KCABJ Newsletter for May 2020

May 17, 2020 - Leave a Response

President’s Call

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists had representatives participating in a Zoom call on April 21 with Dorothy Tucker, president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

The topic was the summer NABJ convention and what form it would take. This newsletter reported in April that NABJ since March had been exploring three paths for the convention — a traditional “in-person” convention as scheduled, a “virtual convention,” and a “hybrid in-person/virtual convention.”

Tucker was collecting thoughts from NABJ chapter officers to make the best determination. The new coronavirus, or COVID-19, has forced many organizations to cancel, reschedule or make other adjustments to prevent the spread of the highly contagious pandemic. See NABJ News below for the decision that NABJ reached.


Breaking with a nearly 45-year-old tradition, the National Association of Black Journalists this year will have a virtual convention instead of one that members attend in person.

The change was brought on by COVID-19 and the serious health threat the pandemic poses. By mid-May 2020, more than 1.5 million Americans have tested positive for the pandemic that began in Wuhan, China, in late 2019; more than 90,000 U.S. residents have died from the virus. Globally, more than 4.5 million people have tested positive for coronavirus, and it has claimed more than 307,000 lives.

NABJ in making the decision to have a virtual convention is putting the safety of its members and presenters first. In addition, NABJ had to avoid $1.3 million in hotel contract cancellation penalties. “That’s how much we would have lost if we had prematurely canceled our contract with the Marriott and Omni hotels,” NABJ President Dorothy Tucker said in a prepared statement. “Timing, legal counsel and other requirements, along with tough negotiations on the part of NABJ and Marriott, were all essential parts of getting to a final successful resolution for our members and attendees. I understand you may have been frustrated by updates that appeared to be vague, but the language was deliberate so as not to trigger an unnecessary catastrophic negative impact on our organization. To do so would have damaged our negotiations and put us in legal peril. You elected me to do what was in the best interest of NABJ. I am happy to say we have negotiated a deal that prevents NABJ from financial ruin. Thank you for trusting me.”

The new dates for the virtual convention that NABJ is doing in conjunction with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists are Aug. 5-9.  The convention will have 85-plus sessions including meal events and online networking events. There are costs associated with a virtual conference so there will be registration fees offered at the best rates possible for our members and attendees.

For persons who have already registered for the tradition convention, you will be able to get full conference registration refunds by emailing the national office at membership@nabj.org.You can apply it to next year’s conference or donate it to fund student registrations.

“This is uncharted territory for NABJ,” Tucker said. “We are enlisting the help of professionals and companies that routinely do virtual conferences, but we’re also looking for members who have experience in the virtual convention space. We welcome your input. We’re in this together and will build an even stronger NABJ. Thank you for your patience and your support!”

This also is an election year in NABJ. The May 1 deadline to have your membership in good standing for voter eligibility has been pushed back to July 6. This change is because of COVID-19 developments and the new national convention dates. Members who are experiencing financial hardships or job loss because of COVID-19 can request a membership extension for up to six months by emailing membership@nabj.org.

The amended schedule is as follows:

  • May 14, 21 and 28, 2020: Virtual campaign forums will be held (Details TBA)
  • Two Thursdays in June 2020: Virtual forums for contested races (Details TBA)
  • Monday, July 6, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET: Deadline for NABJ membership to be in good standing in order to vote
  • Monday, July 13, 2020, at 9 a.m. ET: Voting opens
  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET: Voting closes
  • The evening of Friday, Aug. 7, 2020: Winners announced.

The Marriott Wardman convention hotel says it is directly handling the refund process because Marriott’s central reservations will not be able to see the first-night deposit through their system.

  • The Wardman will automatically cancel all reservations in the NABJ room block.
  • The Wardman will be sending you an email this week letting you know that they are processing your cancellation and your full refund. They will send another email when the process is complete.
  • The Wardman says it can take up to 10 business days for refunds to show in your bank account because payment methods (debit card vs. credit card), are handled differently and a shortage of staff also affects the time frame.

The Omni is also closed until June and has limited staffing.

  • The Omni says it will automatically cancel all reservations in the NABJ room block.
  • The Omni says it will take up to 10 business days to see the refund reflected in your bank account.
  • The Omni will also send an email upon cancellation.

For both hotels, if you did not book within the NABJ room block with the discounted hotel room rates, your reservations will not be automatically canceled. You’ll need to call and cancel them yourself through central reservations.

As the industry continues to see layoffs, cutbacks, furloughs, and cancellations, the NABJ Board has opened the NABJ COVID-19 Relief Fund. We are accepting donations to support our relief grant program to benefit members who are experiencing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19.

We are also now accepting applications for hardship grants from NABJ members. We encourage any member who has been affected financially by COVID-19 to apply. For more information on how to donate, go to https://app.mobilecause.com/form/fOoQvA?vid=8cg7v.

