KCABJ Newsletter for July 2019

July 30, 2019 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Members

In a roll-call fashion, members of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists are urged to reach out to the KCABJ Newsletter to share if they are planning to attend the National Association of Black Journalists convention. Also, if those individuals shoot any favorite pictures, including selfies, please email them to lewisdiuguid@gmail.com. The names of KCABJ members and the photos will be posted online in the KCABJ Newsletter for August. Any notes from speeches, workshops or fun activities that KCABJ members might attend also can be included for the newsletter so everyone can benefit from the experience.

The offer applies to past members of KCABJ, too. The NABJ convention will take place Aug. 7-11 in Miami.


Several candidates for U.S. president have agreed to speak at the National Association of Black Journalists convention.

Candidates participating in the forum include:

  • U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  • South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D)
  • U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R-MA)

The #NABJ19 U.S. Presidential Candidates Forum will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

The NABJ Convention and Jobs Fair doesn’t happen by itself. NABJ is seeking volunteers to help make it happen. For more information, go to https://secure.rotundasoftware.com/p/enrollment/nabj19volunteers.

Remember this is an election year for NABJ, and members are urged to vote. Several seats are open including president, vice president-broadcast and secretary.

Also, eligible members are asked to vote YES or NO on the following proposed Constitutional Amendments:

   Amendment Proposal 1: A package that includes several recommendations to realign the Board of Directors, including reducing the Board from 14 members to 11. (Members are asked to vote on the Amendment 1 proposal as a package).

   Amendment Proposal 2: A proposal that clarifies Lifetime membership eligibility.

Two-thirds of the total number of votes shall be required for adoption. If adopted, amendments become effective 60 days following the adjournment of the annual national convention or unless otherwise specified, with the exception of the Board realignment, which would begin with the 2021 Election cycle. For more information go to https://eBallot4.votenet.com/nabj.

Special events at the NABJ convention include:


Friday, Aug. 9, 2019

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists, authors, educators and activists who have made outstanding contributions to both their industry and the worldwide black community over the course of their careers.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.


Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

The awards ceremony is the only event in the United States that honors exemplary coverage of African/ African-American people or issues exclusively. The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala highlights the work of media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and online journalism, marketing and communications.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.


Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

An NABJ tradition, the Gospel Brunch, featuring BeBe Winans, is one of the Convention highlights. Be uplifted and experience inspirational entertainment at its best while feasting on a delicious brunch buffet. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Sheila Brooks, founder of NABJ’s Student Multimedia Projects and CEO of SRB Communications, will receive the 2019 Ida B. Wells Award at its Annual Convention & Career Fair. Brooks spoke last year in Kansas City about her new book on Lucile Bluford. Brooks will receive the award on Friday, Aug. 9, during the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa – Aventura. Convention registration and Hall of Fame tickets can be purchased here.

NABJ is bringing back the NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship after a 10-year hiatus. The NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship is a $5,000 award bestowed to a worthy journalist. The travel award provides an opportunity for an NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa and the necessary assistance to complete a project or singular report on Africa. For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/2019-nabj-ethel-payne-fellowship/.

NABJ is offering a content creators grant to NABJ members and veteran journalists. The purpose of the NABJ Content Creators Grant is to propel a story forward on the black experience with additional funds for reporting. The grant may assist journalists with the completion of an existing project, help launch a new report or project or the funds may be used to purchase technology and tools to expand existing reporting. For more information, go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1260554.

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2019

June 25, 2019 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Members

The membership of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists increased by one this month with the addition of Jasmine Jones of Gladstone. She is a senior solutions analyst with the Cerner Corp. She also is a student.

