Archive for November, 2021

KCABJ Newsletter for November 2021
November 15, 2021


  Get ready to party on Saturday, Dec. 11!

That’s when the December membership meeting of KCABJ will take place but this time in person and at Gates Bar-B-Q at 1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.

   The time is 11 a.m. KCABJ will provide the food. Members who attend can purchase their own drinks. The occasion is KCABJ’s annual holiday party, and it will enable members to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.

   It also will be a great opportunity for people to get together again to see each other beyond Zoom meetings.

   KCABJ President Harold Kuntz reserved the space for the group and told the membership at the November meeting that it also will be an opportunity for people to invite others and encourage them to join. The barbecue will be served buffet style. People can buy their own drinks.

   Membership information will be available so people who want to get a jump on 2022 can pay their annual dues of $35.

   The membership also learned at the November meeting that former President Glenn E. Rice volunteered again to lead the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The one-week academy currently is set to start on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. Glenn explained that the academy in the past had run two weeks at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley and had a print week and a broadcast week. He also said it was unlikely that The Kansas City Star would print the student newspaper as it had in the past because it no longer has the local press capacity.

   KCABJ will likely have to produce a web version only of the student newspaper. Scholarships will still be provided to the top students who enroll. Instead of the community college, KCABJ will partner with the Urban League of Greater Kansas City to use its classroom space and computers.

   The academy will follow the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and take place just before high school and college students return to their regular classes.

   For KCABJ members, podcasts are being planned to highlight individuals’ work, and volunteer opportunities for community service also will be available.


   Our own Glenn E. Rice has been chosen as a program co-chair for the joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists on Aug. 3-7 in Las Vegas.

   The program chairs and committees play a key role reviewing and selecting member-submitted session and workshop proposals, and work on session content strategy and development with the organizations’ Boards and staff. Both NABJ and NAHJ will announce their respective call for convention session proposals in the coming weeks.

   “We are grateful for our members who are lending their time and talents to help us develop a unique and timely roster of sessions and workshops to meet the needs of our attendees in 2022. Our volunteers, staff and boards are already working diligently to ensure the convention is jam-packed with relevant and impactful programming that will energize, empower and enlighten our members,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker and NAHJ President Nora López in a joint statement.

   In addition to Glenn, a reporter with The Kansas City Star since 1988, the other NABJ program co-chair is Tia Mitchell, Washington correspondent for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The NAHJ co-chairs are McNelly Torres, investigative journalist and editor with the Center for Public Integrity, and Keldy Ortiz, a general assignment reporter with Newsday.

News You Can Use

   The following opportunities were listed with the Maynard Institute:

   The Washington Post is adding 41 editing positions to push its operation to a 24/7 news cycle. For more information, go to The Washington Post announces the addition of 41 editing roles, including 2 masthead positions – The Washington Post.

   Capital & Main, an award-winning state and national investigative news publication based in Los Angeles, is building one of the country’s only newsrooms committed to coverage of inequality. It is seeking an audience growth and engagement specialist. For more information, go to Careers and Freelance Opportunities – (

   The Los Angeles Times is seeking a national correspondent in Seattle. For more information, go to 20,000+ Correspondent jobs in United States (536 new) (

   WNDU in South Bend, Ind., is seeking a multimedia journalist. For more information, go to Gray Television hiring MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST – WNDU in South Bend, Indiana, United States | LinkedIn.

   CNN is seeking a News Desk journalist. For more information, go to WarnerMedia hiring Newsdesk Journalist, CNN en Español (Temp) in Miami, Florida, United States | LinkedIn.

   WNKO, Gray Television, Bowling Green, KY, is seeking a multimedia producer/journalist. For more information, go to 2,000+ Multimedia Producer jobs in United States (61 new) (

   The Tribune Publishing Company, Orlando, FL, is seeking a seeking a senior content editor/opinions. For more information, go to 5,000+ Senior Content Editor jobs in United States (108 new) (

   American Public Media Group, Pasadena, CA, is seeking a producer for social media. For more information, go to Producer, Social Media | American Public Media Group (

   The Tribune Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, is seeking a chief videographer/editor and associate producer. For more information, go to Careers (

   Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN, is seeking a multimedia producer. For more information, go to Careers (

   Other opportunities listed by the Maynard Institute:

Project Manager (Temporary/Contract) – Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, Anywhere (Remote)

Paid Spring 2022 Virtual Intern CNN Digital National Race and Police (Part-time) – CNN, Atlanta, GA (or Remote)  

Audience Engagement Editor, Food – Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA

Recruitment Manager, Report for America – The GroundTruth Project, New York, NY 

Investigative Editor – Reveal – The Center for Investigative Reporting, San Francisco Bay Area, CA (or Remote)

