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KCABJ Newsletter for September 2019
September 28, 2019

KSHB Troubles

First it was longtime broadcast reporter and KCABJ member Lisa Benson Cooper who was terminated from KSHB, Channel 41 after working at the NBC affiliate for 14 years. Last week, Glenn E. Rice reported in The Kansas City Star that the station failed to renew the contract of Emmy Award winning sports reporter Demetrice “Dee” Jackson.

Like Benson Cooper, Jackson was the second African American, KSHB journalist to file a lawsuit against the station in federal court for race discrimination who then lost his job. Jackson told Rice that several other journalists at KSHB had received at least 60 days’ notice ahead of their contract not being renewed. He, however, was covering a Kansas City Chiefs practice when he was telephoned to return to the station. Once he was back at the station near the Plaza, he was told his contract wouldn’t be renewed and that day was his last.

Jackson, a native of Kansas City, had been with the station since 2013. A spokeswoman with E.W. Scripps Co., which owns KSHB, declined to comment on the case, saying it was a personnel matter, Rice reported.

Jackson had filed a race discrimination lawsuit in U.S. District Court in May 2018, alleging he was twice passed over for sports director after management led him to think he would get the position.

In court filings, Scripps denied Jackson’s contention, saying the position of sports director was never offered or promised to Jackson at any time, Rice reported on Sept. 26, 2019, in The Star.

Benson Cooper in 2016 had sued KSHB and was fired last year. She lost her discrimination claim but won a retaliation claim.

NABJ News

Dorothy Tucker, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, issued the following statement about the media’s insensitivity about diversity:

“We are disappointed and disturbed about the recent and frequent inappropriate actions and growing use of photos, artwork, language and videos that are culturally offensive and insensitive in today’s media landscape. Many believe the current racial climate may be one driver of what appears to be a surge in such activities. Other times, it is simply ignorance of cultural sensitivities, blatant disregard or a lack of training.

“Unfortunately, we could find ourselves fighting diversity and inclusion-related fires 24/7 because of the ongoing controversy over the insensitive — and often unacceptable — use of images and words. We could do just that as an organization, but we believe a strategic and holistic approach may be a more effective method.

“NABJ addresses these issues and activities in multiple strategic ways. Sometimes a public admonishment, like the CNN diversity issues, is the best move. Other times, we quietly deal with issues behind the scenes as some companies we engage are truly regretful about mistakes and inexcusable lapses in judgment by an employee.

“You may not hear specifics about many of our advocacy efforts behind the scenes because of timing and sensitivities. However, you can rest assured that we are on top of it.

“One key initiative that we are launching under our new administration is forming an NABJ-created diversity training partnership with media companies to help educate management and employees on an array of diversity and inclusion issues. We are excited about this opportunity because it has the potential to have a significant impact on current and future media companies, their employees and the content they create. We will reveal more about this exciting venture very soon. As a part of our strategy, we are also working to revamp and expand our media monitoring committee, which will report on these issues.

“Keep in mind that while permanent eradication of offensive and insensitive actions in the media industry may be difficult to achieve, dramatically reducing such incidents is very achievable when we work together.

“Members and supporters, we need your help! Voice your opinions and address your concerns with your companies. We realize that some people may be uncomfortable with doing that, so part of our diversity and advocacy training — which we will offer to members through webinars, regional events and media institutes — will address how to approach management and colleagues about diversity and inclusion issues in your workplace and beyond.

“We are hopeful that our strategic, multi-pronged approach will yield benefits and changes for our members and our community.

“Stay tuned and know that we are constantly working behind the scenes on the same issues that concern you on a daily basis. I am excited to work with our board, founders, past leaders, members, partners and external groups to accomplish our goals. Together, we will fulfill NABJ’s great and important mission!”

KC People

KCABJ’s membership inched up with the addition of Lisa Benson, formerly with KSHB-TV, Channel 41. She is working on a book, detailing her broadcast journalism career.

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2019
August 20, 2019

KCABJ News

Please welcome Jonathan McCall to Kansas City. He can be reached at jonathan.mccall@fox4kc.com. He is the new weekend anchor/reporter at Fox 4 WDAF-TV. One of his first moves was to reach out to KCABJ to learn how he could get involved with the organization. KCABJ needs more members like this.

