Archive for February, 2013

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy
February 28, 2013

2013 Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 17-28, 2013

at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley

3201 Southwest Trafficway

Sponsored by The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists

KCABJ is a 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 31th 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, letters editor and 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 2013 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC – Penn Valley June 17-June 28. There is a mandatory orientation set for Saturday, June 15 at The Kansas City Star, 16th and McGee streets. 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 newsmakers.
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, 2013, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

Academy Application



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 February 2013
February 17, 2013

Retreat rescheduled
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists at the February membership meeting elected officers for 2013.

The same persons who held executive board positions in 2012 were retained for the New Year. Glenn E. Rice will continue to serve as president; Ramanda Hicks, vice president/print; Robyn King, vice president/broadcast; Anita K. Parran, secretary; and Lewis W. Diuguid, treasurer.

The executive board retreat, which had been scheduled for Feb. 17 has been rescheduled for the Saturday, March 16 membership meeting at the Waldo branch library on 75th Street. It will begin at 12:30 and run until 2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

KCABJ members at the February meeting did set the dates for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. It will run from June 17 through June 28. KCABJ will work to have it again at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, where it has been nearly every year since it was begun in 1982. The academy is open to high school and college students who have an interest in journalism careers. A mandatory orientation is set for Saturday, June 15. The academy can take up to 12 students.

Glenn also informed KCABJ members that Region V of the National Association of Black Journalists will have a regional convention April 19-20 in Little Rock, Ark. The theme is “Seizing Opportunities, Confronting Challenges in the Media Industry.” The host chapter is Central Arkansas Association of Black Journalists, Region V Director Mary Benton said. The conference, the first in years, will provide members with professional development, student training and networking opportunities. The Region III conference will run March 8-10 at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. The theme is “Unplugged: Wireless in a Hi-Tech World.”

The revival of the regional conventions stems from a challenge by NABJ President Greg Lee to sponsor more quality programming. For more details go to

KCABJ member Amber Mobley provided KCABJ with dates to participate in a candidate forum for mayor and commissioners of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan. The primary is Feb. 26; the general election is on April 2. Of the possible dates, KCABJ members picked Tuesday, March 19 to be part of a candidates’ forum. It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Community Center at 10th and Washington. KCABJ members agreed to provide members to attend, moderate and ask questions.

Ramanda advised KCABJ that she will be doing more work on the website for the organization. That should all be in place before June.

News You Can Use
Loop21 and UNITY Journalists of Color: Race and Media Survey has been extended to Feb. 24, providing journalists and media professionals more opportunities to share their thoughts on race and media relations. One participant will be picked to win a Kindle Fire just by logging into or registering for a Loop21 account before completing the survey. The survey is at It is supposed to take less than 15 minutes to complete. Black journalists will discuss the results of the survey and what they mean for minority professionals working in journalism. That will take place March 8 at the National Association of Broadcasters headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Society of Professional Journalists will award special honors to recognize service to journalism, dedication to press freedoms and exceptional ethical practices. The nominations are due March 20. The awards are for distinguished teaching in journalism, ethics in journalism, fellows of the society, First Amendment award, historic sites in journalism and sunshine award. For more information call Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 or send email to

An NABJ Media Institute on Energy will take place Feb. 21-22 at the Westin Houston Memorial City in Houston. For more information call 281-501-4308.

High school juniors interested in journalism careers can apply for the all-expenses-paid Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. It will run from July 13-18 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for more information go to

The Bradenton Herald is seeking an urban affairs reporter. For more information send email to

KC People
KCABJ’s membership crept up by one with the addition of April D. Jackson.

KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice again will chair the election committee for the National Association of Black Journalists. Lewis Diuguid also has been tapped to serve once again on the committee.

Former KCABJ president and current Kansas City Associated Press Bureau Chief Kia Breaux will be the featured speaker at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at the Central Exchange.

NABJ member and national commentator Roland Martin has been named the honorary chair of the 2013 NABJ convention in Orlando, Fla. It will take place July 31 through Aug. 4

KCABJ Membership Application for 2013
Mail this application with your $20 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via e-mail and emailed monthly meeting notices.



HOME ADDRESS_________________________


E-mail address____________________________

Phone (w) _____________ (h)________________

Cell Phone _______________________________

Occupation (Title, company and address):



(circle one)

Years of Experience________________________

KCABJ and/or NABJ member
(circle one or both)

(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $20 has not
changed since 1981. It is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black
Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)