For those seeking relief, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s1hyngas1czetnz/.

You must be a current member of NABJ and in good standing. (Please note your membership can be extended if you are experiencing a hardship and your membership is soon to expire. Please email membership@nabj.org for details).

News You Can Use

The Association for Women in Communications has opened its entire database of recorded Know To Grow webinars to the public until May 31, in response to many professionals staying home and working remotely. AWC provides monthly Know to Grow webinars on topics like internal/external communications, leadership, technology in communications, social media, marketing, branding or professional development. For more information go to https://womcom.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=903060&item_id=1206572

   Facebook Journalism Project (FJP): COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program is offering grant opportunities to publishers to help U.S. local newsrooms continue serving communities during the coronavirus outbreak. Publishers can apply for relief grants through April 24, 2020. Applicants may request grant amounts ranging from $25,000-$100,000.

Additional information is available through this link, including a webinar about how to apply: https://www.facebook.com/journalismproject/programs/grants/coronavirus-local-news-relief-fund?content_id=BNeTSDeXPT71427.

Former KCABJ member Jenee’ Osterheldt shared via Twitter that Bina Venkataraman @ binajv recently tweeted: “To journalists recently laid off: We’re looking for sharp, surprising op-eds for @GlobeOpinion and for reported features on unconventional ideas for @GlobeIdeas. Learn more at https://twitter.com/binajv/status/1261322264131309570.

KC People

KCABJ’s membership increased by one with the renewal of April Jackson.

Former KCABJ Vice President for Print Ramanda Hicks will have a new book coming out soon titled Peaces: Poetry and Prose. Congratulations to Ramanda!


KCABJ Newsletter for April 2020

April 19, 2020 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy

In the last two months, the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, has changed the way KCABJ members and other blacks in the news media have done their jobs. Some are working from home. Some are doing interviews via Zoom, Skype or Facetime. Nearly all of the media are consumed with the effects the pandemic is having on the country.

Journalists of color, nevertheless, are getting the job done, keeping the public informed about the pandemic and the threats it continues to create for people.

A sad development in the last month has been the death of Donna Stewart, editor and publisher of The Call of Kansas City. Ms. Stewart passed away April 11. She had been diagnosed in late 2019 with pancreatic cancer.

Stewart, 65, began her 42-year newspaper career with The Call in May 1977 after graduating from Lincoln University in Jefferson City. She worked closely with legendary Call editor and publisher Lucile H. Bluford. Ms. Bluford died June 13, 2003, at age 91. Ms. Stewart helped care for Ms. Bluford until her death, and then continue to publish The Call.

The newspaper established in 1919 championed civil rights efforts in Kansas City, providing coverage of black people and businesses when no other news media would cover them. The Call plans to continue publishing under the leadership of Eric Wesson, acting managing editor.

KCABJ in 2003 established a scholarship in Ms. Bluford’s honor, and Ms. Stewart has helped to present the scholarship to the student annually selected based on merit to receive it.

A memorial service has not been set yet largely because of the COVID-19 threat and restrictions on the number of people who can attend.


Because of COVID-19, the National Association of Black Journalists is asking that people needing to contact individuals or the NABJ office reach out to Angela Holcomb, executive assistant, at aholcomb@nabj.org. She will forward any messages to the right person.

Meanwhile, NABJ continues to prepare for the July 8-12 joint convention with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Washington, D.C. Michael Wilbon, a sports journalist, has been picked as the NABJ honorary chair for the 2020 joint.

Since early March, NABJ has been exploring three paths for the convention — an “in-person” convention as scheduled, a “virtual convention,” and a “hybrid in-person/virtual convention” are all being planned. NABJ will proceed down one of the three paths, hoping the in-person gathering works out. Which path we choose will be dictated by COVID-19 conditions in mid-May. There are many factors to consider including local, state and federal government restrictions, the local COVID-19 environment and at the top of the list is prospective attendee comfort with health concerns.

NABJ members are being asked to take the survey below on the July convention. To provide your views, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRTG-giKJ_3MffMONZqIQScHZwrZdFDl3l3wkaE2LFETTGeQ/viewform.

NABJ members have not gone untouched by COVID-19, which has disproportionately infected and claimed the lives of African Americans nationwide. Part of that is linked to disparities in health care access among African Americans and related health care vulnerabilities such as hypertension, diabetes and heart conditions. NABJ reported that at least one of the attendees participating in the Millennial Media Summit on March 7 in New York at Columbia University tested positive for the coronavirus. Several weeks later, NABJ President Dorothy Tucker tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Tucker shared with NABJ members: “I only experienced mild symptoms — a low-grade fever and a couple of days of fatigue. That was it.

“Because of my past travels, I have no idea where I contracted the virus. What’s important is that I have fully recovered, and my family did not have any symptoms. I am thankful.

