Archive for March, 2012

2012 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy Application
March 18, 2012

2012 Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 4-June 15, 2012

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, editorial board member/columnist 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 2012 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC – Penn Valley June 4-June 15. There is a mandatory orientation set for Saturday, June 2 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 Apply

1. 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 27, 2012, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

Academy Application


E-mail: ____________________________________

Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________


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 March 2012
March 18, 2012

KCABJ to Upgrade Website
Operating under the guidance of KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks, the organization voted to upgrade its website for the third time in its history.

KCABJ hired Randy Leiker with Skyway Networks to do the work to make the site more dependable and to give members more options for keeping information current. KCABJ will be able to post the print and broadcast work of students in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy so that others can see what they have done.

The current site is prone to being down a lot, and it has few options for updates. The new website will have more flexibility and provide members with more options.

KCABJ Academy
KCABJ members decided to set June 4-15 as the dates for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy at the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley this year. The dates had to be moved ahead because of the conflict with the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Former KCABJ President Kia Breaux checked on the dates that school will be out this year and found that most area students will be done with school this year by the end of May. There were few days off because of snow, which enables the students to be released for summer vacation earlier.

The NABJ convention takes place June 20-24 in New Orleans instead of in August. That would have conflicted directly with KCABJ’s student academy, which normally would have run June 18-29 this year.

The orientation for the academy will take place Saturday, June 2 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion.

Membership Party
KCABJ also decided at the March meeting to have a membership gathering at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4. The event will function to welcome new journalists of color to town and to draw more people to the organization.

It will take place at The Star’s Press Pavilion at 16th and McGee streets. Ramanda and KCABJ President Glenn Rice said they want to do more community outreach sessions to help inform the public about issues in the news.

A panel with news makers is being planned as well as having people in the news media speak at public forums sponsored by KCABJ.

The National Association of Black Journalists announced a new scholarship named after NABJ founders and past presidents Les Payne and DeWayne Wickham. The Payne scholarship is open to any NABJ student member in a four-year university majoring in journalism. The Wickham scholarship is for a high school senior with promise and a passion for journalism.

The 4th Annual NABJ Media Institute on Health: Health Policy and Health Inequities will take place March 28-31 in Washington, D.C., at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at the Kaiser Family Foundation. See the for information.

NABJ named Pierre Thomas of ABC News as Journalist of the Year. DeWayne Wickham, columnist with USA Today, will receive NABJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Despite the good news, NABJ also had to take issue with the 19 layoffs this month at the Philadelphia Media Network. An additional 21 persons took buyouts. Some key persons in the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists were in the layoffs and buyouts. It is part of the ongoing loss of key journalists and diversity in the news media nationwide.

The Unity, Journalists of Color convention takes place this year. Early bird registration ends this month. NABJ is not participating in UNITY this year for the first time since the UNITY conventions started in 1994. UNITY had been a gathering of black, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American journalists. NABJ last year took issue with UNITY over representation and finances. The UNITY convention takes place Aug. 1-4 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center.

Opportunity Knocks
The 17th Annual Minority Writers Seminar will take place April 12-15 at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn. For more information go to

KC People
KCABJ’s membership climbed with the additions of Eric Wesson, Robyn King, Blaise Labbe and De Shai Hampton.