Archive for May, 2012

KCABJ Academy Application Deadline Extended to May 25
May 21, 2012

The deadline to apply for a seat in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy has been extended to May 25. You will find the application below. Please make a printout, fill it out and mail it in.

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 Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley

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 May 25, 2012, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

Academy Application



Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________

Social Security #____________________________


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 May 2012
May 20, 2012

KCABJ Academy
Recruitment efforts continue for the 2012 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. As in years past, the deadline was extended to Friday, May 25 get more applications.

KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Robyn King secured time on KPRS-FM Saturday, May 19 on “Generation Rap” for KCABJ members and former students to promote this year’s academy. Those who participated included Zach McGowan, Deon Lewis, Georgia Trevor, KCABJ member Amber Mobley, Robyn and KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid.

They explained the history of the academy and how it has helped high school and college students to become superstars in journalism.

The academy is open to up to 12 high school and college students who have an interest in a journalism career. The academy is free. Students just have to invest a lot of time and energy into making the most of the program.

The academy runs from June 4 to June 15 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. The top graduating students in the two-week program will be eligible for scholarships, which are awarded on merit by KCABJ.

Speakers and story ideas for the students to pursue are being lined up. Contact KCABJ President Glenn Rice if you want to get involved at

Robyn said that this year Myron Fears at KPRS-FM has offered the academy the use of his classroom at Penn Valley, which has two recording studios. KCTV, Channel 5 will provide studio space for the students to do their TV broadcast.

KCABJ sponsored a membership drive mixer downtown at the AMC Marque downtown to attract new members. 2011 KCABJ academy graduate and scholarship winner Lauren Clay won the registration to the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans, which was offered during the mixer.

KCABJ also received donations during the gathering.

The National Association of Black Journalists convention approaches fast. It will be June 20-24 in New Orleans.

Several KCABJ members plan to attend the convention and jobs fair. The NABJ convention will be separate from the UNITY Convention this year for the first time because of a dispute over representation and finances between the two organizations.

News You Can Use
The Association of Opinion Journalists is seeking applications. For more information go to The deadline is June 1.

The 36th Annual Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication will be at Reed College in Portland, Ore. For more information go to

KC People
KCABJ picked up renewing members at the mixer. An accounting will follow in the next newsletter.

Candice Price reports that she received a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives for services she has helped provide to urban youths through an annual fishing derby. The seventh annual derby was held in May.