KCABJ Newsletter for September 2021


   Restoring the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Urban Student Journalism Academy dominated the September membership meeting.

   KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Jackson Kurtz reported that he had gotten good feedback from Kansas City area educators on the academy being revived to benefit high school and college students who are interested in journalism careers. He said the Kansas Press Association also was interested in helping to recruit students for the program.

   The last class was in 2015. The annual program started in 1982, a year after KCABJ was founded. The 2015 academy took place at Metropolitan Community College — Penn Valley. Since then, KCABJ has struggled to get enough students to sign up for the program. Efforts were put on hold indefinitely in 2019 because of the recruitment concerns.

   Unfortunately, many Kansas City area high schools had ended school newspapers and stopped offering journalism classes.

   Jackson said that has changed. “The interest is there,” he told the membership. “We can make it good for kids.”

   In February, KCABJ held its first KCABJ Sports Webinar, which provided students insight into broadcast sports reporting. The webinar enabled about 15 persons to attend and remain safe from the pandemic.

   There is no way to tell yet whether the academy will have to be online because of the coronavirus or if it could be in person as it had been conducted in the past. Former KCABJ President and academy coordinator Glenn E. Rice explained to the membership how much work is involved in conducting the academy and the expenses that are involved.

   Glenn also said that the academy is “unapologetically Black” with instructors insisting that students learn the value of the Black Press as well as understand why Black journalists must credibly and accurately tell the stories of Black people and other people of color. Too often stereotypes bleed their way into the news media, or positive stories of Black people and people of color get overlooked altogether.

   Glenn added that the instruction has always been collegiate level, enabling KCABJ graduates to do well in college and on jobs.

   KCABJ member Kevin Holmes shared with the membership his participation in the virtual NABJ convention this summer.

   The next KCABJ meeting is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.


   The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) sponsored its second annual virtual convention and career fair Aug. 18-21, 2021. #NABJ21 is the premier multiday conference for journalism education, career development, networking, and industry innovation, attracting leaders and influencers in journalism, media, technology, politics, business, health, arts, and entertainment.

   The convention featured:

  • 90+ exhibitors and recruiters at the NABJ career fair 
  • 70+ sponsored events and opportunities
  • 140+ workshops, events and training sessions
  • Surprise newsmakers, celebrities and special guests
  • Training on the latest technology and resources
  • Multiple live networking sessions and activities

   The 2022 NABJ convention will be in Las Vegas on Aug. 3-7 and will be in conjunction with the National Hispanic Journalists convention.

News You Can Use

   KMBC-TV, Channel 9 has two openings:

Digital Editor.




   The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia on Oct. 8 will offer a webinar discussion on Journalism Research that Matters. For more information, go to https://umsystem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WIgbALjvRiODr9gci5snLQ.

   The Maynard Institute offers the following job and internship opportunities:

Temporary, Part-Time Instructor (Journalism) – Peralta Community College District, Oakland CA

Studio Show Producer – NBC Sports Bay Area

Program Assistant – Aspen Institute, San Francisco, CA

IRE Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship – Investigative Reporters and Editors, Remote

Writer/Producer – Reliable Sources – CNN, New York, NY

Service Journalism Editor – The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO

Service Journalism Reporter – The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO

Newsletter Writer – The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO

Editor-in-Chief – The 19th, Austin, TX

Head of Audience Development – Cityside, Berkeley, CA

Food Editor, Nosh – Cityside, Berkeley, CA

Multimedia Journalist – WFIU/WTIU, Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN

Senior Producer/Director & Managing Producing (Multimedia Producer) – WFIU/WTIU, Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN

Broadcast Video Engineer (Broadcast Technician) – WFIU/WTIU, Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN

Senior Editor, Justice – Inside Climate News, Brooklyn, NY

Senior Reporter, Racial Equity – The Guardian, New York, NY

Head of Audience Development – The Guardian, New York, NY

Learning Director – Online News Association, Remote / Washington D.C.

The Columnist Newsletter offers the following job opportunities: 

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash., is looking for an Opinion Editor.

The Charlotte Observer is looking for an Opinion Writer.

The Huffington Post is seeking an Opinion Editor.

The New York Times is hiring an Editor.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is looking for an Opinion Writer.

The Roanoke (Va.) Times is seeking an Editor.

The Walt Disney Company is seeking a multiskilled journalist.

Gannett is looking for a Columnist/Editorial Writer.

KC People

   The Society of Professional Journalists in August awarded The Kansas City Star a Special Citation for Excellence in Journalism for The Truth in Black and White series published in December. Marà Rose Williams, who had been a longtime reporter with the newspaper and since has been promoted to the editorial board, came up with the idea.

   It’s with great sadness to inform the membership that our beloved KCABJ member, former KCABJ Treasurer and friend, Bette Tate-Beaver, passed away Aug. 29 after her 5 ½-year battle with cancer. Since 2009, Bette served as the executive director of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Bette will truly be missed. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

   This year KCABJ has witnessed the passing of two former members. One was Eddie Williams III, who died in April at age 66 after a two-year fight against cancer. He had worked for Al Jazeera. Terez Paylor died unexpectedly in February at age 37. He had covered the Kansas City Chiefs for Yahoo Sports.

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