KCABJ Newsletter for June 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 Ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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 http://www.nabj.org. 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 mfannin@kcstar.com.

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.

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