Glenn Rice honored with SCLC Community Service Award at celebration for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in KC

January 23, 2019 - Leave a Response

Glenn E. Rice, a former president and current vice president of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, speaks at the Southern Christian Leadership of Greater Kansas City luncheon in January. Glenn, a reporter for more than 30 years with The Kansas City Star, was honored with the SCLC’s Community Service Award. The luncheon was part of the weeklong celebration for the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2019

January 23, 2019 - Leave a Response

Glenn Rice Honored

Former KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice received the Community Service Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City during the weeklong celebration honoring the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The award was given Jan. 15 at the Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson Community Luncheon at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Former KCABJ president and current KCABJ Secretary Anita K. Parran introduced Glenn to the audience. Her remarks were:

“Congratulations to the SCLC for another successful Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week. Please pay close attention to the word ‘success.’

“When I received the invitation to introduce this year’s Community Service Award recipient, Glenn E. Rice, I did not hesitate for one second to say ‘Yes, of course.’ I am honored to do this for a friend and colleague.

“I have known Glenn for more years than I have fingers and toes. He has been an exemplary example of vision, enlightenment, and servant leader as a constant journalistic watchdog for and in our community.

“I discovered many papers that my mother collected during her lifetime. And I will share passages from ‘The Art of Success’ as defined by Wilferd Peterson. I believe that Glenn has demonstrated these successes over the years. He is truly a community asset in so many ways that cannot be fully articulated this afternoon.

‘“There are no secrets of success. Success is doing the things you know you should do.’

“I hope you know that Glenn is not a purveyor of the so-called ‘fake news’ that is being bandied about capriciously and without merit. He is an award-winning reporter for more than 30 years at The Kansas City Star. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize three times and for many years has worked diligently to produce The Kansas City Star’s annual special section for the King holiday, which we celebrate in part today. In partnership with reporter Mike McGraw, they doggedly researched and shed light on the Leon Jordan assassination in a series of articles that both captivated and educated readers. Not a native of Kansas City, I read with fascination and awe about the founder of the local black political club, Freedom Inc., and appreciated the intense research that was involved in the reporting.

‘“Success is not limited to one area of your life.’ I know that Glenn is a devoted husband to Charlotte and father to Zane. I can still remember his joy when he learned that he was going to be a dad. But, I must admit my take at the time was, he also seemed a little scared and apprehensive of such a daunting lifelong responsibility. He is unwaveringly devoted to family and fatherhood.

‘“Success is focusing full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.’ Glenn is a career-long member of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, which is how we first met. For years Glenn has been one of the leaders producing the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy for high school and college students in the metro area. He has spent countless hours in this endeavor, which is really a free journalism boot camp for students. And it really IS a boot camp. He has enlisted journalists from all disciplines to participate and has worked diligently with The Kansas City Star organization to help produce the student newspaper, which is a culmination of the academy.

“I would be remiss if I did not mention that Glenn has held high offices in the National Association of Black Journalists — once overseeing a multimillion-dollar budget as treasurer. He was honored by the organization with the ‘Salute to Excellence Award.’

‘“Success is accepting the challenge of the difficult.’ I remember when Glenn paired with Lewis Diuguid on a very public discussion titled ‘The N-word: Have We Really Come That Far?’

‘“Success is discovering your best talents, skills, and abilities and applying them where they will make the most effective contribution to your fellow men.’

“So last, but certainly not least, I will address another dimension of Glenn that has far-reaching community results. Glenn is devoted to his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi.

“A member of the Omicron Xi chapter, Glenn has a full page resume of fraternity credentials and experiences. He has received the Superior Service Award, served as vice president of his chapter and is the current coordinator for the sons of the Success/Project Manhood mentoring program.

“Making a difference in our community with our boys and young men is a worthwhile and meaningful endeavor that points to yet another Glenn Rice success.

“Finally, ‘Success is not arriving at the summit of a mountain as a final destination. It is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth.’

“I remain a cheerleader of Glenn E. Rice and salute all that he has contributed to our community. He is a ‘quiet leader’ whose words matter, whether in printed form or verbally.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this Community Service Award than Glenn, who has given so much and has so many successes attached to his name. I know that he is always seeking professional and personal growth. His talents, skills, and abilities make an indelible mark on our community.

