KCABJ Newsletter for June 2019

KCABJ Members

The membership of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists increased by one this month with the addition of Jasmine Jones of Gladstone. She is a senior solutions analyst with the Cerner Corp. She also is a student.

Despite President Donald Trump’s increasing travel restrictions to Cuba, KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver is still offering KCABJ members an opportunity to travel with her to Cuba on a trip of a lifetime. KCABJ members last went with Bette to Cuba in 2016 when Barack Obama was president of the United States. Because Cuba is politically aligned with Venezuela and the U.S. is disputing the outcome of the Venezuelan presidential election, Trump is applying pressure on Cuba and making travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba more difficult. However, now is a great time to take advantage of the bargain trip that Bette is offering. This will be the sixth group she has led to the island nation about the size of California just 90 miles south of Florida.

This cultural and professional exchange is being offered through the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Bette is the executive director of NAME and has led educators on nearly a dozen trips through China.

The dates of the Cuba trip are Nov. 22-Dec. 1. The 2019 group of up to 25 people will begin the journey in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before flying to Cuba to visit Santa Clara (the Che Guevara Museum and Memorial) Cienfuegos (a French settlement), Matanzas (where the museum of slavery in Cuba is), Varadero (known for its beautiful beaches) and Havana, which will include many notable stops, such as the Museum of the Revolution and the Literacy Museum. The Thanksgiving tour will include visits to several schools in Cuba and a deep dive into Cuban food, music, dance and arts. To reserve a spot and for more information, send email to Cuba@nameorg.org.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its annual high school journalism workshop Aug. 6-9 in Miami, the city where the NABJ convention will take place. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/page/HighSchoolWork2019.

The NABJ Convention and Career Fair will take place Aug. 7-11 in Miami at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. More than 70 corporations, organizations, institutions and other exhibitors will be there exhibiting and interviewing black journalists for possible jobs. For a list of jobs and to upload your resume, go to https://www.nabjcareers.org/ and https://nabjcareers.org/registration/?user_group_id=JobSeeker.

Two constitutional amendments are being proposed for NABJ, which members will be asked to vote on. They are:

  • Amendment 1 would reduce the number of NABJ board members from 14 to 11 to promote efficiency re-define membership categories and return NABJ to a two-year election cycle.
  • Amendment 2 would stipulate that Lifetime members seeking election to the NABJ board of directors, president, vice president and regional directors must be journalists.   NABJ also is offering a discount for those who plan to attend the convention. For more information on reducing your convention registration bill by $150, go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.
  •    NABJ is offering a “Hardship Application” for the upcoming NABJ convention. The deadline to apply is July 28. For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s1ysk1pb079ulqp/.

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