KCABJ Newsletter for May 2014

Academy Watch
The deadline for students to apply to the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy was extended from April 26 to May 16 and then extended again to May 23.The executive board of KCABJ will convene May 27 to determine whether enough students have applied for the two-week class to take place. Canceling this year’s class would not be unprecedented. It has occurred twice in the past.

The academy is set for June 16 through June 27 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. KCABJ members decided at the May meeting that they would revamp the application for the academy and the marketing to attract students if the program is suspended for 2014. KCABJ Treasurer Bette Beaver also said more social media has to be included in the program because of its heavy use by young people and more media depending on it to capture audience. The KCABJ website also should be retooled to enable students to apply for the program online. Bette said KCABJ should sell to students the value they get from the free program, which includes enhanced studying, writing and time management skills for college, business etiquette training and mentors who will serve as references and advisers for young people for life. The program is open to high school and college students who have an interest in journalism. KCABJ also offers scholarships to the top graduates.

The membership decided earlier this year to suspend the media awards program because of a diminishing interest by area television stations, radio stations and newspapers in the program, which encourages Kansas City area media companies to do more accurate, enterprising stories, photographs, artwork, public relations and advertising about African Americans and other people of color. The awards program also will undergo an overhaul in 2014.

Meanwhile, Vice President/Print Ramanda Hicks said she would put the names of paid KCABJ members in a spreadsheet as well as those who are potential members. The potential members then will be contacted by KCABJ members and encouraged to join.

KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran said the organization has to determine what concrete benefits it has to offer members.

The next KCABJ meeting will be July 19. The location and time will be emailed to members.

The National Association of Black Journalists convention will be July 30 to Aug. 3 in Boston at the convention center. The theme is “Revolution to Evolution: Shaping Our Future.”

NABJ will honor Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press. He has been named NABJ’s 2014 Journalist of the Year.

Sandra Hughes, former anchor of WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C., will receive the 2014 Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tiffany Warren, senior vice president and chief diversity officer of Omnicom Group will receive the Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award.

NABJ has named Darryl R. Matthews Sr. executive director of the organization. He had been doing the job on an interim basis.

NABJ this month celebrated Dean Baquet being elevated to executive editor of The New York Times. He had been managing editor of the newspaper. He moved to the top job when Jill Abramson unexpectedly left the position. Baquet, 57, is the first African American executive editor in The Times’ history.

News You Can Use
AARP in the Kansas City area has a paid college internship opening for the summer. For more information contact Anita Parran at 816-360-2202 or send email to aparran@aarp.org.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is offering a lecture series in June that will focus on science, policy implications and communication of climate change to the public. For more information go to http://metcalfinstitute.org/.

KC People
Pamela Spencer added to KCABJ’s membership ranks by rejoining the organization. She also announced at the membership meeting that she is moving into a public relations position at Sprint.

Bre Jordan, a 2012 KCABJ academy graduate and scholarship winner, will be working this summer as a public policy intern at the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.

Trey Williams, a 2007 KCABJ academy graduate and scholarship winner, graduated this month from Northwest Missouri State University. He will be working as a freelance writer in the Kansas City area.

Ken Bunting, an NABJ member and former associate publisher and executive editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, died of a heart attack in April in Columbia, Mo., at age 65. He had served as state capital bureau chief, city editor and assistant managing editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The National Freedom of Information Coalition in Columbia called Bunting “a strong voice for Freedom of Information and government transparency and a great advocate for state coalition groups trying to right off encroachments on their open government laws.”

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