Spots are still available for the trip to Cuba, which KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver is offering KCABJ members. People throughout the United States have signed up for this opportunity. KCABJ members last went with Bette to Cuba in 2016 when Barack Obama was president of the United States. Because Cuba is politically aligned with Venezuela, and the U.S. is disputing the outcome of the Venezuelan presidential election, U.S. President Donald Trump is applying pressure on Cuba and making travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba more difficult. Bette and her connections in Cuba are making this cultural and professional exchange possible. This will be the sixth group Bette has led to the island nation about the size of California just 90 miles south of the coast of Florida.

The trip is being offered through the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), whose international conference this year is in Tucson, Ariz., with its theme, “Decolonizing Minds: Forging a New Future Through Multicultural Education.” Bette is the executive director of NAME and has led educators on nearly a dozen trips through China in addition to Cuba.

The dates of the Cuba trip are Nov. 22-Dec. 1. The 2019 group of up to 25 people will begin the journey in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before flying to Cuba. The Thanksgiving tour will include visits to several must-see sites throughout the country as well as a deep dive into Cuban food, music, dance, arts, history and culture. To reserve a spot and for more information, send email to Cuba@nameorg.org.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists is surveying its members to learn whether they are satisfied with their jobs. To learn more or to take the survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=7OAy_2Fu3vNu_2FE1UkTKB5r4w_3D_3D.

NABJ elected its vice president, broadcast, Dorothy Tucker, as the 22nd president of the association. Tucker, an investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, picked up 411 votes, defeating Gregory Lee Jr., senior managing director of the Athletic, (203 votes); and Marlon Walker, education reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (138 votes).

Tucker joined CBS 2 Chicago from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pa, where she worked as a general assignment reporter and talk show host. Before that, Tucker worked at KWGN-TV in Denver, REG-TV in Memphis (1979-80). Tucker began her broadcasting career in Peoria, Ill., at WMBD-TV, after serving as an intern at CBS 2 Chicago in 1977. Tucker previously served on the NABJ Board of Directors as Region V Director.

About her election, Tucker said: “I talk for a living, but I am speechless…. I am humbled by your support over the last few months. One of the greatest things about running for this position is the opportunity to meet so many members and engage with you. I promise I will earn your vote and respect. I will represent everyone.”

In other results, Ken Lemon won as vice president, broadcast; Roland Martin as vice president, digital; Cheryl Smith as secretary; Tory Parrish as Region 1 director; Rod Carter as Region 3 director; and Enjoyiana Nururdin as student representative. Amendment Proposal 1, which included reducing the NABJ board from 14 to 11 members, failed because it did not receive the required two-thirds vote total for the amendment to be adopted. Amendment Proposal 2, which clarifies lifetime membership eligibility passed.

The election results were announced at NABJ’s 2019 Convention & Career Fair in Miami. 2,102 votes were cast by eligible NABJ members in this year’s election.

KC People

Former KCABJ President Darryll L. Fortune got a nice write-up in the summer 2019 issue of the Jayhawk Journalist, an alumni magazine for the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas-Lawrence. Darryll, a 1983 KU J-School graduate, is the principal consultant of SmallFortune Public Relations & Marketing, LLC in Milwaukee. Darryll hosts a talk radio show, “A Brand New You,” “a self-help program focused on taking positive actions to overcome barriers in life,” the magazine reports. Darryll also co-owns FortuNuts (www.fortunuts.net), a packaged nuts business with his wife, Melanie Fortune, who also is a KU graduate. Way to go, Darryll!

For Members Only

If there is a news story or piece — print, broadcast, new media, talk show, speech or lecture — that you are particularly proud of, please send the link to Lewisdiuguid@gmail.com so that it can be posted on the KCABJ website. This opportunity is for KCABJ members only.

How can you become a member of KCABJ?

KCABJ Membership Application for 2019

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64171. 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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KCABJ Newsletter for July 2019
July 30, 2019

KCABJ Members

In a roll-call fashion, members of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists are urged to reach out to the KCABJ Newsletter to share if they are planning to attend the National Association of Black Journalists convention. Also, if those individuals shoot any favorite pictures, including selfies, please email them to lewisdiuguid@gmail.com. The names of KCABJ members and the photos will be posted online in the KCABJ Newsletter for August. Any notes from speeches, workshops or fun activities that KCABJ members might attend also can be included for the newsletter so everyone can benefit from the experience.