Despite President Donald Trump’s increasing travel restrictions to Cuba, KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver is still offering KCABJ members an opportunity to travel with her to Cuba on a trip of a lifetime. KCABJ members last went with Bette to Cuba in 2016 when Barack Obama was president of the United States. Because Cuba is politically aligned with Venezuela and the U.S. is disputing the outcome of the Venezuelan presidential election, Trump is applying pressure on Cuba and making travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba more difficult. However, now is a great time to take advantage of the bargain trip that Bette is offering. This will be the sixth group she has led to the island nation about the size of California just 90 miles south of Florida.

This cultural and professional exchange is being offered through the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Bette is the executive director of NAME and has led educators on nearly a dozen trips through China.

The dates of the Cuba trip are Nov. 22-Dec. 1. The 2019 group of up to 25 people will begin the journey in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before flying to Cuba to visit Santa Clara (the Che Guevara Museum and Memorial) Cienfuegos (a French settlement), Matanzas (where the museum of slavery in Cuba is), Varadero (known for its beautiful beaches) and Havana, which will include many notable stops, such as the Museum of the Revolution and the Literacy Museum. The Thanksgiving tour will include visits to several schools in Cuba and a deep dive into Cuban food, music, dance and arts. To reserve a spot and for more information, send email to Cuba@nameorg.org.


The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its annual high school journalism workshop Aug. 6-9 in Miami, the city where the NABJ convention will take place. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/page/HighSchoolWork2019.

The NABJ Convention and Career Fair will take place Aug. 7-11 in Miami at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. More than 70 corporations, organizations, institutions and other exhibitors will be there exhibiting and interviewing black journalists for possible jobs. For a list of jobs and to upload your resume, go to https://www.nabjcareers.org/ and https://nabjcareers.org/registration/?user_group_id=JobSeeker.

Two constitutional amendments are being proposed for NABJ, which members will be asked to vote on. They are:

  • Amendment 1 would reduce the number of NABJ board members from 14 to 11 to promote efficiency re-define membership categories and return NABJ to a two-year election cycle.
  • Amendment 2 would stipulate that Lifetime members seeking election to the NABJ board of directors, president, vice president and regional directors must be journalists.   NABJ also is offering a discount for those who plan to attend the convention. For more information on reducing your convention registration bill by $150, go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.
  •    NABJ is offering a “Hardship Application” for the upcoming NABJ convention. The deadline to apply is July 28. For more information go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/s1ysk1pb079ulqp/.

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2019

May 11, 2019 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Members

KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver once again is offering KCABJ members an opportunity to travel with her to Cuba on a trip of a lifetime. KCABJ members last went to Cuba with Bette in 2016.

This cultural and professional exchange is being offered through the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Bette is the executive director of NAME.

The dates of the trip are Nov. 22-Dec. 1. The group of up to 25 people will begin the journey in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before flying to Cuba to visit Santa Clara (the Che Guevara Museum and Memorial) Cienfuegos (a French settlement), Matanzas (where the museum of slavery in Cuba is), Varadero (known for its beautiful beaches) and Havana, which will include many notable stops, such as the Museum of the Revolution and the Literacy Museum. The Thanksgiving tour will include visits to several schools in Cuba and a deep dive into Cuban food, music, dance and arts. To reserve a spot and for more information, send email to Cuba@nameorg.org.

The future of KCABJ also was discussed at the May membership meeting. The consensus was that the organization should continue to exist. New, younger leadership, however, is needed.

People interested in being an officer in KCABJ or in joining the organization should get in touch with Lewis Diuguid at diuguidlj@yahoo.com as soon as possible. Meanwhile, KCABJ will continue to fulfill its fiduciary, NABJ affiliate and membership responsibilities.


Elections will take place for new National Association of Black Journalists officers and board of director seats. Members will vote on president, vice president-broadcast, vice president-digital, secretary, student representative, Region I director and Region III director. Those who can cast ballots must be a member of NABJ on or before June 1. Electronic voting runs from July 1-Aug. 9. On-site voting will take place Aug. 7-9 during the NABJ Convention in Miami. To renew your membership and to register for the convention, go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.