“My experience is a reminder that we must be mindful of our health and self-care. Please remember that it is OK to respectfully decline any assignment that makes you feel uncomfortable.

“Make sure you wear protective gear at all times and practice social distancing. We need you healthy so you can continue to do great work. Please  join me in sending well wishes to our members who are still recovering from the coronavirus.

“Take care and thank you for all you do! Please email nabjcovid@nabj.org to share any thoughts, concerns or experiences.”

Because of COVID-19, some NABJ members may have been laid off or face job uncertainty. NABJ urges members to visit www.NABJCareers.org to access more than 120 jobs, representing about 100 employers. In fact, several new jobs were posted in the last few days.

Because of President Donald Trump’s attacks during his press briefings on journalists, NABJ has issued a statement saying it is “appalled to watch recent press briefings where the president of the United States is referring to veteran journalists, like our member Yamiche Alcindor and other industry colleagues, as being “terrible journalists” and accusing them of asking ‘nasty questions.’

“In a time where the entire world is looking for answers, it is the job of journalists to ask the hard and important questions, and it is the job of officials to answer them factually. Now more than ever, as we face the coronavirus pandemic together, citizens deserve facts. No journalist should be belittled or insulted for simply doing their job. We ask the president to treat all journalists fairly during this critical time.”

NABJ is providing tips on self-care during the pandemic. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HhWeE-HgJA&feature=youtu.be&t=30 for more information. An NABJ member survey is at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXqCzb8EaNicW-mejSLK4lEGeVBID0q4T3SpIC74CgmZ2U2A/viewform.

NABJ also is providing an “Online Teaching During the Coronavirus Pandemic” out of Temple University. Go to https://temple.zoom.us/j/811099680.

This is an election year for NABJ. Here is the list of certified candidates for the 2020-2022 Board of Director:

Vice President-Print



Ernest Owens


Ernest Media Empire, LLC

Philadelphia, PA

Walter Smith-Randolph

General Assignment Reporter

WKRC Local 12 News

Cincinnati, OH


Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig


MFC3 Media/shades Magazine – Celebrating All Women of Color

Oakland, CA


Region II Director


Region IV Director

Tre’vell Anderson

Freelance Multimedia Journalist

Los Angeles, CA

Academic Representative

Dr. Milbert O. Brown, Jr.

Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Communication

Washington Adventist University

Takoma Park, MD

Jarrad Henderson

Senior Multimedia Producer

USA Today

McLean, VA

Russell Motley


Florida Memorial University

Miami Gardens, FL

Media-Related Representative


You can learn more about our candidates HERE.

Getty Images and the National Association of Black Journalists are collaborating on a new $10,000 award to a university student focused on photojournalism. The deadline to apply for the Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship is April 27. For more information, go to https://gettyimages.submittable.com/submit/162542/nabj-getty-images-inclusion-scholarship.

Opportunity Knocks

The E.W. Scripps Company – Entertainment and Media Industry has an opening for a Journalism Career Program Producer — Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity in Kansas City. For more information, go to https://kimblegroup.com/jobdetails?jobkey=10010527949-183515cfce546&jobtitle=Journalism%20Career%20Program%20Producer%20-%20Entertainment%20and%20Media%20Industry%20Opportunity&jobcompany=The%20E.W.%20Scripps%20Company%20-%20Entertainment%20and%20Media%20Industry&joblocation=Kansas%20City%2C%20MO&linkDate=1586786520&hash=1026149c60f7260270bf8ba8b76a076797b21485c5186d6376d29723.



KCABJ Newsletter for March 2020

March 13, 2020 - Leave a Response

Coronavirus Effect

KCABJ members were excited and looking forward to traveling across Missouri for the Region II conference of the National Association of Black Journalists. However, the trip was sidelined because the March 13-14 event was canceled.

Blame the coronavirus and the precautions the national office took to keep the pandemic from spreading to NABJ members. NABJ President Dorothy Tucker, who was to attend the regional conference to have breakfast on March 14 with members wrote that NABJ regional conferences have been postponed perhaps until the fall.

The NABJ-NAHJ Convention on June 8-12 in Washington, D.C., however, is still set to take place. Tucker writes: “Those who have already paid for regional conferences will have their registration transferred when the conferences are rescheduled. For those preferring a refund, email Veronique Dodson at membership@nabj.org.”

Because of the virus, which began about three months ago in Wuhan, China, and spread to 110 countries throughout the world, some NABJ members are reporting that they have been told to work remotely from home instead of going to their newsrooms. In addition because of closures on the University of Maryland campus, NABJ staff members are working offsite. To contact the staff of NABJ, please email Angela Holcomb, executive assistant, at aholcomb@nabj.org. She will route inquiries or requests to the appropriate department or staff member.


