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2018 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy
March 29, 2018

2018 Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 25-July 6, 2018

at the Urban League of Greater Kansas City

1710 the Paseo Blvd.

Sponsored by The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists

 

KCABJ is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the Secretary of State of Missouri and affiliated with the National Association of Black Journalists.

 

About the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists

 

KCABJ was founded in 1981, and this year it celebrates its 37th anniversary as an organization of professional black journalists. This is the 33th KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Many graduates of the program are established in the field or are pursuing careers in journalism.

For more information about the academy or the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists call KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver at 816-241-9089 or KCABJ President Lewis W. Diuguid at 816-730-9194.

 

About The Urban League of Greater Kansas City

 

The Urban League of Greater Kansas City has been part of the national network of Urban Leagues since 1919. Its mission is to enable African-Americans and other disadvantaged persons to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.  The Urban League’s programs provide assistance to area residents to help them gain employment and build sustainable careers. The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists is committed to working with high school and college students to prepare them for careers in print and broadcast journalism or other communications fields. This year’s academy continues that tradition in the Urban League’s continuing education classroom.

 

The 2018 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and is conveniently located on a bus line in the Urban League’s newly remodeled high-tech classroom in the 18th & Vine Jazz Heritage District. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 23. The location will be announced to those students selected for the program. Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from the KCABJ academy each day. Class begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

 

This academy is unique in our area because it is taught by journalists working for newspapers, television and radio stations, in public relations and new media in Greater Kansas City. Educators will add their knowledge to the instruction. Students will be:

— Assigned stories to report and write.

— They will work on computers.

— Shadow reporters.

— Study social media and its personal and population effects.

— Benefit from lectures from major newsmakers.

— Network with influential people.

— Produce their own newspaper and radio and television newscasts.

  • Tour area media companies.

 

Every student who attends the academy leaves with enhanced reading, writing, analytical, communication and questioning skills. Teachers and parents have said teenagers and young adults have returned from the summer program energized and far more interested and able to learn than before.

 

Scholarships & Other Opportunities

Students selected for the academy will compete for scholarships offered by KCABJ. The awards go to the best students in the class. The class size will be limited to 12. Many of our graduates are award-winning journalists today.

To Apply

  1. Write a one-page essay on the role people of color should have in journalism.
  2. Send one sample of your writing — if possible something that has been published (e.g. an article in your school newspaper). We are seeking committed students who are not afraid of hard work and who already have a demonstrated interest in journalism.
  3. Mail this completed application, your essay and writing sample by May 9, 2018, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64171.

 

Academy Application

 

Name_____________________________________

 

Email:____________________________________

 

Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________

 

Address___________________________________

 

City_________________ State/ZIP _____________

 

Phone ____________________________________

 

School Name_______________________________

 

Year in School ______________________________

 

GPA_______________________________________

 

Journalism/English/Yearbook Teacher’s Name:

 

___________________________________________

 

In which area are you most interested? Rank

each 1, 2, 3 or 4 with your favorite being #1.

_____Newspaper              Television ________

 

______Radio                     Public Relations _____

 

List journalism and/or writing experience in courses you have taken or media companies

where you’ve worked:________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________

 

On a separate sheet of paper list your career

goals and why you want to attend this academy.

 

Student signature_______________________________________

 

 

Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian_____________________________________________

 

 

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KCABJ Newsletter for March 2018
March 17, 2018

KCABJ Academy

Spring break and travel by KCABJ members delayed the March meeting until April.

By the Saturday, April 21 meeting, KCABJ will have set dates for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. It will take place in early June after students have gotten out of school. The Urban League of Greater Kansas City has offered its continuing education classroom for adults to KCABJ for the two-week program.

The academy will include instruction by journalism professionals in the Kansas City area on print, broadcast and new media. The class in 2016 was canceled because of faculty illnesses and in 2017 because only one student signed up for the program.

Any efforts to enroll students in the program would be appreciated.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists has extended until March 30 its early bird registration for its Aug. 1-5 convention in Detroit. The theme is “Driving Journalism, Technology and Trust.”

Roland S. Martin has been appointed NABJ vice president-digital.

NABJ is partnering with NBC to bring student and entry-level journalists a webinar to showcase opportunities on NBC while highlighting best-practices during the job search. Panelists include NBCUniversal Director of Talent Acquisition for Campus Programs Seldric Booker; and MSNBC Director of Booking Jesse Rodriguez. The Webinar time is 7:30 p.m.; the date is March 19. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__L6V6WtMRLGgUIPv-hV3Ug.