The offer applies to past members of KCABJ, too. The NABJ convention will take place Aug. 7-11 in Miami.

NABJ News

Several candidates for U.S. president have agreed to speak at the National Association of Black Journalists convention.

Candidates participating in the forum include:

  • U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  • South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D)
  • U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R-MA)

The #NABJ19 U.S. Presidential Candidates Forum will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

The NABJ Convention and Jobs Fair doesn’t happen by itself. NABJ is seeking volunteers to help make it happen. For more information, go to https://secure.rotundasoftware.com/p/enrollment/nabj19volunteers.

Remember this is an election year for NABJ, and members are urged to vote. Several seats are open including president, vice president-broadcast and secretary.

Also, eligible members are asked to vote YES or NO on the following proposed Constitutional Amendments:

   Amendment Proposal 1: A package that includes several recommendations to realign the Board of Directors, including reducing the Board from 14 members to 11. (Members are asked to vote on the Amendment 1 proposal as a package).

   Amendment Proposal 2: A proposal that clarifies Lifetime membership eligibility.

Two-thirds of the total number of votes shall be required for adoption. If adopted, amendments become effective 60 days following the adjournment of the annual national convention or unless otherwise specified, with the exception of the Board realignment, which would begin with the 2021 Election cycle. For more information go to https://eBallot4.votenet.com/nabj.

Special events at the NABJ convention include:

NABJ HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON | POWERED BY AARP

Friday, Aug. 9, 2019

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists, authors, educators and activists who have made outstanding contributions to both their industry and the worldwide black community over the course of their careers.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

NABJ SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE | POWERED BY FEDEX

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

The awards ceremony is the only event in the United States that honors exemplary coverage of African/ African-American people or issues exclusively. The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala highlights the work of media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and online journalism, marketing and communications.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

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Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

An NABJ tradition, the Gospel Brunch, featuring BeBe Winans, is one of the Convention highlights. Be uplifted and experience inspirational entertainment at its best while feasting on a delicious brunch buffet. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Sheila Brooks, founder of NABJ’s Student Multimedia Projects and CEO of SRB Communications, will receive the 2019 Ida B. Wells Award at its Annual Convention & Career Fair. Brooks spoke last year in Kansas City about her new book on Lucile Bluford. Brooks will receive the award on Friday, Aug. 9, during the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa – Aventura. Convention registration and Hall of Fame tickets can be purchased here.

NABJ is bringing back the NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship after a 10-year hiatus. The NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship is a $5,000 award bestowed to a worthy journalist. The travel award provides an opportunity for an NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa and the necessary assistance to complete a project or singular report on Africa. For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/2019-nabj-ethel-payne-fellowship/.

NABJ is offering a content creators grant to NABJ members and veteran journalists. The purpose of the NABJ Content Creators Grant is to propel a story forward on the black experience with additional funds for reporting. The grant may assist journalists with the completion of an existing project, help launch a new report or project or the funds may be used to purchase technology and tools to expand existing reporting. For more information, go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1260554.

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2019
June 25, 2019

KCABJ Members

The membership of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists increased by one this month with the addition of Jasmine Jones of Gladstone. She is a senior solutions analyst with the Cerner Corp. She also is a student.

Despite President Donald Trump’s increasing travel restrictions to Cuba, KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver is still offering KCABJ members an opportunity to travel with her to Cuba on a trip of a lifetime. KCABJ members last went with Bette to Cuba in 2016 when Barack Obama was president of the United States. Because Cuba is politically aligned with Venezuela and the U.S. is disputing the outcome of the Venezuelan presidential election, Trump is applying pressure on Cuba and making travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba more difficult. However, now is a great time to take advantage of the bargain trip that Bette is offering. This will be the sixth group she has led to the island nation about the size of California just 90 miles south of Florida.

This cultural and professional exchange is being offered through the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Bette is the executive director of NAME and has led educators on nearly a dozen trips through China.

The dates of the Cuba trip are Nov. 22-Dec. 1. The 2019 group of up to 25 people will begin the journey in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before flying to Cuba to visit Santa Clara (the Che Guevara Museum and Memorial) Cienfuegos (a French settlement), Matanzas (where the museum of slavery in Cuba is), Varadero (known for its beautiful beaches) and Havana, which will include many notable stops, such as the Museum of the Revolution and the Literacy Museum. The Thanksgiving tour will include visits to several schools in Cuba and a deep dive into Cuban food, music, dance and arts. To reserve a spot and for more information, send email to Cuba@nameorg.org.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its annual high school journalism workshop Aug. 6-9 in Miami, the city where the NABJ convention will take place. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/page/HighSchoolWork2019.

