Kansas City Association of Black Journalists is gearing up for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Applications have gone to journalism instructors at area high schools, and some KCABJ members are visiting schools and community groups to recruit students.
The free academy will take place June 16-27 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks again welcomes KCABJ’s use of the campus and other facilities.
Work is being finalized on securing classroom space and a computer lab for this year’s students. The two-week class is open to high school and college students who have an interest in journalism careers.
The first week consists of print journalism. The second focuses on broadcast journalism. Students do interviews in class with real newsmakers and have assignments outside of class. They write and rewrite their stories for the print part of the program, and The Kansas City Star publishes the students’ work in a newspaper called the KCABJ Journal. In the second week of the program, they go to radio and television stations to produce radio and TV newscasts.
At the April membership meeting, Glenn Rice, who coordinates the print part of the program, and KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid said they would try to get on a KPRS-FM or KPRT-AM show to recruit students. Glenn said he had already reached out to “Generation Rap,” which is a radio broadcast designed for teens.
The deadline for applications is April 26. That has been extended in the past so please watch for notices on that. KCABJ offers scholarships to the program’s top graduates.
The application is posted on the KCABJ website and blog. Both can be found at http://www.kcabj.org.
For the last several monthly meetings, KCABJ has been at Lutfi’s Fried Fish restaurant at 31st and Main streets so members could enjoy lunch during the meetings. But KCABJ Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks is trying to hook us up with meeting space at the Black Archives of Mid-America Inc. KCABJ had a long relationship with the archives before it went dormant. We are trying to re-establish the connection now that the archives is in a new place. Stay tuned.
The next meeting is set for Saturday, May 17. Members will receive a notice via email. If you are not on the list and want to be notified, get in touch with Lewis at 816-234-4723. Increasing the number of people who are members of KCABJ remains the goal for 2014. Please come with ideas and freely share them at the May meeting.
The National Association of Black Journalists will have its annual convention and career fair in Boston from July 30 through Aug. 3. It will be in the Sheraton Boston Hotel and John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. The theme is “Revolution to Evolution, Shaping Our Future.” For more information go to http://www.nabj.org.
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The Omicron Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is offering a one-time cash scholarship to African American students in the Kansas City area. The deadline to apply is April 25. For more information contact Glenn Rice at 816-234-4341.
The Writers Place has a number of programs of interest to people who want to advance their craft. For more information go to writersplace.org.
KCABJ’s membership increased by one with the addition of Kia Breaux, bureau chief of The Associated Press. Others who want to join can find the membership application on line at http://www.kcabj.org.
Some will remember NABJ founder Charles S. (Chuck) Stone Jr. He was a Philadelphia Daily News columnist and university professor who helped steer many young black journalists into the profession. Stone died April 6 at an assisted living facility near Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 89.