At 6:30 p.m. EST on May 15, an NABJ free webinar series is offering a program on “Data Driven Journalism: Using Data to Drive Stories that Matter.” It is hosted by the NABJ Broadcast Task Force. For more information and to register, go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dnrJtDl9RbCFA6XFOHHtKw.

The NABJ webinar series also is giving people an opportunity to learn about “The Black News Channel (BNC) — Everything You Need to Know From Jobs to Programming.” That webinar takes place at 7:30 p.m. EST on May 15. To register and for more information go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iIw3jSsHQaKbj9IeZYhkpg.

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2019

April 23, 2019 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy

KCABJ sent out no applications in March, seeking students for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Only one application had been received during each of the last two years, forcing the cancellation of the summer journalism advancement program.

KCABJ members will brainstorm about ways to possibly attract students in 2020 to the free program, which also offers college scholarships to the top graduates.

KCABJ members also will regroup in May for a membership meeting.


The National Association of Black Journalists President Sarah Glover has named Bernadette Brown and Maria Douglas Reeve as program chairs for the NABJ Convention and Career Fair. Brown is the manager for CNN Newsource Newsgathering; Douglas Reeve is the assistant managing editor for news at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and is currently president of the Twin Cities Black Journalists. This year’s NABJ Convention will take place Aug. 7-11 at the J.W. Marriott Miami. The theme for this year’s convention is “Fight the Power: Press Forward with Passion and Purpose.”

NABJ President Sarah Glover also was honored by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) earlier this month.

Glover was recognized by the civil rights activist, talk show host and minister during the Women’s Empowerment and Networking Luncheon held at the NAN annual convention in New York City. According to NAN, Glover was saluted for her journey as a journalism professional and leader fighting for diversity and inclusion in the media industry.

NABJ is gearing up for its inaugural #NABJTechTrek: Goes to Silicon Valley. NABJ will host industry leaders and journalism students to produce news that fosters innovation and diversity in emerging technology and build meaningful sources for accurate reporting.

During this first-of-its-kind media institute, participants will visit Apple, Facebook, The Athletic, NerdWallet, LinkedIn, Uber and many more. Attendees will also gather at the Medill School of Journalism for presentations, trainings and networking sessions with Reveal, ION 360, WIRED, Design at Apple, Swaay App, Madia, Kai Frazier and more.

Attendees who successfully complete the LinkedIn for Journalists training during #NABJTechTrek will receive free LinkedIn Premium service for one year. Attendees will also learn about issues in tech affecting the black community and meet emerging black tech entrepreneurs.

For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1165465&group=. Spaces are limited.


KCABJ Newsletter for March 2019

March 12, 2019 - 2 Responses

KCABJ Members

A low turnout at the monthly meeting of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists left unresolved key issues about the organization’s student academy, programming and its future. Those concerns were tabled and will be taken up at the April meeting.


National Association of Black Journalists has targeted CNN for “its lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker,” NABJ said in a prepared news release. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People supports NABJ’s call for a civil rights audit of CNN and an examination of the cable news network’s executive level diversity.

In addition, Color of Change, a national online force driven by more than 1.4 million members, is joining NABJ and the NAACP in seeking the audit and upper-level diversity probe of CNN.

The NABJ news release continues: “This concern, coupled with Zucker’s refusal to meet with a four-person NABJ delegation, has prompted NABJ to place CNN on a special media monitoring list.

“A special team will perform further research and an analysis of CNN’s diversity, inclusion and equity practices, per the NABJ Board’s directive. The special team will also publicly report on identified deficiencies in hiring a diverse workforce in news decision-making capacities at CNN. NABJ is also calling for a civil rights audit that examines the company’s hiring, promotion and compensation practices involving black employees.

“Specifically, NABJ is concerned about the findings of preliminary research that reveals the following:

CNN President Jeff Zucker has no black direct reports.

There are no black Executive Producers at CNN.