The NABJ Convention and Career Fair will take place Aug. 7-11 in Miami at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. More than 70 corporations, organizations, institutions and other exhibitors will be there exhibiting and interviewing black journalists for possible jobs. For a list of jobs and to upload your resume, go to https://www.nabjcareers.org/ and https://nabjcareers.org/registration/?user_group_id=JobSeeker.

Two constitutional amendments are being proposed for NABJ, which members will be asked to vote on. They are:

  • Amendment 1 would reduce the number of NABJ board members from 14 to 11 to promote efficiency re-define membership categories and return NABJ to a two-year election cycle.
  • Amendment 2 would stipulate that Lifetime members seeking election to the NABJ board of directors, president, vice president and regional directors must be journalists.   NABJ also is offering a discount for those who plan to attend the convention. For more information on reducing your convention registration bill by $150, go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.
  •    NABJ is offering a “Hardship Application” for the upcoming NABJ convention. The deadline to apply is July 28. For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s1ysk1pb079ulqp/.

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2019
May 11, 2019

KCABJ Members

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver once again is offering KCABJ members an opportunity to travel with her to Cuba on a trip of a lifetime. KCABJ members last went to Cuba with Bette in 2016.

This cultural and professional exchange is being offered through the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Bette is the executive director of NAME.

The dates of the trip are Nov. 22-Dec. 1. The group of up to 25 people will begin the journey in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before flying to Cuba to visit Santa Clara (the Che Guevara Museum and Memorial) Cienfuegos (a French settlement), Matanzas (where the museum of slavery in Cuba is), Varadero (known for its beautiful beaches) and Havana, which will include many notable stops, such as the Museum of the Revolution and the Literacy Museum. The Thanksgiving tour will include visits to several schools in Cuba and a deep dive into Cuban food, music, dance and arts. To reserve a spot and for more information, send email to Cuba@nameorg.org.

The future of KCABJ also was discussed at the May membership meeting. The consensus was that the organization should continue to exist. New, younger leadership, however, is needed.

People interested in being an officer in KCABJ or in joining the organization should get in touch with Lewis Diuguid at diuguidlj@yahoo.com as soon as possible. Meanwhile, KCABJ will continue to fulfill its fiduciary, NABJ affiliate and membership responsibilities.

NABJ News

Elections will take place for new National Association of Black Journalists officers and board of director seats. Members will vote on president, vice president-broadcast, vice president-digital, secretary, student representative, Region I director and Region III director. Those who can cast ballots must be a member of NABJ on or before June 1. Electronic voting runs from July 1-Aug. 9. On-site voting will take place Aug. 7-9 during the NABJ Convention in Miami. To renew your membership and to register for the convention, go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.

At 6:30 p.m. EST on May 15, an NABJ free webinar series is offering a program on “Data Driven Journalism: Using Data to Drive Stories that Matter.” It is hosted by the NABJ Broadcast Task Force. For more information and to register, go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dnrJtDl9RbCFA6XFOHHtKw.

The NABJ webinar series also is giving people an opportunity to learn about “The Black News Channel (BNC) — Everything You Need to Know From Jobs to Programming.” That webinar takes place at 7:30 p.m. EST on May 15. To register and for more information go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iIw3jSsHQaKbj9IeZYhkpg.

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2019
April 23, 2019

KCABJ Academy

KCABJ sent out no applications in March, seeking students for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Only one application had been received during each of the last two years, forcing the cancellation of the summer journalism advancement program.

KCABJ members will brainstorm about ways to possibly attract students in 2020 to the free program, which also offers college scholarships to the top graduates.

KCABJ members also will regroup in May for a membership meeting.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists President Sarah Glover has named Bernadette Brown and Maria Douglas Reeve as program chairs for the NABJ Convention and Career Fair. Brown is the manager for CNN Newsource Newsgathering; Douglas Reeve is the assistant managing editor for news at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and is currently president of the Twin Cities Black Journalists. This year’s NABJ Convention will take place Aug. 7-11 at the J.W. Marriott Miami. The theme for this year’s convention is “Fight the Power: Press Forward with Passion and Purpose.”

