KCABJ Newsletter for May 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 grice@kcstar.com.

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 http://www.opinionjournalists.org/contest. 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 http://www.intercultural.org.

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.

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