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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

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.


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 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 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,

Laura Ziegler, Community Engagement Reporter and Producer,

C.J. Janovy, Arts Editor and Reporter,



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 or Ryan Fox at

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

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,

Laura Ziegler, Community Engagement Reporter and Producer,

C.J. Janovy, Arts Editor and Reporter,

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2017
September 17, 2017

Membership meeting

KCABJ members met at the September meeting, but no entries were received for the 2017 KCABJ Media Awards.

The issue was tabled until the Oct. 21 meeting. If no entries are submitted at that time by paid KCABJ members then there will be no media awards handed out for 2017.

Members of KCABJ should look for the October meeting announcement in their email ahead of the date.


The National Association of Black Journalists has established a relief fund to help NABJ members negatively affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Donations can be sent to NABJ Relief for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Those NABJ members directly and negatively affected by the terrible storms may email NABJ Region III Director Ken Lemon at with appeals.

NABJ this month gave its best practices award to the Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media. NABJ President Sarah Glover said, “We believe the Emma Bowen Foundation has proven itself a leader in ensuring diversity in the newsroom by its nearly 30-year old internship program that connects students of color to valuable opportunities in newsrooms across the country.”

KC People

Gerald Jordan, longtime associate professor of journalism at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and The Kansas City Star’s first black sportswriter, first black editorial writer and first black TV critic, is the recipient of the 2017 Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship, ASNE announced Wednesday. Gerald also was a founding member of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists in 1981.

A $1,000 award, given in recognition of an educator’s outstanding efforts to encourage students of color to enter the field of journalism, will be given Oct. 10 at the American Society of News Editors annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Images This Month from the NABJ Convention in New Orleans
August 16, 2017

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2017
August 16, 2017


Busy summer schedules prompted the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists to skip the meeting for August and pick things up at the Sept. 16 meeting. Members will receive an email letting them know the time and location.

KCABJ members at that meeting should bring entries for the 2017 KCABJ Media Awards. Only members whose dues is current can submit entries for awards.

The awards are open to entries in print, broadcast and new media. They have to exhibit accurate, enterprise journalism about African Americans and other people of color. There also are categories for public relations with KCABJ Media Awards for community service, media public service and the KCABJ president’s award.

The awards program will take place in the fall. The membership will decide the date and the venue.

People who have any questions should contact KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at 816-730-9194 or send email to


The National Association of Black Journalists Aug. 9-13 convention in New Orleans managed to swim above the flooding that overtook that city ahead of convention-goers’ arrival.

Neither the rain nor high water dampened NABJ members’ spirit or enthusiasm. In addition to attending workshops and panel discussions, attendees were able to share international story ideas with the Pulitzer Center.

There also were numerous job opportunities for black journalists who ventured through the jobs fair at the convention.

Convention-goers learned that the Ford Foundation was awarding a $150,000 grant to NABJ to further the association’s strategic plan. The two-year grant is for executive level staffing and will enable NABJ to focus on “issues often ignored by the mainstream media.”

People also were informed that NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will have a joint convention in 2020. The organizations’ last joint convention was in 2016 in Washington, D.C. The city and location for the 2020 convention will be announced soon.

Front and center during the 2017 NABJ convention was the second phase of the Black Male Media Project. People were invited to submit photos for a digital photography exhibit meant to challenge the media’s pictorial narrative. #InspireBlackMen is an

initiative to help change the narrative around the lives and images of black men in the news and in society. Pictures for the project exhibit can be sent to by Oct. 15.

The convention also featured a Volunteer Day of Service during which NABJ members went into the New Orleans community to assist in repairing homes still damaged from the 2005 devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

NABJ also gave out more than 100 awards during the convention and inducted four veteran journalists into the NABJ Hall of Fame. The 2017 Hall of Famers were Michael Days, former newspaper writer and author of “Obama’s Legacy: What He Accomplished as President”; Rev. Aisha Karimah, prize-winning television producer; John Jenkins, veteran photographer and television executive; and Garth C. Reeves, Sr., Publisher Emeritus of the Miami Times.


News You Can Use

The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will offer a tuition-free leadership program to train journalists of color working in digital media.   Applications are now open for the 2017 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. The academy, offered to 25 participants, will run Dec. 3-8, 2017, at the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tuition is free. To learn more and apply by Aug. 18, go to here.


