Archive for May, 2011

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2011
May 28, 2011

KCABJ Academy
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Urban Journalism Academy has accepted more than a half dozen students into the 2011 summer program.
The students, from as far away as Chicago and St. Louis who’ve applied for the commuter academy, have received letters informing them of the mandatory orientation at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at The Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee streets. Class runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 20 through July 1 at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley in Humanities Room 302. The classroom space has been secured along with the insurance required for the program.
KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice and KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Robyn King are developing the curriculum for the intensive two-week academy. Robyn reported at the May meeting that the broadcast week will include the students visiting KCUR-FM and KPRS-FM. They will observe an 11 a.m. newscast at KSHB-NBC-TV, Channel 41 and tour the station. They will do their newscast for the academy in the studios at KMBC-TV, Channel 41.
Also during the meeting, KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks presented options for a caterer for the 30th anniversary KCABJ banquet at noon Saturday, Oct. 22. Hill House Caterer was picked over several others that were considered.
KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran reported that she is finalizing the applications for the 20th Annual KCABJ Media Awards program. Those will be mailed out soon to area journalists and media outlets. The awards will be presented at the October banquet.
KCABJ members also heard a report from NABJ Region 5 Director Cindy George on the Aug. 3-7 National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Philadelphia. George, who is running for NABJ parliamentarian, encouraged members to attend the convention and vote. Offices that are open include president, vice president, parliamentarian and regional directors.
KCABJ members like NABJ members nationwide reported at the May meeting that they are finding less support from media companies in helping to finance their convention attendance, despite the continuing education opportunities.

Opportunity Knocks
The Grammy Foundation is offering paid counselor positions for college students and recent graduates at its summer Grammy Camp on July 9-18 and Aug. 2-8 in Brooklyn. For more information call 609-452-2820.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has an opening for an editor to assist the editorial page editor. For more information contact Harold Jackson at

KC People
KCABJ’s membership bumped up with the addition of Lori Oyler.
Congratulations to KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks. This month, she earned her bachelor’s degree in communications studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She expects to continue her studies with work on her master’s degree.