KCABJ Newsletter for October 2008

KCABJ Media Awards

   The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists honored the graduates of its 2008 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy with the best of what media professionals produced at the 17th Annual KCABJ Media Awards Ceremony.

   The event took place Oct. 25 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion. About 50 people attended. The audience was treated to copies of the 2008 KCABJ Journal with stories from the student graduates of the two-week summer KCABJ academy at Metropolitan Community CollegePenn Valley.

   People at the program also got to see and hear the television and radio newscasts the students produced. In addition, student scholarship winners were announced. The recipient of the sixth annual KCABJ-Lucile H. Bluford Scholarship is Tamara Davis. She is a freshman at Ruskin High School. Davis received a $500 savings bond for college.

   The KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1987. It is named after a former editor of The Call, Roy Wilkins, who also served as head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the Civil Rights Movement. The winner of the 2008 KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship is India Wells. She received a $1,000 savings bond for college.  Wells is a senior at Notre Dame de Sion. She is the 22nd recipient of the scholarship.

   The eighth annual KCABJ-Kansas City Star Laura R. Hockaday Scholarship went to Colleen Archibald, a freshman at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The annual scholarship is named after Hockaday, who until she retired in 2000 was the longtime society editor of The Kansas City Star. Hockaday has received numerous awards for making her work inclusive of the racial, ethnic, gender and other diversity in Greater Kansas City. Archibald received a $500 savings bond for college from KCABJ.

   The 15th Annual KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship was awarded to Virginia Downing.  She is a freshman at the University of Kansas.  The scholarship is funded by KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid and named for his mother, who died in 1994 of Alzheimer’s disease. Nancy Diuguid had longed to be a journalist, but such career options were mostly closed to young black women in the 1950s. Downing received a $500 savings bond for college.

   Each scholarship award was based on the students’ performance during the 2008 journalism academy. Gary Cotton, a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, attended the academy for a second year. He was one of the scholarship winners last year.

 

KCABJ President’s Award

   This honor goes to the area journalist or organization that has done the most to further the interests of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists.  The recipient is judged by the president of KCABJ to have selflessly given time, talent and resources to benefit other journalists of color in Greater Kansas City.  KCABJ President Kia Breaux chose the Greg Moore for his service to KCABJ. Even though Moore worked nights as an editor at The Kansas City Star, he served on the faculty of the KCABJ student academy the last two years helping to lead the 8 a.m. classes. For the last two years, Moore also did the final edit and design of the KCABJ Journal featuring the students’ stories. Moore is the wire editor at The Kansas City Star – the first African American to hold that position. Special thanks also goes to The Star for printing the 2008 KCABJ Journal as it has done every year.

 

KCABJ Thumbs Down Award

   KCABJ issued no Thumbs Down Award for 2007-2008.  The infamous distinction is given to the media or persons in the media in Greater Kansas City who have set back the image of African Americans or other people of color.

 

The KCABJ Media Awards

The professional journalists receiving the KCABJ 2008 Media Awards were:

— St. Joseph News-Press and Alonzo Weston; KCABJ Media Public Service Award, for the “Reporting L.I.V.E.” Program.

— Steve Walker, KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast: Radio Feature Award, for “Acting Beyond Prejudice.”

— Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman, Danie Alexander and Kara Caldwell, KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast: Radio Feature Award, for “Up to Date” Body of Work.

— Susan B. Wilson, Sylvia Maria Gross and Alex Smith, KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast: Radio Magazine Award, for “K.C. Currents” Body of Work.

— Walt Bodine, Suzanne Hogan and Gina Kaufman, KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast: Radio Community News Award, for “The Walt Bodine Show” Focus on Ivanhoe.

— Joe Robertson, The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Newspapers (over 200,000 Daily) Feature Award, for “Strong bonds effortlessly bridge decades, an ocean and a divide.”

— Lynn Franey and Mara’ Rose Williams, The Kansas City Star; First Place KCABJ Newspapers (over 200,000 Daily) Enterprise Reporting Award, for “Pride, Signs of Progress Seen in Nomination.”

— Joe Robertson, The Kansas City Star; Second Place KCABJ Newspapers (over 200,000 Daily) Enterprise Reporting Award, “Invisible Elephant in the Room.”

