KCABJ Newsletter for February 2019

KCABJ Membership

The weather has been a great challenge this winter. KCABJ’s membership meetings for January and February were canceled in part because of snow. The membership will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at a location to be determined. The agenda will include:

  • Whether KCABJ should continue as an organization, representing black journalists in the Kansas City area.
  • If it is to continue, will KCABJ offer a student journalism academy?
  • Will monthly meetings be changed to occur once every quarter?

Please plan to attend the meeting to provide valuable input into the future of the organization. The location will be emailed to people who have been members in the past.


The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism just outside Washington, D.C., is recruiting candidates for its 2019 master’s cohort program. The hands-on, professional program trains a diverse new generation of reporters, data analysts, photojournalists, producers and more. For more information, and to apply, email sdrada@umd.edu or visit go.umd.edu/MasterJournalism.

In a news release to its members, the National Association of Black Journalists announced three new additions to its national office staff. Angela Robinson will serve as NABJ’s director of operations, Kanya Stewart joins the staff as director of communications and Vanessa Johnson-Evans is serving as the program manager. NABJ Executive Director Drew Berry said each appointment is a critical component to the advancement of NABJ’s agenda and strategic priorities.

The Knight Foundation announced that it would double its investment in strengthening journalism to $300 million over five years, with a focus on building the future of local news and information. Learn more >

The Knight Media Forum will highlight ways in which we can find different, collaborative, digital and local ways to reliably inform Americans and increase trust in media.

Include the live feed of the Knight Media Forum on your website Feb. 26-27 free of charge.

Featured Panels

Feb. 26, 9:30 –10:30a.m.

The Fragmentation of Truth
Danah Boyd, founder and president, Data & Society.

Feb. 27, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

The Aspen Institute/Knight Commission: A Roadmap to Rebuilding Trust in the Media
Charlie Sykes, The Bulwark, Raney Aronson, Frontline, Joanne Lipman, Author, Journalist, Mizell Stewart III, USA Today Network. Moderated by Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation.

Feb. 27, 10 – 11 a.m.

Funding Local News:

Community Models for Success
Kathy Im, MacArthur Foundation and Darryl Holliday, City Bureau; Jim Friedlich, Lenfest and Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, Resolve Philadelphia; Mariam Noland, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and John Bebow, Center for Michigan; John Thornton, American Journalism Project. Moderated by Lilly Weinberg, Knight Foundation.

Feb. 27, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times.


Distressing News

The American Society of News Editors Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey announced “a historic low among newsrooms participating in the organization’s annual survey,” which marked its 40th anniversary in 2018. There was a response rate of only about 17 percent, with 293 newsrooms of the 1,700 queried for the survey submitting information. People of color represented 22.6 percent of the workforce in U.S. newsrooms that responded to the 2018 survey. “While encouraging, this figure cannot be generalized to interpret the landscape of the U.S. journalism industry as a whole because the responses are not drawn from a random sample,” the report notes. “The survey has historically relied on a convenience sample from organizations that volunteer to participate. Participation in the survey is crucial to building more diverse and inclusive journalism communities.”

KCABJ Membership Application for 2019

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.









Email _______________________________


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Years of Experience___________________


KCABJ and/or NABJ member

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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. KCABJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Black



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