ESPN and NABJ are offering a summer internship in memory of Stuart Scott for his contributions to sports journalism. Interested students may apply for the internship online. It includes a $3,500 scholarship on behalf of ESPN and the NABJ Sports Task Force. All applications must be submitted online by the deadline: April 16, 2018. To learn more and to apply, click here.

NABJ seeks a programs coordinator (“PC”) who has had hands-on convention and career fair, and event planning experience. The candidate must have experience in event planning, and have excellent organizing, and verbal and written communications skills. Review the complete job posting on NABJ.org now.

The National Association of Black Journalists celebrates the National Writers Union‘s (NWU) final settlement with Ebony Magazine on the payment of grievances of 45 freelance writers, editors and designers who are collectively owed $80,000. NABJ President Sarah Glover recognizes NWU’s win as a major step forward for the advocacy of journalists across the nation. NWU President Larry Goldbetter and members attended the 2017 NABJ Convention in New Orleans for fellowship and a meeting.

The NABJ 2018 Salute to Excellence award nominations has been extended to April 20. Each year, NABJ recognizes excellence in journalism and media covering the experiences and issues affecting African American/black communities. The Salute to Excellence National Media Awards competition is open to all media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and/or digital journalism and media. Please submit your nominations here.

The NABJ Elections Committee is accepting filings for the 2018-2020 NABJ Board of Directors. The filing deadline is Monday, April 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The voting period is July 2 to August 3 online and during the #NABJ18 Convention. The offices up for election this year are:

  • Vice President – Print
  • Treasurer
  • Parliamentarian
  • Region II
  • Region IV
  • Academic Representative
  • Media-Related Representative

Any member seeking a position on the NABJ Board of Directors, including incumbents, must submit a declaration packet to nabjelections@nabj.org by the filing deadline.

Each year, NABJ and our partners award scholarships to students pursuing careers in journalism, media and communications. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $10,000. Applicants must follow specific criteria/requirements for each scholarship. Please review carefully individual scholarship pages for criteria/requirements. All applications must be submitted online by the deadline: Apr. 16, 2018.

The National Association of Black Journalists commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report published on Feb. 29, 1968. President Lyndon Johnson created the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission, in honor of its chair, Governor Ott Kerner Jr. of Illinois. Following seven months of investigation of the 1960s race riots that took place across U.S. cities such Newark, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles, the commission issued a 426-page report intended to improve race relations in the future.

One element of the report included a scathing take on the media and its practices being a contributor to racial discord. The Kerner Commission summarized: “The press has too long basked in a white world looking out of it, if at all, with white men’s eyes and white perspective.”

The report’s recommendations to diversify newsrooms were ignored by many, but there were some organizations that acted. Newsday hired NABJ Founder Les Payne and five others, for example.

“Just as President Johnson largely ignored the Kerner Commission’s conclusion that white racism was driving the nation ‘toward two societies; one black, one white – separate and unequal’; most newspapers in the republic discounted its media recommendations that they must recruit, hire and fairly promote more blacks in order to better cover the news,” Payne wrote.

While NABJ’s 44 founders had already been consciously working toward equal opportunity in the media, and some organizing efforts started in Philadelphia in the early 1960s, the Kerner Report’s recommendations helped buoy the cause in living color, advance NABJ’s formation and propel its mission into motion.

NABJ is honored to share the thoughts of some of its founders on this important media diversity anniversary. NABJ Founders Les Payne, Sandra Dawson Long Weaver and Francis Ward share how the Kerner Report impacted their lives.

The Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists will host the NABJ Region II conference April 20-21 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown Indy. We’re excited about seeing everyone and have a great program planned. We need your help, though, to make it a conference that truly represents our region. First, if you know of any potential panelists, please shoot me an email with name and contact information. We also welcome volunteers for the student critique/mentoring sessions. Check out the tentative schedule with session topics below. We’ll make program updates as needed.

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2018
February 18, 2018

KCABJ Membership

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists at the February membership meeting decided to retain all officers in their current positions.

Continuing as president is Lewis Diuguid; vice president/print, Glenn E. Rice; secretary, Anita Parran; and treasurer, Bette Tate-Beaver. Open is vice president/broadcast.

