Archive for October, 2020

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2020
October 23, 2020

Membership meeting

   The KCABJ membership met this month via Zoom and elected a new slate of officers:

  • Kaci Jones, president.
  • Breland Moore, vice president/broadcast.
  • Jelani Gibson, vice president/print
  • Rae Daniels, secretary.
  • Lewis Diuguid, treasurer.

   Kaci had reported that to be affiliated with the National Association of Black Journalists, the slate needed to include a parliamentarian. However, that position does not conform with KCABJ’s bylaws, which calls for officers to fill the above positions. Kaci said the last official copy of the bylaws was dated 1989. A KCABJ committee will have to be appointed to review the organization’s bylaws to ensure they conform with NABJ’s so the local chapter can once again be affiliated with the national. All of the KCABJ officers will have to be members of NABJ in addition to being members of the local association.

   Kaci also reported that KCABJ could develop a webinar for high school and college students interested in journalism. It is something that KCABJ can plan for 2021. The first session would focus on sports journalism. KCABJ since 1982 had offered an annual journalism academy and scholarships for college for students who were interested in journalism careers. However, the last class was in 2015. Not enough students afterward have signed up for the two-week summer class covering print, broadcast and new media journalism. The webinars are a way of continuing to prepare the next generation for college and careers in journalism.

   Kaci and Breland said efforts are underway to possibly change the KCABJ logo. More information will be provided at the next Zoom meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.


    The National Association of Black Journalists reports that its first all-virtual convention made history, attracting more than 3,700 registrants. The NABJ virtual awards event will be on Dec. 12.

   NABJ’s four regions will have NABJ’s first-ever joint (and virtual) regional conferences on Nov. 21. Registration is now open for the daylong event, which will include a career fair, networking spaces, cutting-edge training, topical discussions, and a keynote address and fireside chat with Nikole Hannah-Jones. KCABJ is in Region 2.

   For a special rate of only $35, attendees can access all four regional content tracks, fireside chat and networking activities, and the career fair. The registration deadline is Nov. 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Registrations cannot be accepted after the deadline.

   For more information, go to

News You Can Use

   The Facebook Journalism Project has announced it is pumping an additional $5 million into programs that support U.S. local news. For more information, go to

   Applications are now being accepted for scholarships through the ACES Education Fund, which awards six scholarships annually. ACES: The Society for Editing is the nation’s leading organization of editing professionals, educators and students. Learn more and apply here.

   The Reynolds Journalism Institute’s 2020-21 Student Innovation Competition at the Missouri School of Journalism invites college students to participate by tackling engagement with a news organization. A student or student team will partner with a news organization to devise an engagement idea innovative to that organization. Applications detailing the team’s idea are due by Oct. 31. The chosen finalist teams will implement their idea at the partner news organization for three months before presenting the results on Feb. 26, 2021, in front of judges and the public on Zoom. First-place prize is $10,000. More details here.

   Make plans to participate in the J-School Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 28. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., employers will be conducting mini-interviews and drop-in sessions with University of Kansas students. Look for more details later on how to schedule times to connect with companies through a CareerFair Plus app.

   Here are the companies that have committed to the fair so far:

The KU Career and Outreach Office will provide interview and career fair tips.

The Career and Outreach Office will host Zoom sessions Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 to prepare students for the Virtual Career Fair on Oct. 28. Both sessions will begin at 1 p.m. Interview tips in a virtual setting will be the focus in the first session. What to expect at the fair and how to interact with employers will be discussed the following week. Here is the login information: 

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 896 7977 1462

Passcode: N8TxWh

For more information, contact Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at

   The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations who wish to partner with us on innovative projects that strengthen journalism’s future. Fellowships range from $20k – $80k and last 8 months. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18. For more information, go to

   The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom covering gun violence across the country, is hiring a story editor and a managing editor. For more information, contact Lakeidra Chavis at

   The St. Louis American is seeking a managing editor. For more information contact Linda Lockhart at

KC People

   KCABJ added four new members in the last month. They are Jelani Gibson, Lauren Scott, Kevin Holmes and Kia Breaux. Kia also donated an additional $5 to KCABJ.

   Be sure to welcome Trey Williams back to Kansas City. The Kansas City Star had an article on Trey, 29, in the Oct. 21 edition of the newspaper. He was hired as The Star’s first-ever editor for race and equity issues. Trey is a graduate of Truman High School in Independence and Northwest Missouri State University. He is a graduate of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy and was a summer intern at The Star in 2013. Trey worked as a reporter for MarketWatch covering Wall Street and covered Hollywood for The Wrap. He has a rich family history in journalism, particularly at The Star. Trey’s mother is Mara’ Rose Williams, a veteran education reporter. His father, Ceaser Williams, began as a copy editor at The Star in the late 1970s and advanced about a year later to become the first black assistant metropolitan editor at The Kansas City Times, then-The Star’s sister newspaper published in the morning. After working at major East Coast newspapers and serving on the faculty of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, Ceaser returned to The Star in the 1990s to become the newspaper’s first African American assistant managing editor.