Broadcast Journalism Job Opportunity in KC
July 18, 2017

KCUR-FM 89.3 is part of a unique project committed to telling the stories of people living at the Intersection of race, ethnicity and culture. From the advent of #BlackLivesMatter to the election of Donald Trump as president, the dialogue around race is changing in this country. Public media needs to change too if it’s to  accurately reflect all segments of our communities.


This groundbreaking project, led by St. Louis Public Radio, is funded by a two-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Reporters will work collaboratively from St. Louis, Hartford, Conn., Portland, Ore., and Kansas City. Focusing on race, ethnicity and culture, our journalists will look with fresh eyes at issues and concerns being raised by diverse — and passionate — voices throughout the country.  We want to give voice to those who are overlooked.


The team will produce an ambitious body of work that offers a blueprint for public media journalists who seek to serve their communities more profoundly. The work itself – based in honest, difficult communication – is intended to resonate with national, regional and local audiences.

We’re looking for an accomplished multimedia reporter who is passionate about covering all manner of issues with an eye toward race, ethnicity and diversity. We want a team player who will be a force in our newsroom, leading all our work (newscasts, talk shows, reporting, events) toward a better understanding of our community.


This reporter will be welcomed into an ambitious yet flexible workplace. KCUR employs journalists with a wide range of backgrounds – print, TV, radio — from all over the country. We’re also the hub of Harvest Public Media and the Kansas News Service, so we’re incredibly supportive of collaborative reporting.


A background in radio is not necessary, but a passion for public radio style storytelling and a commitment to the mission of public radio is essential.


In your cover letter, please tell us what kinds of stories you believe this team should cover and how you would approach these topics differently from what you hear currently on public media. What is missing or overlooked?



  • Identify, research, pitch, write, report, edit and voice a wide variety of spots, two-ways, and feature stories for morning and afternoon newsmagazines, local talk shows, and national programs (as appropriate).
  • Create news reports, features and research ­– including graphics, interpretive charts and photos — for website, social media platforms and other outlets.
  • Collaborate with project editors and reporters on daily work and projects.
  • Participate in news planning meetings to suggest story ideas and help focus story angles
  • Contribute segment ideas and appear as a guest or host on local talk shows, podcasts and community events, as needed.
  • Edit features and spots for other reporters.
  • Participate in all assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Three to five years of reporting experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field required; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.
  • Excellent writing skills, proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
  • Ability to multitask and work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and work collaboratively with various personalities.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.



  • More than five years of reporting experience.
  • One year of work experience in a radio, news, or public media organization.
  • Experience in collaborative reporting.
  • Familiarity with cross-platform storytelling.
  • Familiarity with the variety of issues likely to come up in Kansas City.
  • Strong social media skills.



This position reports to a KCUR news director.



Salary is commensurate with experience.



Review of applications will begin on June 26, 2017.  Apply online:  Applicants must combine all materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.  Maximum size limit is 11MB.  Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

In your cover letter, please tell us what kinds of stories you believe this team should cover and how you would approach these topics differently from what you hear currently on public media.   What is missing and overlooked?


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To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2017
July 15, 2017

Media Awards

KCABJ members met in July and set the September meeting as the day that members-only can turn in entries for the 25th KCABJ Media Awards.

Over the years, KCABJ has given awards for news media coverage of accurate depictions of African Americans and other people of color in stories, pictures and artwork in print, broadcast and new media. KCABJ also has award categories for advertising, public relations and public service announcements.

One of the goals of the media awards is to encourage good, honest journalism in the coverage of people of color. KCABJ has enjoyed phenomenal success in pushing the area media companies to be more accountable in this area.

Members at the Sept. 16 KCABJ meeting can submit entries. At the October meeting, members will decide which entries will receive awards. Nothing is guaranteed. All entries are judged on their merit.


The National Association of Black Journalists convention will take place Aug. 9-13 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. NABJ is offering a day of service for people to take part in a New Orleans Volunteer Day of Service to paint and drywall homes for families still displaced by the 2005 catastrophe that we all know as Hurricane Katrina. The deadline to register is July 21.The event is in partnership with the St. Bernard Project during the month of Katrina’s 12th anniversary to help families finally come back home.