There are no black Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.

There are no black Senior Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.

“NABJ received a communication from CNN disputing only one of our research points, saying the assertion that there are not any black vice presidents on the news side is inaccurate. However, when asked to provide the name and position of the individual or individuals involved on the editorial side of news, CNN has yet to provide specifics.

“In addition to special media monitoring activities and the civil rights audit, NABJ’s next steps involve further engaging with CNN’s parent company, AT&T, which has responded positively to outreach efforts and previously agreed to meet with NABJ.

“NABJ’s delegates are already engaged in very positive outreach with several other media companies and have met or have scheduled meetings with Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC. NABJ believes those companies see the value in such meetings and appreciates the respect those companies are showing for the positive intent of our efforts.

“The NABJ four-person delegation has attended previous meetings with other media companies. The delegation requesting a meeting with Zucker includes President Sarah Glover, Vice President-Digital Roland Martin, Vice President- Broadcast Dorothy Tucker and Executive Director Drew Berry.

“Zucker’s refusal to meet with the full delegation is based on a personal issue between CNN and NABJ’s Vice President-Digital Roland Martin. The issue stems from Martin’s participation in a 2016 town hall meeting with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Previously, former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile admitted she inadvertently disclosed a town hall topic to the Clinton campaign that was part of Martin’s research inquiry for the town hall.

“NABJ’s request to meet was and is focused solely on CNN’s diversity efforts, its results and our strategic priorities as an organization.”

The deadline for early bird registration for the National Association of Black Journalists convention was March 1. People planning to attend the convention Aug. 7-11 in Miami will be able to pre-register through June 1. The cost ranges from $275 for students to $550 for nonmembers. Discounts for NABJ members who also are with an affiliate chapter must be mailed or faxed into the NABJ office for verification purposes. For more information, go to https://www.nabjconvention.com/NABJ_Registration.cfm.

NABJ and Columbia University are offering scholarships to students to attend the Miami convention. NABJ student members are encouraged to apply for a grant to help offset costs associated with the annual convention. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is providing five partial scholarships to the 2019 NABJ Annual Convention and Job Fair in Miami. Each fellowship winner will be awarded a $750 grant from Columbia to assist with travel and convention registration costs. Fellowship applicants must be members of NABJ to be eligible. The application deadline is March 29. For more information, go to https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/2019-nabj-columbia-journalism-school/.

NABJ members seeking a position on the NABJ Board of Directors, including incumbents, must go to the link below and complete the form, including a letter of intent, a signed candidate’s agreement, biography, employment/university verification (requirements in PDF format) and a headshot by March 25. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/page/2019EleDeclaringCandidacy.

Upcoming NABJ events include:


For more information about NABJ’s scholarships, please contact jriley@nabj.org. To apply, go to https://www.nabj.org/page/2019NABJScholarships.

KC People

KCABJ picked up two renewing members: Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver.

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2019

February 23, 2019 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Membership

The weather has been a great challenge this winter. KCABJ’s membership meetings for January and February were canceled in part because of snow. The membership will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at a location to be determined. The agenda will include:

  • Whether KCABJ should continue as an organization, representing black journalists in the Kansas City area.
  • If it is to continue, will KCABJ offer a student journalism academy?
  • Will monthly meetings be changed to occur once every quarter?

Please plan to attend the meeting to provide valuable input into the future of the organization. The location will be emailed to people who have been members in the past.


The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism just outside Washington, D.C., is recruiting candidates for its 2019 master’s cohort program. The hands-on, professional program trains a diverse new generation of reporters, data analysts, photojournalists, producers and more. For more information, and to apply, email sdrada@umd.edu or visit go.umd.edu/MasterJournalism.

In a news release to its members, the National Association of Black Journalists announced three new additions to its national office staff. Angela Robinson will serve as NABJ’s director of operations, Kanya Stewart joins the staff as director of communications and Vanessa Johnson-Evans is serving as the program manager. NABJ Executive Director Drew Berry said each appointment is a critical component to the advancement of NABJ’s agenda and strategic priorities.