KCABJ members also decided that the applications for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy will become available in March after dates for the two-week program are set.

KCABJ plans to work with the Urban League of Greater Kansas City to use its classroom space at 18th Street and the Paseo for the KCABJ academy. When the academy first began in 1982, it was housed in the Pioneer Campus of Penn Valley Community College at 18th Street and Prospect Avenue. So partnering with the Urban League puts the academy back in the black community.

 

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists  has extended the deadline to midnight Feb. 20 for people to submit proposals for workshops or panel discussions for the 2018 NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Detroit. The theme is #NABJ18: Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust. For more information go to http://www.nabjconvention.com/CFP.cfm.

NABJ has decided to have its 2019 convention in Miami and its 2021 convention in Houston. In a written statement on the announcement, NABJ stated: “NABJ has held its convention in Houston twice, in 1976 and 1993, and once in Miami, in 1987. Past NABJ Convention speakers include U. S. President George W. Bush; U.S. Senator Barack Obama; and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” The NABJ convention in 2020 will be held jointly with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Washington, D.C. That is, of course, an election year.

The deadline for NABJ’s Hall of Fame and Special Awards Nominations is March 1. For more information go to https://nabj.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/login/7?returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fnabj.secure-platform.com%2Fa%2Fsolicitations%2Fhome%2F7.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2018

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.

 

NAME_______________________________

 

DATE_______________________________

 

ADDRESS___________________________

 

 

Email _______________________________

 

Phone (w) ___________________________

 

(h)__________________________________

 

Cell _________________________________

 

Occupation (Title, company and address):

 

 

 

 

 

FULL/ASSOCIATE/STUDENT MEMBER

(circle one)

 

Years of Experience___________________

 

KCABJ and/or NABJ member

(circle one or both)

 

(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. KCABJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Black

Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)

 

For Black History Month, KCABJ Members Talk On ‘Generation Rap’ On KPRS-FM About The Black Press, Being Black In Mainstream Media
February 3, 2018

Kansas City Association of Black Journalists President Lewis W. Diuguid (with Washington High School sweat shirt) and KCABJ member Aaron Randle (pictured in the foreground at the microphone) appeared on “Generation Rap” Feb. 3 on KPRS-FM to talk about being black in the mainstream media. Eric L. Wesson with The Call of Kansas City also spoke about the importance of the black press. The event was for Black History Month. High school students from throughout the Kansas City area are responsible for the long-running radio program that is for and about area teens of color.

KCABJ Officers Speak With Journalists From Other Nations
February 3, 2018

Kansas City Association of Black Journalists President Lewis W. Diuguid and KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver spoke this month with journalists from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. The visitors were invited to the United States by the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Global Ties KC at Union Station made the meeting possible with KCABJ. The journalists were particularly interested in race relations in the United States and how that affects journalists of color in mainstream newsrooms. This is the second year in a row that foreign journalists have met with KCABJ officers.

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2018
January 20, 2018

 KCABJ Membership Meeting

The first membership meeting of the New Year attracted a greater than normal turnout and people renewing their membership for 2018.

Anticipation also was high for the noon Sunday, Jan. 28 KCABJ membership gathering that KCABJ member Jenee’ Osterheldt is organizing at the Blue Sushi Sake Grill, 4705 Rainbow Blvd. in Westwood. The aim of the meeting is to re-energize KCABJ to fit the needs of today’s black journalists.

At the monthly meeting, members learned that KCABJ is financially sound. Its programs for 2018 currently include the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Applications won’t go out until March, and the dates for the two-week, print, broadcast and new media curriculum will be set in the coming weeks.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver also shared with the group information about the cultural and professional exchange trip that she is leading to Cuba. For more information on that, email Bette at cuba@NAMEorg.org.

NABJ News

Registration is now open for the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Detroit. The theme is “NABJ18: Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust.” The convention will take place Aug. 1-5 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Register for #NABJ18 Convention & Career Fair HERE.

For a hotel reservations, please visit HERE or contact the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center at 504-584-3959. Reference “NABJ” to receive the discounted standard room rate of $179 + tax.

Dallas-area editor and journalism educator Eva D. Coleman has been named #NABJ18 Convention chairwoman.

The Democracy Fund has awarded NABJ a $200,000 grant to help NABJ build its staffing capacity in its national office and to help implement the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020.

The two-year restricted grant is targeted for staffing and allows NABJ to better support journalists of color. The association’s priorities include jobs for journalists of color, professional development, social justice and advocacy.

