Archive for July, 2011

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2011
July 30, 2011

Academy Finishes Strong
Editing of the students’ stories for the 2011 KCABJ Journal began this month now that the journalism academy is done.

The membership at the July meeting received reports that the students this summer were exceptional.

Seven students completed the two-week program, which KCABJ President Glenn Rice and KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Robyn King coordinated. The students were 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, Staley High School; Myles Swoopes, Emory University; and Darrell Strong Jr., Langston University.

The students will be honored at the 20th Annual KCABJ Media Awards ceremony in October at The Kansas City Star’s Press Pavilion. Four scholarships will be awarded to the top performing students in the class.

The KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy took place at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley.

KCABJ Awards Update

The July 23 deadline has passed for entries to the 2011 KCABJ Media Awards. Persons interested in still entering can contact awards program coordinator Lewis Diuguid at 816-234-4723 to get a deadline extension.

The National Association of Black Journalists is gearing up for the NABJ convention in Philadelphia on Aug. 3-7.

Multimedia training and the Jobs Fair will be two of the highlights particularly in the industry hit hard by layoffs. One of the speakers will be Arianna Huffington with the Huffington Post.

In other news, NABJ President Kathy Times criticized CNN over “the deplorable lack of diversity” in its prime-time schedule. African American journalists were overlooked for open slots at the 24-hour cable news network.

One news release from NABJ said: “Currently there are no African American anchors hosting prime time news hours for any major cable network…. Prominent civil rights organizations like the National Urban League, NAACP as well as the Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights Under Law have all pledged their support for a drastic course of action should this matter continue to be overlooked.”

Meanwhile, layoffs continue in the newspaper industry with 700 journalists finding themselves out of work at Gannett newspapers. Those laid off included longtime NABJ member and Louisville columnist Betty Baye.

In other news, UNITY Journalists of Color Inc. is accepting applications for its New U, a program working to help journalists of color become entrepreneurs.

News To Go Places

Harvest Public Media is offering internships to broadcast journalists. For more information go to

KCUR-FM has internship openings. For more information go to

The Telegram & Gazette in Worchester, Mass., has an opening for a general assignment reporter. For more information send e-mail to

CNN Money has several positions open. For more information go to

The Cathedral of Hope UCC in Dallas has an opening for a Web developer. For more information go to

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk has an opening for a news reporter. For more information go to

The Armstrong-Hilton in Hong Kong is seeking a copy editor. For more information contact Peter Day at

The Chicago Tribune is seeking full- and part-time copy editors. For more information contact LaToya Smith at

The Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska is seeking a presentation editor for A1 editing and design. For more information contact Jim Johnson at

KC People

KCABJ academy student Rickeena Richards is in New York now working in the Teach for America program. She joins Amber Mobley in taking that teaching route after working as a reporter.

Raymond Banks, also a KCABJ academy graduate, has completed his summer abroad studying in London. He has created a blog at