Seven high school and college students will participate in this year’s KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.
They attended the mandatory orientation on June 18 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion. The students are Courtney Lewis, Lee’s Summit North High School; Makayla Lewis, Notre Dame de Sion; Arien A. Ragsdale, Lincoln College Prep; Lauren Clay, St. Louis Forest Park Community College; Paul Pierce II, University of Kansas-Lawrence; Myles Swoopes, Emory University; and Darrell Strong Jr., Langston University.
The students received their first assignments due on June 20. The academy runs from June 20 through July 1 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.
The classes are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Humanities Room 302. Members of KCABJ are encouraged to stop in to help edit the students stories and to work with them on the necessary changes.
The first week is dedicated to the fundamentals of reporting and writing and print journalism. KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice will lead that part of the program. Each student will produce stories from in-class news conferences with real newsmakers. They also will be responsible for story assignments outside of class.
The newsmakers include Kansas City Councilman Jermaine Reed, Kansas City Star Editor and Vice President Mike Fannin and Jimmy Johnson, who will talk with the students about this year marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Robyn King put together the broadcast week of the program. During that week, the students will produce their radio newscast at KPRS-FM. They will do their TV newscast at KMBC-TV, Channel 9.
Several on-camera TV news journalists will speak with the students, including Bryan Busby, Kelly Jones, Shawn Edwards and Cynthia Newsome. KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid and KCABJ member Sharon Cheers will get the students through that week.
Four scholarships will be awarded to the top graduates of the Class of 2011 at the KCABJ Media Awards Banquet on Oct. 22. The students also will receive copies of their newspaper and broadcast tapes.
The National Association of Black Journalists is gearing up for its Convention and Career Fair on Aug. 7 in Philadelphia.
The convention will feature many continuing education workshops, and journalists looking for work will be able to interview at the jobs fair.
Jonathan Entzminger, a graduate of the KCABJ academy and William Jewell College, reports that he has switched jobs, going from the Roswell Daily Record to the Farmington Daily Times in New Mexico. Jonathan will work as a copy editor and reporter.
KCABJ President Glenn Rice, in addition to chairing the NABJ elections this year, is a finalist for a Salute to Excellence Award from NABJ. It is for a series of stories he co-authored on the slaying of Freedom Inc. Founder Leon Jordan.