NABJ President Sarah Glover also was honored by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) earlier this month.

Glover was recognized by the civil rights activist, talk show host and minister during the Women’s Empowerment and Networking Luncheon held at the NAN annual convention in New York City. According to NAN, Glover was saluted for her journey as a journalism professional and leader fighting for diversity and inclusion in the media industry.

NABJ is gearing up for its inaugural #NABJTechTrek: Goes to Silicon Valley. NABJ will host industry leaders and journalism students to produce news that fosters innovation and diversity in emerging technology and build meaningful sources for accurate reporting.

During this first-of-its-kind media institute, participants will visit Apple, Facebook, The Athletic, NerdWallet, LinkedIn, Uber and many more. Attendees will also gather at the Medill School of Journalism for presentations, trainings and networking sessions with Reveal, ION 360, WIRED, Design at Apple, Swaay App, Madia, Kai Frazier and more.

Attendees who successfully complete the LinkedIn for Journalists training during #NABJTechTrek will receive free LinkedIn Premium service for one year. Attendees will also learn about issues in tech affecting the black community and meet emerging black tech entrepreneurs.

For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1165465&group=. Spaces are limited.

 

KCABJ Newsletter for March 2019
March 12, 2019

KCABJ Members

A low turnout at the monthly meeting of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists left unresolved key issues about the organization’s student academy, programming and its future. Those concerns were tabled and will be taken up at the April meeting.

NABJ News

National Association of Black Journalists has targeted CNN for “its lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker,” NABJ said in a prepared news release. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People supports NABJ’s call for a civil rights audit of CNN and an examination of the cable news network’s executive level diversity.

In addition, Color of Change, a national online force driven by more than 1.4 million members, is joining NABJ and the NAACP in seeking the audit and upper-level diversity probe of CNN.

The NABJ news release continues: “This concern, coupled with Zucker’s refusal to meet with a four-person NABJ delegation, has prompted NABJ to place CNN on a special media monitoring list.

“A special team will perform further research and an analysis of CNN’s diversity, inclusion and equity practices, per the NABJ Board’s directive. The special team will also publicly report on identified deficiencies in hiring a diverse workforce in news decision-making capacities at CNN. NABJ is also calling for a civil rights audit that examines the company’s hiring, promotion and compensation practices involving black employees.

“Specifically, NABJ is concerned about the findings of preliminary research that reveals the following:

CNN President Jeff Zucker has no black direct reports.

There are no black Executive Producers at CNN.

There are no black Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.

There are no black Senior Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.

“NABJ received a communication from CNN disputing only one of our research points, saying the assertion that there are not any black vice presidents on the news side is inaccurate. However, when asked to provide the name and position of the individual or individuals involved on the editorial side of news, CNN has yet to provide specifics.

“In addition to special media monitoring activities and the civil rights audit, NABJ’s next steps involve further engaging with CNN’s parent company, AT&T, which has responded positively to outreach efforts and previously agreed to meet with NABJ.

“NABJ’s delegates are already engaged in very positive outreach with several other media companies and have met or have scheduled meetings with Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC. NABJ believes those companies see the value in such meetings and appreciates the respect those companies are showing for the positive intent of our efforts.

“The NABJ four-person delegation has attended previous meetings with other media companies. The delegation requesting a meeting with Zucker includes President Sarah Glover, Vice President-Digital Roland Martin, Vice President- Broadcast Dorothy Tucker and Executive Director Drew Berry.

“Zucker’s refusal to meet with the full delegation is based on a personal issue between CNN and NABJ’s Vice President-Digital Roland Martin. The issue stems from Martin’s participation in a 2016 town hall meeting with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Previously, former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile admitted she inadvertently disclosed a town hall topic to the Clinton campaign that was part of Martin’s research inquiry for the town hall.

“NABJ’s request to meet was and is focused solely on CNN’s diversity efforts, its results and our strategic priorities as an organization.”

The deadline for early bird registration for the National Association of Black Journalists convention was March 1. People planning to attend the convention Aug. 7-11 in Miami will be able to pre-register through June 1. The cost ranges from $275 for students to $550 for nonmembers. Discounts for NABJ members who also are with an affiliate chapter must be mailed or faxed into the NABJ office for verification purposes. For more information, go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.