Here is more about the coronavirus from NABJ Executive Director Drew Berry:

“We will adjust our conference plans as developments dictate changes. Although there are competing viewpoints, as you may know, some health care officials say they expect a dramatic downward trend of coronavirus cases as the weather gets warmer consistent with the annual flu season. Others say it is too early to tell if warmer temperatures in July will result in a reduction in cases because not enough is known at this point about this strain of coronavirus.

“Either way, we are certainly going to comply with health officials and the hotel if they call for shutting down the facility and convention because of a high-risk threat to our members and guests. There is no sign of that action at this point.

“We will be taking precautions at our conference.  We will have multiple ‘sanitation stations’ throughout the facility. We will also insert hand sanitizers in all convention bags and include reminders from the health care industry on how to protect against such infections and how you can do your part to make sure these ailments are not spread. Although most people certainly know all of the prevention tips, it doesn’t hurt to remind everyone about these tips as they get excited during convention engagement. Of course, we strongly encourage anyone with the flu, flu-like symptoms, etc., to meet us at next year’s convention in Houston!

“The bottom line is at this point we fully expect to continue with our convention and conference activities. We are still trending toward record attendance. If anything changes, we will let you know. See you in D.C.!”

Meanwhile, to provide NABJ members and colleagues with more time to complete their submissions, in light of coronavirus coverage and related schedule changes, NABJ has extended the Salute to Excellence deadline to March 31 (midnight, ET).

All professional and student media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast, online journalism and other media-related platforms can nominate or submit via our portal link: https://ww5.aievolution.com/nbj2001/index.cfm?do=cnt.page&pg=2008.

NABJ issued a statement last month on reported extremist activities against journalists of color. The Arizona Republic reported that the “FBI arrested four ‘racially motivated violent extremists’ from four states for delivering threats by mail to journalists and activists of color, as well as representatives of the Jewish community. Their actions are believed to be a part of the efforts of an online hate group or neo-Nazi extremist group.

“NABJ condemns any threats or extremist actions made against journalists of color and journalists of all races. No journalist should be placed in harm’s way for doing their job or because of their profession,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. “We applaud the FBI in their efforts to bring these accused extremists to justice. NABJ encourages all members, fellow journalists and activists to take precautions and alert authorities immediately of suspicious activity or threats. If any journalists feel their work may result in threats or harmful activity from extremists or others, we recommend following the safety steps shared in the Security Guide published on the Committee to Protect Journalists website. Please contact authorities immediately if you are experiencing such issues.”

Tips from the Committee to Protect Journalists can be found here and include:

  • Alert authorities of any concerning activities.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Follow practical safety procedures such as varying travel routes, changing routines, and keeping home and office buildings locked and alarmed.
  • Be mindful of what you post on social media concerning your family, whereabouts, and location.
  • Consider the assistance of security experts.

The NABJ Elections Committee is accepting candidate declaration filings for the 2020-2021 NABJ Board of Directors. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Monday, March 30. The offices up for election this year are:


  • Vice President-Print
  • Treasurer
  • Parliamentarian
  • Region II Director
  • Region IV Director
  • Academic Representative
  • Media-Related Representative


Any member seeking a position on the NABJ Board of Directors, including incumbent candidates, must submit a declaration packet by Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET HERE.

The declaration packet must include the following (in PDF format):


Voting will take place from June 1 through July 10 online and during the convention.

For more information, visit the NABJ Elections page. The Elections Committee urges members to run for office.

Please contact me or NABJ Elections liaison Veronique Dodson at vdodson@nabj.org, if you have questions.


News You Can Use

Here are some job and other opportunities from the NABJ Roundup Monthly Newsletter:


The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)  is seeking papers on its theme: “African Americans and the Vote.” The group is having its 105th Annual Meeting and Conference Sept. 23-27 in Montgomery, Ala. For more information go to https://asalh.org/call-for-papers/.

The deadline for the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Awards for Reporting on the Environment is April 1.  SEJ’s 19th annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment honor the best environmental journalism in 10 categories, bringing recognition to the most important stories on the planet. Prizes include $500 for first-place winners and $250 for second-place winners in all categories.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Award for the “best of the best” environmental reporting will award $10,000 to one entry selected from the first-place winners of SEJ’s Awards for Reporting on the Environment. The prize also includes travel, registration and hotel expenses (up to $2,500) for the winner, or representatives of the winning team, to attend SEJ’s annual conference Sept. 23-27 in Boise, Idaho, and be recognized at the awards presentation ceremony at a gala luncheon on Sept. 26. For more information, go to https://www.sej.org/initiatives/sej-annual-conferences/overview.