Since 2011, the Democracy Fund has invested more than $70 million in support of a healthy democracy, including modern elections, effective governance and a vibrant public square.

NABJ and Reuters are accepting applications for the Reuters-NABJ Graduate Fellowship. It offers tuition assistance, editorial training, mentorship and internship opportunities to a NABJ member who is an incoming graduate student in the Business & Economic Reporting program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The fellow will be a part of the master of arts degree program and will be able to take part in reporting workshops at Reuters. The fellow will also receive a paid internship at Reuters.

The Reuters-NABJ Fellowship covers about half of the cost of tuition and fees for the three-semester program. Fellows may be considered for additional NYU scholarship aid to cover remaining tuition costs.

The deadline to apply for the Reuters-NABJ Graduate Fellowship is Feb. 17, 2018. NABJ membership is required. Benefits are outlined and the application is available here.

NABJ President Sarah Glover was among the journalists participating in “The Power Shift Summit” in January at the Newseum. Those involved discussed the “Me Too” pronouncements against sexual harassment and discrimination in the journalism industry. NABJ is against sexual harassment and discrimination in the media and elsewhere.

The NABJ Region 1 convention will take place April 13-14 in New York City. It’s being called the Global Diversity Summit and will focus on improving the industry’s coverage of America’s diverse landscape, promoting international dialogue through stories and media coaching, and providing diversity training for all levels within the industry.

For more information go to https://nabj.site-ym.com/events/register.aspx?id=1063707&itemid=049e31ed-3aab-4019-9d57-3f9aca33f3b8.

KC People

   KCABJ’s membership for 2018 increased with the additions of Jenee’ Osterheldt, Mara’ Rose Williams, Carlotta Berry, Aaron Randle, Bette Tate-Beaver and Lewis Diuguid. KCABJ’s next monthly meeting will be on Feb. 17. An election will take place for new KCABJ officers. Persons who are interested in running for president, vice president/print, vice president/broadcast, treasurer and secretary should email Lewis Diuguid at lewisdiuguid@gmail.com.

 

KCABJ Membership Application for 2018

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via e-mail and e-mailed monthly meeting notices.

 

NAME______________________________

 

DATE______________________________

 

HOME ADDRESS_________________________

 

 

Email address____________________________

 

Phone (w) _________________________

 

(h)________________________________

 

Cellphone __________________________

 

___________________________________

Occupation (Title, company and address):

____________________________________

 

FULL/ASSOCIATE/STUDENT MEMBER

(circle one)

 

Years of Experience________________________

 

KCABJ and/or NABJ member

(circle one or both)

 

(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December.

 

KCABJ Newsletter for December 2017
December 20, 2017

Anticipating 2018

   The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists on Dec. 1 had its holiday party in The Kansas City Star’s third-floor cafeteria, and turnout was great!

Henry N. Heredia, an educator and international coordinator for Cuban writers and artists, was the guest speaker. Heredia was on a visa lecturing throughout the United States. He shared with the audience information about his home country and encouraged KCABJ members to visit Cuba.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver since 2015 has annually led groups of educators, journalists and other professionals to Cuba through the National Association for Multicultural Education, where she is the executive director. Bette plans to take about two dozen people to Cuba on a cultural and professional exchange in the spring of 2018.

For more information email Bette at cuba@nameorg.org. The trips are rich and filled with the culture, history, food, language, progress and excitement that only Cuba could provide.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists is accepting nominations for its #NABJ18 2018 NABJ Hall of Fame Awards. The honor celebrates legendary journalists, authors, educators and activists who in their careers have made exceptional contributions to their fields and the black community.

NABJ also is accepting nominations for its special honors and awards. For more information go to www.nabj.org. The awards will be presented at the NABJ convention in Detroit, Aug. 1-5.

NABJ also is open to members submitting proposals for the Detroit convention whose theme is “Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust.” For more information go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/CFP.cfm.

The NABJ Student Project is accepting applications. The deadline to apply is Feb. 2. The fellowship is at the Aug. 1-5 NABJ convention. “Students will work with veteran journalists, educators, media and public relations professionals in a newsroom, creating daily convention content to include TV newscasts, newspaper and online reports, in addition to social media, public relations and marketing campaigns,” NABJ reports. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1044587.

