Archive for October, 2018

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2018
October 20, 2018

Media Awards

KCABJ members decided to give no media awards this year.

The area news media have not generated enough material in 2018 that would merit a media award for enterprise journalism about African Americans and other people of color. That alone is a clear statement about the quality of journalism being produced by radio and television stations as well as the print and new media.

African Americans and people of color are receiving deficient news coverage in the Kansas City area. The news media instead focus almost exclusively on publishing and broadcasting stories about crime and other stories that underscore all negative aspects about black people and other people of color.

It is not surprising then that KCABJ members like Kansas City Star reporter Aaron Randle report on stories of explicit racism inflicted on African Americans, Latinos and immigrants in the Kansas City area.

In this alt-right era with Trump as president, overt racism has found a welcoming home in the Kansas City area.

KCABJ members at the October meeting decided against having a holiday party. The energy and resources instead will go to a membership drive in January during the holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. or February during Black History Month.


The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its 2019 convention in Miami from Aug. 7-11. JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa will be the convention hotel. Rooms at the hotel apparently are sold out. The overflow hotel is Residence Inn by Marriott Miami Aventura Mall. It also apparently has sold out. Two additional hotels for the convention are AC Hotel Marriott Miami Aventura and the Aloft Hotel Miami Aventura. They are within two miles of the host hotel. People who plan to attend the convention are asked to book their hotel rooms soon.

NABJ President Sarah Glover announced that Sia Nyorkor has been picked as the new regional director for Region II, which includes Missouri and Kansas. Nyorkor is an Emmy and award-winning multimedia journalist for WOIO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid has reached out to Nyorkor to welcome her to the post. Nyorkor can be reached at

NABJ is extending the deadline to Oct. 22 for its NABJ Multimedia Short Course at North Carolina A&T State University. The four-day intensive journalism workshop provides hands-on experience in multimedia journalism. To apply, go to