“So as we celebrate the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson, we also celebrate Glenn E. Rice with the presentation of the Community Service Award.”

After hugging Anita, Glenn then responded in accepting the honor before the lunchtime audience:

“You do not have to worry. I won’t be up here very long because I don’t want to be the person to stand in the way of your hearing our keynote speaker, Kevin Willmott.

But seriously, I thank God for His continued grace, mercy and forgiveness.

I would like to thank the executive board and members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City and in particular the Rev. Vernon Percy Howard Jr., Arlana Coleman, the Rev. Sam Earnest Mann and Wesley Fields Esq. for this wonderful and cherished recognition.

I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award during a luncheon named in honor of the Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson, a man whose friendship I cherished and someone who made his life’s work the unrelenting pursuit for social justice and equality.

“Most importantly, I would like to thank my wonderful and beautiful wife, Charlotte, the love of my life whose sage advice, wise counsel and unconditional love and good cooking have sustained me for nearly 30 years. I know of no other person who is as smart, accomplished, warm, loving and thoughtful as you. Thank you for standing by my side; for pushing me and even sometimes dragging me to the finish line.

“To my daughter, Zayne Haley Allean, thank you for allowing me to be your father. Thank you for being the epitome and the living embodiment of God’s daily blessings. Thank you making fun of me when I needed it and forgiving me for those countless times when I have or had tried to embarrass you. I love you more than life itself and I am so proud of the young woman you are and the one that you are becoming.

“My mother, Jewel Rice, is here. Thank you raising me, for all of the sacrifices that you made raising six hard-headed kids all by yourself in that small three-bedroom house at 24th and Agnes streets. Well, maybe I was the only hard-headed one. But thank you Momma for getting up long before ‘early’ every day to catch the Metro bus in the frigid temperatures of the winter and swelter of the summer to go work that didn’t pay you enough and when you were bone-dead tired. Yet, through it all you possessed the perseverance to keep going. Thank you for working two jobs and for going without so that your children didn’t go to bed hungry or cold. Thank you for making me go to Sunday school, morning service, afternoon service, evening service and Wednesday prayer meeting and Bible study.  I guess y’all can tell that I was raised in the church. I am grateful to love of my siblings — Billy, Jackie, Lorenzo, Denise and Roy.

“I would like to thank my mentor and big brother, Lewis Walter Diuguid, for your unconditional tough love when I needed it and your brotherly advice even when I didn’t ask for it.

“Anita Parran is my (s)hero. Thank you for being my friend and mentor. I want to be like you when I grow up.

“I am grateful to the editors and my colleagues at The Kansas City Star, past, present and in the future. I have worked at The Star for more than 30 years. That is exactly 29 and half years longer than I deserved to be there and thank you Lacy Banks and Helen Gray for building that bridge. I would be remiss if I did not thank Lisa Lopez, who hired me to be a copy clerk.

I mentioned my colleagues at The Star last for a reason. We live in challenging times, and the role of a free and independent press is more important today than at any other time in our nation’s history.

“So before I sit down, I simply ask you to support your local newspapers — The Kansas City Star, but especially The Kansas City Call, The Kansas City Globe, The Hispanic News and Dos Mundos — the true soldiers without swords.

“I ask you to not only read local but also subscribe local.

“And when you see something you like, and in particular the news stories that I write, please retweet them, and share them on the Facebook — because I need all of the page views that I can get. But let the editors know as well. When we get something wrong, please let us know. Please don’t unsubscribe and unfollow us the Twitter. Hold us accountable.

“Remember it was the free press that reported on social injustices that occurred during the height of the civil rights struggle then and now. It wasn’t easy then and it isn’t easy now.

“As journalists, we never expect recognition because that’s not why we do our jobs or got into the business. And my wife will tell you that it ain’t for the pay.

We show up to work every day, try to do our jobs by asking those tough questions, try to bring comfort to the suffering, a voice to the voiceless and try to hold the powerful accountable. That is why we continue to need your support; especially when you know who shouts — fake news.