Also for students, NABJ is offering a summer internship program in partnership with Comcast and NBCUniversal. The application deadline is Feb. 21. For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/r1y5t0yz0os00ms/.

NABJ is expressing its “dismay” at NewsOne Now with Roland Martin going off the air on Dec. 21.

“Roland Martin’s show has served as the only television broadcast to provide daily coverage of black people and issues,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “NABJ applauded TV One executive Johnathan Rodgers for tapping Roland, an ‘NABJ Baby,’ to work for the network 12 years ago and CEO Alfred Liggins for selecting Roland as the host of NewsOne Now.
“Today, we understand the importance of making sound business decisions, however, NewsOne Now had recently grown from one-to-two hours, and to think the news program will cease is disheartening. I call upon the news and broadcast industry to develop programming that serves black communities. The void is like a gaping wound.”
In a written statement, NABJ added: “In a year where journalists have faced daily assaults and attempts to discredit their work with the onslaught of claims of ‘fake news,’ NABJ is concerned by TV One’s decision to halt its signature news program, one of the most credible news sources, especially for black and disenfranchised communities.
“A past NABJ Journalist of the Year, Martin’s work has garnered numerous awards and is currently a contender for two NAACP Image Awards. His show employs nearly 30 journalists, who face the reality of unemployment going into the New Year.
‘“When anything is happening that impacts African Americans, you can turn to TV One for perspectives you won’t see on other programs,’ said Dorothy Tucker, NABJ’s Vice President of Broadcast. ‘The demise of Roland’s show leaves a huge void that we simply can’t afford now.’
“Noting that Martin has been instrumental in increasing contributions to historically black colleges and universities, while also tackling international issues and holding elected officials accountable, even the president of the United States, NABJ is deeply concerned about the future of journalism when a show of NewsOne Now’s caliber is taken off the air.”

In other news, NABJ is seeking a program manager. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.

NABJ also is seeking a communications and media relations manager. For more information go to www.nabj.org.

News You Can Use

NABJ is offering a Multimedia Short Course March 14-17 at North Carolina A&T State University. Students will produce a newscast, webcasts, podcasts, video slide shows and related social media sites. They will be instructed by experienced industry anchors/reporters, news directors, producers, videographers/editors, and NC A&T faculty. For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/r15orixy1p49j9g/.

 

KC People

Kara Edgerson, senior editor at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, has been picked for the 2017 Diversity Leadership Class of the Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. Kara was a graduate of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. She is among 25 participants in the 2017 class for the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, a transformational leadership program for journalists of color.

 

KCABJ Membership Application for 2017

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.

 

NAME______________________________

 

DATE_______________________________

 

HOME ADDRESS_________________________

 

_____________________________________

 

Email address_________________________

 

Phone (w) _____________

(h)________________

 

Cellphone ____________________________

 

Occupation (Title, company and address):

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

FULL/ASSOCIATE/STUDENT MEMBER

(circle one)

Years of Experience ____________________

 

KCABJ and/or NABJ member

(circle one or both)

 

(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)

 

KCABJ Newsletter for November 2017
November 20, 2017

KCABJ Meeting

KCABJ is exploring the possibility of having its December membership meeting as a holiday get-together that would include a discussion of a cultural and professional exchange in March in Cuba.

Henry N. Heredia, an educator and international coordinator for Cuban writers and artists, will discuss U.S.-Cuba relations at the KCABJ holiday gathering. Heredia is on a visa from Cuba, speaking in several cities in the United States. Members of KCABJ who have traveled to Cuba with the National Association for Multicultural Education have met with Heredia and other Cuban educators the last three years to learn more about Cuba’s incredible literacy rate of more than 97 percent, its high-functioning public education system from preschool through college and about community service groups such as Espiral, of which Heredia is a longtime member.

Heredia will have other speaking engagements while he is in Kansas City. KCABJ members who have traveled to Cuba are KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver, who leads the trips for NAME as its executive director; KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid; KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran; KCABJ member and former KCABJ President Kia Breaux and former KCABJ member Michelle Watley.

Details about the location, date and time for the KCABJ holiday gathering are being worked out. Look for the information in the next few days in the KCABJ Newsletter.

