KCABJ Newsletter for December 2018

January 5, 2019 - Leave a Response

Glenn Rice honored

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

For students, NABJ is providing several opportunities:

It’s time to renew your membership in KCABJ.

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Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.






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KCABJ Newsletter for November 2018

November 18, 2018 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pew Media Study

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The National Association of Black Journalists is seeking a communications director. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/page/NABJisHiring.

NABJ and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) are offering a journalism short course to help students gain more skills in the industry. The course takes place March 28-31 on the Florida A&M University campus in Tallahassee, Fla. The application deadline is Jan. 1. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/page/FAMUShortCourse2019.

KCABJ Newsletter for October 2018

October 20, 2018 - Leave a Response

Media Awards

KCABJ members decided to give no media awards this year.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

NABJ is extending the deadline to Oct. 22 for its NABJ Multimedia Short Course at North Carolina A&T State University. The four-day intensive journalism workshop provides hands-on experience in multimedia journalism. To apply, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/2019-north-carolina-at-multimedia-short-course/.

KCABJ Newsletter for September 2018

September 24, 2018 - Leave a Response

Media Awards

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

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

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


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

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

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

People interested in the trip can learn more by emailing their questions to NabjChina@nabj.org, or email Kaylan Somerville at ksomerville@nabj.org.

News You Can Use

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

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

For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/2019-north-carolina-at-multimedia-short-course/.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for two communications officers based in Battle Creek, Mich. To Apply include a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format) and where you learned of the position. Send the information to WKKF-CO2@nonprofitprofessionals.com. The Website is W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

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

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

 KC People

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

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

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

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


KCABJ Newsletter for August 2018

August 26, 2018 - Leave a Response


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

“The collaboration allows members to share resources, data and access to help report on issues of tax avoidance, financial crime and corruption. https://bit.ly/2M5lX1n.

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

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

NABJ has picked Drew Berry as its new executive director.

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

July 17, 2018 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2018

July 17, 2018 - Leave a Response

Bluford Event

KCABJ members turned out on July 11 to hear Sheila Brooks talk about her new book on longtime Kansas City publisher and editor Lucile H. Bluford.

The event at the Central Library downtown attracted about 200 people. Brooks and Howard University professor and black media expert Clint C. Wilson II, PhD, co-authored “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” Brooks explained that the book grew out of the doctorate she received in Howard University.

KCABJ was a co-sponsor of the reception on the fifth floor of the library.

Brooks, a Kansas City native and former member of the board of directors of the National Association of Black Journalists, used a PowerPoint at the library to talk about the activist role that Bluford played as a journalist and as a University of Kansas graduate, seeking admission in 1939 as a graduate student to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. Bluford was rejected because she was black. Bluford’s court challenge went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld segregation as the law of the land. The case resulted in a separate journalism degree program starting at Lincoln University in nearby Jefferson City for black students. Segregation remained entrenched in the United States until the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. Decades after initially rejecting Bluford, the MU School of Journalism presented her with its highest honor, the Missouri Honor Medal, and bestowed a doctorate on her. This year a new dormitory opened on campus bearing Bluford’s name. Bluford died in 2003 at age 91. KCABJ in 2003 named a scholarship in Bluford’s honor. It goes to one of the top graduates of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Bluford would not permit it while she was alive. KCABJ’s first scholarship was named in honor of Roy Wilkins, who was editor of The Call before Bluford and later Wilkins headed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the Civil Rights Movement. Bluford suggested in 1986 that KCABJ name its first scholarship after Wilkins. It was first awarded in 1987 to a student in the academy.


Delta Airlines and United Airlines are offering discounts to people attending the Aug. 1-5 National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair in Detroit.

CNN will host two, daylong workshops at the convention on enterprise reporting, on-air performance & presentation, storytelling, critical thinking and interview skills — skills people will need to make it in a network job. Reporters can learn more at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NABJReporters2018; producers at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NABJProducers2018. The overflow hotel for #NABJ2018 is the Greektown Casino-Hotel, 555 E. Lafayette Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. To make your hotel reservation, please contact the Greektown Casino-Hotel at 313-223-2999. Reference “NABJ” to receive the discounted standard room rate of $179 + tax.

CNBC is hosting an invitation-only, interactive workshop at #NABJ2018 designed to teach general news journalists to produce a financial news story for a business audience across different platforms. Attendees will work with CNBC producers to learn the tools of financial journalism. To request an application: send your resume and contact info to bizproducingworkshop@cnbc.com.

The NABJ High School Workshop will take place July 31 through Aug. 3 at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair. For more information, go to https://www.nabj.org/general/custom.asp?page=HighSchoolWork2018.

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


The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is providing five partial scholarships to the 2018 NABJ annual convention in Detroit, Michigan. Each fellowship winner will be awarded a $750 grant from Columbia to assist with travel and convention registration costs. More information can be found here.