“But this award that I am receiving today is extra special because it means that my labor has not been in vain. And to be recognized by your community is especially heart-warming, enriching, humbling and special.

“And with that, please accept my heart-felt and sincere thank you.”


The National Association of Black Journalists is teaming up with Reuters to provide journalists with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28. For more information on the Reuters-NABJ Graduate Fellowship go to

Registration and hotel accommodations are now open for NABJ Presents: Basics Bootcamp 2019 scheduled for Feb. 15-16, 2019 at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Panels will lead training sessions that will include the new media ecosystem; identifying, cultivating and effectively using sources and social media; digital ethics including copy-editing, privacy and trespassing; real-time field reporting and writing; building an online portfolio; and constructing content for online audiences. For more information go to

NABJ took a stand against CBS news’ lack of diversity in its new hires for coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Of the 12 staffers, not one is African American.

“It is unfortunate that we are still having these discussions about diversity and inclusion,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “Ironically last year the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report was a major topic and now in 2019 we’re still asking media organizations specifically, and society as a whole to do the right thing.  CBS’s political team takes previously heralded steps back half a century.”

In response, CBS said the team that was announced is “an initial wave of what will be an outstanding and diverse group of journalists assigned to cover the 2020 election for CBS News.”

The NABJ Region III conference will take place April 5-6 in Birmingham, Ala. The theme is “Code Switching: Reporting the Virtual Truth.” For more information go to


KCABJ Membership Application for 2019

Mail this 2019 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 December 2018

January 5, 2019 - Leave a Response

Glenn Rice honored

   Former Kansas City Association of Black Journalists President Glenn E. Rice will be honored Jan. 15, 2019, at the Downton Marriott Hotel at a luncheon that is part of the citywide holiday celebration for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Glenn will receive the Community Service Award at the Rev. Dr. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson Community Luncheon sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City. Bishop Mark Tolbert will receive the President’s Award. The SCLC for years has put on one of the nation’s largest community celebrations, honoring the birthday of Dr. King. The Kansas City Globe said in an ad that ran Dec. 27, 2018, through Jan. 2 that the SCLC was honoring “two great community leaders and an advocate who has made a significant impact.”

Glenn Rice, an award-winning reporter with The Kansas City Star for more than 30 years, annually has been responsible for The Star’s production of a special section for the King holiday. The section features many of the weeklong SCLC events as well as other King holiday tributes throughout the metropolitan area and the two-state region. The publication also features special essays from people in the community, explaining what the holiday means to them.

In addition to serving KCABJ over the years as its president, vice president/print and student journalism academy coordinator, Glenn has served the National Association of Black Journalists as its treasurer and regional director.

Please plan to attend the luncheon to see one of our own honored.

KCABJ did not have a monthly meeting in December. The meeting in January will focus on yearend financials for 2018, and members will be asked to discuss KCABJ’s future. Please plan to attend at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Lutfi’s restaurant, 31st and Main streets. A notice will be emailed to members soon.


Registration for the National Association of Black Journalists convention is now open. It will take place Aug. 7-11 in Miami and is expected to draw about 3,000 attendees. For more information go to

For students, NABJ is providing several opportunities:

It’s time to renew your membership in KCABJ.

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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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KCABJ Newsletter for November 2018

November 18, 2018 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Members

KCABJ members at the November meeting decided to skip holding the December meeting and regroup in January.

Members also decided that because of continuing poor attendance at the monthly meetings to consider at the January meeting whether KCABJ should continue to exist. The question was raised about a half-dozen years ago at a membership meeting at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch Library. Members at that time decided to continue the organization because of its need to represent black journalists in the news media, which is part of KCABJ’s original charter.

At that early 21st century meeting, KCABJ still had its annual media awards program, and journalists and news media companies welcomed the opportunity to submit the best of their enterprise stories about African Americans and other people of color to be judged by KCABJ. Submissions for that program dwindled so that it was mostly discontinued about four years ago.

