GSLABJ responds to broadcaster’s apparent slur, discusses matter on KWMU 90.7 FM
In the wake of perceived use of a racial slur by KTVI’s morning host, Kevin Steincross, GSLABJ president Carol Daniel and GSLABJ co-founder Linda Lockhart were guests on KWMU’s “St. Louis on the Air” show on Thursday, Jan. 31, on 90.7 FM. Host Don Marsh led a discussion about the fallout and the local media’s coverage of the African-American community.
The GSLABJ made this public statement in the wake of the issue:
“It is with great concern that the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) responds to the controversy surrounding the perceived use of a racial slur by a KTVI television reporter in St. Louis during a morning newscast Thursday, January 17. We have been able to listen to the audio and watch the video of Kevin Steincross reading a story about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in which he garbles the name, ‘King’ to sound like the hurtful slur, ‘coon.’ Steincross apologized on the air hours after a viewer alerted him to his verbal slip. We have several concerns and questions about how this has been handled. We were able to immediately take those questions and concerns to the reporter's management team. We had a lengthy discussion and plan to have additional meetings to move toward clarity and wisdom.
“We do not believe the utterance was malicious. However, the GSLABJ Executive Board encourages station leadership to NOT dismiss the anxiety and frustration being expressed by viewers and employees simply because Mr. Steincross is, as has been described to us, a ‘good guy who cares about everyone.’ We do believe the negative reaction to this by viewers and coworkers must be taken seriously and handled both with compassion and understanding, as well as a bold and honest review of the corporate culture at the station.
“We are encouraged that additional meetings and bridge building are being welcomed by his station leadership. This difficult and yes, painful moment must be used to deepen our understanding and awareness of how we treat one another and especially how we react to one another’s pain, whether intentionally caused or not.”
GSLABJ to hold chapter meeting and elections on Saturday, Mar. 9
The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) will meet from 11 a.m.–noon on Saturday, Mar. 9, in the first-floor conference room of the Park Pacific Building, 1220 Olive Street).
This is an important meeting, because we will elect officers. (This was planned for our February meeting but held over until March.)
The current candidate slate is:
President – Carol Daniel
Vice President – Reginald Riddle Young
Recording Secretary – Leah Gullet
Corresponding Secretary – Shantana Stewart
Treasurer – Bonita Tillman
The president will also appoint representatives for the following positions:
Minority Journalism Workshop Chair
Your dues must be current before the elections to hold office and vote. Because GSLABJ has rolling membership and people can join all year, whenever you paid dues in the past set your GSLABJ dues date. Feel free to pay using this link: http://paypal.me/GSLABJpayments.
Feb. 16 Trivia Night on “Black History and Romance” raises funds for student workshop and scholarships
GSLABJ members, family, colleagues and supporters had a blast in proving their knowledge of “Black History and Romance” at our 2019 Trivia Night on February 16 at the Phyllis Wheatley Heritage Center. Proceeds support the GSLABJ Minority Journalism Workshop and college scholarships. Many thanks to everyone who participated.
GSLABJ’s 2019 Minority Journalism Workshop wraps up another great program
We are proud to say that the 2019 GSLABJ Minority Journalism Workshop was fully subscribed with 25 St. Louis-area high school students ready to learn from our dedicated volunteers. Students and professional journalists came out on January 19 despite nasty weather, and had a great time getting to know each other and setting the stage for a successful 42nd offering of this important program.
This free program spanned four Saturdays at Webster University’s School of Communications and gave aspiring young journalists hands-on training from local professional journalists. There’s nothing like this workshop; it’s been setting trends and inspiring young people (and colleagues) for 42 years.
Many thanks to the colleagues who mentored and guided out student participants, family members who made sure the kids got to Webster U. and worked hard to product top-quality work in writing, editing and broadcast projects; faculty and staff of the Webster University School of Communications; and community members and businesses who supported the program with donations of food and funds. More details will be posted here shortly.
The GSLABJ Minority Journalism Workshop is open to all St. Louis-area high school students. There are no fees associated with this workshop.
GSLABJ enjoys delightful holiday party
The GSLABJ celebrated the holidays with a party on December 1 at the home of Adella Jones and Reggie Williams. Participants shared holiday cheer, met new friends and greeted those they haven't seen in awhile. Some nonmember industry friends and colleagues were invited as well.
Everyone brought delicious dishes and several members brought guests. The desserts by our host were simply amazing! It was a lovely evening, enjoyed by all.
2018 Living Legends event honors
broadcaster Holliday and photographer Price
The 2018 Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) Living Legend event on Saturday, Nov. 3, was a wonderful opportunity to honor two long-time GSLABJ members and important figures in St. Louis journalism as role models and leaders in their fields: Art Holliday, anchor and reporter for KSDK 5 On Your Side and Wiley Price, photographer for the St. Louis American.
The GSLABJ Living Legend event celebrates colleagues who have committed themselves to furthering the GSLABJ and to building the next generation of journalists. Created in 2014, the event has honored several long-term members of our organization. This year, we inducted the first two males to these ranks.
Sponsors of the event, which was held at Il Monastero on the St. Louis University campus, included Ameren Missouri, Enterprise Holdings Inc., Fox2Now, KSDK News, Saint Louis University, the St. Louis American, St. Louis Community College, the St. Louis Press Club and Wells Fargo Advisors. Chapter Vice President Reggie Riddle-Young chaired the planning committee.
For images from the event, check out our Facebook page. Many thanks to Rosalind Guy and Bradley J. Rayford for contributing their photography skills to the event. For Art’s remarks and other coverage of the event, go to: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/art-holliday-wiley-price-honored-as-living-legends-in-st-louis/ar-BBPk4Fp.
If you had a good time at the Living Legends event, join the GSLABJ to see what’s next and find where you fit in. We still need you!
GSLABJ holds 2018 Student Journalism Workshop
The GSLABJ’s 2018 Student Journalism Workshop featured presentations to students by Belleville News Democrat reporter Cara Anthony and KMOV reporter/anchor Eric Cox.
Joshua Johnson and 1A crew pay a visit to StL
GSLABJ President Carol Daniel and members recently gave a hearty welcome to Joshua Johnson when he brought his 1A talk show (https://the1a.org/about) to St. Louis on May 3 and 4.
On behalf of the chapter, Carol presented Joshua with a copy of My Times in Black and White by our founding president, the late Gerald Boyd.
1A is produced by WAMU-FM in Washington, DC, and distributed nationally by NPR. The show airs from 10-11 a.m. Eastern time.