NABJ is pleased to offer a limited number of complimentary hardship registrations for the #NABJ18 Convention. NABJ members who have lost their full-time journalism, public relations or journalism educator job in the past 9 months and members who are freelancers are eligible. Access more information here.

NABJ Roommate Bureau

NABJ members have found success using the NABJ Roommate Facebook Bureau Facebook group to find a convention roommate. Find a roommate this year to help reduce hotel costs by accessing the roommate bureau here.

The NABJ board of directors accepted the resignation of Executive Director Sharon Toomer.

Fiat Chrysler Automotive will sponsor a 5K run, walk and bike on Aug. 4 at the convention. For more information go to https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Detroit/NABJ5KRunandWalk.

KC People

KCABJ member Jenee’ Osterheldt left The Kansas City Star and will be starting a columnist’s position with The Boston Globe. Jenee’ had been with The Star for 16 years. She was a Nieman Fellow a year ago at Harvard University.

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2018

June 9, 2018 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Meeting

At the June membership meeting, KCABJ voted to contribute $200 to being a co-sponsor of the Lucile Bluford book lecture and signing for Sheila Dean Brooks, PhD.

Brooks, founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications LLC, will have a book lecture, signing and reception at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at the Helzberg Auditorium at the Central Library downtown. Brooks and Clint C. Wilson II co-authored “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.”

Brooks is a former TV news broadcaster and board member of the National Association of Black Journalists. KCABJ Vice President/Print Glenn E. Rice, who served on the NABJ board with Brooks, brought the issue of sponsorship to KCABJ. Glenn said at the June meeting that KCABJ participated in the reception at the downtown library when Robin D. Stone had a book signing about eight years ago for a memoir she authored on her husband titled “My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times.” Boyd was a St. Louis native and a University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism graduate. He started his newspaper career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and ended it at The New York Times, where he rose to become that newspaper’s first black White House correspondent and the first black managing editor. He was toppled from that spot in 2003 after national news headlines resulted from stories that a Times reporter, Jayson Blair, made up.

Brooks’ at the July 11 event will discuss her book on Kansas City Call editor and publisher Lucile Bluford and the activist role Bluford played as a journalist and as a University of Kansas graduate, seeking admission in 1939 as a graduate student to the MU School of Journalism. Bluford was rejected because she was black. Bluford’s court challenge went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld segregation as the law of the land. Segregation remained entrenched in the United States until the 1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Decades after initially rejecting Bluford, MU bestowed a doctorate on her. The School of Journalism presented her with its highest honor, the Missouri Honor Medal, and this year a new dormitory opened on campus bearing Bluford’s name. Bluford died in 2003 at age 91. KCABJ in 2003 named a scholarship in Bluford’s honor. She would not permit it while she was alive.

KCABJ members are urged to attend Brooks’ discussion at the downtown library on July 11.


Pre-registration for the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Detroit has been extended to June 22. NABJ’s Convention and Career Fair will take place Aug. 1-5 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. For more information go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.

To book a room at the hotel, go to https://www.google.com/maps/place/Detroit+Marriott+at+the+Renaissance+Center/@42.3288966,-83.0415776,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m7!3m6!1s0x883b2d2643d2fcf9:0x2e2af1d880fbd4df!5m1!1s2018-07-06!8m2!3d42.3288966!4d-83.0393889. Room reservations must be made by July 13.

NABJ praised ABC President Channing Dungey for her leadership in Rosanne Barr’s show being canceled after Barr’s racist comments on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

NABJ has contributed to changes in “The Associated Press Stylebook.” Specifically, it has gotten the AP to expand the use of the word “boy.” NABJ President Sarah Glover writes: “Without the proper context, that word can have detrimental and racial overtones when used to describe black males, a demographic that is routinely robbed of fair representation in the media. NABJ looks forward to the change and the tone of how black males are depicted in future coverage.”

NABJ also provided input on stylebook use of the words “biracial” and “multiracial,” which, following the stylebook, are now acceptable terms to describe “people with more than one racial heritage.” NABJ will also provide input to the AP on other stylebook race-related entries that may be considered in the future.

NABJ last month announced the workshops and panels that will occur at this year’s convention. To learn more, go to http://www.nabjconvention.com/sag.cfm.

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2018

May 19, 2018 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy

Only one student applied for the 2018 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Because a minimum of six students is needed for the class, KCABJ canceled the course for this summer.

It would have occurred June 25 through July 6 at the Urban League of Greater Kansas City. The one student who did apply has been notified and promised that her application will remain on file for the 2019 academy. She is completing her sophomore year at a south Kansas City area high school.

