KCABJ Newsletter for December 2019

December 20, 2019 - Leave a Response

Anticipating 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all KCABJ members and supporters!

The New Year will be a big deal for the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists. It will be the organization’s 39th year in existence representing and advocating for African Americans who have chosen to be reporters, photographers, artists, editors, videographers, journalism educators and other multimedia storytellers.

2020 also will be the eve of the KCABJ’s 40th anniversary. Members will have to put their heads together to develop ways to celebrate how KCABJ has been of service to black journalists and to the community, too.

From 1982 through 2015, KCABJ has held annual journalism academies to help prepare high school and college students for careers in journalism. In those years, the program has graduated hundreds of students, some of whom continue to work in the news industry. As the news media have struggled financially, so has the interest in journalism as a career among young people. Not enough students have signed up the last three years, forcing KCABJ to cancel the academy. In addition, journalism in many high schools as well as school newspapers has all but disappeared in course offerings in area urban schools for whom the KCABJ academy was established. KCABJ members will have to determine how to re-energize interest in journalism careers among young people and in the intensive, two-week summer academy.

KCABJ from 1991 to 2016 annually held a news media awards program, promoting the best enterprise journalism about people of color in Greater Kansas City. KCABJ over the years gave out hundreds of awards, which helped promote the careers and interest in good journalism about communities of color among area newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations and public relations firms. KCABJ also has worked diligently to get faculty of color placed in journalism and communications programs at colleges and universities in Kansas and Missouri.

Members need to determine whether to continue those programs or begin new efforts through KCABJ.

NABJ News

NABJ President Dorothy Tucker recently traveled to Doha, Qatar, as part of efforts to counter increasing verbal and physical attacks on journalists, including NABJ members, in the United States and abroad.

Tucker spoke at a two-day Al Jazeera Center for Public Liberties and Human Rights’ symposium, titled “The Challenges of Press Freedom: Facing Impunity, Rule of Law and Human Rights.”

The speech, which was livestreamed globally on Dec. 9, called for action and unity in the international fight for press freedom and journalists’ protection and shared NABJ’s plan to be an active partner in the cause. Tucker signed an NABJ Declaration of Partnership, met with leaders of Al Jazeera and heads of various press freedom organizations while in Doha.

A recent analysis from Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 World Press Freedom Index, showed that the United States has been classified as a “problematic” media climate. “Of all the world’s regions, it is the Americas (North and South) that have suffered the greatest deterioration in its regional score measuring the level of press freedom,” the analysis states.

More than a year after NABJ passed a resolution condemning the U.S. Administration’s detrimental actions, statements and hostile attitude toward press freedom, NABJ is disheartened that progress has not been made. As a world leader, other countries follow the United States’ example, and now more than ever we have seen a rise in not only the disrespectful and demeaning attacks that some black journalists have experienced while covering their beats — such as the White House — but also in the rise in dangerous work environments for international journalists, sadly leading to violence, imprisonment and death.

“America must do better, and governments worldwide must do better,” Tucker said. “No journalist should be attacked or harmed for simply striving to do their jobs effectively. Action must be taken because at this very moment a journalist somewhere in this world is being treated like a criminal or worse. The United States should be ashamed that esteemed journalists and NABJ members like April D. Ryan (American Urban Radio Networks, CNN), Joy-Ann Reid (MSNBC), Abby Phillip (CNN), and Yamiche Alcindor (PBS NewsHour) have been consistently and publicly verbally attacked by our own President (Donald Trump) for simply asking the important and tough questions that citizens deserve answers to. And, unfortunately, efforts to dilute and destroy press freedom abroad hit closer to home than one may think.”

News You Can Use

NABJ is offering the 2020 NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship with a $5,000 travel award. The travel award provides an opportunity for a NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa and the necessary assistance to complete a project or singular report on Africa.

The fellowship is named for the first female, African American commentator employed by a U.S. network when CBS hired her in 1972. Known as the “First Lady of the Black Press,” Payne, a Chicago native, was a lecturer and columnist whose eloquent advocacy while reporting on the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s gained her national fame. Payne, who died in 1991, was the first African American female journalist to focus on international news reporting. The deadline to apply is Jan. 13. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s18or3gj1mse5gn/.