Features Editor, The New Yorker – Condé Nast, New York, NY

Technical Director / Digital Engineer / Broadcast Technician – Indiana Public Media, Bloomington, IN 

Culture and Narrative Fellowship (6-month) – The Opportunity Agenda, Anywhere in U.S. (Remote)

Graduate Research Assistants – The Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy (Remote)

Communications Manager – Resolve Philly (Remote) 

Capitol Reporter – CalMatters, Los Angeles, CA

Assistant Photo Editor – CalMatters, (Remote)

Water Reporter – CalMatters, (Remote)

Commentary Editor – CalMatters, (Remote)

News Editors (Full-time and Part-time contract) – CalMatters, Sacramento, CA

Producer, Social Media – Southern California Public Radio KPCC/, Pasadena, CA 

Major Gifts Fundraiser – Southerly, (Remote in the southern United States)  

Senior Writer – The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Impact Fund for Reporting on Health Equity and Health Systems (Grant Opportunity) – USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism

   Registration is open for the Women in Journalism Workshop. It takes place April 8-10. For more information, go to Women in Journalism Workshop 2022 – RJI (

   The Sinclair Broadcast Group has a job opening for a full-time IT Engineer. For more information, go to IT Engineer – Sinclair Broadcast Group Careers (

   The Columnist offers the following job opportunities:

The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) is hiring an editorial writer.
Editorial writer sought to craft well-reasoned, persuasive opinion pieces on topics of local interest for readers of The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette in Indiana’s second-largest city.   Read the complete job listing HERE.    
The Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX) is hiring a senior editorial writer.
The Houston Chronicle’s award-winning Opinion staff is seeking an engaging writer and proven journalist with a history of dogged reporting who can craft editorials, Sunday essays and daily columns that hold public officials accountable, elevate urgent issues and seek positive change in Houston, across Texas and beyond.   Read the full job listing HERE.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX) is hiring a senior managing editor.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is seeking a creative, collaborative news leader to serve as senior managing editor, responsible for directing day-to-day operations and helping to lead our newsroom to the next level in consistently producing journalism that is essential to our readers.    Read the full job listing HERE.   Huffington Post is looking for personal essays about the holidays for @HuffPost Personal. We’re taking very few but we pay if we accept. Email with your pitch. Folks from/with diverse backgrounds/experiences are encouraged to submit. $125 per article.   Read the full pitch HERE.   Women’s Media Center is looking for smart climate stories, like how diverse communities are dealing with the consequences of a morphing atmosphere and how we can adapt to meet the realities of this crisis. Learn about what they’re looking for and how to pitch HERE. ($200/article)   Chicken Soup for the Soul: Eccentric, Wacky, Lovable Fun Families   Those eccentric, goofy, wacky, lovable, and oh-so-fun family members — the ones we tell all the stories about. They could be a parent or grandparent, an in-law, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or cousin. Or grown children. Share your true stories and poems about those family members. With love and appreciation, please. No mean-spirited stories wanted. Limit 1,200 words. Pays $200 and 10 copies. Submission details HERE.

Saveur Magazine

From senior editor, commerce, Ellen Fort:

I’ve joined the team @SAVEURMAG as senior editor, commerce. That means I’ll be editing/assigning/writing guides and stories around culinary goods, services, and more. So! Please tell me all your favorite things immediately. And if you’re a writer who loves to go deep on products and reviews, please hit me up.

WIRED is always looking for pitches of features on “the ways science and technology are reshaping the world and what it means to be human.” The rates start at $1 per word and increase based on the level of reporting. See their pitch guide for more info and send pitches to

Big Laugh Comedy is always looking for content, both pitches and assigned. “If you’re funny, have article ideas, pitch us. If you’d like to report the news from your local stand-up scene, or review a special, or video, we’re interested in that, too. Email Include links if possible, but a well-thought-out pitch works, too. Include ‘PITCH’ in the subject line if you’re pitching a piece. We’re always looking for contributors and are open to new writers.” $50 per piece.

Texas Highways Magazine is looking for pitches of stories on “Texas’ scenic, recreational, historical, cultural, and ethnic treasures.” They are especially interested in pitches for their print issues running from March through December 2022. The rate is $0.50 per word for digital stories, and $1 per word for print stories plus travel expenses. See their pitch guide for more info and send pitches to @emilylizroberts.

KC People

   KCABJ Vice President/Print Cortlynn Stark said the Missouri Press Association is expected to start a diversity committee. Area journalists who are interested in being on the committee should get in touch with the association.

   KCABJ member and former treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver will have a celebration of life on Nov. 21 in Oakland, Calif. Bette died Aug. 29 after a long battle with cancer.