All NABJ members are encouraged to join NABJ Task Forces. Contact the chairs listed below if you are interested in joining one or more of the following groups:

Arts and Entertainment Task Force

Contact: Kelley Carter, KelleyCarter@gmail.com or Venton D. Blandin, vinnieinvirginia@yahoo.com

Media-Related Task Force

Contact: Terry Allen,  terryallenpr@gmail.com or Pamela R. Purifoy, prpropam@gmail.com

Black Press Task Force

Contact: Tene Croom, tene.croom.tc@gmail.com or Othor Cain, othorcain@gmail.com

Broadcast Task Force

Contact: Alexis Rogers, alexisrrogers@gmail.com or Brandon Pope, jlandon623@yahoo.com

Print Task Force

Contact: Johann Calhoun, Calhoun.nabj@gmail.com

Digital Journalism Task Force

Contact: Tracie Powell, tracie.powell@gmail.com or Michael Grant, m.grant1981@gmail.com

Founders Task Force

Contact: Sandra Dawson Long Weaver, sandralongweaver@yahoo.com 

Global Journalism Task Force

Contact: Damaso Reyes, damasoreyes@gmail.com or Clarece Polke, clare.polke@gmail.com

LGBTQ Task Force

Contact: Tre’vell Anderson, anderson.trevell@gmail.com or Femi Redwood, femiredwood@gmail.com

Political Journalism Task Force

Contact: Tia Mitchell, tiamitchell6@gmail.com

Sports Journalism Task Force

Contact: A. Sherrod Blakely, sherrodb111@gmail.com 

Visual Task Force.

Contact: Jarrad Henderson, jarrad.henderson@gmail.com

Young Black Journalists Task Force

Contact: Chelsea Fuller, cgfuller.10@gmail.com or Walter Smith-Randolph, waltersmithrandolph@gmail.com

HBCU Task Force

Contact: Michael Grant, m.grant1981@gmail.com or Clarece Polke, clare.polke@gmail.com

or Daarel Burnette II, dburnette@epe.org

Freelance Task Force

Contact: Shanita Hubbard, s.reneehubbard@gmail.com

Business Task Force

Contact: Renita Young, renita@renitadyoung.com





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KCABJ Newsletter for February 2020

February 18, 2020 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Renewal

A new year has begun, which also means it is time for KCABJ members and those who want to be to renew or to begin their membership in the organization. Annual dues is $35 for full membership; $25 for students. More details of how to become a member are at the end of this monthly newsletter. You can also learn more by going to kcabj.org.

KCABJ members will be among the participants in the Region II conference of the National Association of Black Journalists. This year the conference will take place March 13-15 in St. Louis. It will be at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Downtown. The conference will provide those who attend insight on rapidly changing news platforms, the deluge of major news stories and the upcoming presidential election. The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) is hosting the event. The theme is “Telling Our Story.” Featured panels and events will include a Jobs Fair, Ferguson, Mo., and its impact on journalism, covering the 2020 presidential election, a scholarship fundraising party and a Sunday Jazz Brunch. NABJ President Dorothy Tucker plans to have a breakfast with attendees at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at the conference hotel. Those who plan to attend the breakfast must RSVP before Feb. 28 to aholcomb@nabj.org. For more information on the conference, go to http://www.gslabj.org/.


The National Association of Black Journalists was among journalism organizations that met with ViacomCBS Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion Marva Smalls. Others attending the Feb. 13 meeting were members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).

One concern involved reports from Variety (the story can be found here) that indicate the company’s diversity staff is undergoing significant reductions that could, presumably, negatively impact diversity initiatives and commitments.

The second issue NABJ wants more information on involves a Gayle King interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie, during which King asked about a 2003 sexual assault charge against Kobe Bryant that was dropped. The interview clip has set off myriad reactions including people expressing disapproval that Ms. King brought up the topic during the morning of Bryant’s death with his daughters and others in a helicopter crash on Jan. 20 in Calabasas, Calif.

King has stated that she takes issue with her company, CBS, for posting the interview “out of context.” CBS issued a statement that said, “An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”

Reports say Ms. King has received death threats as a result of this issue. NABJ does not condone any form of violence.

Candid discussions with ViacomCBS’ Marva Smalls centered on diversity and inclusion paths and the ViacomCBS commitment in the future following the merger of Viacom and CBS last December. The members of the journalism organizations requested the meeting because members wanted assurances that diversity and inclusion were important components of future plans at the company. The organizations sought transparency and accountability in data and demographics. Accountability helps create newsrooms that are inclusive and reflective to better serve communities. All participants agreed to ongoing discussions around these topics and that those discussions coupled with a strong ViacomCBS plan and mutual accountability have the potential for desirable outcomes.


The NABJ Region III conference takes place April 3-5 in Nashville, Tenn. It will be at the Freedom Forum John Siegenthaler First Amendment Center. The theme is “Vision, Skills, Stories, Strategies.” The conference will include in-depth sessions on mobile storytelling. For more information, go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1329095&group=.


