The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists had to make the regrettable decision to cancel the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy for 2014.
It was to have taken place June 16-27 at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. Applications were posted online and distributed to interested persons starting in March.
Many people expressed an interest before the April 26 deadline, but no one applied. The deadline was extended twice — first to May 16 and then to May 23. Still no applications so the program was canceled.
KCABJ will regroup and offer it again in 2015.
The academy has been an annual program sponsored by KCABJ since 1982 to better equip high school and college students of all colors for careers in journalism. KCABJ offers scholarships to the top graduates of the academy.
The program has taken place at MCC-Penn Valley during most of its history because the college is on a bus line and provides students easy access to the commuter program.
KCABJ also has the academy taught by print and broadcast journalism professionals at MCC-Penn Valley to give students an early exposure to college.
The program has been canceled only twice in the past. KCABJ also decided earlier this year to cancel its Media Awards program because of dwindling interest by area news media companies in submitting enterprising print, broadcast, new media and other entries showing African Americans and other people of color in accurate and non-stereotypical roles.
KCABJ will spend the next year refashioning this program, too.