The Knight Foundation announced that it would double its investment in strengthening journalism to $300 million over five years, with a focus on building the future of local news and information. Learn more >

The Knight Media Forum will highlight ways in which we can find different, collaborative, digital and local ways to reliably inform Americans and increase trust in media.

Include the live feed of the Knight Media Forum on your website Feb. 26-27 free of charge.

Featured Panels

Feb. 26, 9:30 –10:30a.m.

The Fragmentation of Truth
Danah Boyd, founder and president, Data & Society.

Feb. 27, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

The Aspen Institute/Knight Commission: A Roadmap to Rebuilding Trust in the Media
Charlie Sykes, The Bulwark, Raney Aronson, Frontline, Joanne Lipman, Author, Journalist, Mizell Stewart III, USA Today Network. Moderated by Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation.

Feb. 27, 10 – 11 a.m.

Funding Local News:

Community Models for Success
Kathy Im, MacArthur Foundation and Darryl Holliday, City Bureau; Jim Friedlich, Lenfest and Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, Resolve Philadelphia; Mariam Noland, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and John Bebow, Center for Michigan; John Thornton, American Journalism Project. Moderated by Lilly Weinberg, Knight Foundation.

Feb. 27, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times.


Distressing News

The American Society of News Editors Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey announced “a historic low among newsrooms participating in the organization’s annual survey,” which marked its 40th anniversary in 2018. There was a response rate of only about 17 percent, with 293 newsrooms of the 1,700 queried for the survey submitting information. People of color represented 22.6 percent of the workforce in U.S. newsrooms that responded to the 2018 survey. “While encouraging, this figure cannot be generalized to interpret the landscape of the U.S. journalism industry as a whole because the responses are not drawn from a random sample,” the report notes. “The survey has historically relied on a convenience sample from organizations that volunteer to participate. Participation in the survey is crucial to building more diverse and inclusive journalism communities.”

KCABJ Membership Application for 2019

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 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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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. KCABJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Black



Howard University Job Opportunity

February 4, 2019 - Leave a Response
Howard University
Position Compensation
Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.
Position Information
Department: Media, Journalism and Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications (CHSOC)

Reports to: Chairperson, Department of Media, Journalism and Film

Basic Function: Teach courses in broadcast journalism, conduct academic research and/or creative productions, and serve on committees as assigned. Plan, direct, edit and publish the work of student journalists in the school’s media outlets.

Supervisory Accountability: Faculty member shall be accountable to the Journalism Sequence Coordinator, Department Chairperson and the CHSOC Dean.

Nature and Scope: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in broadcast journalism. S/he will also undertake academic research or creative productions, serve on university committees as assigned, and provide service to the national and/or international communications community.

Principal Accountabilities: Faculty member shall be evaluated annually in four key areas—research/creative production, teaching, service and professional development.

Description of Position: Particular expertise in the area of broadcast news production is preferred. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the theory and practice of broadcast news, long-format broadcast magazines and documentaries; advise and coach students in air-quality broadcast productions, including newscast producing; advise an on-campus media organization, participate in committee work, and assist in nurturing a culture of professional broadcasting while pursuing creative and professional development of their own.

The department is especially interested in candidates with an expertise in on-air broadcasting, editing, directing and producing. Candidates must be able to work in field, studio and online media environments and have a thorough knowledge of all aspects of news and media production. They must have the ability to teach in at least one other area of course offerings in the department, including courses that address critical issues related to the history, theory, practice and policy of public media. Candidates should also be willing and able to write grant proposals, be aware of emerging industry trends, and be able to supervise and critique e-portfolios/websites. Where appropriate, the successful candidates will also have opportunities to teach graduate courses in the Communications, Culture and Media Studies Program.