NABJ and Columbia University are offering scholarships to students to attend the Miami convention. NABJ student members are encouraged to apply for a grant to help offset costs associated with the annual convention. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is providing five partial scholarships to the 2019 NABJ Annual Convention and Job Fair in Miami. Each fellowship winner will be awarded a $750 grant from Columbia to assist with travel and convention registration costs. Fellowship applicants must be members of NABJ to be eligible. The application deadline is March 29. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/2019-nabj-columbia-journalism-school/.

NABJ members seeking a position on the NABJ Board of Directors, including incumbents, must go to the link below and complete the form, including a letter of intent, a signed candidate’s agreement, biography, employment/university verification (requirements in PDF format) and a headshot by March 25. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/page/2019EleDeclaringCandidacy.

Upcoming NABJ events include:

 

For more information about NABJ’s scholarships, please contact jriley@nabj.org. To apply, go to https://www.nabj.org/page/2019NABJScholarships.

KC People

KCABJ picked up two renewing members: Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver.

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2019
February 23, 2019

KCABJ Membership

The weather has been a great challenge this winter. KCABJ’s membership meetings for January and February were canceled in part because of snow. The membership will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at a location to be determined. The agenda will include:

  • Whether KCABJ should continue as an organization, representing black journalists in the Kansas City area.
  • If it is to continue, will KCABJ offer a student journalism academy?
  • Will monthly meetings be changed to occur once every quarter?

Please plan to attend the meeting to provide valuable input into the future of the organization. The location will be emailed to people who have been members in the past.

NABJ News

The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism just outside Washington, D.C., is recruiting candidates for its 2019 master’s cohort program. The hands-on, professional program trains a diverse new generation of reporters, data analysts, photojournalists, producers and more. For more information, and to apply, email sdrada@umd.edu or visit go.umd.edu/MasterJournalism.

In a news release to its members, the National Association of Black Journalists announced three new additions to its national office staff. Angela Robinson will serve as NABJ’s director of operations, Kanya Stewart joins the staff as director of communications and Vanessa Johnson-Evans is serving as the program manager. NABJ Executive Director Drew Berry said each appointment is a critical component to the advancement of NABJ’s agenda and strategic priorities.

The Knight Foundation announced that it would double its investment in strengthening journalism to $300 million over five years, with a focus on building the future of local news and information. Learn more >

The Knight Media Forum will highlight ways in which we can find different, collaborative, digital and local ways to reliably inform Americans and increase trust in media.

Include the live feed of the Knight Media Forum on your website Feb. 26-27 free of charge.

Featured Panels

Feb. 26, 9:30 –10:30a.m.

The Fragmentation of Truth
Danah Boyd, founder and president, Data & Society.

Feb. 27, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

The Aspen Institute/Knight Commission: A Roadmap to Rebuilding Trust in the Media
Charlie Sykes, The Bulwark, Raney Aronson, Frontline, Joanne Lipman, Author, Journalist, Mizell Stewart III, USA Today Network. Moderated by Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation.

Feb. 27, 10 – 11 a.m.

Funding Local News:

Community Models for Success
Kathy Im, MacArthur Foundation and Darryl Holliday, City Bureau; Jim Friedlich, Lenfest and Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, Resolve Philadelphia; Mariam Noland, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and John Bebow, Center for Michigan; John Thornton, American Journalism Project. Moderated by Lilly Weinberg, Knight Foundation.

Feb. 27, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Keynote
David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times.

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Distressing News

The American Society of News Editors Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey announced “a historic low among newsrooms participating in the organization’s annual survey,” which marked its 40th anniversary in 2018. There was a response rate of only about 17 percent, with 293 newsrooms of the 1,700 queried for the survey submitting information. People of color represented 22.6 percent of the workforce in U.S. newsrooms that responded to the 2018 survey. “While encouraging, this figure cannot be generalized to interpret the landscape of the U.S. journalism industry as a whole because the responses are not drawn from a random sample,” the report notes. “The survey has historically relied on a convenience sample from organizations that volunteer to participate. Participation in the survey is crucial to building more diverse and inclusive journalism communities.”

KCABJ Membership Application for 2019

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) 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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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. KCABJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Black

Journalists.)

