Archive for March, 2010

KCABJ Student Academy
March 27, 2010

2010 Urban Student Journalism AcademyJune 21-July 2, 2010Metropolitan 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 29th anniversary as an organization of professional black journalists. This is the 27th 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) 234-4341 or KCABJ Treasurer Lewis W. Diuguid, editorial board member at The Kansas City Star at (816) 234-4723.

About Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley
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 2010 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC – Penn Valley June 21-July 2. There is a mandatory orientation set for Saturday, June 19 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 newsmakers.
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 24, 2010, 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 2010
March 27, 2010

KCABJ Drive For Fives
KCABJ President Greg Moore told people at the March membership meeting that KCABJ would launch a “Drive for Fives” new fundraising and membership drive initiative.
Here’s how it works:
1) KCABJ members are asked to recruit five new members.
2) They are to get five past members to renew.
3) Five members are to recruit one new member each.
4) Five members are to donate $5 each.
5) Five members are to commit to donating five days of service to KCABJ.
Members at the March meeting eagerly committed to the drive. The initiative is tied to making the organization stronger in addition to generating revenue so KCABJ can have successful programs in 2010. Members talked about the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.
It will take place June 21 through July 2 at the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. KCABJ member Terez Paylor agreed to lead efforts to recruit students. To get involved call Perez at (313) 330-5542. Greg said he wanted at least 25 applications for the upcoming academy. The student orientation will take place Saturday, June 19.
Applications will be going out soon. KCABJ member Anita Parran said she would prepare the application The deadline for the student applications is April 24.

Diversity Distress
UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc. reports that a year after President Barack Obama was elected as the nation’s first black president that the majority of journalists of color think the mainstream media are not contributing to improved race relations.
The 2010 Journalism in Color Survey on “Race and the Media” tracks the views of professional journalists of color on issues of race and the media.
UNITY also reported that Politico’s meeting of editors and reporters in planning the political news website’s weekly coverage on health care reform in the U.S. failed to include any reporters of color or any women.
Also, according to a new report released by The Nielsen Co., spending on African American and Spanish language media dropped 7.3 percent and 4.7 percent respectively in 2009.
The declines are consistent with the trend in overall advertising. In addition, U.S. Census media buying agencies appear to have not spent enough money with black media companies to ensure against an undercount. That was a charge presented at recent congressional hearings.

The National Association of Black Journalists convention will take place July 28-Aug. 1 in San Diego. The Early Bird registration deadline is April 1. For NABJ affiliate chapter members the cost is $225.
For full members it is $275. The price goes up substantially afterward. The Manchester Grand Hyatt is the convention hotel. To book your room call (619) 232-1234. For more information go to
The deadline for submitting names of black journalists for the 2010 Ida B. Wells Award is April 2. It is presented annually to the journalist who has made outstanding contributions toward making American newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the communities they serve. For more information go to

News You Can Use
Northwestern University is offering a Media Executive Leadership Program July 19 through July 30. For more information call Mike Smith at (847) 467-2065.
NABJ is seeking a new executive director for the 35-year-old organization and a marketing director for the NABJ Journal. For more information send e-mail to
The Association for Women in Communications is sponsoring “Tech Trekking,” a one-day seminar on different aspects of the digital world in Kansas City. It will be on April 16 and will include information on Web design, standards, content management, podcasting, blogging, video production and enhancing images. For more information call Sheryl Liddle at 816-965-4313.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is seeking applications for a 12-week summer copy-editing internship program. For more information send e-mail to

KC People
KCABJ’s membership increased by two with the additions of J.W. Edwards and Candace Buckner.

KCABJ Newsletter for February 2010
March 1, 2010

Successful Membership Drive
About 20 people attended the second annual Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Black History Month Membership and Fundraising drive.
The event was at Gates Bar-B-Q at the Paseo and Cleaver Boulevard. Journalists from the Kansas City, Independence and St. Joseph print and broadcast media and public relations institutions attended. KCABJ President Greg Moore told people about the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy, which tentatively is set to occur the two weeks after Father’s Day at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. The orientation would be June 19; the program would run June 21 through July 2.
Applications will be available in March at as well as paper applications. Members discussed ways to get more students to apply for the free program, which offers scholarships to the top graduates. Greg said the goal was to get more people of color to become journalists. KCABJ has sponsored the academy since 1982.
“There are more stories to tell,” Greg said. “We’re going to give them the equipment to tell those stories.”
The fundraiser resulted in KCABJ picking up 10 new/renewed members.

