Archive for May, 2010

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2010
May 15, 2010

KCABJ Academy
Recruitment efforts continue for the 2010 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. As in years past, the deadline has been extended to get more applications.
The academy is open to up to 12 high school and college students who have an interest in a journalism career. The academy is free. Students just have to invest a lot of time and energy into making the most of the program.
The academy runs from June 21 to July 2 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. The top graduating students in the two-week program will be eligible for scholarships, which are awarded on merit by KCABJ.
KCABJ President Greg Moore said recruitment efforts will be stepped up in the three weeks before the start of the academy. He plans to go on the radio, send out news releases and get KCABJ members into high schools and colleges to recruit students. KCABJ member Sharon Cheers said she would appeal to LINC, which works with area school districts, for students.
KCABJ is only looking for students who are committed to doing the work. Students have been expelled from the program for not being committed. KCABJ Vice Presidents Glenn Rice and Robyn King are putting together the curriculum for the program.
At the May membership meeting, Glenn also let members know that KCABJ with the Kansas City Public Library will sponsor a public forum on June 10 featuring Robin Stone, speaking about a book by her late husband, Gerald Boyd, “My Life and Times in Black and White.” Boyd was a St. Louis native, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. He was a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and eventually became the first black managing editor at The New York Times before the scandal surrounding Jayson Blair ended his career.
Stone will speak at the downtown public library at 6 p.m. June 10. Her lecture will be free and open to the public. Other sponsors include Women in Communications, Delta Sigma Theta and the Kansas City Press Club.

The 35th anniversary National Association of Black Journalists convention draws near. Registration before June 15 is $330 for full members and $345 for associate members. It is $175 for students.
The convention will run from July 28 through Aug. 1 in San Diego. The Manchester Grand Hyatt is the convention hotel. NABJ also is offering a three six-month extension of memberships to people who have been recently laid off. For more information go to
Some people who will be honored at the convention are Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary. She will receive the NABJ Community Service Award. Phillip Lucas at Howard University will get the NABJ Student Journalist of the Year Award.
Florida A&M University Journalism Dean James Hawkins will get the NABJ Educator of the Year Award. The Philadelphia and Tampa chapters are finalists for the NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year Award.
NABJ founder and veteran journalist Paul Delaney is to get the NABJ Lifetime Achievement Award. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will receive the NABJ Journalist of the Year Award. NBC News will get the NABJ Best Practices Award, and NBC Universal Executive Vice President Paula Madison will receive the NABJ Legacy Award.

News To Go Places
KSHB/KMCI in Kansas City are seeking an assignment editor and a newscast producer. For more information write to Tracy Wakeman at
NABJ is seeking a sales and marketing director for the NABJ Journal. For more information write to
The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University is seeking applications for an advertising instructor. For more information write to Dr. Charles Pearce at

KC People
KCABJ picked up renewing members Glenn Rice, Eric Wesson, Liliya Karimova and Steve Penn.
This month, sisters and KCABJ academy graduates Rachel Jackson and Ashley Scott received master’s degrees. Ashley got her master’s in public administration from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University; Rachel received her masters in public relations from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia-Athens.
Former KCABJ member and officer Joy Sewing was accepted as a fellow in the Institute of Advanced Journalism Studies at North Carolina State University. It included a visit to Cuba for a week in May, where for her fellowship Joy is focusing on the historic role of blacks in Cuban society. Joy is fashion and beauty editor at the Houston Chronicle.