CNBC is hosting an invitation-only Aug. 10, interactive business reporting workshop at the convention. Some workshop attendees may be picked to visit CNBC Global Headquarters for a camera test and meetings with CNBC executives. For more information about the workshop, CNBC, and eligibility requirements, please visit here.

NABJ’s 2017 Salute to Excellence award

winners will be announced at gala celebration during the convention on Aug. 12 in New Orleans. The competition honors work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism and public relations. Among the persons honored at the NABJ convention will be Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press. She will receive the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award. Riley will be presented with the award at the Hall of Fame Luncheon on Aug 11.

Also during the convention, NABJ is offering a limited number of complimentary hardship registrations to the #NABJ17 Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans, Louisiana. Eligible NABJ members may apply for a free convention registration, which provides access to the career fair and workshops. Access to ticketed special events is not included.

Who’s eligible? NABJ members who lost their full-time journalism, public relations or journalism educator jobs in the last nine months, and NABJ members who are freelancers and have not been paid in full by Ebony magazine. (More to come on this item.)

The deadline is July 20 at 5 p.m. EDT. Click here to apply for the hardship registration.

Last, but certainly not least, NABJ on July 13 announced its 2017 Thumbs Down Award. Fox News is understandable, but the shocker was Ebony magazine.

The Thumbs Down Award is presented annually to an individual or organization for especially insensitive, racist or stereotypical reporting, commentary, photography or cartoon about the black community or for engaging in practices at odds with the goals of NABJ.

Fox News was picked in part because of lawsuits and accusations charging the cable network with “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.” There also have been allegations of sexual harassment.  Additionally, the lack of diversity in key positions is a major concern for NABJ.

“It seems FOX has allowed a very unhealthy environment to fester,” said NABJ Vice President of Broadcast Dorothy Tucker. “There has to be a level of accountability and it starts at the top. Management has to do better.”

The surprise NABJ Thumbs Down Award recipient this year was Ebony magazine. Ebony, under its new owners Clear View Group, has made headlines this year because of staff cuts; the relocation of its headquarters from its founding base in Chicago to Los Angeles; and, its very public and sometimes offensive responses to reports of late or non-payment for work already performed by staff or freelance journalists.

“Many of the decisions being made by Ebony’s new owners seem counter to the vision of founder John H. Johnson,” said NABJ Vice President of Print Marlon A. Walker. “Ebony and its sister publication Jet are near and dear to us. To hear writers whose words bring us much joy aren’t being paid for those words is sad, unconscionable, unacceptable. Johnson is probably rolling over in his grave.”

NABJ noted: “Fox News must address its work culture and diversity at all levels of employment, including management positions, and the owners of Ebony magazine must resolve its pay issues with freelancers immediately and work to rebuild its image after several alarming missteps.”

KC People

KCABJ membership grew by one with the addition of Pamela Spencer De La Fuente. Turnout for the July membership meeting also was quite impressive — especially during a time of summer vacations.

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2017
June 21, 2017

KCABJ Academy

Because of vacations in the summer, KCABJ membership will meet July 15.

The meeting will include the 2017 KCABJ Media Awards and how members can submit entries, thoughts for a membership drive this year and next, and the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists convention.

The meeting will run from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 15 at Lufti’s Fried Fish Restaurant, 3037 Main St. Members are welcome to order lunch or other refreshments.



The National Association of Black Journalists convention will take place Aug. 5-13 in New Orleans at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. The offerings include:

  • CNN hosting a TV reporters and producers workshop on Friday, Aug. 11. Senior managers on-air coaches and CNN correspondents will provide the instruction.
  • The NABJ Career Fair, which will run throughout the convention, giving members an opportunity to meet with media company recruiters.
  • #NABJ17: “Power Up and Break Through” is the theme.
  • Facebook and Google executives will be major partners at this year’s convention. The two top technology companies will be joined by other first-time and returning partners to lead workshops.
  • CNBC is hosting an invitation only, interactive business reporting workshop at the 2017 NABJ Annual Convention, where CNBC talent and producers will teach on-air reporters and multimedia journalists how we supply the reporting, data, and analysis that our global audience demands to make informed investment decisions in their professional and personal lives. For more info about the workshop, CNBC, and eligibility requirements, please visit here.

