Broadcast Journalism Job Opportunity in KC

July 18, 2017 - Leave a Response

KCUR-FM 89.3 is part of a unique project committed to telling the stories of people living at the Intersection of race, ethnicity and culture. From the advent of #BlackLivesMatter to the election of Donald Trump as president, the dialogue around race is changing in this country. Public media needs to change too if it’s to  accurately reflect all segments of our communities.

 

This groundbreaking project, led by St. Louis Public Radio, is funded by a two-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Reporters will work collaboratively from St. Louis, Hartford, Conn., Portland, Ore., and Kansas City. Focusing on race, ethnicity and culture, our journalists will look with fresh eyes at issues and concerns being raised by diverse — and passionate — voices throughout the country.  We want to give voice to those who are overlooked.

 

The team will produce an ambitious body of work that offers a blueprint for public media journalists who seek to serve their communities more profoundly. The work itself – based in honest, difficult communication – is intended to resonate with national, regional and local audiences.

We’re looking for an accomplished multimedia reporter who is passionate about covering all manner of issues with an eye toward race, ethnicity and diversity. We want a team player who will be a force in our newsroom, leading all our work (newscasts, talk shows, reporting, events) toward a better understanding of our community.

 

This reporter will be welcomed into an ambitious yet flexible workplace. KCUR employs journalists with a wide range of backgrounds – print, TV, radio — from all over the country. We’re also the hub of Harvest Public Media and the Kansas News Service, so we’re incredibly supportive of collaborative reporting.

 

A background in radio is not necessary, but a passion for public radio style storytelling and a commitment to the mission of public radio is essential.

 

In your cover letter, please tell us what kinds of stories you believe this team should cover and how you would approach these topics differently from what you hear currently on public media. What is missing or overlooked?

 

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES

  • Identify, research, pitch, write, report, edit and voice a wide variety of spots, two-ways, and feature stories for morning and afternoon newsmagazines, local talk shows, and national programs (as appropriate).
  • Create news reports, features and research ­– including graphics, interpretive charts and photos — for website, social media platforms and other outlets.
  • Collaborate with project editors and reporters on daily work and projects.
  • Participate in news planning meetings to suggest story ideas and help focus story angles
  • Contribute segment ideas and appear as a guest or host on local talk shows, podcasts and community events, as needed.
  • Edit features and spots for other reporters.
  • Participate in all assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three to five years of reporting experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field required; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.
  • Excellent writing skills, proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
  • Ability to multitask and work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and work collaboratively with various personalities.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • More than five years of reporting experience.
  • One year of work experience in a radio, news, or public media organization.
  • Experience in collaborative reporting.
  • Familiarity with cross-platform storytelling.
  • Familiarity with the variety of issues likely to come up in Kansas City.
  • Strong social media skills.

 

SUPERVISION

This position reports to a KCUR news director.

 

SALARY

Salary is commensurate with experience.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Review of applications will begin on June 26, 2017.  Apply online: www.umkc.edu/jobs.  Applicants must combine all materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.  Maximum size limit is 11MB.  Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

In your cover letter, please tell us what kinds of stories you believe this team should cover and how you would approach these topics differently from what you hear currently on public media.   What is missing and overlooked?

 

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call 855-524-0002.

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.  For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2017

July 15, 2017 - Leave a Response

Media Awards

KCABJ members met in July and set the September meeting as the day that members-only can turn in entries for the 25th KCABJ Media Awards.

Over the years, KCABJ has given awards for news media coverage of accurate depictions of African Americans and other people of color in stories, pictures and artwork in print, broadcast and new media. KCABJ also has award categories for advertising, public relations and public service announcements.

One of the goals of the media awards is to encourage good, honest journalism in the coverage of people of color. KCABJ has enjoyed phenomenal success in pushing the area media companies to be more accountable in this area.

Members at the Sept. 16 KCABJ meeting can submit entries. At the October meeting, members will decide which entries will receive awards. Nothing is guaranteed. All entries are judged on their merit.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists convention will take place Aug. 9-13 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. NABJ is offering a day of service for people to take part in a New Orleans Volunteer Day of Service to paint and drywall homes for families still displaced by the 2005 catastrophe that we all know as Hurricane Katrina. The deadline to register is July 21.The event is in partnership with the St. Bernard Project during the month of Katrina’s 12th anniversary to help families finally come back home.

CNBC is hosting an invitation-only Aug. 10, interactive business reporting workshop at the convention. Some workshop attendees may be picked to visit CNBC Global Headquarters for a camera test and meetings with CNBC executives. For more information about the workshop, CNBC, and eligibility requirements, please visit here.