NABJ is offering its “Basics Bootcamp” of journalism from Feb. 14-15 at Paul Quinn College. Panels for the two-day, intense training will discuss balancing writing an article with the increasing demands to tell the story through different forms — visuals, social media and websites. For more information, go to https://www.nabj.org/event/basicsbootcamp20.

The National Football League and the National Association of Black Journalists are offering four summer internships for students seeking the opportunity to contribute to the League’s success while receiving an unmatched, behind-the-scenes learning experience. The summer program covers a minimum of eight weeks, from Monday, June 8, 2020 through Friday, July 31, 2020. Interns will be required to work five full days (about 40 hours) a week. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s18or3gj1mse5gn/.

NABJ and the Ringer are offering two full-time summer internships in Los Angeles. Interns will work in either the audio, editorial, social media or video departments. This is a paid internship and has a full-time requirement of 40 hours per week. While the time frame of the internship is negotiable, applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 12 weeks in addition to attending the NABJ-NAHJ National Convention from July 8-12 in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s19uqkrs1qs16xf/.

The National Association of Black Journalists is seeking proposals from NABJ-NAHJ members for the July 8-12 convention in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Members are limited to submitting no more than two proposals each. The deadline is Jan. 17. For more information, go to https://ww5.aievolution.com/nbj2001/.

NABJ is asking members to make monetary donations to the organization at the following levels:

 

  • $19.75 in honor of the year of our founding.
  • $44 in honor of our Founders.
  • Any amount will be accepted, and feel free to give as much as you choose. The more you give the more others will be helped.
  • For more information go to https://app.mobilecause.com/form/zuP3-g?vid=3kkec

People planning to attend the NABJ-NAHJ convention in July in Washington, D.C., can now register at the convention hotel. People can make their reservations at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Rooms are expected to go fast. For more information, go to  https://book.passkey.com/e/49972635.or call the hotel at  202-797-3804. The overflow hotel is the Omni Shoreham, which is adjacent to the Marriott. NABJ expects rooms to go fast there as well. Call 800-843-6664 (800-THE-OMNI).

Nominations are now being accepted for 2020 NABJ awards including awards for Lifetime Achievement, Journalist of the Year and Best Practices. From those who blazed the trail to the ones who fight to make sure our stories are heard, even in the face of adversity, NABJ bestows 12 special honors on journalism organizations, professionals, educators and students committed to exemplary coverage of the black community. The awards will be presents at the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair scheduled on July 8-12, 2020 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. The NABJ Special Honors committee solicits nominations of journalism professionals, educators and students who have distinguished themselves with integrity, courage, innovation, achievement, leadership, and influence on those within the profession.
The Special Honors Committee reviews all entries and forwards recommendations to the NABJ Board of Directors, which names the winners. NABJ reserves the right not to name a winner in any particular category in any given year.
If you have questions or need to edit your submission, please contact awards@nabj.org. The submission deadline is Friday, February 21, 2020. After this date, submissions cannot be updated. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s11yaq100r6vmbz/.

NABJ is offering a Covering the Evidence: Adolescent Health, an all-expenses-paid, 2.5-day boot camp designed to deepen journalists’ knowledge of adolescent health and behavior issues, while also building communication skills among scientists conducting related research and fostering trust and understanding between these two professional groups. In addition to joint activities with scientists, journalists will get up to speed on the science behind newsworthy issues facing today’s teens, including:

  • vaping and health
  • screens, social media, and well-being
  • mental health disparities
  • education equity and academic achievement gaps

 

This boot camp will be at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), in Baltimore, from Thursday, March 19 – Saturday, March 21. This is a no-cost event; all travel, accommodation, and program costs will be covered by SciLine’s philanthropic grants. The course will be accessible to reporters without deep backgrounds in science and will feature clear, research-based presentations without preference for specific political or policy perspectives. The deadline to apply is Jan. 6. For more information, go to https://www.sciline.org/umbc-journalist?utm_source=nabj&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=umbc.

The Journalism Education Association is seeking an assistant director to start August 2020. The headquarters staff works at offices at Kansas State University, the JEA’s host institution since 1987. For more information, go to https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/508397/assistant-director-jea.

KC People

KCABJ received a thank you card from Global Ties KC for KCABJ members taking the time to meet with journalists from Ukraine last month. “Our group was very appreciative for your time and insight,” the card said. “The meeting was very powerful and provided (the Ukrainian journalists) with a much-needed inside look at issues of discrimination and disparity in both the field of journalism as well as the United States as a whole. We appreciate your time and support in making this program a success!”