Pre-registration for the NABJ convention has been extended to June 30. Click here for pricing details and to register.

In addition to the annual convention, NABJ is teaming up with the Poynter Institute to offer a tuition-free, leadership program to train journalists of color to work in digital media. Twenty-five persons will be selected for the Dec. 3-8 program on the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. For more information, contact Elisa Jackson, executive director of the Poynter Foundation, at or NABJ President Sarah Glover at

To learn more and apply by Aug. 18, go here.

The NABJ Broadcast Task Force is coming out with its own Producer Database, which includes TV, radio, newscast, podcast, executive, field, special projects, web, digital, social media, associate or assistant producers.

To be included click here.

NABJ also is conducting a national search for a new executive director.

KC People

KCABJ’s membership inched up by one with the addition of Carlotta Berry.

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2017
May 19, 2017

KCABJ Academy

Only one person mailed in an application for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy before the April 29 deadline.

Because of that, the program is being canceled this year. The class has to have a minimum of six students and a maximum of 12 to occur.

The young lady who applied was informed in writing that like college classes that don’t have enough students enroll, the academy would not occur this year. However, we will try again next year with the hope that more high school and college students will show an interest in journalism careers.

KCABJ has offered the academy since 1982. There have been only three years that it has not occurred either because of a lack of interest expressed by students or staffing problems.


The National Association of Black Journalists in its NABJ Journal features a cover story on the black press having a standing exhibit at the new Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The NABJ Convention will take place from Aug. 5-13 in New Orleans. People who plan to attend should make their reservations at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel before July 5. The hotel is offering rooms for $159 a night. Convention-goers are urged to register for the conference before June 1 to save big.

The honorary co-chairs for the convention are Warren Bell and Michelle Miller. The convention theme is “Power Up and Break Through.”

The NABJ Elections Committee has certified a slate of candidates for the 2017-2019 Board of Directors. Sarah Glover is running unopposed for president. For Vice President-Broadcast, Gayle Hurd is facing Dorothy Tucker. For secretary, Cheryl Smith is running unopposed. For Region I director, Johann Calhoun is running unopposed as is Ken Lemon for Region III director. Four persons are running for student representative on the board. They are Kyra Azore at Howard University, Wilton Jackson at Louisiana State University, Lawrence Malloy at Fort Valley State University and Gladys Sargeant at Hampton University. For more information go to

In other NABJ News, April Ryan was named NABJ Journalist of the Year. She is with the American Urban Radio Networks covering the White House.

NABJ also expressed its dismay at allegations of a hostile racial environment at Fox News. Eleven current and former Fox News employees have filed a class action lawsuit against the leading cable news network.

NABJ has launched a Black Male Media Project to help change the lives and image of black males. The first program of its kind will occur June 10 in cities nationwide.

“The program is designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in journalism and media and those that aspire to,” NABJ notes. “All NABJ chapters are invited to join the dialogue on June 10 by creating local workshops and sessions aimed at cultivating skills and broadening the networking opportunities for black men in media. This program is not exclusive to black participation and is aimed at helping all people engage around the value of black males working in newsrooms and media.”

Participating chapters will use #InspireBlackMen to promote the project.

“The second phase of the NABJ Black Male Media Project will be a digital photography project showcased at the NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair from Aug. 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NABJ members will be invited to share positive pictures of black men where they are, as they are.

“NABJ chapters interested in hosting one of the concurrent June 10 training programs should contact NABJ Council of Presidents Chair Ken Lemon by April 14 to indicate interest at

Media outlets and general questions may direct inquiries to: Partnership inquiries may be addressed to JoAnne Lyons Wooten at”

NABJ last month developed a new strategic plan, which includes: financial stability, a robust jobs effort to secure more employment for its members at media companies, more training and professional development, more advocacy efforts for black journalists and coverage of issues in the black community and a revision of its convention site selection.

KC People

KCABJ’s membership inched up by one with the addition of Carlotta Berry.

Gerald Jordan, a founding member of KCABJ in 1981, was honored in 2016 with the Arkansas Press Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Jordan had been the first African American sportswriter at The Kansas City Star and the first African American to serve on the newspaper’s editorial board in the mid-1970s. He is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid had his third book published in April. The title is “Our Fathers: Making Black Men.”