KCABJ had provided an annual summer Urban Student Journalism Academy for high school and college students who were interested in careers in journalism. KCABJ has continued to offer the two-week, intensive program, however, in the last couple of years, too few students have signed up for KCABJ to hold the class — even though it is free and the top graduating students are offered scholarships, which KCABJ funds.

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists was formed in 1981, and the student academy, albeit different then, started in 1982. Nearly 40 years ago, however, area media companies followed through on their interest in hiring black journalists.

The Kansas City Star has dropped more than 40 years into the past in its retreat on having a diverse news staff. TV and radio stations have maintained a certain number of black staffers, however, with the stations provide very little job stability. Those black staffers who have joined KCABJ are not around long enough to lend their talents to the organization or to become very involved in the community that supports them.

The KCABJ’s relevance question is important. Please plan to attend the Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, meet to share your thoughts on whether KCABJ should continue as well as remain an affiliate with the National Association of Black Journalists.


Pew Media Study

In a distressing sign of the times, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data shows that newsroom employees are more likely to be white and male than U.S. workers overall.  A sign of hope is that younger newsroom workers show greater racial, ethnic and gender diversity.

Having a news staff that mirrors the changing demographics of the United States increases the likelihood that the news will reflect the people and interests of the population. Not having a diverse news staff almost ensures that the coverage will be incomplete and biased.

“More than three-quarters (77%) of newsroom employees – those who work as reporters, editors, photographers and videographers in the newspaper, broadcasting and internet publishing industries – are non-Hispanic whites, according to the analysis of 2012-2016 American Community Survey data,” the study noted. “That is true of 65% of U.S. workers in all occupations and industries combined.

“Newsroom employees are also more likely than workers overall to be male. About six-in-ten newsroom employees (61%) are men, compared with 53% of all workers. When combining race/ethnicity and gender, almost half (48%) of newsroom employees are non-Hispanic white men compared with about a third (34%) of workers overall.

“The disparity in race and ethnicity exists across all age groups. Non-Hispanic whites account for about three-fourths (74%) of newsroom employees ages 18 to 49, and they represent 85% among those 50 and older. These shares are lower among workers overall.”

Thirty-eight percent of the youngest newsroom employees are both non-Hispanic white and male. It’s still a higher share than among workers overall (30%), but this 8-percentage-point gap is smaller than among older age groups.

“The racial, ethnic and gender differences by age are notable because the bulk of newsroom employees are in the younger age groups,” the Pew study notes. “About seven-in-ten newsroom employees are younger than 50: 28% are ages 18 to 29 and 42% are ages 30 to 49. Only about three-in-ten newsroom employees are 50 and older.

“These data for all newsroom employees tend to correspond with data on specific media sectors. For example, newsroom surveys conducted by the American Society of News Editors in 2012-2015 estimated that newspaper employees were 87%-88% white, 63%-64% male, and 56%-57% white and male. Surveys by the Radio Television Digital News Association in 2012-2016 estimated that television newsroom staff were 77%-79% white and 56%-60% male, while radio newsroom staff were 87%-91% white and 61%-69% male.”


The National Association of Black Journalists is seeking a communications director. For more information go to

NABJ and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) are offering a journalism short course to help students gain more skills in the industry. The course takes place March 28-31 on the Florida A&M University campus in Tallahassee, Fla. The application deadline is Jan. 1. For more information go to

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2018

October 20, 2018 - Leave a Response

Media Awards

KCABJ members decided to give no media awards this year.

The area news media have not generated enough material in 2018 that would merit a media award for enterprise journalism about African Americans and other people of color. That alone is a clear statement about the quality of journalism being produced by radio and television stations as well as the print and new media.

African Americans and people of color are receiving deficient news coverage in the Kansas City area. The news media instead focus almost exclusively on publishing and broadcasting stories about crime and other stories that underscore all negative aspects about black people and other people of color.

It is not surprising then that KCABJ members like Kansas City Star reporter Aaron Randle report on stories of explicit racism inflicted on African Americans, Latinos and immigrants in the Kansas City area.

In this alt-right era with Trump as president, overt racism has found a welcoming home in the Kansas City area.

KCABJ members at the October meeting decided against having a holiday party. The energy and resources instead will go to a membership drive in January during the holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. or February during Black History Month.