We seek a candidate who can work collegially and keep the department at the forefront of academic and media innovation. Preferred candidates will be able to identify new opportunities in social media, interactive news presentation, and understand analytics and data visualization. Highly desired are previous experience with news production in digital/mobile media and a willingness to innovate. They will also have the ability to supervise student reporters, anchors, producers and videographers working on deadline or on in-depth projects across broadcast and digital platforms.

This full-time, tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor begins August 2019.

Qualifications: The candidate should have a master’s or a terminal degree along with a strong record of professional broadcasting achievement, including awards and other recognition. Prior university-level teaching is preferred. That experience should include classroom teaching, grading, advising, experience in designing courses and syllabi.

Extensive professional connections and interest in seeking sponsorship of student productions preferred.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including e-mail addresses)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and vision for the future of broadcast journalism
  • Teaching evaluation summaries
  • Portfolio (URL link to relevant creative work, and/or samples of scholarly writing (productions, published essays, convention papers, etc.)
  • Names of three (3) references from academic or professional referees

Please submit these materials electronically to:

Dr. Montré Aza Missouri

Search Committee Chair

Department of Media, Journalism, and Film


Opportunity Knocks

January 31, 2019 - Leave a Response

Africa / Mideast Correspondent

We’re looking for a passionate, sensitive writer interested in exploring human development issues through a particular prism. Global Sisters Report, an award-winning website publication of National Catholic Reporter, is hiring a regional correspondent for Africa/Middle East. We’re looking for someone to write about the varied missions and ministries of Catholic women religious in Africa with context, depth and detail while being able to convey “big picture” themes about human development. Ideal applicants will have experience with international reporting and the ability to manage multiple deadlines and roles within the newsroom.

The preference is to have this person based in the region and able to travel frequently to other African countries and occasionally to the Middle East. Responsibilities include reporting trips to countries in the region, with the expectation of 5-8 stories out of each trip, along with shooting photos and some video. Stories for National Catholic Reporter (GSR’s parent company) may be expected/assigned on occasion.  Candidates must be available when not traveling for a weekly video conference meeting with the staff in the GSR home office in Kansas City, Missouri.

Candidates must also recruit and manage freelancers, help develop specific country and regional story ideas, and provide initial edit(s) on stories before they are sent to a GSR editor and a copy desk for final edits. As regional correspondent, this person would also be responsible for promoting the Global Sisters Report website to sisters, including managing and expanding the GSR Whatsapp group and finding other creative ways to bring GSR content to sisters who may not have regular internet access. Please send a cover letter, resume and four to six writing samples to GSR Editor Gail DeGeorge – gdegeorge@ncronline.org – by Feb. 18.

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

January 23, 2019 - Leave a Response

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

KCABJ Newsletter for January 2019

January 23, 2019 - Leave a Response

Glenn Rice Honored

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The National Association of Black Journalists is teaming up with Reuters to provide journalists with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28. For more information on the Reuters-NABJ Graduate Fellowship go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1184710&group=.

Registration and hotel accommodations are now open for NABJ Presents: Basics Bootcamp 2019 scheduled for Feb. 15-16, 2019 at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Panels will lead training sessions that will include the new media ecosystem; identifying, cultivating and effectively using sources and social media; digital ethics including copy-editing, privacy and trespassing; real-time field reporting and writing; building an online portfolio; and constructing content for online audiences. For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/event/BasicsBootcamp2019?utm_source=Registration+and+hotel+accommodations+now+open+for+NABJ+Presents%3A+The+Basics+Boo&utm_campaign=Devo+18&utm_medium=email.

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

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

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

The NABJ Region III conference will take place April 5-6 in Birmingham, Ala. The theme is “Code Switching: Reporting the Virtual Truth.” For more information go to https://www.nabj.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1166033&group=&utm_source=Registration+and+hotel+accommodations+now+open+for+NABJ+Region+III+Conference&utm_campaign=Devo+18&utm_medium=email.


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