The NABJ Region I conference will take place April 17-18 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The theme is “Reimagine, Reinvent & Reemerge: Leveling Up in the Evolving Media Landscape.” The conference hotel is the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. The conference will include a job fair, diversity management training and workshops on multimedia use, enhancing job skills to remain competitive, media technology and entrepreneurship. The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation will host the Friday night, April 17 opening reception.

For more information, go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1327790&group=.


For the NABJ-NAHJ Convention on June 8-12 in Washington, D.C., Leisa Richardson and Walter Smith-Randolph have been named NABJ’s program chairs. The convention hotel is the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Richardson is a veteran journalist and executive editor at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois. Smith-Randolph is an award-winning journalist and reporter at WKRC Local 12 News in Cincinnati. To register for the national convention, go to https://www.nabjnahjconvention.com/index.cfm.


Nominations for NABJ’s 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Special Honors, which will be awarded at the Convention, are also being accepted here.

NABJ’s most coveted awards honor the groundbreaking accomplishments of Black journalists and those who support the Black community in the media. Honorees will be celebrated during the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair in Washington, D.C. The nomination deadline is March 6. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s11yaq100r6vmbz/. For NABJ Hall of Fame, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/2020-nabj-hall-of-fame-nomination-form/. The nomination deadline is March 6.


The NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards nomination portal is now open to all media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast, online journalism and other media. The deadline to nominate is March 13. For more information, go to https://ww5.aievolution.com/nbj2001/index.cfm?do=cnt.page&pg=2008.


The NABJ Young Journalists Task Force will have its annual Millennial Media Summit on March 20 at Columbia University in New York City. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1327368&group=.


The NABJ National Office is looking for qualified interns to assist the full-time staff. Interns will gain experience in the day-to-day operations of a national, nonprofit membership organization devoted to providing quality programs and member services. This is a paid summer internship. NABJ is located on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s1sat6cq0nl33q2/.


In partnership with NABJ, ABC News is launching the 2020 NABJ/ABC NEWS Summer Internship. Applications will be accepted through March 13. Some of the departments or shows these interns could be working for are “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “20/20,” “Nightline,” abcnews.com “ABC News Live” and “The View.” For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s9uc0q31laiqnl/.


NABJ is also partnering with Comcast NBCUniversal to offer the NBC News Summer Fellows Program. The NABJ/NBC News Summer Fellowship will provide students with experiencing working with NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s1vv1uze0x8m3re/.


NABJ members are invited to participate in the NABJ database for editors. The goal is to create an archive of editors that includes: deputy, copy, special projects, community engagement, audience engagement, breaking news, editorial page, opinions, web, digital, social media, photo, visual, sports, and any others who function in an editor’s position. For more information, send email to nabjeditors@gmail.com.


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The Kansas Press Association’s Annual Convention runs from 6 p.m. March 19 to 5 p.m. March 20 in Newton, Kan. Registration is $150.  Accommodations at a Holiday Inn next door are available at a conference rate of $99 plus 16.5 percent in taxes. For more information, go to http://kspress.com/contests-and-convention.


The Association for Women in Communications is now accepting entries for its Clarion Awards. Begun in in 1972, the Clarions honor excellence in more than 100 categories across all communications disciplines, including advertising and marketing, audiovisual productions, books and CDs, brochures, custom and special publications, education, fund development, magazines, major news events, newsletters, newspapers, online media, photography, graphics and design communications, public relations, radio, and television. For more information, go to https://womcom.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=903060&module_id=299045.


The Peace Journalist magazine based at Park University is seeking submissions for our April 2020 edition. The deadline is March 2. To see copies of the most recent Peace Journalist, and to peruse past issues, go to:
https://www.park.edu/academics/explore-majors-programs/peace-studies-minor/center-global-peace-journalism-2/peace-journalist/. Please submit your article via email to article via email to steve.youngblood@park.edu.


The Chronicle of Philanthropy, an independent news organization, seeks an experienced editor to lead its opinion section. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, three examples of pieces that they have written or edited that demonstrate an ability to do this job, three two-paragraph pitches for story ideas, and salary requirements to editorialsearch@chronicle.com.  Indicate “Philanthropy editor” in the subject line.

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KCABJ Membership Application for 2020

Membership has its privileges. Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 414014, Kansas City, Mo. 64141. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter and emailed meeting notices.






HOME ADDRESS_________________________



Email address____________________________


Phone _________________________




Cellphone __________________________

Occupation (Title, company and address):



(circle one)


Years of Experience________________________


KCABJ and/or NABJ member

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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Membership is subsidized by KCABJ investment income.)

For more information or news about KCABJ members, email KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at diuguidlj@yahoo.com.


