Archive for June, 2021

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2021
June 21, 2021

Membership meeting

   Dorothy Tucker, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, spoke to the June membership meeting of KCABJ, saying she was running for re-election.

   Tucker pointed out that she led NABJ through the unprecedent coronavirus pandemic, enabling the organization to pivot to a virtual convention last year with the intention to repeat that success this year. She added that she helped NABJ to aid members who have suffered pay cuts, layoffs or hours cutbacks.

   At the same time, NABJ has remained financially solid. Tucker said she also hopes the organization is able to draw on the talents of its members to create its own news media organization. The aim is to strengthen NABJ financially. “In the future, NABJ can be self-reliant,” Tucker said.

   Under Tucker’s leadership, several news companies have hired African Americans in key upper management jobs. In addition, NABJ has been looking out for the mental health and well-being of its members.

   NABJ also instituted LGBTQIA training for members. “I don’t tolerate anybody not feeling safe in this organization,” Tucker said.

   She said that if she wins a second term, she hopes to focus on undoing systematic racism, which includes attacking pay inequities in the news media. “We need to change that,” Tucker said.

   This was the second time in less than a year that Tucker has spoken directly with members of KCABJ.

   KCABJ President Kaci Jones said plans are taking shape for KCABJ members to hold a NABJ convention watch party on Aug. 21. The event will be catered by a black-owned company.

   Also speaking during the June membership meeting was Qiana Thomason, president and chief executive officer of the Health Forward Foundation. Kaci explained that Thomason was the first KCABJ Talk of the Town speaker, enabling members to hear from local newsmakers.

   Thomason explained that she is working to “reset” the foundation to focus on racial equity and economic justice. She explained that conditions such as housing, income, education and wealth affect health outcomes for people. The more a person makes, she said, the better that individual’s health tends to be.

   Thomason urged Black journalists to keep such concerns in mind as they cover stories about health and the associated disparities negatively affecting people of color.

   “There’s a health implication to most issues you cover,” she said. For example, “housing is health.” Homeownership is the key to wealth building.

   Thomason also explained that she hopes to change the narrative about people of color from a language of people who are vulnerable and at risk. The focus instead will be on their strengths, adaptability and resilience.

   The deficit-based language feeds the marginalization of people of color and enables conservatives to push attacks on schools and universities teaching critical race theory. Fear and a perceived loss of power are behind the controversies in state legislatures including in Kansas and Missouri. Philanthropy reset can help change that, Thomason said.

   Providing young people in underserved ZIP codes with jobs is one program that can help. “Power and money are the language of many folks,” she said.

   In other business, KCABJ re-iterated its commitment to restart the student journalism institute. A committee has been formed to try to get the program underway in 2022.


   The National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Jobs Fair will again be virtual this year because of the coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of more than 600,000 Americans. The convention will take place Aug. 18-21. NABJ members are urged to register as soon as possible at NABJ ( July 1 is the convention pre-registration deadline, which provides members and chapters with discounted registration rates. 

   The convention will feature more than 140 sessions and events and 10 tracks. More than 70 companies will greet people and provide job opportunities and training. For more details go to

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