KCABJ Membership Application for 2020

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KCABJ Members, Ukrainian Journalists Discuss Race In U.S. Newsrooms

November 19, 2019 - Leave a Response

On far left and far right, Kansas City Association of Black Journalists President Lewis Diuguid and KCABJ member Lisa Benson Cooper met on Nov. 18 with journalists from the Ukraine. The meeting at Union Station was arranged through GlobalTies KC. Those who attended the meeting and some of whom are pictured with Lewis and Lisa are Maryna Ansiforova, Nadiia Volodymyrivna Sukha, Anton Yaroslavovych Marchuk, Valeriia Andriivna Yehoshyna, Liliia Serhiivna Stativko and Natalia Uchen.

KCABJ Newsletter for November 2019

November 19, 2019 - Leave a Response

KCABJ, Ukrainian Journalists Dialogue

Members of KCABJ got an opportunity to discuss with journalists from the Ukraine the unique issues that black journalists face in the United States.

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid and KCABJ member Lisa Benson Cooper on Nov. 18 met at Union Station with six visiting Ukrainian journalists arranged through Global Ties KC. They were Maryna Ansiforova, an investigative journalist at a weekly investigation program, “Our Money with Denys Bihus,” who specializes in judicial reform and judicial self-management issues; Nadiia Volodymyrivna Sukha, a journalist at the special project “ElectionsElections,” who prepares materials on election technologies, interviews with leaders and important people, and electoral reform; Anton Yaroslavovych Marchuk, a Center of Policy and Legal Reform expert who concentrates on anti-corruption policy in Ukraine; Valeriia Andriivna Yehoshyna, an investigative journalist at “Schemes: Corruption in Detail” which is a project of Radio Liberty; Liliia Serhiivna Stativko, a journalist at the Zaporizhya Center for Investigations,” which investigates the use of budget funds, corruption, legislations violations, etc. in the Zaporizhya region of Ukraine; and Natalia Uchen, a self-employed freelance translator who works on written translations from Ukrainian or Russian into English or vice versa.

The Ukrainian journalists had many questions after Lewis explained why KCABJ was founded in 1981 and its mission continues to be the recruitment and promotion of journalists of color at news organizations in the Greater Kansas City area. KCABJ also strives to place educators of color in journalism schools in colleges and universities in this region and go to bat for its members when they encounter difficulties on the job. Networking and sharing strategies for advancement are an important part of KCABJ. But the journalists from the Ukraine were particularly intrigued by the racism, discrimination, prejudice and negative treatment that black journalists face on the job compared with their U.S. white co-workers.

Lisa shared her experience at KSHB-TV, Channel 41, which included filing a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a lawsuit that followed, her termination from the job she had held for 14 years, the lawsuit going to trial and a federal jury awarding $201,000 on her claim that the station retaliated against her. She explained that the jury found that she was wrongfully fired for sharing an article on her Facebook page, but in a separate claim sided with the station that she had been denied promotions because of racial discrimination.

Both KCABJ members also explained to the Ukrainians that the NBC affiliate in Kansas City faces a similar claim of disparate treatment from Emmy Award winning sports reporter Demetrice “Dee” Jackson, who filed a lawsuit against the station in federal court for race discrimination, and then lost his job. 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 to local media, saying it was a personnel matter. 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, Kansas City Star reporter Glenn E. Rice reported on Sept. 26, 2019, in newspaper.

Benson also explained that KSHB in 2004 had a practice of only hiring a journalist of color to replace a journalist of color. Lewis said that was the practice at The Kansas City Star/Times when he was hired in May 1977 after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. Lisa and Lewis made it clear to the Ukrainian journalists that the local news media have gone backward in hiring and promoting journalists of color. The metropolitan area has a desperate need for black journalists who can correctly and more accurately cover the news about African Americans in Greater Kansas City.

NABJ News

National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Board of Directors on Oct. 25 held its inaugural #NABJAdvocacy Day. Led by President Dorothy Tucker, Board members and Executive Director Drew Berry, they visited local newsrooms, national network headquarters, publishing companies, public relations firms and spent time with several black press newspapers. NABJ Journal Editor Kathy Chaney also participated in the meetings.

Board members broke into teams and spent a day in the Los Angeles community participating in collaborative and fruitful meetings focused on diversity and inclusion awareness, job opportunities for members, NABJ resources for companies, and building relationships with organizations that have not directly been involved with NABJ. Meetings in newsrooms of the black press provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and offer mutually beneficial insights.