NABJ’s 2017 Salute to Excellence award

winners will be announced at gala celebration during the convention on Aug. 12 in New Orleans. The competition honors work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism and public relations. Among the persons honored at the NABJ convention will be Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press. She will receive the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award. Riley will be presented with the award at the Hall of Fame Luncheon on Aug 11.

Also during the convention, NABJ is offering a limited number of complimentary hardship registrations to the #NABJ17 Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans, Louisiana. Eligible NABJ members may apply for a free convention registration, which provides access to the career fair and workshops. Access to ticketed special events is not included.

Who’s eligible? NABJ members who lost their full-time journalism, public relations or journalism educator jobs in the last nine months, and NABJ members who are freelancers and have not been paid in full by Ebony magazine. (More to come on this item.)

The deadline is July 20 at 5 p.m. EDT. Click here to apply for the hardship registration.

Last, but certainly not least, NABJ on July 13 announced its 2017 Thumbs Down Award. Fox News is understandable, but the shocker was Ebony magazine.

The Thumbs Down Award is presented annually to an individual or organization for especially insensitive, racist or stereotypical reporting, commentary, photography or cartoon about the black community or for engaging in practices at odds with the goals of NABJ.

Fox News was picked in part because of lawsuits and accusations charging the cable network with “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.” There also have been allegations of sexual harassment.  Additionally, the lack of diversity in key positions is a major concern for NABJ.

“It seems FOX has allowed a very unhealthy environment to fester,” said NABJ Vice President of Broadcast Dorothy Tucker. “There has to be a level of accountability and it starts at the top. Management has to do better.”

The surprise NABJ Thumbs Down Award recipient this year was Ebony magazine. Ebony, under its new owners Clear View Group, has made headlines this year because of staff cuts; the relocation of its headquarters from its founding base in Chicago to Los Angeles; and, its very public and sometimes offensive responses to reports of late or non-payment for work already performed by staff or freelance journalists.

“Many of the decisions being made by Ebony’s new owners seem counter to the vision of founder John H. Johnson,” said NABJ Vice President of Print Marlon A. Walker. “Ebony and its sister publication Jet are near and dear to us. To hear writers whose words bring us much joy aren’t being paid for those words is sad, unconscionable, unacceptable. Johnson is probably rolling over in his grave.”

NABJ noted: “Fox News must address its work culture and diversity at all levels of employment, including management positions, and the owners of Ebony magazine must resolve its pay issues with freelancers immediately and work to rebuild its image after several alarming missteps.”

KC People

KCABJ membership grew by one with the addition of Pamela Spencer De La Fuente. Turnout for the July membership meeting also was quite impressive — especially during a time of summer vacations.

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2017

June 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy

Because of vacations in the summer, KCABJ membership will meet July 15.

The meeting will include the 2017 KCABJ Media Awards and how members can submit entries, thoughts for a membership drive this year and next, and the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists convention.

The meeting will run from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 15 at Lufti’s Fried Fish Restaurant, 3037 Main St. Members are welcome to order lunch or other refreshments.

 

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists convention will take place Aug. 5-13 in New Orleans at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. The offerings include:

  • CNN hosting a TV reporters and producers workshop on Friday, Aug. 11. Senior managers on-air coaches and CNN correspondents will provide the instruction.
  • The NABJ Career Fair, which will run throughout the convention, giving members an opportunity to meet with media company recruiters.
  • #NABJ17: “Power Up and Break Through” is the theme.
  • Facebook and Google executives will be major partners at this year’s convention. The two top technology companies will be joined by other first-time and returning partners to lead workshops.
  • CNBC is hosting an invitation only, interactive business reporting workshop at the 2017 NABJ Annual Convention, where CNBC talent and producers will teach on-air reporters and multimedia journalists how we supply the reporting, data, and analysis that our global audience demands to make informed investment decisions in their professional and personal lives. For more info about the workshop, CNBC, and eligibility requirements, please visit here.

Pre-registration for the NABJ convention has been extended to June 30. Click here for pricing details and to register.

In addition to the annual convention, NABJ is teaming up with the Poynter Institute to offer a tuition-free, leadership program to train journalists of color to work in digital media. Twenty-five persons will be selected for the Dec. 3-8 program on the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. For more information, contact Elisa Jackson, executive director of the Poynter Foundation, at ejackson@poynter.org or NABJ President Sarah Glover at nabjpresident21@gmail.com.

To learn more and apply by Aug. 18, go here.

