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Sheila Brooks Discusses Her New Book on Lucile H. Bluford at the Central Library
July 17, 2018

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KCABJ Newsletter for July 2018
July 17, 2018

Bluford Event

KCABJ members turned out on July 11 to hear Sheila Brooks talk about her new book on longtime Kansas City publisher and editor Lucile H. Bluford.

The event at the Central Library downtown attracted about 200 people. Brooks and Howard University professor and black media expert Clint C. Wilson II, PhD, co-authored “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” Brooks explained that the book grew out of the doctorate she received in Howard University.

KCABJ was a co-sponsor of the reception on the fifth floor of the library.

Brooks, a Kansas City native and former member of the board of directors of the National Association of Black Journalists, used a PowerPoint at the library to talk about the activist role that Bluford played as a journalist and as a University of Kansas graduate, seeking admission in 1939 as a graduate student to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. Bluford was rejected because she was black. Bluford’s court challenge went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld segregation as the law of the land. The case resulted in a separate journalism degree program starting at Lincoln University in nearby Jefferson City for black students. Segregation remained entrenched in the United States until the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. Decades after initially rejecting Bluford, the MU School of Journalism presented her with its highest honor, the Missouri Honor Medal, and bestowed a doctorate on her. This year a new dormitory opened on campus bearing Bluford’s name. Bluford died in 2003 at age 91. KCABJ in 2003 named a scholarship in Bluford’s honor. It goes to one of the top graduates of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Bluford would not permit it while she was alive. KCABJ’s first scholarship was named in honor of Roy Wilkins, who was editor of The Call before Bluford and later Wilkins headed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the Civil Rights Movement. Bluford suggested in 1986 that KCABJ name its first scholarship after Wilkins. It was first awarded in 1987 to a student in the academy.

NABJ News

Delta Airlines and United Airlines are offering discounts to people attending the Aug. 1-5 National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair in Detroit.

CNN will host two, daylong workshops at the convention on enterprise reporting, on-air performance & presentation, storytelling, critical thinking and interview skills — skills people will need to make it in a network job. Reporters can learn more at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NABJReporters2018; producers at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NABJProducers2018. The overflow hotel for #NABJ2018 is the Greektown Casino-Hotel, 555 E. Lafayette Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. To make your hotel reservation, please contact the Greektown Casino-Hotel at 313-223-2999. Reference “NABJ” to receive the discounted standard room rate of $179 + tax.

CNBC is hosting an invitation-only, interactive workshop at #NABJ2018 designed to teach general news journalists to produce a financial news story for a business audience across different platforms. Attendees will work with CNBC producers to learn the tools of financial journalism. To request an application: send your resume and contact info to bizproducingworkshop@cnbc.com.

The NABJ High School Workshop will take place July 31 through Aug. 3 at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair. For more information, go to https://www.nabj.org/general/custom.asp?page=HighSchoolWork2018.

NABJ members are encouraged to apply for the Columbia Journalism School Fellowship or the NABJ hardship registration.

Students

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is providing five partial scholarships to the 2018 NABJ annual convention in Detroit, Michigan. Each fellowship winner will be awarded a $750 grant from Columbia to assist with travel and convention registration costs. More information can be found here.

Professionals

NABJ is pleased to offer a limited number of complimentary hardship registrations for the #NABJ18 Convention. NABJ members who have lost their full-time journalism, public relations or journalism educator job in the past 9 months and members who are freelancers are eligible. Access more information here.

NABJ Roommate Bureau

NABJ members have found success using the NABJ Roommate Facebook Bureau Facebook group to find a convention roommate. Find a roommate this year to help reduce hotel costs by accessing the roommate bureau here.

The NABJ board of directors accepted the resignation of Executive Director Sharon Toomer.

Fiat Chrysler Automotive will sponsor a 5K run, walk and bike on Aug. 4 at the convention. For more information go to https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Detroit/NABJ5KRunandWalk.

KC People

KCABJ member Jenee’ Osterheldt left The Kansas City Star and will be starting a columnist’s position with The Boston Globe. Jenee’ had been with The Star for 16 years. She was a Nieman Fellow a year ago at Harvard University.

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2018
June 9, 2018

KCABJ Meeting

At the June membership meeting, KCABJ voted to contribute $200 to being a co-sponsor of the Lucile Bluford book lecture and signing for Sheila Dean Brooks, PhD.

Brooks, founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications LLC, will have a book lecture, signing and reception at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at the Helzberg Auditorium at the Central Library downtown. Brooks and Clint C. Wilson II co-authored “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.”

