Archive for March, 2019

KCABJ Newsletter for March 2019
March 12, 2019

KCABJ Members

A low turnout at the monthly meeting of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists left unresolved key issues about the organization’s student academy, programming and its future. Those concerns were tabled and will be taken up at the April meeting.


National Association of Black Journalists has targeted CNN for “its lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker,” NABJ said in a prepared news release. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People supports NABJ’s call for a civil rights audit of CNN and an examination of the cable news network’s executive level diversity.

In addition, Color of Change, a national online force driven by more than 1.4 million members, is joining NABJ and the NAACP in seeking the audit and upper-level diversity probe of CNN.

The NABJ news release continues: “This concern, coupled with Zucker’s refusal to meet with a four-person NABJ delegation, has prompted NABJ to place CNN on a special media monitoring list.

“A special team will perform further research and an analysis of CNN’s diversity, inclusion and equity practices, per the NABJ Board’s directive. The special team will also publicly report on identified deficiencies in hiring a diverse workforce in news decision-making capacities at CNN. NABJ is also calling for a civil rights audit that examines the company’s hiring, promotion and compensation practices involving black employees.

“Specifically, NABJ is concerned about the findings of preliminary research that reveals the following:

CNN President Jeff Zucker has no black direct reports.

There are no black Executive Producers at CNN.

There are no black Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.

There are no black Senior Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.

“NABJ received a communication from CNN disputing only one of our research points, saying the assertion that there are not any black vice presidents on the news side is inaccurate. However, when asked to provide the name and position of the individual or individuals involved on the editorial side of news, CNN has yet to provide specifics.

“In addition to special media monitoring activities and the civil rights audit, NABJ’s next steps involve further engaging with CNN’s parent company, AT&T, which has responded positively to outreach efforts and previously agreed to meet with NABJ.

“NABJ’s delegates are already engaged in very positive outreach with several other media companies and have met or have scheduled meetings with Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC. NABJ believes those companies see the value in such meetings and appreciates the respect those companies are showing for the positive intent of our efforts.

“The NABJ four-person delegation has attended previous meetings with other media companies. The delegation requesting a meeting with Zucker includes President Sarah Glover, Vice President-Digital Roland Martin, Vice President- Broadcast Dorothy Tucker and Executive Director Drew Berry.

“Zucker’s refusal to meet with the full delegation is based on a personal issue between CNN and NABJ’s Vice President-Digital Roland Martin. The issue stems from Martin’s participation in a 2016 town hall meeting with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Previously, former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile admitted she inadvertently disclosed a town hall topic to the Clinton campaign that was part of Martin’s research inquiry for the town hall.

“NABJ’s request to meet was and is focused solely on CNN’s diversity efforts, its results and our strategic priorities as an organization.”

The deadline for early bird registration for the National Association of Black Journalists convention was March 1. People planning to attend the convention Aug. 7-11 in Miami will be able to pre-register through June 1. The cost ranges from $275 for students to $550 for nonmembers. Discounts for NABJ members who also are with an affiliate chapter must be mailed or faxed into the NABJ office for verification purposes. For more information, go to

NABJ and Columbia University are offering scholarships to students to attend the Miami convention. NABJ student members are encouraged to apply for a grant to help offset costs associated with the annual convention. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is providing five partial scholarships to the 2019 NABJ Annual Convention and Job Fair in Miami. Each fellowship winner will be awarded a $750 grant from Columbia to assist with travel and convention registration costs. Fellowship applicants must be members of NABJ to be eligible. The application deadline is March 29. For more information, go to

NABJ members seeking a position on the NABJ Board of Directors, including incumbents, must go to the link below and complete the form, including a letter of intent, a signed candidate’s agreement, biography, employment/university verification (requirements in PDF format) and a headshot by March 25. For more information go to

Upcoming NABJ events include:


For more information about NABJ’s scholarships, please contact To apply, go to

KC People

KCABJ picked up two renewing members: Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver.