Archive for November, 2009

KCABJ Newsletter for November 2009
November 22, 2009

KCABJ Party Canceled

KCABJ’s holiday gathering, which was set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at Diastole at 25th and Holmes streets, has been canceled. A membership party will take place in the New Year.
KCABJ held its 18th Annual Media Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 21 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion. About 50 people attended, including media professions who were honored, KCABJ members, students from the 2009 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy, their parents, family and friends.
Scholarship winners were graduates of the summer 2009 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. They were among the high school and college students metrowide who completed the intensive two-week program in print, broadcast and convergence journalism.
The recipient of the seventh annual KCABJ-Lucile H. Bluford Scholarship is Cymonne Nicholle New. She is a junior at North Kansas City High School. New 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 2009 KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship is Zachary McGowan. He received a $1,000 savings bond for college. McGowan is a senior at University Academy. He is the 23rd recipient of the scholarship.
The ninth annual KCABJ-Kansas City Star Laura R. Hockaday Scholarship went to Gabrielle Young, a sophomore at Oak Park High School. 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. Young received a $500 savings bond for college from KCABJ.
The 16th Annual KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship was awarded to Raymond Banks. He is a graduate of Westport High School and a freshman at Missouri Valley College in Marshall. 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. Banks received a $500 savings bond for college.
Each scholarship award was based on the students’ performance during the 2009 journalism academy.
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 Greg Moore chose the Pamela Spencer for her service to KCABJ. Spencer served on the faculty of the student academy, helped judge the media awards and did the final editing and design of the student newspaper, the 2009 KCABJ Journal.
KCABJ Thumbs Down Award
KCABJ issued no Thumbs Down Award for 2008-2009. 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.
KCABJ 2009 Media Awards
— The Staff of The Call of Kansas City; KCABJ Media Public Service Award, for “Presidential Souvenir Edition,” “Hallelujah!!! It’s President Obama.”
— Robert A. Conkleton, Glenn E. Rice and Monty A. Davis, The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Daily Newspapers (over 100,000) Daily Special Category for Spot News Enterprise Award, for “They’re Witnesses to History.”
— Cindy Hoedel, The Kansas City Star, Star Magazine; KCABJ Magazine Feature Award, for “Cultivating Joy, Down at the Farm.”
— Barbara Shelly, The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Newspapers (over 100,000) Daily Commentary Award, “A Message from Main Street to Wall Street.”
— Steve Paul with The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Newspapers (over 100,000) Daily Features Award, for “Time to Take a Swing: Two Architects Step to the Plate and Make Contact in Uncertain Economic Times.”
— Christine Vendel, Lee Hill Kavanaugh and Malcolm Garcia with The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Newspapers (over 100,000) Enterprise Reporting Award, for “Murder’s Big Month.”
— Dr. Susan B. Wilson, Sylvia Maria Gross, Alex Smith and Annie Walsh with KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast Radio News Magazine Award, for “KC Currents.”
— Walt Bodine, Gina Kaufmann, Suzanne Hogan and Jamie Medlicott with KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast Radio Talk Show Award, for “The Walt Bodine Show.”
— Laura Spencer with KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast Radio Feature Story Award, for “Ties to Alvin Ailey Endure in Kansas City.”
— Urban American Outdoors; KCABJ Broadcast Television Sports Magazine, for “Buffalo Soldiers Tribute.”
In a letter to National Public Radio, the National Association of Black Journalists criticized the firing of Greg Peppers, one of NPR’s few black managers. He had served as NPR’s executive producer. NABJ said the ouster belies NPR’s statement that it is committed to diversity.
NABJ offers to members the opportunity to renew their membership before Dec. 31 to be eligible for a roundtrip ticket anywhere JetBlue flies and two nights stay at a Hyatt hotel. “If your membership has expired, renew. If you are already current, extend your membership and become eligible for this incentive thanks to NABJ’s corporate partners,” a statement from NABJ says.
The NABJ convention in 2010 will be in San Diego, running from July 28-Aug. 1. The conference will focus on training and development to help black journalists keep up with changes in the news industry. It will be the 35th anniversary of NABJ.
UNITY News Is Sad For Diversity
UNITY, Journalists of Color Inc. reports that in the last two years, the number of commercial radio stations grew from 10,506 to 11,249. But the minority radio ownership has remained virtually flat over that time. A report showed that 815 of those stations, or 7.24 percent were minority-owned. a similar study in 2007 put the number at 7.76 percent.
News to Go Places
The Peter Jennings Project is open to journalists who want to hear constitutional scholars, jurists and politicians. It is to help writers and editors understand the ways in which the Constitution affects the free press and the country. To apply for the program in Philadelphia on Feb. 26-28, to go
Kaiser Media is seeking students and journalism college graduates for its 12-week internship program in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to
The Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science & Religion is seeking applications. For more information, go to
The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is offering a Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists on June 6-11. It also is offering a program on toxic chemicals from March 31 to April 1. For more information, go to
The American Bar Association is seeking entries for its 53rd Annual Silver Gavel Awards for the media and arts. For more information, go to
KSHB/KMCI-TV in Kansas City is seeking a weekend meteorologist and a production technician. For information contact Peggy Phillips, news director, KSHB-TV, Channel 41, 4720 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo. 64112.
The U.S. Census Bureau has openings for a partnership specialist in Kansas City. For more information call Michelle D. Williams at 816-994-2026.