KCABJ Newsletter for January 2022

Encouraging Start

   KCABJ President Harold Kuntz, reviewing the holiday party in December, said at the January membership meeting that it was a success and that such gatherings of the membership should likely occur three times this year.

   “We did have a great time,” Harold said. “It was good to see you all in person.”

   The coronavirus pandemic since March 2020 forced all membership meetings to be via Zoom as a precaution against spreading the illness. Harold said that the meetings like the one in December would take place at a black-owned business so that KCABJ patronizes it as it did Gates Bar-B-Q in December.

   Harold updated the membership on the 2022 convention of the National Association of Black Journalists. The plan was for it to take place Aug. 3-7 in Las Vegas. But the delta and now the omicron variants of COVID-19 could force the convention for a third consecutive year to be virtual.  KCABJ member Glenn E. Rice, also the program co-chair for the joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists, said NABJ is still looking for workshop ideas and encouraged KCABJ members to submit them.

   KCABJ also discussed the student journalism academy. No dates have been set yet. It will be in August and run five days this year instead of two weeks. The Urban League of Greater Kansas City has agreed to provide the classroom space. Glenn has agreed to put together the curriculum. Several KCABJ members have volunteered to serve on a task force to help make the academy possible. The KCABJ academy started in 1982, one year after the organization was founded. Hundreds of high school and college students with an interest in journalism have gone through the program. The academy was suspended in 2018 after too few students signed up to take the class in 2016 and 2017. KCABJ members this year plan to launch a stronger recruitment effort to make the class possible again. Students in the past have learned the basics of print, broadcast and new media journalism. They have produced their own newspaper, and TV and radio broadcasts at area stations, which in the past have been eager to supply the time and the space. KCABJ also provides four scholarships that go to the top students in the program.

  KCABJ member Kia Breaux invited Ryan Sorrell to the KCABJ Zoom meeting. Sorrell is the founding editor of The Kansas City Defender, launched on the Web in July 2021. He spoke to the membership about his digital startup, its 10,000 followers and what he hopes to accomplish.

   The next KCABJ meeting will be at 11 a.m. on Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 12. Watch for the link in your email..


   News from the National Association of Black Journalists includes:

   NABJ announcing that it is disgusted by the allegations of harassment, gender discrimination, and gender-based pay disparities detailed in a lawsuit filed by former employees of the Black News Channel (BNC). “Our Board members have spoken with current and former employees of BNC who corroborate many of the disturbing claims playing out in the court system,” the NABJ website states. “NABJ calls for immediate change within the culture of the organization.”

   The NABJ news website Black News and Views (BNV) is looking for a full-time Executive Managing Editor (EME).

   The EME, who will be a direct report to and serve under the supervision of the NABJ Executive Director, will oversee content, personnel and other resources earmarked for BNV.

   The NABJ Bryan Monroe Memorial Scholarship Program will award $5,000 scholarships to two college students — one for each person — who aspire to eventually become newsroom managers, such as editors and news directors.

   The deadline is Feb. 28. Applicants must be college sophomores, juniors or seniors majoring in journalism or related fields. They also must be current members of NABJ and have at least a 3.0 GPA. For more information, go to https://nabjonline.org/blog/nabj-announces-bryan-monroe-memorial-scholarship-program/.

News You Can Use

   KSHB-NBC, Channel 41 has the following job openings:

   Assistant News Director. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=AVSlFncQCDMzsEfJAAAAAA%3D%3D.

   Multimedia Journalist. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=EQ_hxLteleUomdTeAAAAAA%3D%3D.

   News Photographer. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=5wYTkujRzxhPIJN5AAAAAA%3D%3D.

News Editor. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=ry4lyCO6-6RVSXzGAAAAAA%3D%3D.

   Sales Director. For more information, go to https://www.google.com/search?q=kshb+41+job+listing&oq=kshb+41+job+listing&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6535j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;jobs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi29f_c5aL1AhVaBs0KHQHuAboQkd0GegQIDBAB#fpstate=tldetail&htivrt=jobs&htiq=kshb+41+job+listing&htidocid=ry4lyCO6-6RVSXzGAAAAAA%3D%3D.

   The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from individuals and organizations that wish to partner with that University of Missouri-Columbia institution on practical innovative projects for local news.

   For more information and to apply, go to https://rjionline.org/about-rji-fellowships/.

   The Columnist Newsletter provides the following job openings:

   The Tulsa (Okla.) World is seeking an assistant editor. For more information, go to https://www.journalismjobs.com/job-listing/1670848?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic.

   The Atlantic in New York is seeking a senior editor. For more information, go to https://atlanticmedia.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Careers/job/New-York/Senior-Editor–Ideas_R355.

   KHQA in Quincy, Ill., is seeking a marketing consultant. For more information, go to https://edyy.fa.us2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_2002/job/6307.

Happy New Year! As the new Director of Journalism Initiatives for NPF, I’m getting in touch to share news about our new “Widening the Pipeline” Fellowship, which will begin in March.
The program will engage up to 25 young working journalists of color in a 12-month training in the leadership, in-depth reporting, data and multimedia skills they need to hold governments and corporations accountable and to advance in their newsrooms.
Along with monthly virtual trainings, fellows will receive individual coaching and mentoring, as well as networking sessions with editors during two in-person Washington, DC workshops, COVID protocols permitting.
NPF is committed to leveraging its resources and decades of training experience to help grow the pipeline of diverse journalists who will rise to positions of influence in America’s newsrooms. And we need your help to do it successfully. If you know potential candidates for this type of career support and guidance, please encourage them to apply.
Rachel Jones
Director of Journalism Initiatives | National Press Foundation
rjones@nationalpress.orgRachel Jones
Director of Journalism Initiatives | National Press Foundation

KC People

   KCABJ member Glenn E. Rice reported at the membership meeting that Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent with PBS NewsHour and the moderator of Washington Week, is supposed to speak at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. It may be virtual, but if it is in person, Glenn said KCABJ might want to sponsor a get-together with her as it has done in the past when NABJ members have come to town on speaking engagements. As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the membership.

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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   (Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Membership is subsidized by KCABJ investment income.)

  For more information or to share news with KCABJ members, email KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid at diuguidlj@yahoo.com.

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