The 22nd Annual KCABJ Media Awards ceremony will be Saturday, Oct. 26 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee streets.
The deadline to mail entries to KCABJ is July 27. Send them to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.
KCABJ annually has given awards for news media coverage of accurate depictions of African Americans and other people of color in stories, pictures and artwork. KCABJ also has award categories for advertising, public relations and public service announcements.
One of the goals of the media awards is to encourage good, honest journalism in the coverage of people of color. KCABJ has enjoyed a phenomenal success in this area.
After the entries are received, judges will be picked to determine the best of news media coverage in the last year. Winners will be notified that they should attend the awards program to pick up their honors.
The students in the 2013 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy also will be honored with the media professionals. The students’ stories already have gone through a battery of editing and rewrites, and a budget for this year’s publication has been prepared. The high school and college students’ work will be printed in the 2013 KCABJ Journal, which will be distributed at the awards ceremony, and the students will receive DVD and CD copies of their television and radio newscasts.
The first week of the academy focused on print journalism. The second week was broadcast.
At the awards program, KCABJ will announce the winners of four scholarships given to the top performing students in the academy. KCABJ members will decide at the August or September membership meeting who the scholarship winners will be.
KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks helped get the KCABJ website domain re-registered with Skyway Networks. The site had been down until the switch could take place.
The 38th annual National Association of Black Journalists’ convention will be July 31 through Aug. 4 in Orlando, Fla. Workshops, panel discussions and the jobs fair will highlight the event. NABJ members also will elect new officers, including president and vice presidents of broadcast and print. This year’s theme is “People, Purpose, Passion: The Power of NABJ.”
KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice and KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid were among KCABJ academy faculty members who received thank you notes from Briana Simmons. She will be returning to Missouri State University.
In her letter to Glenn, she wrote: “Without this opportunity, I would still be complacent with where I was in my journalism career. Now I must say I feel rejuvenated. I’ve learned so much and met such great people. You all are amazing mentors, and KCABJ is a wonderful program.”
To Lewis, she wrote: “You brought such knowledge to my experience with KCABJ’s workshop. I have a much clearer understanding of all aspects in journalism.”
All seven students who graduated from this summer’s journalism academy worked hard and were well-prepared for the challenges that encountered.