20th Annual KCABJ Media Awards
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists gave out 13 awards and four scholarships at its 20th Annual Media Awards ceremony. The program on Oct. 22 coincided with KCABJ’s 30th anniversary.
Scholarship winners are graduates of the summer 2011 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. They are among the high school and college students metrowide who completed the intensive two-week program in print, broadcast and convergence journalism.
The recipient of the ninth annual KCABJ-Lucile H. Bluford Scholarship is Paul Pierce II. He is a freshman at the University of Kansas-Lawrence.
The KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1987. It is named after a former editor of The Call, Roy Wilkins, who also served as head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the Civil Rights Movement. The winner of the 2011 KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship is Lauren Clay. Clay is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is the 25th recipient of the scholarship.
The 10th annual KCABJ-Laura R. Hockaday Scholarship went to Courtney Lewis, a junior at Lee’s Summit North High School. The annual scholarship is named after Hockaday, who until she retired in 2000 was the longtime society editor of The Kansas City Star. Hockaday has received numerous awards for making her work inclusive of the racial, ethnic, gender and other diversity in Greater Kansas City.
The 18th Annual KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship was awarded to Makayla Lewis. She is a junior at Blue Valley North High School. The scholarship is funded by KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid and named for his mother, who died in 1994 of Alzheimer’s disease. Nancy Diuguid had longed to be a journalist, but such career options were mostly closed to young black women in the 1950s.
Each scholarship award was based on the students¦ performance during the 2011 journalism academy.
KCABJ President’s Award:
This honor goes to the area journalist or organization that has done the most to further the interests of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists.
The recipient is judged by the president of KCABJ to have selflessly given time, talent and resources to benefit other journalists of color in Greater Kansas City. KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice chose Randy Waters and the Production Division at The Kansas City Star for their decades of service to KCABJ in printing the KCABJ Journal.
KCABJ Thumbs Down Award
KCABJ issued no Thumbs Down Award for 2010-2011. The infamous distinction is given to the media or persons in the media in Greater Kansas City who have set back the image of African Americans or other people of color.
KCABJ 2011 Media Awards:
Elana Gordon with KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast Radio: Spot News Award for “First Lady Michelle Obama Tells NAACP Convention to ‘Get Up.'”
Dr. Susan B. Wilson, Sylvia Maria Gross and Alex Smith with KCUR-FM’s “KC Currents”; KCABJ Broadcast Radio News Magazine Award for “Generation Rap’s Granddad Steps Down,” “African American Mothers Meet in Johnson County,” “Country Club Plaza is a Destination for Local Teenagers” and “Pianist Harold O’Neal: Translating Martial Arts into Jazz.”
Elana Gordon with KCUR-FM; KCABJ Broadcast Radio News Features Award for “Film Explores History of Segregated Medicine in Kansas City.”
Monroe Dodd, Andrea Silenzi and Walt Bodine with KCUR-FM’s “Walt Bodine Show”; KCABJ Broadcast Radio: Talk Show Award for “KC History: The Quest for Citizenship.”
Iris Hermosillo, Sandra Olivas, Sherie Small, Dale Jacobson and Bob Totsch with KCTV-5; KCABJ Broadcast Television: Community Affairs Award for “Que Pasa KC.”
Glenn E. Rice and Mike McGraw with The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Newspapers Daily (over 100,000): Enterprise Reporting Award for “Who Killed Leon Jordan.”
Joe Robertson, Eric Adler and Rick Montgomery with The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Community Public Service Award for “Saving 17,000 Kids” Series.
Helen T. Gray with The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Newspapers Daily (over 100,000): Feature Writing Award “A Welcome Change.”
Jenee’ Osterheldt with The Kansas City Star; KCABJ Newspapers Daily (over 100,000): Commentary Award for “Passage to Identity Is Still A Struggle.”
Eric L. Wesson with The Call of Kansas City; KCABJ Newspapers Weekly: News Writing Award for “Ghetto Goldmine.”
Sarah Gish and Jennifer Hack with INK; KCABJ Newspapers Weekly: Feature Writing Award for “Turning Points.”
Terez A. Paylor with INK; KCABJ Newspapers Weekly: Sports Reporting Award for “Is Sporting Kansas City’s Teal Bunbury the Next American Soccer Star?”
The National Association of Black Journalists last month released its Fourth Annual Television Newsroom Management Diversity Census, and the news was not good.
Journalists of color filled only 12 percent of the newsroom manager positions at stations owned by ABC, the Belo Corp., CBS, Fox, Gannett, Hearst, Lin Media, Media General, NBC, Nexstar Broadcasting, E.W. Scripps Co., Post-Newsweek and Tribune. That’s despite people of color constituting 35 percent of the U.S. population.
Of the 1,157 TV managers, 1,017 are white, 81 are black, 42 are Hispanic, 16 are Asian and one is Native American. The jobs are general manager, news director, assistant news director, managing editor, assignment manager and executive producer.
The NABJ report said: “These are the people who set the news agenda and make coverage and personnel decisions. More than half of the stations have no diversity at all in those positions. Another 61 of the stations each have one manager of color. (Yet) many of these stations are located in television markets with significant non-white populations.”
The NABJ report quoted Doris Truong, national president of the Asian American Journalists Association, saying: “When the American Society of News Editors released its annual newsroom census this spring, AAJA expressed disappointment in the continued decline in journalists of color working for print and online publications. To learn that the outlook is even more bleak in broadcast news is disheartening.”
NABJ President Gregory H. Lee Jr. said: “These numbers are disappointing. If the media doesn’t reflect America, the stories and issues of those who are under-represented will not be told.”
On a positive note, NABJ last month inducted five journalists into its Hall of Fame, the organization’s highest honor. The inductees were Gwen Ifill with “Washington Week”; Pat Harvey a CBS co-anchor; Ruth Allen Ollison, who spent two decades in the broadcasting industry; Wallace Terry, (posthumously) who was deputy bureau chief for Time magazine in Saigon (He died May 29, 2003.); and Johnathan Rodgers, TV One president and chief executive.
Rod Hicks and Benet Wilson will chair the NABJ Convention in 2011 in New Orleans. The convention will run from June 20-24. NABJ already is seeking proposals for workshops, half-day short courses, day-long learning labs and sponsored meal functions. The deadline is Nov. 4. The convention will be at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.
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