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver suggests that an online application process would enable today’s young cyber-natives to complete their application and upload supporting material rather than rely on the U.S. Postal Service for delivery, which they are less inclined to do. KCABJ will explore acquiring that capability. Applications currently are emailed to journalism instructors in Kansas City area high schools who then distribute them to students. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran also got her AKA sorority to include information about the academy.

Bette also shared with the membership the 2019 dates and some details for the cultural and professional exchange to Cuba. She annually has led trips of educators, health care professionals and journalists to the island nation since 2015 after then-Cuban President Raul Castro and then-U.S. President Barack Obama acted in December 2014 to start normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries.


The National Association of Black Journalists convention will take place Aug. 1-5 in Detroit. Some panels and workshops already have been selected.

They include “Kerner Commission, 50 Years Later,” “Racism and Sexism in Sports” and “Restoring Trust in Journalism.” To learn more, go to http://www.nabjconvention.com/sag.cfm.

Pre-registration for the convention ends June 1. Registering onsite is a lot more expensive.

It’s also not too late to submit nominations for some of the awards to be presented at the convention. Go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm for more information. Convention-goers who have published books also can check out the NABJ Authors Showcase.

The NABJ High School Workshop (JSHOP) is a free, four-day high school journalism workshop held each year in the host city of NABJ’s Convention and Career Fair. The program offers interactive learning opportunities through lectures, presentations, assignments, training and tests. Participating students will gain knowledge in multimedia journalism fundamentals from educators, journalists and college journalism students. It runs July 31-Aug. 3 in Detroit.

CNBC is hosting a free, invitation-only interactive workshop at #NABJ18 designed to teach general news journalists how to quickly identify and present a financial news story for a business audience. Attendees will have an opportunity to work directly with CNBC producers to learn the tools of financial journalism. People who apply must be registered for the NABJ convention.

Request an application by sending your resume and contact info to: bizproducingworkshop@cnbc.com. The deadline is June 29.

This is an election year in NABJ. The list of certified candidates for the 2018-2020 board of directors can be found at https://nabj.site-ym.com/page/2018ElecCand?. June 1 is the deadline for current or lapsed members to renew, or for first-time members to join, in order to be eligible to vote via mail-in balloting before this year’s convention.

NBCUniversity is providing a one-day workshop for on-air and off-air convention attendees. The course is taught by NBCU “professors” and is for individuals at all career levels.

The coursework includes script writing and career development. For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/r15to6ud184r6p9/. The deadline to apply is July 20.
KC People

Kevin Holmes, news anchor at KSHB-NBC-TV, Channel 41, told the membership at the May meeting that at 8:30 a.m. June 16 he will be emceeing the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in the Kansas City Power & Light District. For more information go to http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=3142&pg=entry.

Glenn E. Rice, a past KCABJ president, NABJ treasurer and NABJ board member, reported that Sheila Brooks, a Kansas City native and former NABJ board member, is to be in Kansas City on July 11 speaking at the downtown library at 6:30 p.m. about her new book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” Brooks co-authored the book with Clint C. Wilson II. KCABJ at its June meeting will discuss being a co-sponsor of the event and how much that will entail.

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2018

April 22, 2018 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy

The KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy dominated discussion at the monthly membership meeting.

Applications for the two-week program were emailed in March to journalism educators throughout the Kansas City area. The program is open to high school and college students who are interested in print, broadcast and new media journalism careers.

The program, begun in 1982, is free and open to students of all colors. It is the only one of its kind in the metropolitan area. The faculty consists of Kansas City area print and broadcast media professionals. KCABJ annually awards scholarships to the top performing graduates of the academy.

Past president and longtime KCABJ member Glenn E. Rice confirmed that he will be among the key instructors. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran, a past president and KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner, also plans to dedicate more time to the academy this year as will KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid and KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver.

During the program, students will produce their own newspaper and radio and television newscasts. KCABJ is unique in that it unites the highly competitive area media companies to help prepare the next generation of journalists.

For an application, go online to http://www.kcabj.org and search the KCABJ Blog, where this newsletter is published. An application will be at the end of this month’s newsletter. The deadline to mail in all of the material is May 9. KCABJ will accept 12 students in the academy, but a minimum of six is needed for the class to take place.


The National Association of Black Journalists has extended to May 4 the deadline for the NABJ Salute to Excellence nominations. For more information go to https://nabj.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/login/6?returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fnabj.secure-platform.com%2Fa%2Fsolicitations%2Fhome%2F6.

On May 5, NABJ is holding a “Millennial Media Summit” at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org/event/MillennialMediaSummit18.

NABJ and its partners are offering several scholarships to students ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Click on each scholarship for information on how to apply.

NABJ has partnered with NBC to bring student and entry-level journalists a webinar to showcase opportunities within the NBC brand, while highlighting best practices during the job search.

