Archive for June, 2010

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2010
June 20, 2010

KCABJ Academy
Ten students have enrolled in this summer’s KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.
The orientation was Saturday, June 19 at The Kansas City Star’ Press Pavilion. The academy will run from June 21 through July 3 at the Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley.
The students are Micah Wilkins at St. Teresa’s Academy, Brittany Page at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Raven J. Bryant at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, Candice R. Loving at Central High School, Danielle Morris at Olathe North High School, Georgia Trevor at Ruskin High School, Erick Boone at Central High School; Faith Slaughter at Ruskin High School; Morgane Bruce at Wilberforce University in Ohio; and Austin Edwards at Bishop Miege High School.
. Former KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice will lead the first week of the academy, concentrating on print journalism. KCABJ Vice President for Broadcast Robyn King has put together the broadcast part of the program. KCABJ member Sharon Cheers will lead the students through that second week.
The students will produce their own newspaper and radio and television newscast. KCABJ members are encouraged to take part in the academy. KCABJ Academy graduate and now student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Gary Cotton, will be among the instructors this year for both weeks of the academy.
Help in editing the students’ copy, however, is needed each day of the academy. The classes will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in Room 302 in the Humanities building.
KCABJ funds the program entirely through its budget, which includes meals for the students and faculty as well as the cost of insurance, which Penn Valley requires.
Speakers during the first week of the academy include Mike Fannin, The Kansas City Star’s editor and vice president; Jim Nunnelly, who oversees “Generation Rap” on KPRS-FM; and Mickey Dean, civil rights manager with the Kansas City Human Relations Department. Each will hold news conferences for the students from which the young journalists will write stories.
The students also will have to turn in stories from assignments outside of class.

The 35th annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists rapidly approaches. It will be July 28 through Aug. 1 in San Diego. The deadline to pre-register was June 15. The cost now is $800 for on-site registration. For more information go to The convention hotel is the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The cost is $180 a night. Rooms are going fast.

UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc. reports that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is pumping $20 million over the next two years into establishing a Diversity and Innovation Fund. The goal is to broaden the audience by attracting a younger more racially and ethnically diverse group of viewers and content creators.
The 28th Annual National Association of Hispanic Journalists Multimedia Convention and Career Expo takes place June 23-26 in Denver. Jobs in the shrinking news industry remain an ongoing challenge. In addition, journalists of color are facing a declining commitment of the industry to hire, train and retain minority editors, reporters, photographers and artists.

An Opening
The New York Times is seeking applications for its editor training program. For more information check out

KC People
KCABJ’s membership grew by two with the additions of Glenn Rice and Pamela Spencer.
KCABJ Vice President/Print Glenn E. Rice did a fantastic job of coordinating KCABJ’s sponsorship of Robin Stone speaking at the Downtown Library on her late husband’s book, “My Times in Black and White.” That took place June 10. Gerald Boyd, a St. Louis native and University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism School graduate, was the first black managing editor of The New York Times. He was ousted in the Jayson Blair scandal and later died of lung cancer in his 50s.
KCABJ Academy graduate Zachary McGowan was his class valedictorian at the University Academy. He also picked up numerous scholarships and awards at his recent graduation, including the President’s Education Award. The scholarship he won from KCABJ also is listed in his graduation program.