Archive for March, 2014

KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy Application for 2014
March 10, 2014

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists is sponsoring the 2014 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. It will take place from June 16-27 at Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trafficway.

KCABJ is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the Secretary of State of Missouri and affiliated with the National Association of Black Journalists.

KCABJ was founded in 1981, and this year it celebrates its 33th anniversary as an organization of professional black journalists. This is the 32th 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 President Lewis W. Diuguid, editorial board member at The Star, at 816-234-4723.

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 2014 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC–Penn Valley June 16-June 27. There is a mandatory orientation set for Saturday, June 14 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 26, 2014, 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 March 2014
March 9, 2014

KCABJ Officers
KCABJ members elected new officers for 2014. President is Lewis Diuguid; vice president/broadcast, Pamela Woodley; vice president/print, Ramanda Hicks; secretary, Anita Parran; and treasurer, Bette Tate-Beaver.

Increasing the membership of KCABJ will be the theme of the group this year. Expect to see special events and outreach to journalists of color in the Kansas City area. Jonathan Carter said he will begin the process of gathering names and contact information of African Americans who work for area radio and television stations.

Once people are identified as potential members, a survey will be taken to learn what people want in the organization and an invitation made for them to join KCABJ.

Pamela suggested that current KCABJ members reach out to at least five potential members and encourage them to become part of the group.

“They need to see some value in it besides having to attend one more meeting per month,” Bette said.

Ramanda said she would post to KCABJ’s website any link members might send of their work to highlight KCABJ members’ accomplishments. To do that, KCABJ members can send links and any additional information to Lewis then will forward the work to Ramanda.

KCABJ members also set the dates for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. The orientation will be June 14 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee streets. The academy will run from June 16-27 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

The first week will be dedicated to print journalism. Glenn E. Rice, past president, said he will coordinate that part of the program. Robyn King, past vice president/broadcast, said she will put together the second week, focused on broadcast journalism.

The academy has been an ongoing, annual feature of KCABJ’s since 1982, encouraging more African Americans to pick journalism as their profession. Many KCABJ students have graduated from college and for years have worked and excelled in the print, broadcast and new media industries.

KCABJ member Aaron Randle said he would help recruit students into the program through visits to public schools.

The next KCABJ meeting was set for April 26. The time and location will be announced.

News You Can Use
A “First Opportunity Fair” for high school youth will take place on March 25. For more information contact Nick Hardesty with Kauffman Scholars Inc., 816-932-1088.

KC People
Kia Breaux and Jonathan Carter joined KCABJ, helping to build the membership.

KCABJ Secretary Anita K. Parran has been selected for the 2014 Class of Influential Women in Kansas City. KC Business recognizes Kansas City’s most outstanding female civic and business leaders as Influential Women.

KCABJ Membership Application for 2014
Mail this application with your $35 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 on the KCABJ website at and emailed monthly meeting notices.



HOME ADDRESS_________________________

Email address____________________________

Phone (w) _________________________


Cellphone __________________________

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 $35 is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)