 

Howard University Job Opportunity
February 4, 2019

Howard University
Position Compensation
Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.
Position Information
Department: Media, Journalism and Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications (CHSOC)

Reports to: Chairperson, Department of Media, Journalism and Film

Basic Function: Teach courses in broadcast journalism, conduct academic research and/or creative productions, and serve on committees as assigned. Plan, direct, edit and publish the work of student journalists in the school’s media outlets.

Supervisory Accountability: Faculty member shall be accountable to the Journalism Sequence Coordinator, Department Chairperson and the CHSOC Dean.

Nature and Scope: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in broadcast journalism. S/he will also undertake academic research or creative productions, serve on university committees as assigned, and provide service to the national and/or international communications community.

Principal Accountabilities: Faculty member shall be evaluated annually in four key areas—research/creative production, teaching, service and professional development.

Description of Position: Particular expertise in the area of broadcast news production is preferred. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the theory and practice of broadcast news, long-format broadcast magazines and documentaries; advise and coach students in air-quality broadcast productions, including newscast producing; advise an on-campus media organization, participate in committee work, and assist in nurturing a culture of professional broadcasting while pursuing creative and professional development of their own.

The department is especially interested in candidates with an expertise in on-air broadcasting, editing, directing and producing. Candidates must be able to work in field, studio and online media environments and have a thorough knowledge of all aspects of news and media production. They must have the ability to teach in at least one other area of course offerings in the department, including courses that address critical issues related to the history, theory, practice and policy of public media. Candidates should also be willing and able to write grant proposals, be aware of emerging industry trends, and be able to supervise and critique e-portfolios/websites. Where appropriate, the successful candidates will also have opportunities to teach graduate courses in the Communications, Culture and Media Studies Program.

We seek a candidate who can work collegially and keep the department at the forefront of academic and media innovation. Preferred candidates will be able to identify new opportunities in social media, interactive news presentation, and understand analytics and data visualization. Highly desired are previous experience with news production in digital/mobile media and a willingness to innovate. They will also have the ability to supervise student reporters, anchors, producers and videographers working on deadline or on in-depth projects across broadcast and digital platforms.

This full-time, tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor begins August 2019.

Qualifications: The candidate should have a master’s or a terminal degree along with a strong record of professional broadcasting achievement, including awards and other recognition. Prior university-level teaching is preferred. That experience should include classroom teaching, grading, advising, experience in designing courses and syllabi.

Extensive professional connections and interest in seeking sponsorship of student productions preferred.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including e-mail addresses)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and vision for the future of broadcast journalism
  • Teaching evaluation summaries
  • Portfolio (URL link to relevant creative work, and/or samples of scholarly writing (productions, published essays, convention papers, etc.)
  • Names of three (3) references from academic or professional referees

Please submit these materials electronically to:

Dr. Montré Aza Missouri

Search Committee Chair

Department of Media, Journalism, and Film

mmissouri@howard.edu

Opportunity Knocks
January 31, 2019

Africa / Mideast Correspondent

We’re looking for a passionate, sensitive writer interested in exploring human development issues through a particular prism. Global Sisters Report, an award-winning website publication of National Catholic Reporter, is hiring a regional correspondent for Africa/Middle East. We’re looking for someone to write about the varied missions and ministries of Catholic women religious in Africa with context, depth and detail while being able to convey “big picture” themes about human development. Ideal applicants will have experience with international reporting and the ability to manage multiple deadlines and roles within the newsroom.

The preference is to have this person based in the region and able to travel frequently to other African countries and occasionally to the Middle East. Responsibilities include reporting trips to countries in the region, with the expectation of 5-8 stories out of each trip, along with shooting photos and some video. Stories for National Catholic Reporter (GSR’s parent company) may be expected/assigned on occasion.  Candidates must be available when not traveling for a weekly video conference meeting with the staff in the GSR home office in Kansas City, Missouri.

Candidates must also recruit and manage freelancers, help develop specific country and regional story ideas, and provide initial edit(s) on stories before they are sent to a GSR editor and a copy desk for final edits. As regional correspondent, this person would also be responsible for promoting the Global Sisters Report website to sisters, including managing and expanding the GSR Whatsapp group and finding other creative ways to bring GSR content to sisters who may not have regular internet access. Please send a cover letter, resume and four to six writing samples to GSR Editor Gail DeGeorge – gdegeorge@ncronline.org – by Feb. 18.