Survey Shows Media Problems
The mainstream media do not contribute to improved race relations despite the nation election Barack Obama has the first African American president, according to a new survey of journalists of color.
The 2010 “Race and the Media” survey indicates that for the second consecutive year, 95 percent of the respondents thought the mainstream media poorly covered stories on racial issues in America’s multiracial society. The respondents cited “too little diversity in newsrooms” and a lack of understanding by editors and producers of the concerns of people of color. UNITY: Journalists of Color reported the findings.
The survey also noted that while “racial and cultural issues are more likely to be covered,” the overwhelming majority of the respondents did not think that “journalists of color cover more high profile stories” or that additional coverage translates into creating opportunities for newsroom advancement for journalists of color. Similar views applied to women and gender issues.
Richard Prince in his Journal-ism column writes that budget-cutting has resulted in about 90 positions being axed at CBS. Continuing an industry trend, black journalists have not been spared.

Other Diversity News
People continue to raise questions about a new Nikon CoolPix S630 digital camera. DiversityInc. reported that the “smart” camera gives an error message when being used to shoot Asians, asking, “Did someone blink?” According to TIME, which ran the story, Nikon has been working to improve the accuracy of the blink-warning function on its Coolpix cameras.
Registrations are being accepted for the 35th Annual National Association of Black Journalists convention. It will run July 28-Aug. 1 in San Diego. The early bird registration is April 1. The cost is $225 for KCABJ members who also are members of NABJ. The cost goes up afterward. The convention will be at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.

News You Can Use
The National Association of Black Journalists from March 4-6 will hold a conference of health disparities. It will be at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. For more information write to Ryan Williams at
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is seeking entries for its awards program. March 15 is the deadline. For more information call Luenna Kim at 415-722-7030.
The Trotter Group of Black Voices in Commentary will hold its annual meeting April 18-21 at the University of Louisville. For more information write to DeWayne Wickham at
KSHB-TV/KMCI-TV is seeking applications for an assistant news director, executive producer and an integrated media account executive. For more information write to Tracy Wakeman at
Emory University has an opening for a media relations officer/all-platform journalist. For more information go to Emery University’s Web site and contact Beverly Clark.
The Kansas City Star has an opening for a general interest sports columnist. For more information contact Holly Lawton at 816-234-4350.
Kansas State University has openings for an associate director of Student Publications and for an assistant professor of journalism and mass communications. For more information go to
The Society of Professional Journalists is offering professional development sessions in Omaha on April 9-10. For more information call Heather Porter at 317-927-8000, Ext. 204.
The Casey Medals given by the Journalism Center on Children and Families is accepting entries for its competition honoring exemplary reporting on children, youth and families. For more information call 301-405-8808.
NABJ is seeking a new executive director. For more information go to
NABJ is seeking applications for summer internships. For more information go to
The New York Times Journalism Institute is seeking applications. The program will be at Dillard University in New Orleans on May 16-31. For more information go to

KC People
KCABJ’s membership jumped by 12 with the additions of Sharon Cheers, Terez Paylor, Ramanda Hicks, Kia Breaux Randle, Jeanene Dunn, April Jackson, Toriano Porter, Alonzo Weston, Rocelyn Davis, Lewis Diuguid, Markl Johnson and DeShai Hampton.
Former KCABJ student Zachary McGowan writes to KCABJ Vice President/Print Glenn Rice with thanks for being allowed to have an essay in the special section in The Kansas City Star commemorating the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Also getting media attention, is former KCABJ student Katherine Williams. She was featured in a February article in the U-News at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She runs track and is a communications major at UMKC.
Former KCABJ student Maranatha Deanna Wall writes that she graduated from college with a religious studies degree in California. She will be attending Duke Divinity School in the fall pursuing a master’s of divinity and plans to seek her doctorate.