Archive for July, 2019

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2019
July 30, 2019

KCABJ Members

In a roll-call fashion, members of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists are urged to reach out to the KCABJ Newsletter to share if they are planning to attend the National Association of Black Journalists convention. Also, if those individuals shoot any favorite pictures, including selfies, please email them to The names of KCABJ members and the photos will be posted online in the KCABJ Newsletter for August. Any notes from speeches, workshops or fun activities that KCABJ members might attend also can be included for the newsletter so everyone can benefit from the experience.

The offer applies to past members of KCABJ, too. The NABJ convention will take place Aug. 7-11 in Miami.


Several candidates for U.S. president have agreed to speak at the National Association of Black Journalists convention.

Candidates participating in the forum include:

  • U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  • South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D)
  • U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R-MA)

The #NABJ19 U.S. Presidential Candidates Forum will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

The NABJ Convention and Jobs Fair doesn’t happen by itself. NABJ is seeking volunteers to help make it happen. For more information, go to

Remember this is an election year for NABJ, and members are urged to vote. Several seats are open including president, vice president-broadcast and secretary.

Also, eligible members are asked to vote YES or NO on the following proposed Constitutional Amendments:

   Amendment Proposal 1: A package that includes several recommendations to realign the Board of Directors, including reducing the Board from 14 members to 11. (Members are asked to vote on the Amendment 1 proposal as a package).

   Amendment Proposal 2: A proposal that clarifies Lifetime membership eligibility.

Two-thirds of the total number of votes shall be required for adoption. If adopted, amendments become effective 60 days following the adjournment of the annual national convention or unless otherwise specified, with the exception of the Board realignment, which would begin with the 2021 Election cycle. For more information go to

Special events at the NABJ convention include:


Friday, Aug. 9, 2019

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists, authors, educators and activists who have made outstanding contributions to both their industry and the worldwide black community over the course of their careers.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.


Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

The awards ceremony is the only event in the United States that honors exemplary coverage of African/ African-American people or issues exclusively. The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala highlights the work of media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and online journalism, marketing and communications.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.


Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

An NABJ tradition, the Gospel Brunch, featuring BeBe Winans, is one of the Convention highlights. Be uplifted and experience inspirational entertainment at its best while feasting on a delicious brunch buffet. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Sheila Brooks, founder of NABJ’s Student Multimedia Projects and CEO of SRB Communications, will receive the 2019 Ida B. Wells Award at its Annual Convention & Career Fair. Brooks spoke last year in Kansas City about her new book on Lucile Bluford. Brooks will receive the award on Friday, Aug. 9, during the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa – Aventura. Convention registration and Hall of Fame tickets can be purchased here.

NABJ is bringing back the NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship after a 10-year hiatus. The NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship is a $5,000 award bestowed to a worthy journalist. The travel award provides an opportunity for an NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa and the necessary assistance to complete a project or singular report on Africa. For more information go to

NABJ is offering a content creators grant to NABJ members and veteran journalists. The purpose of the NABJ Content Creators Grant is to propel a story forward on the black experience with additional funds for reporting. The grant may assist journalists with the completion of an existing project, help launch a new report or project or the funds may be used to purchase technology and tools to expand existing reporting. For more information, go to