The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its 2019 convention in Miami from Aug. 7-11. JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa will be the convention hotel. Rooms at the hotel apparently are sold out. The overflow hotel is Residence Inn by Marriott Miami Aventura Mall. It also apparently has sold out. Two additional hotels for the convention are AC Hotel Marriott Miami Aventura and the Aloft Hotel Miami Aventura. They are within two miles of the host hotel. People who plan to attend the convention are asked to book their hotel rooms soon.

NABJ President Sarah Glover announced that Sia Nyorkor has been picked as the new regional director for Region II, which includes Missouri and Kansas. Nyorkor is an Emmy and award-winning multimedia journalist for WOIO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid has reached out to Nyorkor to welcome her to the post. Nyorkor can be reached at

NABJ is extending the deadline to Oct. 22 for its NABJ Multimedia Short Course at North Carolina A&T State University. The four-day intensive journalism workshop provides hands-on experience in multimedia journalism. To apply, go to

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2018

September 24, 2018 - Leave a Response

Media Awards

KCABJ members met for the monthly meeting in September and decided against having a media awards program in 2018.

Some key contributing members of KCABJ have left the area to work for other media companies. They could have been eligible for media awards if they were still working at local media companies and had submitted material to be considered by the association.

Members also decided to revisit in October whether and where the organization might hold a holiday gathering/membership drive for 2019. To have input, please plan to attend the October KCABJ meeting. KCABJ would absorb all of the expenses for the event, which traditionally has been held at a black owned restaurant or bar.


The National Association of Black Journalists from Nov. 24 through Dec. 2 will be going to China on a reporting mission. The trip offers NABJ members an opportunity to report on Asia. The trip will include stops in Beijing and Shanghai in China.

“With the NABJ Les Payne Reporting Trip to China, NABJ will expand its international footprint for the first time in Asia,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said in a prepared release. “This journey is a terrific opportunity for NABJ to expand its reach and partnerships, and for members to provide perspective on policies that affect Americans at home and abroad. The trip also supports NABJ members who continue to be at the forefront of reporting on issues that impact black people across the diaspora and people of color.”

The release added: The trip is in honor of Les Payne, NABJ founder and the fourth president of NABJ, for his revolutionary work to introduce NABJ members and students to foreign reporting experiences. Payne died earlier this year. In the past 30 years, more than 100 NABJ members have participated in NABJ-organized reporting missions abroad. Countries include Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Senegal, Gambia, Morocco, Mozambique, Ghana, Jamaica, Bahamas and Cuba.

People interested in the trip can learn more by emailing their questions to, or email Kaylan Somerville at

News You Can Use

Applications now are being taken for the NABJ Multimedia Short Course at North Carolina A&T State University. It is a four-day journalism workshop that provides hands-on experience and practical guidance of what it takes to be successful multimedia journalists.

Participants will produce a newscast, webcasts, podcasts, video slide shows and related social media sites. They will be instructed by experienced industry anchors/reporters, news directors, producers, videographers/editors and NC A&T faculty.

For more information go to

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for two communications officers based in Battle Creek, Mich. To Apply include a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format) and where you learned of the position. Send the information to The Website is W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

The Boston Globe is offering a 2019 summer internship program. At The Globe, interns will have the opportunity to work as reporters, photographers or copy editors. The 12-week, paid internship program places reporter-interns in The Boston Globe’s news, business, living/arts and sports departments. Photo interns will shoot stills and video for all sections, and the copy editing interns will work on local, national, foreign and business copy as well as with Globe newsroom staff will provide direction and feedback on a daily basis. Globe interns produce every day and finely polish their journalism skills over the summer.

The application deadline is Nov. 1. For more information on the program and to get an application, go to You also can email Paula Bouknight, AME/Hiring & Development with The Globe at

 KC People

Former KCABJ member and Kansas City Star reporter Cheryl
W. Thompson

was elected president of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) this
summer. NABJ said in a news release, praising Thompson’s election: Thompson,
who’s leading the
43-year-old IRE as its first African
American president,
is a longtime investigative reporter at The Washington Post. She’s also
an associate professor of journalism at George Washington University School of
Media and Public Affairs. An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Thompson was named
the 2017 NABJ Journalism Educator of the Year.