The NABJ Broadcast Task Force is coming out with its own Producer Database, which includes TV, radio, newscast, podcast, executive, field, special projects, web, digital, social media, associate or assistant producers.

To be included click here.

NABJ also is conducting a national search for a new executive director.

KC People

KCABJ’s membership inched up by one with the addition of Carlotta Berry.

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2017

May 19, 2017 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy

Only one person mailed in an application for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy before the April 29 deadline.

Because of that, the program is being canceled this year. The class has to have a minimum of six students and a maximum of 12 to occur.

The young lady who applied was informed in writing that like college classes that don’t have enough students enroll, the academy would not occur this year. However, we will try again next year with the hope that more high school and college students will show an interest in journalism careers.

KCABJ has offered the academy since 1982. There have been only three years that it has not occurred either because of a lack of interest expressed by students or staffing problems.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists in its NABJ Journal features a cover story on the black press having a standing exhibit at the new Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The NABJ Convention will take place from Aug. 5-13 in New Orleans. People who plan to attend should make their reservations at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel before July 5. The hotel is offering rooms for $159 a night. Convention-goers are urged to register for the conference before June 1 to save big.

The honorary co-chairs for the convention are Warren Bell and Michelle Miller. The convention theme is “Power Up and Break Through.”

The NABJ Elections Committee has certified a slate of candidates for the 2017-2019 Board of Directors. Sarah Glover is running unopposed for president. For Vice President-Broadcast, Gayle Hurd is facing Dorothy Tucker. For secretary, Cheryl Smith is running unopposed. For Region I director, Johann Calhoun is running unopposed as is Ken Lemon for Region III director. Four persons are running for student representative on the board. They are Kyra Azore at Howard University, Wilton Jackson at Louisiana State University, Lawrence Malloy at Fort Valley State University and Gladys Sargeant at Hampton University. For more information go to nabj.org.

In other NABJ News, April Ryan was named NABJ Journalist of the Year. She is with the American Urban Radio Networks covering the White House.

NABJ also expressed its dismay at allegations of a hostile racial environment at Fox News. Eleven current and former Fox News employees have filed a class action lawsuit against the leading cable news network.

NABJ has launched a Black Male Media Project to help change the lives and image of black males. The first program of its kind will occur June 10 in cities nationwide.

“The program is designed to inspire, support and develop training and mentorship opportunities for black men working in journalism and media and those that aspire to,” NABJ notes. “All NABJ chapters are invited to join the dialogue on June 10 by creating local workshops and sessions aimed at cultivating skills and broadening the networking opportunities for black men in media. This program is not exclusive to black participation and is aimed at helping all people engage around the value of black males working in newsrooms and media.”

Participating chapters will use #InspireBlackMen to promote the project.

“The second phase of the NABJ Black Male Media Project will be a digital photography project showcased at the NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair from Aug. 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NABJ members will be invited to share positive pictures of black men where they are, as they are.

“NABJ chapters interested in hosting one of the concurrent June 10 training programs should contact NABJ Council of Presidents Chair Ken Lemon by April 14 to indicate interest at InspireBlackMen@gmail.com.

Media outlets and general questions may direct inquiries to: InspireBlackMen@gmail.com. Partnership inquiries may be addressed to JoAnne Lyons Wooten at jlwooten@nabj.org.”

NABJ last month developed a new strategic plan, which includes: financial stability, a robust jobs effort to secure more employment for its members at media companies, more training and professional development, more advocacy efforts for black journalists and coverage of issues in the black community and a revision of its convention site selection.

KC People

KCABJ’s membership inched up by one with the addition of Carlotta Berry.

Gerald Jordan, a founding member of KCABJ in 1981, was honored in 2016 with the Arkansas Press Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Jordan had been the first African American sportswriter at The Kansas City Star and the first African American to serve on the newspaper’s editorial board in the mid-1970s. He is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid had his third book published in April. The title is “Our Fathers: Making Black Men.”

 

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2017

April 16, 2017 - Leave a Response

KCABJ Academy

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Urban Student Journalism Academy will take place June 5 to June 16. This year it is being moved to the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, which has a smart classroom that will accommodate the two-week class.

The applications have gone out to journalism instructors throughout the Kansas City area to seek students who plan to go to college to enter the journalism profession.

A maximum of 12 students and a minimum of six are needed for the class of 2017. The application is below. The deadline is Saturday, April 29. There will be no extensions.

At the April monthly meeting, KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran said she will start sending the minutes to Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver ahead of the monthly gathering so that members can have access to them via email.