Panelists included NBCUniversal Director of Talent Acquisition for Campus Programs Seldric Booker; and MSNBC Director of Booking Jesse Rodriguez. The session was moderated by NABJ Vice President-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker; and theGrio.com Deputy Editor Natasha S. Alford.


Even though the early bird deadline to register for this year’s NABJ convention has passed, it’s not too late to register to receive a discount. The convention and jobs fair runs from Aug. 1-5 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The honorary co-chairs for the 2018 NABJ National Convention and Career Fair are the Undefeated’s Jemele Hill and Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley. They will lead a Host Committee in welcoming more than 3,000 journalists, media professionals and students to the “Comeback City.” For more information on the convention, go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm. To make a reservation at the convention hotel, go to https://book.passkey.com/event/49502001/owner/437/home. The theme is: “NABJ18: Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust.”

NABJ in March issued a statement backing Washington Post reporter Robin Givhan for her March 21 report on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s session at the BETHer conference in Miami. Givhan, a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter, has come under scathing criticism for her reporting on the session, though BET officials have admitted publicly that at no time was the conference ever off-the-record.
“As the world’s largest journalism organization of people of color, it is vital that NABJ stands up for the rights of journalists to do their job without being attacked. Robin Givhan did not break any journalistic code of ethics in her decision to write about Michelle Obama at the BET conference,” said the NABJ Board of Directors.

“The rules of journalism are clear: any decision to make an event off-the-record must be stated clearly upfront, and not after-the-fact. If an individual or entity desires to have a conversation that is off-the-record, that has to be made public. It can’t be assumed or hinted. BET’s statement of the event being ‘an intimate conversation in a sacred space of sisterhood and fellowship’ does not hold water in any newsroom. If the off-the-record declaration is not made, that means everything is on-the-record and available to be reported.”

KC People

Former KCABJ President Kia Breaux renewed her membership in KCABJ. The application for the 2018 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy follows:

2018 Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 25-July 6, 2018

at the Urban League of Greater Kansas City

1710 the Paseo Blvd.

Sponsored by The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists


KCABJ is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the Secretary of State of Missouri and affiliated with the National Association of Black Journalists.


About the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists


KCABJ was founded in 1981, and this year it celebrates its 37th anniversary as an organization of professional black journalists. This is the 33th KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Many graduates of the program are established in the field or are pursuing careers in journalism.

For more information about the academy or the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists call KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver at 816-241-9089 or KCABJ President Lewis W. Diuguid at 816-730-9194.


About The Urban League of Greater Kansas City


The Urban League of Greater Kansas City has been part of the national network of Urban Leagues since 1919. Its mission is to enable African-Americans and other disadvantaged persons to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.  The Urban League’s programs provide assistance to area residents to help them gain employment and build sustainable careers. The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists is committed to working with high school and college students to prepare them for careers in print and broadcast journalism or other communications fields. This year’s academy continues that tradition in the Urban League’s continuing education classroom.


The 2018 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and is conveniently located on a bus line in the Urban League’s newly remodeled high-tech classroom in the 18th & Vine Jazz Heritage District. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 23. The location will be announced to those students selected for the program. Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from the KCABJ academy each day. Class begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.


This academy is unique in our area because it is taught by journalists working for newspapers, television and radio stations, in public relations and new media in Greater Kansas City. Educators will add their knowledge to the instruction. Students will be:

— Assigned stories to report and write.

— They will work on computers.

— Shadow reporters.

— Study social media and its personal and population effects.

— Benefit from lectures from major newsmakers.

— Network with influential people.

— Produce their own newspaper and radio and television newscasts.

  • Tour area media companies.


Every student who attends the academy leaves with enhanced reading, writing, analytical, communication and questioning skills. Teachers and parents have said teenagers and young adults have returned from the summer program energized and far more interested and able to learn than before.


Scholarships & Other Opportunities

Students selected for the academy will compete for scholarships offered by KCABJ. The awards go to the best students in the class. The class size will be limited to 12. Many of our graduates are award-winning journalists today.

To Apply

  1. Write a one-page essay on the role people of color should have in journalism.
  2. Send one sample of your writing — if possible something that has been published (e.g. an article in your school newspaper). We are seeking committed students who are not afraid of hard work and who already have a demonstrated interest in journalism.
  3. Mail this completed application, your essay and writing sample by May 9, 2018, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64171.


Academy Application






Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________




City_________________ State/ZIP _____________


Phone ____________________________________


School Name_______________________________


Year in School ______________________________




Journalism/English/Yearbook Teacher’s Name:




In which area are you most interested? Rank

each 1, 2, 3 or 4 with your favorite being #1.

_____Newspaper              Television ________


______Radio                     Public Relations _____


List journalism and/or writing experience in courses you have taken or media companies

where you’ve worked:________________________________________________________




On a separate sheet of paper list your career

goals and why you want to attend this academy.


Student signature_______________________________________



Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian_____________________________________________