Thompson said she’s committed to ensuring that IRE continues to thrive and is excited to collaborate and share ideas with other organizations.

“Investigative journalism is needed now more than ever in this country and also around the world,” Thompson said. “Being a woman of color, who just happens to be board president, allows me the opportunity to show everyone that IRE is about inclusivity. Our organization should reflect the tapestry of this country, which is not just black and white.”


KCABJ Newsletter for August 2018

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KCABJ’s participation in the Sheila Brooks book discussion in July at the Central Library was well-received.

KCABJ was publically thanked at the event, which attracted an audience of about 100 people. The organization also received a letter from Kristin Nelson, development director for the Kansas City Public Library, thanking the KCABJ for its membership approved contribution for the reception. She wrote “your recent $200 gift proves that you 100 percent believe in the mission of public libraries everywhere and understand the importance of rallying behind your own local Kansas City Public Library. Thank you.”

KCABJ members also need to be aware that the organization is pursuing investment opportunities for funds that have accumulated in the 37 years that KCABJ has existed. It will enable KCABJ to continue to provide community-based programming to benefit its members and the Kansas City area. This isn’t the first time that KCABJ has made such investments. However, the Great Recession had made it impossible for such action to occur until now. Stay tuned as more details are announced only at membership meetings.


The National Association of Black Journalists held its first convention in Detroit in 26 years, drawing about 3,000 people to the city, where Motown was born and pumping an estimated $10.6 million into the economy, according to Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The 44th annual convention featured about 150 workshops, keynote speakers and career fair. Learn more about the goings-on at the convention by going to the American Black Journal. The need for more journalists of color was highlighted during the conference in discussions about diversity.

Many awards were handed out during the convention, including NABJ’s Thumbs Down Award. “The Thumbs Down Award is presented annually to an individual or organization for especially insensitive, racist or stereotypical reporting, commentary, photography or cartooning about the black community or for engaging in practices at odds with the goals of NABJ,” NABJ said in a prepared statement. This year’s recipient is KTVU TV in Oakland, Calif. “In its reporting on the death of African American woman Nia Wilson, who was killed by a knife attack on a public transit train, the TV station published a photo taken from Wilson’s Facebook account of her holding what looked like a gun to her head (the object actually may have been a cell phone case shaped to look like a gun). In the wake of the attack, in which Wilson’s sister Lahtifa was also slashed, many questioned why the TV station used such an inflammatory photo,” NABJ said in a prepared statement. “The station has apologized publicly for publishing the photo. NABJ President Sarah Glover said: ‘There’s no justification for KTVU’s airing of a photo of her apparently holding a fake gun cell phone case. KTVU victimized her twice by airing an image that puts her in a negative light, and that also has nothing to do with her death. The lack of sensitivity shown to the victim and her family is unacceptable.’”

NABJ also has a Best Practices Award. This year it went to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Cenozo. “Earlier this year, the ICIJ convened 13 journalists from 11 countries to help expose the financial secrets of some of West Africa’s most powerful institutions — including politicians, corporations and power brokers,” NABJ said in a prepared statement. “These journalists work in environments where the kind of reporting they do is not only aggressively opposed by powerful forces in their home countries, but where violence against journalists is not uncommon and danger can be high.

“The collaboration allows members to share resources, data and access to help report on issues of tax avoidance, financial crime and corruption.

NABJ recognizes this as being worthy of its Best Practices Award.”

At an NABJ board meeting after the convention, the board unanimously passed a resolution, condemning statements and actions by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration that are detrimental to the freedom of the press. The continued attacks and hostile attitude toward the news media must end.

NABJ has picked Drew Berry as its new executive director.

Sheila Brooks Discusses Her New Book on Lucile H. Bluford at the Central Library

July 17, 2018 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2018

July 17, 2018 - Leave a Response

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.


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; producers at 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

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

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


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.


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

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 - Leave a Response

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.


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

To book a room at the hotel, go to,-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