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid told members in attendance that he has started to reach out to potential KCABJ members and past members to get them to join the organization. Email that went out in April will be followed up with phone calls to get people back in the fold. With cutbacks on news media hiring of journalists of color, KCABJ is needed now more than ever.

Anita suggested possibly changing the meeting date to make it possible for more people to attend. Bette said she would poll the membership to determine what date works best for most people.

NABJ News

The National Association of Black Journalists has developed a strategic plan that includes five strategies:

  • Financial and Organizational Stability. No more of that deficit spending.
  • NABJ Jobs involving more hires and promotions in the news industry for journalists of color.
  • Training and Professional Development.
  • Advocacy Activities to speak out more for the needs of journalists of color and for coverage of issues relevant to the black community in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Special Projects, involving convention site selection.

NABJ at its April board meeting named 10 cities for NABJ to explore as future convention sites. They are Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Each is a city where NABJ has had a successful convention in the past.

2017 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy Application

2017 Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 5-16, 2017

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 36th 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 Vice President/Print Glenn E. Rice, a reporter with The Kansas City Star at 816-234-4341 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.

 

The 2017 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. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 3. The location will be announced to those students picked 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 black 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 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 April 29, 2017, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

 

Academy Application

 

Name_______________________________

 

Email:______________________________

 

Male___ Female___Birthdate_________

 

Address_____________________________

 

City_________________ State/ZIP _______

 

Phone ____________________________________

 

School Name_______________________________

 

Year in School________________________

 

GPA________________________________

 

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_____________________________

KCABJ Continues to Help Inspire High School Journalists

April 13, 2017 - Leave a Response

Kansas City Association of Black Journalist President Lewis W. Diuguid spoke on Wednesday, April 12 with Lori Oyler’s journalism class at Liberty High School in Liberty, Mo. Bette Tate-Beaver, KCABJ treasurer, also spoke with the class about careers in journalism. KCABJ this summer is offering its Urban Student Journalism Academy to high school and college students seeking a career in broadcast, newspaper, magazine or new media journalism.

Photo by Leilah Cunningham

KCABJ Meets with Journalists from 5 Countries

April 11, 2017 - Leave a Response

Kansas City Association of Black Journalists President Lewis W. Diuguid and KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver (center) on Monday, April 10 spent close to two hours talking with journalists from five countries about the challenges that journalists of color face in the United States. The visiting journalists were Klementina Cenkollari, a political reporter/anchorwoman with ORA News in Albania; Ali Abdulhusain Jawad Khalil Radhi, senior presenter, Ministry of Information in Bahrain; Suhaila MD Zaini, coordinating producer, News Magazine: Business & Tech, Radio Television Malaysia; Luis Pablo Beauregard Alday, reporter, El Pais in Mexico; and Piotr Kusmierzak with Polsat News in Poland. Global Ties KC coordinated the visit at its Union Station office. The group, which also visited The Call of Kansas City, was invited to the United States under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program. The group reached out to KCABJ because of information Global Ties KC picked up from KCABJ’s website, kcabj.org.

Photo by Leilah Cunningham

KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy for 2017

April 4, 2017 - Leave a Response

2017 Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 5-16, 2017

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 36th 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 Vice President/Print Glenn E. Rice, a reporter with The Kansas City Star at 816-234-4341 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.

 

The 2017 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. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 3. The location will be announced to those students picked 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 black 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 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 April 29, 2017, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

 

Academy Application

 

Name_____________________________________

 

Email:____________________________________

 

Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________

 

Address___________________________________

 

City_________________ State/ZIP _____________

 

Phone ____________________________________

 

School Name_______________________________

 

Year in School ______________________________

 

GPA_______________________________________

 

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_____________________________________________

 

 

KCABJ at Harvard University

March 18, 2017 - Leave a Response

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid and Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver were at Harvard University for a visiting fellowship. They got to spend time with Jenee’ Osterheldt, a Nieman Foundation fellow at Harvard and attend black history lectures by Professor Cornel West and Professor Henry Louis Gates.

2017 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy

March 18, 2017 - Leave a Response

2017 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 5-16, 2017

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 36th 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 Vice President/Print Glenn E. Rice, a reporter with The Kansas City Star at 816-234-4341 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.

 

The 2017 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. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 3. The location will be announced to those students picked 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 black 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 teen-agers and young adults have returned from the summer 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 April 29, 2017, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

 

Academy Application

 

Name_____________________________________

 

Email:____________________________________

 

Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________

 

Address___________________________________

 

City_________________ State/ZIP _____________

 

Phone ____________________________________

 

School Name_______________________________

 

Year in School ______________________________

 

GPA_______________________________________

 

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_____________________________________________