Archive for April, 2012

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2012
April 28, 2012

KCABJ Student Academy
Applications are still being received for the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Urban Student Journalism Academy.
The deadline was April 27. But KCABJ will adher to its customary practice of extending the deadline into the first couple of weeks of May.
The two-week program will run June 4 through June 15 at the Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley, which is where the academy has occurred for years. KCABJ officers are to meet with MCC officials in the first week in May to iron out final arrangements for the classroom and computer use.
Parking at the community college is free. Since the program started in 1982, classroom space has been donated for the program.
At the April KCABJ membership meeting, KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice said preparation for the academy has to be KCABJ’s highest priority.
Also at the meeting, KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks reported that the KCABJ website reconstruction was nearly complete and would be under the budget that was discussed for the project. Ramanda requested some additional information from members so the work could be finished.
Glenn suggested that KCABJ host a mixer from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11 at the AMC Marquee Lounge on Main Street downtown. The recruitment party would in part be a reception for John Ngirachu, an Alfred Friendly Fellow from Africa working at The Kansas City Star. KCABJ member Jonathan Carter said he would contact the broadcast people at area stations and invite them. Glenn said he would offer a grand door prize of a complimentary NABJ registration to be provided to a person attending the KCABJ fete. The convention is taking place June 20 to 24 in New Orleans.

People who attend the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans will be given the opportunity to trace their ancestry. It is being provided by the African Channel through African Ancestry, an established genetic genealogy company. People will be able to trace their ancestry back using DNA science.
NABJ’s 2012 Student Journalist of the year is Eric Burse, who is at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Burse is studying broadcast and digital journalism and political science.
Allissa Richardson at Morgan State University was named NABJ’s Journalism Educator of the year. She is an assistant professor of communication studies and coordinator of the journalism program at the university.
The finalists for NABJ professional chapter of the year are the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals. The winner will be announced at the 37th annual NABJ convention.
In other news, the board of UNITY this month decided to drop the “Journalists of Color” part of its name as a way of reaching out to include members of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. The action follows NABJ last year withdrawing from participating in the August UNITY convention over equity issues.
NABJ President Gregory H. Lee Jr. told Journal-isms that “UNITY dropping the portion of its name representing the core principle of its founding is most unfortunate.”
Lee added, “The change also continued the trend of straying away from the original mission that NABJ (helped) start in the original charter.” UNITY had been an organization of four groups representing the black, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American journalists associations.

Jobs And More
The Associated Press has an opening for an evening/weekend text editor for its Central Regional Desk, covering a 14-state area. For more information contact Darlene Superville at
The Kansas City Star is seeking a reporter/assistant editor on the metro desk. For more information contact Greg Farmer at
KCUR-FM is seeking an assistant producer for its talk show, “Up to Date.” For more information contact Sylvia M. Gross at

KC People
KCABJ’s membership creeped up by one with the addition of Keena M. McClendon.
Laura Hockaday gave KCABJ great props at a “Women Who’ve Changed thr Heart of the City” awards program during which she was honored. Hockaday had been society editor at The Kansas City Star until she retired about 10 years ago. In the program booklet, Hockaday praised KCABJ for naming one of its annual scholarships in her honor for making her society column in The Star inclusive of people of color.