KCABJ members have been invited to be a part of the 2018 NAME-Cuba delegation, scheduled for March 3-16. The focus of the 2018 exchange is “Race, Revolution and the Re-Education of Americans.” The trip will begin in Santiago De Cuba and end in Havana. The itinerary will follow the post-revolution journey, across Cuba taken by Fidel Castro and Che Guavera. This cultural and professional exchange will be the longest for NAME since the exchanges began in 2015.  For more information email Cuba@NAMEorg.org

Members of KCABJ at the meeting also learned that KCABJ received a sizable donation from a relative of Laura Hockaday after her death. Hockaday died on Oct. 24 at the age of 79. Her 38-year journalism career at The Kansas City Star ran from 1962 to 2000.

Hockaday was best known as the newspaper’s society editor, a job she held from 1982 until her retirement in 2000. It was in that job that Hockaday included in society pages of the newspaper African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans — groups that previously had been excluded.

Upon her retirement, then-Star Publisher Arthur Brisbane and then-Star Vice President for Community Resources Lewis W. Diuguid named a scholarship in Hockaday’s honor and had it awarded annually with other scholarships presented by the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists to the top graduating students in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The Star annually funded the scholarship until Brisbane left the newspaper as publisher in 2006. KCABJ then took on the cost of providing the scholarship to students who merited the honor. Hockaday also contributed to the continued funding of the scholarship. It is among three scholarships that are annually awarded to journalism academy graduates. The other three are the KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship, the KCABJ-Lucile Bluford Scholarship and the KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship.

KCABJ sent a letter to Hockaday’s family thanking them for the generous gift.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists had to issue a statement about the “body shaming” on social media that traffic reporter Demetria Obilor of WFAA-TV in Dallas was subjected to.

“The negative comments lodged at Demetria Obilor are very disturbing. The rhetoric is classic cyberbullying, and the undertones are hurtful and demeaning,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “We hope that employers abhor this kind of harassment and online hate when they see it, support their employees, and cultivate diversity and inclusiveness.”

Obilor is a University of Kansas graduate and had just started the job in Dallas.

NABJ has officially opened requests for proposals for convention site selections for NABJ conventions in 2019 and 2021. Cities and hotels interested in hosting the annual convention may do so by requesting an NABJ RFP directly from NABJ’s designee, Ms. Rusty Jackson of HelmsBriscoe. Cities and hotels may reach Ms. Jackson at rjackson@helmsbriscoe.com and 864-363-1160. Ten cities are being considered. They are Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

   NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will have a joint convention in 2020, a presidential election year. It will again take place in Washington, D.C. NABJ and NAHJ held a joint convention in 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The recent NABJ election resulted in Sarah Glover entering her second term as the association’s president. What follows are the vote tallies for the other offices: Gayle Hurd, candidate for Vice President-Broadcast: 168; Dorothy Tucker, candidate for Vice President-Broadcast: 280; Cheryl Smith, candidate for Secretary: 411; Johann Calhoun, candidate for Region I Director: 145; Ken Lemon, candidate for Region III Director: 131; Kyra Azore, candidate for Student Representative: 66; Lawrence Malloy, candidate for Student Representative: 31.

 

 

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2017
October 21, 2017

KCABJ Awards

KCABJ received no nominations for media awards and therefore no awards will be handed out this year. Paid KCABJ members have had at least two months of to make nominations.

The nominations process will be open again at the end of summer in 2018 with plenty of announcements again being made to paid members in the monthly notices sent out for meetings and in the KCABJ Newsletter at kcabj.org.

KCABJ Media Awards began in 1991 to honor enterprise journalism in the Kansas City area about African Americans and other people of color. The fall awards program also includes honors for students who complete the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. This year only one student applied for the academy so the two-week, free class was canceled. No KCABJ scholarships will be awarded this year.

Opportunity Knocks

KCUR-FM has put together what station officials think is an exciting opportunity for mid-career journalists, and KCUR is looking far and wide for folks who might be interested. The National Public Radio affiliate hopes that even if individuals aren’t interested in participating, they’ll forward this link to anyone who might be.

Here’s what it is:

  • It’s an intensive two-day seminar for mid-career journalists — even those who may not be currently employed by a news organization — to learn the basics of audio storytelling and podcasting.
  • It’s free and open to anyone with some years of experience in journalism. KCUR is especially encouraging journalists of color to apply.
  • Dates: Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at the studios of KCUR 89.3, 4825 Troost, Suite 202.  We’ll limit the number we accept.
  • KCUR is excited to be part of a national effort aimed at diversifying public media.

Thank you so much for sharing this link with more information with your network of contacts. Let us know if you have any questions!

