Archive for March, 2009

KCABJ Student Journalism Academy Application
March 23, 2009

2009 Urban Student Journalism Academy
June 22-July 3, 2009
at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley
3201 Southwest Trafficway
Sponsored by The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists

KCABJ is a bonded, 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 27th anniversary as an organization of professional black journalists. This is the 26th 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 member Glenn E. Rice, a reporter with The Kansas City Star at (816) 234-5908 or KCABJ Treasurer Lewis W. Diuguid, vice president of community resources at The Kansas City Star at (816) 234-4723.

About Penn Valley Community College

Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trafficway, is part of the Metropolitan Community Colleges, which includes five colleges in nine locations in the Kansas City, Mo., area. The others are Blue River, Maple Woods, Business Technology and Longview community colleges.
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 2009 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC – Penn Valley June 22-July 3. There is a mandatory orientation set for Saturday, June 20 at The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd. Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from the college each day. Class begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley is on a major bus line.

This academy is unique in our area because it is taught by black journalists working for newspapers, television and radio stations and in public relations 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.
Benefit from lectures from major
Network with influential people.
Produce their own newspaper and radio and television newscasts.

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 25, 2009, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

Academy Application



Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________

Social Security #____________________________


City_________________ State/ZIP _____________

Phone ____________________________________

School Name_______________________________

Year in School ______________________________


Journalism/English/Yearbook Teacher’s Name:


In which area are you most interested? Rank
each 1, 2, 3 or 4 with your favorite being #1.
_____Newspaper Television ________

______Radio Public Relations _____

List journalism and/or writing experience in courses you have taken or media companies
where you’ve worked:________________________________________________________


On a separate sheet of paper list your career
goals and why you want to attend this academy.

Student signature_______________________________________

Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian_____________________________________________

KCABJ Newsletter for March 2009
March 23, 2009

Workshop Deja Vous
A committee was formed at the KCABJ March membership meeting to look into possible new locations for the 2009 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.
KCABJ member Glenn Rice reported to the membership that Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley officials said they wanted to charge KCABJ $1,955 to use a classroom and college computer facilities for the two-week summer student academy. “I am not advocating on behalf of Penn Valley,” Glenn said.
The program is to run June 22 through July 3.
The academy moved to Penn Valley earlier this decade after Rockhurst University said it planned to charge KCABJ for the use of classroom space, which had been provided at no charge since 1992. The program had been at Penn Valley Community College prior to that, where the facilities also were free.
KCABJ has never charged a tuition to high school or college students to be in the academy. Their application and their interest in journalism was all that was required.
Those serving on the search committee include KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid and Vice President/Print Andale Gross.
Last year, MCC-Penn Valley required KCABJ to get an insurance policy to cover the college against liability incurred during the academy. That cost was a new wrinkle. The expense was more than $650, which KCABJ had to eat.
KCABJ members Eric Wesson, Secretary Anita Parran, Kia Breaux, Glenn, Lewis and Andale said they would contact high schools, churches and colleges in the area to drum up students for the academy. Journalism educators already have received the applications. The deadline to apply is April 25.
“I am glad everyone has had good ideas,” KCABJ President Greg Moore said. “We need to put them all into play.”

State of the News Media 2009
The latest annual report on American journalism shows that conditions are not good for the print and broadcast news media.
Newspaper advertising revenue has slumped 23 percent in the last two years. Some newspapers are in bankruptcy court, some such as the Rocky Mountain News have gone belly up and others have lost three-quarters of their value. Local television news staffs have been decimated, and revenues are down by 7 percent.
News organizations are partnering with each other to cut costs and survive. Sharing of news gathering and other aspects of the business are occurring among network television stations, local television stations, radio stations, newspapers and Internet companies.
The changes have affected the quality of American journalism, the report said. The news media have become more reactive and passive and less enterprising and investigative. Even the ethnic press was hit hard in 2008 by the economic crisis that swept the nation.
The ethnic media had done better than the mainstream press previously. The shrinkage of advertising revenue has begun to affect the black and Hispanic publications, too. For more information go to

Other News
The NAACP plans to focus on diversity in newspaper newsrooms after the fallout over the chimpanzee cartoon in the New York Post in February.
The editorial cartoon showed two police officers shooting a chimpanzee. The caption said, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the New York Post apologized for what had been called a racist cartoon because of its depiction of President Barack Obama as the dead monkey.
The Rev. Al Sharpton and several New York City Council members said they wanted the Federal Communications Commission to pull a waiver allowing Murdoch’s News Corp. to run two newspapers and two TV stations in the city.
The deadline for the early bird registration for the NABJ convention in Tampa, Fla., is April 1. For KCABJ members who also are NABJ members, the cost is $225. It goes up after the deadline. The convention is Aug. 5-9. NABJ elections will take place this year. April 6 is the deadline for people to file for office.
The newspaper industry blues includes The Kansas City Star laying off about 150 people in March. The Hartford Courant eliminated about 100 jobs. The Spanish-language newspaper Al Dia has cut back to two print editions a week. The San Francisco Chronicle may shut down. Newsday will be charging online readers. The American Society of Newspaper Editors announced it was canceling its 2009 convention. The San Francisco English-language weekly for Asian Americans and the San Francisco Bay View, a black newspaper, each have said they are ending their print editions. The Sacramento Bee laid off 34 employees. The Omaha World-Herald laid off 38 employees. More than 22,800 journalism jobs have been lost since Sept. 15, 2008, according to UNITY, Journalists of Color Inc. Belo, the parent company of KTVU, Channel 7 cut 150 jobs companywide. The McClatchy Co., owner of The Kansas City Star and about 30 other newspapers, cut 1,600 jobs.
Bob Johnson, founder of BET, said more minorities are needed on television. NPR is ending its daily newsmagazine, “News & Notes,” targeting African Americans. But the network’s CEO said NPR needs to do a better job of including minorities in its programming.

Job Openings is seeking free-lance journalists. For more information go to,.
The Kansas State University A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications has a non-tenure-track opening for a journalist to oversee the student publication, the Collegian. For more information go to and
The USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism is offering 10 fellowships to ethnic media journalists for workshops in Los Angeles beginning April 30 and running through May 6. For more information call 212-620-4230.
The Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California – Berkeley is accepting applications for three, weeklong training sessions for mid-career journalists. For more information call 510-642-3892.

KC People
KCABJ member Helen Gray won first place in the Kansas Press Association’s religion catetory writing competition.