Brooks is a former TV news broadcaster and board member of the National Association of Black Journalists. KCABJ Vice President/Print Glenn E. Rice, who served on the NABJ board with Brooks, brought the issue of sponsorship to KCABJ. Glenn said at the June meeting that KCABJ participated in the reception at the downtown library when Robin D. Stone had a book signing about eight years ago for a memoir she authored on her husband titled “My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times.” Boyd was a St. Louis native and a University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism graduate. He started his newspaper career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and ended it at The New York Times, where he rose to become that newspaper’s first black White House correspondent and the first black managing editor. He was toppled from that spot in 2003 after national news headlines resulted from stories that a Times reporter, Jayson Blair, made up.

Brooks’ at the July 11 event will discuss her book on Kansas City Call editor and publisher Lucile Bluford and the activist role Bluford played as a journalist and as a University of Kansas graduate, seeking admission in 1939 as a graduate student to the MU School of Journalism. Bluford was rejected because she was black. Bluford’s court challenge went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld segregation as the law of the land. Segregation remained entrenched in the United States until the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Decades after initially rejecting Bluford, MU bestowed a doctorate on her. The School of Journalism presented her with its highest honor, the Missouri Honor Medal, and this year a new dormitory opened on campus bearing Bluford’s name. Bluford died in 2003 at age 91. KCABJ in 2003 named a scholarship in Bluford’s honor. She would not permit it while she was alive.

KCABJ members are urged to attend Brooks’ discussion at the downtown library on July 11.

NABJ News

Pre-registration for the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Detroit has been extended to June 22. NABJ’s Convention and Career Fair will take place Aug. 1-5 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. For more information go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.

To book a room at the hotel, go to https://www.google.com/maps/place/Detroit+Marriott+at+the+Renaissance+Center/@42.3288966,-83.0415776,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m7!3m6!1s0x883b2d2643d2fcf9:0x2e2af1d880fbd4df!5m1!1s2018-07-06!8m2!3d42.3288966!4d-83.0393889. Room reservations must be made by July 13.

NABJ praised ABC President Channing Dungey for her leadership in Rosanne Barr’s show being canceled after Barr’s racist comments on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

NABJ has contributed to changes in “The Associated Press Stylebook.” Specifically, it has gotten the AP to expand the use of the word “boy.” NABJ President Sarah Glover writes: “Without the proper context, that word can have detrimental and racial overtones when used to describe black males, a demographic that is routinely robbed of fair representation in the media. NABJ looks forward to the change and the tone of how black males are depicted in future coverage.”

NABJ also provided input on stylebook use of the words “biracial” and “multiracial,” which, following the stylebook, are now acceptable terms to describe “people with more than one racial heritage.” NABJ will also provide input to the AP on other stylebook race-related entries that may be considered in the future.

NABJ last month announced the workshops and panels that will occur at this year’s convention. To learn more, go to http://www.nabjconvention.com/sag.cfm.

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2018
May 19, 2018

KCABJ Academy

Only one student applied for the 2018 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Because a minimum of six students is needed for the class, KCABJ canceled the course for this summer.

It would have occurred June 25 through July 6 at the Urban League of Greater Kansas City. The one student who did apply has been notified and promised that her application will remain on file for the 2019 academy. She is completing her sophomore year at a south Kansas City area high school.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver suggests that an online application process would enable today’s young cyber-natives to complete their application and upload supporting material rather than rely on the U.S. Postal Service for delivery, which they are less inclined to do. KCABJ will explore acquiring that capability. Applications currently are emailed to journalism instructors in Kansas City area high schools who then distribute them to students. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran also got her AKA sorority to include information about the academy.

Bette also shared with the membership the 2019 dates and some details for the cultural and professional exchange to Cuba. She annually has led trips of educators, health care professionals and journalists to the island nation since 2015 after then-Cuban President Raul Castro and then-U.S. President Barack Obama acted in December 2014 to start normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists convention will take place Aug. 1-5 in Detroit. Some panels and workshops already have been selected.

They include “Kerner Commission, 50 Years Later,” “Racism and Sexism in Sports” and “Restoring Trust in Journalism.” To learn more, go to http://www.nabjconvention.com/sag.cfm.

Pre-registration for the convention ends June 1. Registering onsite is a lot more expensive.

It’s also not too late to submit nominations for some of the awards to be presented at the convention. Go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm for more information. Convention-goers who have published books also can check out the NABJ Authors Showcase.

The NABJ High School Workshop (JSHOP) is a free, four-day high school journalism workshop held each year in the host city of NABJ’s Convention and Career Fair. The program offers interactive learning opportunities through lectures, presentations, assignments, training and tests. Participating students will gain knowledge in multimedia journalism fundamentals from educators, journalists and college journalism students. It runs July 31-Aug. 3 in Detroit.

CNBC is hosting a free, invitation-only interactive workshop at #NABJ18 designed to teach general news journalists how to quickly identify and present a financial news story for a business audience. Attendees will have an opportunity to work directly with CNBC producers to learn the tools of financial journalism. People who apply must be registered for the NABJ convention.

Request an application by sending your resume and contact info to: bizproducingworkshop@cnbc.com. The deadline is June 29.