“I wanted to make sure we could really make an impact,” Tucker said. “I knew we couldn’t just talk to one company. This was an opportunity for us to have meaningful conversations, very candid conversations with a number of companies. Print, radio, television, public relations, digital… we touched them all.”

Tucker said that the board would hold more advocacy days in other cities over the next year.

The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists is hosting the 2020 NABJ Regional Conference on March 13-15. The plenary session will be on “Covering the Presidential Election.” Look for more information on this important regional conference soon.

NABJ warns members to be aware of scam emails being circulated that are signed with President Dorothy Tucker or Executive Director Drew Berry’s name.

If you receive an email requesting gift card purchases or financial help while out of town from board members or staff, please disregard it and report it as a phishing scam to your email provider immediately.

NABJ has picked the host cities of the association’s National Convention & Career Fair for 2023 through 2026.

They are Birmingham in 2023, Chicago in 2024, Cleveland in 2025 and Atlanta in 2026. Previously announced convention cities include Washington, D.C. in 2020, Houston in 2021 and Las Vegas in 2022. The convention sites were based on potential for revenue generation, projected expenses for NABJ, hotel availability dates, room prices and hotel capacity, travel and attendance costs for NABJ members and partners, accommodations for meeting space and exhibitor requirements and attendance track record (if applicable).

News You Can Use

NABJ is offering an intensive one-week, all expenses paid training fellowship for student members. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31. The 2020 NABJ-NAHJ (National Association for Hispanic Journalists) Student Multimedia Project takes place July 6-12 in Washington, D.C. For more information and to apply go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-multimedia-projects-application/.

On Nov. 20, NABJ is offering a self-care webinar titled “Beyond the Story: Self-Care & the Black Journalist.” For more information and to register go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PkJ7RitiQNC8o1CNnmyB_w.

The Frederick Douglass Institutes of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education is offering teaching opportunities to graduate students who are pursuing careers as university faculty. For more information send email to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania at Mandino@bloomu.edu or call Dr. Ayanna Lyles at 724-938-4258.

The University of Missouri – Columbia is seeking a digital editor/professor. Contact Ruby Bailey, executive editor for the Columbia Missourian: rlb0739@yahoo.com.

Here are some job opportunities listed with the Society of Professional Journalists:

WPVI-TV in Philadelphia is accepting applications for a data journalism fellow. The fellow will regularly pitch and produce data-driven stories with creativity and originality and track data releases in a specific market. Candidates must have strong presentation and pitch skills, basic competence with Excel and be able to work independently. A degree in data journalism is preferred but not required.

The Texas Tribune is seeking a Houston-based energy and economy reporter. The reporter will monitor fluctuations in jobs and business and what it means for Texas’ citizens, as well as cover topics like oil booms and busts, innovations in renewable energy and how state issues play out in the city. The ideal reporter will cover these topics in a people-focused way. This position will require some travel to headquarters in Austin and other parts of the state. Deadline is Dec. 1.

WIRED in San Francisco or New York is hiring a senior writer. This reporter will help direct coverage of everything culture, write two to three stories a week and work with social, photo and video teams to shape storytelling efforts. They also must be comfortable on camera, mic and social media and must have fundamental understanding of technologies and ideas relevant to the business that created them and experience writing breaking news and composing long-form narratives.

Looking for more journalism jobs? Check out SPJ’s Career Center and resources from the Journalist’s Toolbox.

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2019

October 25, 2019 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Regrouping

A meeting will take place in the next month to try to create an opportunity for black journalists working in the Kansas City area to get together to discuss common concerns.

It is a little too soon to say who is calling the meeting or what plans might be discussed. But please look for additional information soon on the basics — who, what, where, when, why and how.

For background, the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists was formed in 1981 when area black journalists decided that this organization was needed to advance our shared concerns in this media market. They include area news organizations hiring and promoting more journalists of color and pushing schools of journalism in Kansas and Missouri to hire and promote more black faculty members and recruit more students of color. Those issues have not gone away. Learn more at kcabj.org.

