which is not just black and white.”