— DeAnn Smith, Lynn Horsley, Rick Alm and Glenn E. Rice, Third Place KCABJ Newspapers (over 200,000 Daily) Enterprise Reporting Award, for “Convention Turmoil.”

— Jenee’ Osterheldt, The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Newspapers (over 200,000 Daily) Commentary Award, for “Black? White? Get Over It.”

— Helen T. Gray, The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Newspapers (over 200,000 Daily) Religion Award, for “A prophet in his own land.”

— Tracy Allen, The Call of Kansas City; KCABJ Newspapers (Weekly) Feature Award, for “Is Black America Any Better After Integration?”

— Eric L. Wesson, The Call of Kansas City; KCABJ Newspapers (Weekly) Community Service Award, for Community Development Corporation Series.

— Alonzo Weston, St. Joseph News-Press; First Place KCABJ Newspapers (under 200,000 Daily) Commentary Award, for “On a Level Playing Field.”

— Alonzo Weston, St. Joseph News-Press; Second Place KCABJ Newspapers (under 200,000 Daily) Commentary Award, for “A Sign of the Times.”

— Alonzo Weston, St. Joseph News-Press; KCABJ Newspapers (under 200,000 Daily) Feature Award, for “The Talented Tenth: Black leaders describe their keys to success.”

 

KCABJ & Diversity

   KCABJ is one of the sponsors of a Multicultural Leadership Training program. The chief sponsor is the ManKing Project.

   The event will be held Nov. 14-16 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 1601 McGee St. John Mutrux, a former photographer at The Star, said Thomas Griggs, a senior consultant with Visions Inc. will be the trainer.

   Registration is open to the public. The training promotes an understanding of cultural group dynamics and seeks to provide a common language and practical skills for women and men on issues of color, race, sexual orientation, class, religion, gender, age, ability and more.

   The training is a presentation of Visions Multicultural Process of Change.

   The ManKind Project is a progressive men’s organization with more than 35,000 members worldwide committed to empowering men to missions of service and supporting men in developing lives of integrity, accountability and openness to feelings. The group educates is members on the effects of unearned privilege and the full gamut of ‘-isms.”

   KCABJ in the past has been a sponsor of the National Association for Multicultural Education in 2004 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel and before that KCABJ was among the sponsor of a White Privilege education conference at Johnson County Community College.

 

Opportunity Knocks

   Former KCABJ President Reggie Ragland, now director of the D.C. Journalism Education Association and JEA Professional Media Liaison, alerts KCABJ members to the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in St. Louis on Nov. 13-16. It will be at the Renaissance Grand & Suites. He said there is a need for journalists to volunteer as judges for the more than 50 contests on writing.

   KOAM-TV has an opening for a news assistant. For more information write to KOAM-TV, P.O. Box 659, Pittsburg, Kan. 66762-0659.

   “Dateline NBC” is seeking a senior producer. For more information check out http://www.everwell.com.

   The Boston Globe is offering a 12-week summer internship program. For more information call Paula Bouknight at (617) 929-3120.

   Loyola University in Chicago is seeking a general manager for WLUW-FM radio. For more information go to http://www.careers.luc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52307.

   The National Association of Black Journalists has a jobs site. Check out http://www.nabj.org.

   The American Press Institute is offering seminars on the creation of an audience development department. For more information check out americanpressinstitute.org.

   The NABJ Media Institute is offering a Watergate Conference on Political and Congressional Reporting on Nov. 21-23 at Georgetown University. NABJ members are to go to MyNABJ.org before Nov. 7 to register.

   The Des Moines Register is offering paid summer interships to students who register before the Dec. 1 deadline. For more information contact Liz Owens, night editor/newsroom intership coordinator at The Des Moines Register, P.O. Box 957, Des Moines, Iowa 50306, or call (515) 284-8142.

   The Houston Chronicle is seeking a Web producer. For more information contact Diane Cowen at Diane.Cowen@chron.com.

 

KC People

   KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Robyn King got an early jump on renewing her membership in the organization, paying for 2009 and 2010.

   Laura Hockaday, former society editor at The Kansas City Star for whom one of KCABJ’s scholarships is named, has donated a sizable sum of money to the KCABJ scholarship fund. She said she appreciated the award being made annually in her name.

   Kansas City Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock has won a Scripps Howard Foundation award for commentary.

   The next KCABJ meeting will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 15. The location will be announced.

 

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