Sylvia Maria Gross, Storytelling Editor, sylvia@kcur.org

Laura Ziegler, Community Engagement Reporter and Producer, lauraz@kcur.org

C.J. Janovy, Arts Editor and Reporter, cj@kcur.org

 

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists has named Sharon Toomer as its new executive director. Toomer previously served as senior vice president for public affairs and policy at Matlock Advertising & Public Relations, where she led the agency’s Reputation Group in its work with a diverse portfolio of clients representing the corporate, nonprofit, academic and business sectors. Toomer has also served as chief of staff and senior policy adviser for U.S. Representative (D.C.-Shadow) Franklin Garcia. She worked as an editorial producer for CNNfn and CNN Headline News and founded the award-winning digital news platform Black and Brown News. In public relations, Toomer served two Kings County (Brooklyn, NY) District Attorney administrations. In addition, she worked for the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and the City University of New York faculty union.

NABJ in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1 during an outdoor concert that left 59 people dead and nearly 500 injured, stresses the importance of putting such horrific events into historical context. NABJ Treasurer Greg Morrison in an appearance on KARE11-TV in Minneapolis said, “It’s not an issue of race, it’s an issue of accuracy.”

NABJ first issued a call to put tragedies and coverage into historical perspective after the Pulse nightclub mass shooting on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla., where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 58 others. Included in last year’s joint statement were suggestions for future coverage to include avoiding superlatives altogether or report the shooting as the deadliest shooting in recent or modern history.

“The shooting in Las Vegas was tragic and we extend our sincerest expressions of sympathy to those impacted by the Las Vegas shooting and with the NABJ members who have been on the front lines reporting on this horrific tragedy,” NABJ President Sarah J. Glover said.

NABJ in announcements to members also gave kudos to award-winning, veteran investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on her being named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow for 2017.

Hannah-Jones was one of 24 to receive the honor from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She will receive a $625,000 award.

“Being named a MacArthur fellow has been surreal and was totally unexpected,” Hannah-Jones said. “I am grateful for the wider platform this acknowledgement will give to the issue of school segregation in this nation. With the grant, I plan to continue my reporting on racial injustice, including the book on school segregation that I am currently on leave to write.”

Hannah-Jones also was the 2015 NABJ Journalist of the Year.

NABJ also informs its members that the Annie E. Casey Foundation has created an index based on 12 indicators of child well-being in America by race and ethnicity. This Race for Results Index serves as a reliable resource for journalists. For more information contact Beau Boughamer at bboughamer@aecf.org or Ryan Fox at rfox@aecf.org.

KC People

KCABJ’s membership increased by one with veteran KSHB-NBC reporter Lisa Benson rejoining the organization.

Despite the Kansas City Marathon clogging the streets, KCABJ had a good turnout at its October meeting. KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver informed those attending of her plans to lead a group to Cuba in March, covering even more of the communist nation 90 miles south of Florida. It will be the fourth consecutive year that Bette has led a group of people to Cuba and KCABJ members have been part of the cultural and professional exchange. Bette leads the most economical, yet impressively rich, international trips imaginable. For more information contact Bette at 202-679-6263 or send an email to her at bette@nameorg.org.

KCUR-FM Broadcast Radio Opportunity
September 28, 2017

KCUR-FM has put together what station officials think is an exciting opportunity for mid-career journalists, and KCUR is looking far and wide for folks who might be interested. The National Pubic Radio affiliate hopes that even if individuals aren’t interested in participating, they’ll forward this link to anyone who might be.

Here’s what it is:

  • It’s an intensive two-day seminar for mid-career journalists — even those who may not be currently employed by a news organization — to learn the basics of audio storytelling and podcasting.

 

  • It’s free and open to anyone with some years of experience in journalism. KCUR is especially encouraging journalists of color to apply.

 

  • Dates: Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at the studios of KCUR 89.3, 4825 Troost, Suite 202.  We’ll limit the number we accept. Applications will close on Oct. 9.  

KCUR is excited to be part of a national effort aimed at diversifying public media.

Thank you so much for sharing this link with more information with your network of contacts. Let us know if you have any questions!

 

Sylvia Maria Gross, Storytelling Editor, sylvia@kcur.org

Laura Ziegler, Community Engagement Reporter and Producer, lauraz@kcur.org

C.J. Janovy, Arts Editor and Reporter, cj@kcur.org