Archive for January, 2020

Veteran Kansas City Star Reporter Glenn E. Rice Honored by the Olathe Branch of the NAACP
January 21, 2020

  Glenn E. Rice, a veteran reporter at The Kansas City Star, former NABJ regional director, former NABJ treasurer and former president of KCABJ, was honored during the federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Olathe NAACP’s Hero of Diversity Award this year.

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2020
January 21, 2020

Encouraging Start

KCABJ begins 2020 on sound financial footing. KCABJ was founded in 1981.

Having the staying power of 39 years is no small feat, considering the financial state of the news media and some journalism organizations. Consider the text of a letter dated Dec. 20, 2019, which went to Kansas City Press Club/Society of Professional Journalists members signed by Mark H. Reddig, president:

Member(s) of the Press Club, fellow journalists and others,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Press Club, I want to thank all of you who have participated in the club’s activities — be it our programs, our contest or other activities.

However, the time has come to share some unfortunate news. Unless something significantly changes, the Kansas City Press Club will cease to exist in 2020. Only four people remain on the board, and no one has stepped forward to replace those who have left. A functioning board is vital to everything we do. At this point, we lack enough members to meet SPJ rules for approving our

annual financial report — much less perform other functions.

We are similarly faced with declining membership and lack of participation in our programs.

This is not a decision we on the board take lightly. We have all dedicated years of work to the Press Club and to the Society of Professional Journalists, of which the club is a chapter.

If things continue as they are now, the Press Club will close as it marks its 73rd anniversary. We are well aware of the weight of that history — and of the importance of the organization to both the community at large, and to our fellow journalists in particular.

This also means that this coming year, we will not conduct the Heart of America Press Awards contest as we have in the past. The contest requires significant work, and the club simply lacks enough hands on deck.

If membership were to rise, if program participation were to increase, if we were to have enough volunteers to bring the board up to the required nine members, we would love to keep the Kansas City Press Club — and all of its functions — continuing well into the future.

However, with the state of our profession and other factors at work, that is unlikely.

If you have questions, please contact me. I can be reached at


This year the Region II National Association of Black Journalists conference will take place March 13-15 in St. Louis. It will be at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Downtown.

The conference will provide those who attend insight on rapidly changing news platforms, the deluge of major news stories and the upcoming presidential election. The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) is hosting the event. For more information, go to


Sadly, for the first time in more than 25 years, The Kansas City Star did not have a special section devoted to events surrounding the federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. No explanation was given by the newspaper for not printing the special section. The Kansas City Star since 2008 has had numerous layoffs, eliminated sections of the newspaper and special features as cost-cutting moves. It sold and vacated its building at 1729 Grand Blvd., which had been its home since 1911 and moved into the Press Pavilion, which the newspaper also sold but leases from the new owner.


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) have announced their joint 2020 convention theme and logo.

The 2020 theme is “Power of the Past, Force of the Future.” It was selected to highlight the influence and impact both organizations have had throughout their respective histories and calls attention to the important role both groups play in shaping the future of news and media. NABJ was established in December 1975 and NAHJ in April 1984.

Registration for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair is now open. The Convention will be held July 8-12, 2020 in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Programming will also be held at the convention’s adjacent overflow hotel — The Omni Shoreham. General Convention information can be found at For more information go to

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has named Dr. Syb Brown and Cherri Gregg, Esq., as its co-chairs for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair.

“These two phenomenal women have made profound impacts not only at all levels of NABJ but throughout their respective careers. I am thrilled to have them as our chairs,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. “Their commitment and passion for our organization along with their diverse experiences across the media industry and beyond will help to make the 2020 convention one for the record books.”

Brown is a professor of journalism at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the author of “Innovate: Lessons from the Underground Railroad.”

Gregg is the community affairs reporter for KYW NewsRadio and often files stories for CBS 3 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also a licensed attorney.

NABJ President Dorothy Tucker is launching the “Each 1 Reach 1” membership drive to reward members for their referrals of new and returning members.

The drive not only focuses on ensuring more black journalists, media professionals, students and educators benefit from NABJ programming and services but serves to help members save money on convention registration.