This is an election year in NABJ. The list of certified candidates for the 2018-2020 board of directors can be found at https://nabj.site-ym.com/page/2018ElecCand?. June 1 is the deadline for current or lapsed members to renew, or for first-time members to join, in order to be eligible to vote via mail-in balloting before this year’s convention.

NBCUniversity is providing a one-day workshop for on-air and off-air convention attendees. The course is taught by NBCU “professors” and is for individuals at all career levels.

The coursework includes script writing and career development. For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/r15to6ud184r6p9/. The deadline to apply is July 20.
KC People

Kevin Holmes, news anchor at KSHB-NBC-TV, Channel 41, told the membership at the May meeting that at 8:30 a.m. June 16 he will be emceeing the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in the Kansas City Power & Light District. For more information go to http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=3142&pg=entry.

Glenn E. Rice, a past KCABJ president, NABJ treasurer and NABJ board member, reported that Sheila Brooks, a Kansas City native and former NABJ board member, is to be in Kansas City on July 11 speaking at the downtown library at 6:30 p.m. about her new book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” Brooks co-authored the book with Clint C. Wilson II. KCABJ at its June meeting will discuss being a co-sponsor of the event and how much that will entail.

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2018
April 22, 2018

KCABJ Academy

The KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy dominated discussion at the monthly membership meeting.

Applications for the two-week program were emailed in March to journalism educators throughout the Kansas City area. The program is open to high school and college students who are interested in print, broadcast and new media journalism careers.

The program, begun in 1982, is free and open to students of all colors. It is the only one of its kind in the metropolitan area. The faculty consists of Kansas City area print and broadcast media professionals. KCABJ annually awards scholarships to the top performing graduates of the academy.

Past president and longtime KCABJ member Glenn E. Rice confirmed that he will be among the key instructors. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran, a past president and KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner, also plans to dedicate more time to the academy this year as will KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid and KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver.

During the program, students will produce their own newspaper and radio and television newscasts. KCABJ is unique in that it unites the highly competitive area media companies to help prepare the next generation of journalists.

For an application, go online to http://www.kcabj.org and search the KCABJ Blog, where this newsletter is published. An application will be at the end of this month’s newsletter. The deadline to mail in all of the material is May 9. KCABJ will accept 12 students in the academy, but a minimum of six is needed for the class to take place.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists has extended to May 4 the deadline for the NABJ Salute to Excellence nominations. For more information go to https://nabj.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/login/6?returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fnabj.secure-platform.com%2Fa%2Fsolicitations%2Fhome%2F6.

On May 5, NABJ is holding a “Millennial Media Summit” at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org/event/MillennialMediaSummit18.

NABJ and its partners are offering several scholarships to students ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Click on each scholarship for information on how to apply.

NABJ has partnered with NBC to bring student and entry-level journalists a webinar to showcase opportunities within the NBC brand, while highlighting best practices during the job search.

Panelists included NBCUniversal Director of Talent Acquisition for Campus Programs Seldric Booker; and MSNBC Director of Booking Jesse Rodriguez. The session was moderated by NABJ Vice President-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker; and theGrio.com Deputy Editor Natasha S. Alford.

WATCH THE FULL SESSION NOW.

Even though the early bird deadline to register for this year’s NABJ convention has passed, it’s not too late to register to receive a discount. The convention and jobs fair runs from Aug. 1-5 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The honorary co-chairs for the 2018 NABJ National Convention and Career Fair are the Undefeated’s Jemele Hill and Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley. They will lead a Host Committee in welcoming more than 3,000 journalists, media professionals and students to the “Comeback City.” For more information on the convention, go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm. To make a reservation at the convention hotel, go to https://book.passkey.com/event/49502001/owner/437/home. The theme is: “NABJ18: Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust.”

NABJ in March issued a statement backing Washington Post reporter Robin Givhan for her March 21 report on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s session at the BETHer conference in Miami. Givhan, a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter, has come under scathing criticism for her reporting on the session, though BET officials have admitted publicly that at no time was the conference ever off-the-record.
“As the world’s largest journalism organization of people of color, it is vital that NABJ stands up for the rights of journalists to do their job without being attacked. Robin Givhan did not break any journalistic code of ethics in her decision to write about Michelle Obama at the BET conference,” said the NABJ Board of Directors.

“The rules of journalism are clear: any decision to make an event off-the-record must be stated clearly upfront, and not after-the-fact. If an individual or entity desires to have a conversation that is off-the-record, that has to be made public. It can’t be assumed or hinted. BET’s statement of the event being ‘an intimate conversation in a sacred space of sisterhood and fellowship’ does not hold water in any newsroom. If the off-the-record declaration is not made, that means everything is on-the-record and available to be reported.”

KC People

Former KCABJ President Kia Breaux renewed her membership in KCABJ. The application for the 2018 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy follows:

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_____________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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_____________________________________________

 

 

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.

 

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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.