Archive for February, 2020

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2020
February 18, 2020

KCABJ Renewal

A new year has begun, which also means it is time for KCABJ members and those who want to be to renew or to begin their membership in the organization. Annual dues is $35 for full membership; $25 for students. More details of how to become a member are at the end of this monthly newsletter. You can also learn more by going to

KCABJ members will be among the participants in the Region II conference of the National Association of Black Journalists. This year the 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. The theme is “Telling Our Story.” Featured panels and events will include a Jobs Fair, Ferguson, Mo., and its impact on journalism, covering the 2020 presidential election, a scholarship fundraising party and a Sunday Jazz Brunch. NABJ President Dorothy Tucker plans to have a breakfast with attendees at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at the conference hotel. Those who plan to attend the breakfast must RSVP before Feb. 28 to For more information on the conference, go to


The National Association of Black Journalists was among journalism organizations that met with ViacomCBS Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion Marva Smalls. Others attending the Feb. 13 meeting were members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).

One concern involved reports from Variety (the story can be found here) that indicate the company’s diversity staff is undergoing significant reductions that could, presumably, negatively impact diversity initiatives and commitments.

The second issue NABJ wants more information on involves a Gayle King interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie, during which King asked about a 2003 sexual assault charge against Kobe Bryant that was dropped. The interview clip has set off myriad reactions including people expressing disapproval that Ms. King brought up the topic during the morning of Bryant’s death with his daughters and others in a helicopter crash on Jan. 20 in Calabasas, Calif.

King has stated that she takes issue with her company, CBS, for posting the interview “out of context.” CBS issued a statement that said, “An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”

Reports say Ms. King has received death threats as a result of this issue. NABJ does not condone any form of violence.

Candid discussions with ViacomCBS’ Marva Smalls centered on diversity and inclusion paths and the ViacomCBS commitment in the future following the merger of Viacom and CBS last December. The members of the journalism organizations requested the meeting because members wanted assurances that diversity and inclusion were important components of future plans at the company. The organizations sought transparency and accountability in data and demographics. Accountability helps create newsrooms that are inclusive and reflective to better serve communities. All participants agreed to ongoing discussions around these topics and that those discussions coupled with a strong ViacomCBS plan and mutual accountability have the potential for desirable outcomes.


The NABJ Region III conference takes place April 3-5 in Nashville, Tenn. It will be at the Freedom Forum John Siegenthaler First Amendment Center. The theme is “Vision, Skills, Stories, Strategies.” The conference will include in-depth sessions on mobile storytelling. For more information, go to


The NABJ Region I conference will take place April 17-18 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The theme is “Reimagine, Reinvent & Reemerge: Leveling Up in the Evolving Media Landscape.” The conference hotel is the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. The conference will include a job fair, diversity management training and workshops on multimedia use, enhancing job skills to remain competitive, media technology and entrepreneurship. The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation will host the Friday night, April 17 opening reception.

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For the NABJ-NAHJ Convention on June 8-12 in Washington, D.C., Leisa Richardson and Walter Smith-Randolph have been named NABJ’s program chairs. The convention hotel is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Richardson is a veteran journalist and executive editor at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois. Smith-Randolph is an award-winning journalist and reporter at WKRC Local 12 News in Cincinnati. To register for the national convention, go to


Nominations for NABJ’s 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Special Honors, which will be awarded at the Convention, are also being accepted here.

NABJ’s most coveted awards honor the groundbreaking accomplishments of Black journalists and those who support the Black community in the media. Honorees will be celebrated during the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair in Washington, D.C. The nomination deadline is March 6. For more information, go to For NABJ Hall of Fame, go to The nomination deadline is March 6.


The NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards nomination portal is now open to all media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast, online journalism and other media. The deadline to nominate is March 13. For more information, go to


The NABJ Young Journalists Task Force will have its annual Millennial Media Summit on March 20 at Columbia University in New York City. For more information go to


The NABJ National Office is looking for qualified interns to assist the full-time staff. Interns will gain experience in the day-to-day operations of a national, nonprofit membership organization devoted to providing quality programs and member services. This is a paid summer internship. NABJ is located on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. For more information, go to


In partnership with NABJ, ABC News is launching the 2020 NABJ/ABC NEWS Summer Internship. Applications will be accepted through March 13. Some of the departments or shows these interns could be working for are “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “20/20,” “Nightline,” “ABC News Live” and “The View.” For more information, go to


NABJ is also partnering with Comcast NBCUniversal to offer the NBC News Summer Fellows Program. The NABJ/NBC News Summer Fellowship will provide students with experiencing working with NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. For more information, go to


NABJ members are invited to participate in the NABJ database for editors. The goal is to create an archive of editors that includes: deputy, copy, special projects, community engagement, audience engagement, breaking news, editorial page, opinions, web, digital, social media, photo, visual, sports, and any others who function in an editor’s position. For more information, send email to


News You Can Use

The Kansas Press Association’s Annual Convention runs from 6 p.m. March 19 to 5 p.m. March 20 in Newton, Kan. Registration is $150.  Accommodations at a Holiday Inn next door are available at a conference rate of $99 plus 16.5 percent in taxes. For more information, go to


The Association for Women in Communications is now accepting entries for its Clarion Awards. Begun in in 1972, the Clarions honor excellence in more than 100 categories across all communications disciplines, including advertising and marketing, audiovisual productions, books and CDs, brochures, custom and special publications, education, fund development, magazines, major news events, newsletters, newspapers, online media, photography, graphics and design communications, public relations, radio, and television. For more information, go to


The Peace Journalist magazine based at Park University is seeking submissions for our April 2020 edition. The deadline is March 2. To see copies of the most recent Peace Journalist, and to peruse past issues, go to: Please submit your article via email to article via email to


The Chronicle of Philanthropy, an independent news organization, seeks an experienced editor to lead its opinion section. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, three examples of pieces that they have written or edited that demonstrate an ability to do this job, three two-paragraph pitches for story ideas, and salary requirements to  Indicate “Philanthropy editor” in the subject line.

KC People

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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