Archive for June, 2013

KCABJ Media Awards Application
June 26, 2013

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists
22nd Annual Media Awards For Outstanding Coverage
of African Americans and Other People of Color
in Greater Kansas City.


Entries should include accounts of lifestyles, struggles, conditions, successes and critical analysis of public policies, programs, attitudes and private endeavors relevant to the lives of African Americans and other people of color in Greater Kansas City.

Entries on efforts to promote racial harmony, diversity and multicultural advancements also are welcomed.

Entries must be published or broadcast in Greater Kansas City for the first time from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

Each entry must include three copies — each attached with a copy of the entry form. Print entries should include at least one mounted original copy. The entry form and other copies of the published work may be photocopied.

All entries will become the property of KCABJ. Entries will be displayed and stored at the Black Archives of Mid-America Inc. for historical and research purposes.

The contest is open to all Kansas City area journalists, media, companies and organizations with an interest in the media.

Entries must be postmarked by July 27, 2013 to: KCABJ Awards Committee, P.O. Box 32744 Kansas City, Mo. 64111. For more information, call KCABJ Awards Committee Chair Lewis Diuguid, 816-234-4723. The awards program will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at The Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee streets.

Newspaper (daily): Enterprise reporting, sports, commentary, features, graphics and photojournalism.

Newspapers (weekly): Enterprise reporting, sports, commentary, features, graphics and photojournalism.

Broadcast (television): Tapes of news stories, educational or community programs, sports, commentary, features or special community shows must be submitted on VHS or DVDs in triplicate.

Broadcast (radio): Tapes of news stories, educational or community programs, sports, editorials, features or special community shows must be submitted on cassettes or DVDs in triplicate.

Magazine: Articles of enterprise reporting, editorials, features, sports, graphics and photojournalism.

New Media: Enterprise reporting, sports, commentary, features, graphics and photojournalism.

Community Affairs: Corporate and public relations contributions toward building the image of African-Americans and other people of color in Greater Kansas City. Includes corporate publications, newsletters, public relations projects, advertisements and print and broadcast media. Entries may be submitted in triplicate on DVDs or with a stable Web page link.

Media Public Service Award: All media and corporations that have promoted the interests of African Americans and other people of color in Greater Kansas City.

KCABJ President’s Award: This honor will go to the person or media in Greater Kansas City that has done the most to further the goals of KCABJ.

KCABJ Executive Board’s Thumbs Down Award:
This distinction goes to the person or media in Greater Kansas City that has done the most to set back the interests of African Americans or other people of color.

KCABJ Media Awards Entry Form





Single article or series of ______ parts.

Single tape or series of ______ tapes.


Dates either published or broadcast:__________

Submitted by:___________________________



Telephone No. ___________________________

Number of entries:________________________

@ $25 for KCABJ members: $________

@ $35 for non-members: $________

Total $________

Make check or money order payable to KCABJ Awards Committee, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists began in 1981 to strengthen ties among African-American professionals in journalism. The organization continues to tackle other issues such as sensitizing the media to better race relations in news coverage; improving employment practices; expanding media coverage to include the full spectrum of this community’s racial and ethnic diversity; ensuring balance and fairness in reporting; working with high schools and colleges to identify, encourage and guide potential black journalists by assisting in recruiting activities; recruiting black journalists for teaching positions at area colleges; and preparing black journalists for managerial and supervisory positions in the media.

The KCABJ Media Awards furthers our goal of ensuring that African Americans and other people of color are the focus of enterprise stories in the Greater Kansas City print and broadcast media. Past KCABJ Media Awards recipients include The Pitch, Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, KCTV-5, KCUR-FM, the Lee’s Summit Journal, Ink magazine The Kansas City Globe, The National Catholic Reporter, KPRS-FM, WDAF-TV, Channel 4, Odegard Outdoor Advertising, KSHB-TV, Channel 41, The Kansas City Call and KMBC-TV, Channel 9.

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2013
June 26, 2013

Media Awards
Applications were mailed this month for the 22nd Annual KCABJ Media Awards.

Entries must have been published or broadcast from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. The deadline for entries is July 27.

KCABJ honors the enterprise journalism and public relations campaigns that accurately depict African Americans and other people of color. The awards program will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion. The public is invited.

For a copy of the application, look on this website or email a request to Lewis Diuguid, KCABJ media awards coordinator, at

The KCABJ Class of 2013 also will be honored at the awards program. The students this month completed the intensive, two-week KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice led the first week, which concentrated on print journalism. Kansas City area news media professionals were guest lecturers on everything from lead writing to reporting. The students also were required to write stories from press conferences by area newsmakers in addition to turning in stories on assignments outside of class. The stories will go into a publication that The Kansas City Star will produce.

KCABJ Vice President/Broadcast Robyn King took the students through the broadcast week. It included lectures from TV and radio journalists and tours of KCUR-FM, KCTV-5, KPRS-FM, KSHB-TV, Channel 41 and the production of their TV newscast at KMBC-TV, Channel 9.

The students who completed the program were Tonyae Thomas at Plaza Academy, Nathan Hunt at Liberty High School, Monisha Hawkins at the African Centered College Preparatory Academy, Zach Kilgas at Liberty High School, Molly Dillinger at Lincoln Early College Academy, Briana Simmons, Missouri State University; and Miesha Miller at Howard University. Three other students started the program but did not complete the course.

KCABJ annually has sponsored the program since 1982 to try to increase the number of journalists of color in the news industry. Many of KCABJ’s graduates are now working as journalists or in related fields.

Check out the NABJ website at This is election season. Candidates have filed for offices, including president and the two vice presidents.

Glenn E. Rice is the NABJ Elections Committee co-chair.

For a list of the candidates, check out the NABJ website. Candidate forums have been taking place. Be sure to become informed and vote.

The NABJ convention will be in Orlando from July 31 to Aug. 4.

News You Can Use
The Kansas City Star has an opening for assistant managing editor/features. For more information contact Mike Fannin, editor and vice president, at

KC People
KCABJ member Pamela Woodley has picked up a job with the Mid-America Regional Council in public relations. Pam also with former NABJ President Kathy Times, a former KCABJ vice president/broadcast, have served as hosts of the NABJ VP-Broadcast webinar featuring candidates Lisa Cox and Dedrick Russell.

KCABJ academy graduate Tre Williams’ byline is showing up this summer in The Kansas City Star. Tre, who is editor of his college newspaper at Northwest Missouri State, is a summer intern at The Star.

His internship is notable because his mother, Mara’ Rose Williams, works as a reporter for The Star. Tre’s father, Ceaser Williams, was the first black assistant metropolitan editor at The Kansas City Times in the early 1980s and about 20 years later returned to The Star, bringing his young family. Ceaser then was the newspaper’s news editor. Tre is the first African American in The Star’s newsroom to follow in his parents’ footsteps.