Veteran Kansas City Star Reporter Glenn E. Rice Honored by the Olathe Branch of the NAACP

January 21, 2020 - Leave a Response

  Glenn E. Rice, a veteran reporter at The Kansas City Star, former NABJ regional director, former NABJ treasurer and former president of KCABJ, was honored during the federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Olathe NAACP’s Hero of Diversity Award this year.

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2020

January 21, 2020 - Leave a Response

Encouraging Start

KCABJ begins 2020 on sound financial footing. KCABJ was founded in 1981.

Having the staying power of 39 years is no small feat, considering the financial state of the news media and some journalism organizations. Consider the text of a letter dated Dec. 20, 2019, which went to Kansas City Press Club/Society of Professional Journalists members signed by Mark H. Reddig, president:

Member(s) of the Press Club, fellow journalists and others,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Press Club, I want to thank all of you who have participated in the club’s activities — be it our programs, our contest or other activities.

However, the time has come to share some unfortunate news. Unless something significantly changes, the Kansas City Press Club will cease to exist in 2020. Only four people remain on the board, and no one has stepped forward to replace those who have left. A functioning board is vital to everything we do. At this point, we lack enough members to meet SPJ rules for approving our

annual financial report — much less perform other functions.

We are similarly faced with declining membership and lack of participation in our programs.

This is not a decision we on the board take lightly. We have all dedicated years of work to the Press Club and to the Society of Professional Journalists, of which the club is a chapter.

If things continue as they are now, the Press Club will close as it marks its 73rd anniversary. We are well aware of the weight of that history — and of the importance of the organization to both the community at large, and to our fellow journalists in particular.

This also means that this coming year, we will not conduct the Heart of America Press Awards contest as we have in the past. The contest requires significant work, and the club simply lacks enough hands on deck.

If membership were to rise, if program participation were to increase, if we were to have enough volunteers to bring the board up to the required nine members, we would love to keep the Kansas City Press Club — and all of its functions — continuing well into the future.

However, with the state of our profession and other factors at work, that is unlikely.

If you have questions, please contact me. I can be reached at mark_reddig@landlinemag.com.


This year the Region II National Association of Black Journalists conference will take place March 13-15 in St. Louis. It will be at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Downtown.

The conference will provide those who attend insight on rapidly changing news platforms, the deluge of major news stories and the upcoming presidential election. The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) is hosting the event. For more information, go to http://www.gslabj.org/.


Sadly, for the first time in more than 25 years, The Kansas City Star did not have a special section devoted to events surrounding the federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. No explanation was given by the newspaper for not printing the special section. The Kansas City Star since 2008 has had numerous layoffs, eliminated sections of the newspaper and special features as cost-cutting moves. It sold and vacated its building at 1729 Grand Blvd., which had been its home since 1911 and moved into the Press Pavilion, which the newspaper also sold but leases from the new owner.


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) have announced their joint 2020 convention theme and logo.

The 2020 theme is “Power of the Past, Force of the Future.” It was selected to highlight the influence and impact both organizations have had throughout their respective histories and calls attention to the important role both groups play in shaping the future of news and media. NABJ was established in December 1975 and NAHJ in April 1984.

Registration for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair is now open. The Convention will be held July 8-12, 2020 in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Programming will also be held at the convention’s adjacent overflow hotel — The Omni Shoreham. General Convention information can be found at www.nabjnahjconvention.com. For more information go to https://www.nabjnahjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration3.cfm.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has named Dr. Syb Brown and Cherri Gregg, Esq., as its co-chairs for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair.

“These two phenomenal women have made profound impacts not only at all levels of NABJ but throughout their respective careers. I am thrilled to have them as our chairs,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. “Their commitment and passion for our organization along with their diverse experiences across the media industry and beyond will help to make the 2020 convention one for the record books.”

Brown is a professor of journalism at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the author of “Innovate: Lessons from the Underground Railroad.”

Gregg is the community affairs reporter for KYW NewsRadio and often files stories for CBS 3 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also a licensed attorney.

NABJ President Dorothy Tucker is launching the “Each 1 Reach 1” membership drive to reward members for their referrals of new and returning members.

The drive not only focuses on ensuring more black journalists, media professionals, students and educators benefit from NABJ programming and services but serves to help members save money on convention registration.

NABJ members in current and good standing can receive discount codes from the National Office to apply $20 off their convention registration for each new or returning paid member they refer up to $100 (a total of five referrals). The membership drive runs through April 30, 2020. Returning members must have expired memberships as of December 2019.

Members will be required to verify referrals via this form, and new or returning members will be asked to verify who referred them during the application process.

We encourage you to share how NABJ has affected you with friends, colleagues and family members. Use #NABJReach on social media to share your personal NABJ story and welcome the new and returning members you have brought home to the organization.

