Archive for February, 2011

2011 KCABJ Student Academy Application
February 19, 2011

2011 Urban Student Journalism AcademyJune 20-July 1, 2011
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 30th anniversary as an organization of professional black journalists. This is the 29th 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, 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 2011 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC – Penn Valley June 20-July 1. There is a mandatory orientation set for Saturday, June 18 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 Apply1. 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 23, 2011, 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 February 2011
February 19, 2011

New KCABJ President Greg Moore stepped down as KCABJ’s three-term president to accept a job with The Associated Press in Phoenix. His last day as an editor at The Kansas City Star was Feb. 17.
“Greg provided a lot of positive energy and insight,” said Glenn Rice, vice president for print of KCABJ. “We’re grateful for his service.”
KCABJ members elected Glenn as president and Ramanda Hicks as vice president/print to replace Glenn in that position. Glenn, a reporter at The Star, has served as president of KCABJ numerous times in the last 20 years. Ramanda was a student in the KCABJ journalism academy and currently works at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She joins Robyn King as an officer of KCABJ who was an academy graduate.
Pamela Spencer will host a going away party for Greg at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. All of the KCABJ programs will continue despite the change of leadership. The last time KCABJ lost its president was in 1984.
Members at the February meeting discussed having a membership drive in the next few weeks. They also discussed a proposal presented by KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran to move the journalism academy from Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley to the Urban League of Greater Kansas City’s campus. The details are being explored to determine whether the switch would work out best for KCABJ and its 2011 students. This will be the 29th year of the academy.
It also will mark the 30th anniversary of KCABJ. Plans will begin soon for a banquet to coincide with the fall 20th Annual KCABJ Media Awards.
In new business, KCABJ hopes to partner with another organization to sponsor a mayoral and City Council forum leading up to the March general election in Kansas City.
Applications are ready for students who are interested in the summer KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The applications can be e-mailed to anyone who wants them. Please contact KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid at 816-234-4723, go to the KCABJ web site at or Google the KCABJ blog, which carries the complete application and the deadlines. The academy is free and open to all students in high schools or colleges who have an interest in journalism careers. It is free, and KCABJ offers scholarships to the stop program graduates.

NABJ News KCABJ has submitted a workshop proposal for the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Philadelphia. It focuses on maintaining a viable ABJ chapter in turbulent times. The convention takes place Aug. 3-7. Register early and take advantage of the discount.
NABJ is seeking entries for its 2011 awards program. For more information go to

News You Can Use NABJ holds a conference on health disparities March 24-26 at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. For more information go to
The Association of Health Care Journalists is offering professional and student fellowships to people to attend an April 14-17 Health Journalism Conference in Philadelphia. For more information go to
Nominations are being accepted for the Thorp Menn Award for Literary Excellence. For more information contact Nicky Stanke at 816-753-0812.
NABJ student members are encouraged to apply for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. For more information go to
The Record is seeking applications two reporters and an associate digital news editor. For more information send e-amil to or

KC People KCABJ’s membership grew by two with the additions of Imo McCosh of Emporia, Kan., and Gerald Jordan, a founding member and journalism professor at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.