NABJ members in current and good standing can receive discount codes from the National Office to apply $20 off their convention registration for each new or returning paid member they refer up to $100 (a total of five referrals). The membership drive runs through April 30, 2020. Returning members must have expired memberships as of December 2019.

Members will be required to verify referrals via this form, and new or returning members will be asked to verify who referred them during the application process.

We encourage you to share how NABJ has affected you with friends, colleagues and family members. Use #NABJReach on social media to share your personal NABJ story and welcome the new and returning members you have brought home to the organization.

For more information, go to Also check out

NABJ is seeking constitutional amendment proposals for the organization. For more information, go to

Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 21 for NABJ 2020 special honors, which include the Ida B. Wells Award, the Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award and NABJ Best Practices Award. For more information, go to

Nominations also are being accepted through Feb. 21 for the NABJ Hall of Fame Induction. For more information, go to

The NABJ Authors Showcase and & Bookstore also is open for authors who plan to attend the NABJ convention July 8-12 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. The deadline to apply is April 4. For more information, go to

In 1988, Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication Professor Sharon Bramlett-Solomon surveyed National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) members during its annual convention in St. Louis to find out how satisfied they were as journalists of color in America’s newsrooms.

She published the results in the 1993 report, “Job Satisfaction Factors Important to Black Journalists.”

The study, found here, provided a scan of the workplace environment experienced by black journalists and underscored complaints of, unfair newsroom treatment, little opportunity for job advancement, being overlooked for management positions, being pigeonholed into token positions and being required to work twice as hard to be considered just as qualified as white colleagues.

Noticing that these complaints have resurfaced among Black journalists in recent years, NABJ President Dorothy Tucker reached out to Bramlett-Solomon in 2019 to reconnect and co-author a new version of the “NABJ Job Satisfaction Survey.” Tucker is an investigative broadcast journalist in Chicago, who previously served as NABJ’s Vice President-Broadcast.

“The revamped survey has been modernized to align with today’s media landscape and asks additional questions to find out if the recent spike in reported discriminatory practices by some of our members and others are impacting work environments and employee satisfaction in newsrooms across the country,” Tucker said. “I am grateful to Professor Bramlett-Solomon for lending her expertise to NABJ once again. We have already learned so much from the preliminary results, including that the issues concerning black journalists in the ’80s still concern them today.”

The survey, which was launched in the summer of 2019 and sent to members via email, will close on Jan. 31, 2020. Members can also access it under the “Members Only” menu at

In addition to the survey, President Tucker plans to launch several initiatives to help shed light on issues facing black journalists, including a diversity and inclusion institute and annual diversity report cards for news organizations.


NABJ is offering its “Basics in Bootcamp training Feb. 14-15. For more information, go to

News You Can Use

Get real reporting experience and direct support in improving your craft. The Kansas City Business Journal’s summer internship position offers what you want — a paid position in a newsroom where you’re a full teammate and connection to a nationwide chain that is growing and hiring. As part of our 10-week internship, you’ll report for online and print; write breaking news, features and long-form stories; and learn every aspect of a modern, flexible media operation.

We’re looking for someone with the experience to tackle high-level stories and the attitude to work as a “staff writer,” not simply a “summer intern.”

For information, contact Managing Editor Russell Gray at See our work at:


The Metcalf Institute once again is offering its Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists to learn how 2 Degrees Celsius is changing the world.

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute is accepting applications for its 22nd Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, June 7-12, 2020. Thanks to the generosity of private donors and Metcalf Institute’s endowment, 10 journalists will be awarded fellowships that include tuition, room and board, and travel support. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14.

For more information go to

KC People

Glenn E. Rice, a veteran reporter at The Kansas City Star, former NABJ regional director, former NABJ treasurer and former president of KCABJ, was honored during the federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Olathe NAACP’s Hero of Diversity Award this year. For more information go to


KCABJ Membership Application for 2020

Membership has its privileges. Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 414014, Kansas City, Mo. 64141. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter and emailed meeting notices.






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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Membership is subsidized by KCABJ investment income.)

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