Watch for more information in this newsletter, and if you are a member of KCABJ, look for details about the upcoming gathering in emails that the membership receives.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) joins the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Congressional Black Caucus and numerous other civil rights organizations in urging Comcast and the Supreme Court to not dismantle the critical protections provided under Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. The potential outcome of Comcast’s urging of the Supreme Court to undo equal opportunity protections afforded under the Act could affect our more than 4,000 members, as well as black media professionals and entrepreneurs nationwide.

At issue is the filing of a brief asking the courts to require a minority plaintiff to provide proof that the denial of a contract, property ownership or job opportunity is 100% based on race. For example, a company’s decision to not award a contract or job to an African American or any person of color could be 99% based on a reason of race and only 1% based on a lack of sufficient experience in the industry. What Comcast is proposing allows for acts of discrimination to be hidden by the justification of that 1%, leaving those affected with no legal remedy to pursue.

Even if the motive of the Comcast filing is isolated to defending itself in one court case, the profound and widespread lasting effect will be devastating to minority entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. It will also have a negative effect on communities of color in that there will be even fewer media platforms and content of interest produced for and by us.

NABJ strongly urges that these efforts not be allowed as they would have a huge long-term and negative effect on our members and their content creating opportunities, as well as entrepreneurial aspirations.

Be sure to check out the NABJ Journal with inspiring words from the new president, Dorothy Tucker, and more. You will find it at https://issuu.com/nabjjournal/docs/nabj_journal_summer_fall_2019_digital. There also is a feature in this issue on Dorothy Butler Gilliam, a Lincoln University graduate in Jefferson City, Mo., longtime Washington Post reporter and former NABJ president. She has a new book out, “Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America.”

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Dorothy Tucker has appointed Kathy Chaney as the editor of the NABJ Journal. Chaney is a veteran and award-winning, multiplatform journalist, editor and executive.

The Journal serves as NABJ’s official publication for organizational, member and industry news and is distributed nationally. Chaney will also serve as the editor of the NABJ Bulletin. The Bulletin will be a monthly email newsletter distributed to members and partners during the second week of each month. The newsletter will begin publication in January 2020. Chaney will begin her role as editor with an upcoming issue highlighting NABJ’s 2019 honorees.

Chaney is a former NABJ-Chicago Chapter president and currently serves as the Chicago Sun-Times deputy managing editor for breaking news and staff development. She previously served as managing editor at EBONY Magazine. Before that, she was a producer/reporter at Chicago Public Media, senior executive producer at Midway Broadcasting, and managing editor of the Chicago Defender. Chaney also has contributed to the Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press and Thomas Reuters. She is an advocate for newsroom diversity.

News You Can Use

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism is sponsoring a Women in Journalism Workshop 2020. It will take place May 1-3, 2020. The annual workshop focuses on challenges, accomplishments and issues specific to women in the journalism industry today. The goal is to “build safer, more diverse and innovative newsrooms to serve our communities worldwide.” For more information go to https://www.rjionline.org/events/women-in-journalism-workshop.

KC People

Former KCABJ President, current KCABJ secretary and KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner Anita K. Parran will become the first African American to serve as national board chair of the Association for Women in Communications. The organization recently met in St. Charles, Mo., for its bi-annual conference, where it elected members to the AWC National Board of Directors for its 2019-2020 fiscal year. As national board chair, Parran will lead the 110-year-old organization.

“I am both humbled and excited to have been selected to lead this organization that embraces an all-encompassing communications arena,” Parran said. “We have developed a strategic plan and surveyed our members and board, all of which will serve as our guide. It is my hope to grow the organization during the next year, cultivate relationships with other communications organizations and others around the country, and offer our members more benefits in addition to those that are already numerous.”

Parran, a native of St. Louis, served as the organization’s Vice Chair and Membership Committee Co-chair in the prior year. She earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and M.A. in Business Management from Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo. Parran also received the Certified Communications Professional (CCP) designation from the University of Washington School of Communications.

Parran is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), National Association of Black Journalists and the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists (NABJ and KCABJ), Women of Color in Communications, and American Association of University Women. She is a member of the Stephens College Board of Trustees, Public Member for the Missouri Board of Pharmacy and serves on the Urban League of Greater Kansas City Board of Directors.

The Association for Women in Communications is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. For more information contact womcom.org.

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2019

September 28, 2019 - Leave a Response

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 - Leave a Response

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 - Leave a Response

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.

NABJ GOSPEL BRUNCH | POWERED BY MALACO RECORDS

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 - Leave a Response

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 - Leave a Response

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 - Leave a Response

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.