For more information, go to https://www.nabj.org/general/register_member_type.asp. Also check out https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePuktxpZCcozI-4LGhnS0TLyYy0hJmZpAiSw5B0MDWZ4F44Q/viewform.

NABJ is seeking constitutional amendment proposals for the organization. For more information, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehU4E26X3qCRm2VPmQtvadrsiWt__gN2jimgGMGM6cRPU_xw/viewform.

Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 21 for NABJ 2020 special honors, which include the Ida B. Wells Award, the Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award and NABJ Best Practices Award. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s11yaq100r6vmbz/.

Nominations also are being accepted through Feb. 21 for the NABJ Hall of Fame Induction. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/2020-nabj-hall-of-fame-nomination-form/.

The NABJ Authors Showcase and & Bookstore also is open for authors who plan to attend the NABJ convention July 8-12 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. The deadline to apply is April 4. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/nabj20-authors-showcase-bookstore/.

In 1988, Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication Professor Sharon Bramlett-Solomon surveyed National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) members during its annual convention in St. Louis to find out how satisfied they were as journalists of color in America’s newsrooms.

She published the results in the 1993 report, “Job Satisfaction Factors Important to Black Journalists.”

The study, found here, provided a scan of the workplace environment experienced by black journalists and underscored complaints of, unfair newsroom treatment, little opportunity for job advancement, being overlooked for management positions, being pigeonholed into token positions and being required to work twice as hard to be considered just as qualified as white colleagues.

Noticing that these complaints have resurfaced among Black journalists in recent years, NABJ President Dorothy Tucker reached out to Bramlett-Solomon in 2019 to reconnect and co-author a new version of the “NABJ Job Satisfaction Survey.” Tucker is an investigative broadcast journalist in Chicago, who previously served as NABJ’s Vice President-Broadcast.

“The revamped survey has been modernized to align with today’s media landscape and asks additional questions to find out if the recent spike in reported discriminatory practices by some of our members and others are impacting work environments and employee satisfaction in newsrooms across the country,” Tucker said. “I am grateful to Professor Bramlett-Solomon for lending her expertise to NABJ once again. We have already learned so much from the preliminary results, including that the issues concerning black journalists in the ’80s still concern them today.”

The survey, which was launched in the summer of 2019 and sent to members via email, will close on Jan. 31, 2020. Members can also access it under the “Members Only” menu at NABJ.org.

In addition to the survey, President Tucker plans to launch several initiatives to help shed light on issues facing black journalists, including a diversity and inclusion institute and annual diversity report cards for news organizations.


NABJ is offering its “Basics in Bootcamp training Feb. 14-15. For more information, go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1312149.

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Get real reporting experience and direct support in improving your craft. The Kansas City Business Journal’s summer internship position offers what you want — a paid position in a newsroom where you’re a full teammate and connection to a nationwide chain that is growing and hiring. As part of our 10-week internship, you’ll report for online and print; write breaking news, features and long-form stories; and learn every aspect of a modern, flexible media operation.

We’re looking for someone with the experience to tackle high-level stories and the attitude to work as a “staff writer,” not simply a “summer intern.”

For information, contact Managing Editor Russell Gray at rgray@bizjournals.com. See our work at: www.bizjournals.com/kansascity.


The Metcalf Institute once again is offering its Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists to learn how 2 Degrees Celsius is changing the world.

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute is accepting applications for its 22nd Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, June 7-12, 2020. Thanks to the generosity of private donors and Metcalf Institute’s endowment, 10 journalists will be awarded fellowships that include tuition, room and board, and travel support. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14.

For more information go to https://metcalfinstitute.org/awj2020-applicationinformation/.

KC People

Glenn E. Rice, a veteran reporter at The Kansas City Star, former NABJ regional director, former NABJ treasurer and former president of KCABJ, was honored during the federal holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Olathe NAACP’s Hero of Diversity Award this year. For more information go to https://myvoicetix.com/events/the-16th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-legacy-and-scholarship-awards-dinner-1-20-2020.


KCABJ Membership Application for 2020

Membership has its privileges. Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 414014, Kansas City, Mo. 64141. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter and emailed meeting notices.






HOME ADDRESS_________________________



Email address____________________________


Phone (w) _________________________




Cellphone __________________________

Occupation (Title, company and address):




(circle one)


Years of Experience________________________


KCABJ and/or NABJ member

(circle one or both)


(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Membership is subsidized by KCABJ investment income.)

For more information or news about KCABJ members, email KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid at diuguidlj@yahoo.com.



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 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.”

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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

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 414014, Kansas City, Mo. 64141. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.






HOME ADDRESS_________________________




Email address_________________________


Phone (w) _____________



Cellphone ____________________________


Occupation (Title, company and address):




(circle one)

Years of Experience ____________________


KCABJ and/or NABJ member

(circle one or both)


(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)


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.


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).

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.