Archive for March, 2015

KCABJ Newsletter for March 2015
March 22, 2015

KCABJ Academy
KCABJ members decided to move the dates for the summer journalism academy up a week because there were fewer snow days this year that students will have to make up at the end of the year. That means students will be getting out of school earlier.

To try to get those interested in journalism careers to sign up for the academy and actually show up, the dates were moved from June 22-July 3 to June 15-June 26. The mandatory orientation date will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13.

Joe Seabrooks, president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, has agreed to provide classroom space on campus for the academy. Applications are ready to be mailed and emailed. The deadline for students to apply is April 25.

KCABJ members also agreed to build social media into the curriculum so that students are aware of the positives and negatives associated with such things as posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other outlets.

Glenn Rice, KCABJ vice president for print, agreed to run that part of the program. Robyn King said she is unable to put together the broadcast week. Other KCABJ members will handle that part of the academy.

Bill Wells will serve as honorary chair of the 2015 National Association of Black Journalists 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair. It will take place from Aug. 5-9 in Minneapolis.

Wells is president of W. Wells & Associates, LLC, a management company specializing in diversity strategy and inclusion. NABJ President Bob Butler tapped Wells for the convention job.

Butler also appointed Leisa Richardson as special events chair at the convention. Richardson is with the Indianapolis Star.

Richardson will lead the planning for the opening reception and opening ceremony. She also will head the planning for the plenary sessions, the Salute to Excellence Gala and Gospel Brunch at the convention.

Richardson has been a NABJ member since 1985 and served two terms on the NABJ board as a regional director. She was convention chair of the NABJ convention in Las Vegas in 2007 and Tampa in 2009 and program lead for the 2006 NABJ convention in Indianapolis and the 2008 UNITY convention in Chicago.

The nomination deadline for the NABJ 2015 Salute to Excellence National Media Awards is 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time April 10. The honor recognizes exemplary coverage of people or issues in the Africa/African American diaspora. It includes work published or broadcast from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. For more information go to

The NABJ first Media Institute on Education will take place April 16 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. The one day conference will focus on education policy, including education equity, ensuring educational opportunities for poor and minority students, accessing higher education, closing gaps in educational quality and how supporting communities directly affects the quality of the education children receive. For more information go to

The NABJ’s Seventh Annual Media Institute on Health: Health Policy & Health Inequities will take place April 9-11 at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. Its focus will be on health disparities in communities of color. It will provide journalists with tools to effectively report on the effects of the Affordable Care Act for underserved communities. For more information go to

News You Can Use

The Associated Press has an opening for a deputy regional editor in Philadelphia. For more information go to

The Omicron Xi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is taking applications for its cash scholarships. The organization is seeking African American students in the Kansas City area who qualify. The deadline application is May 1. Students must have a 2.8 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate significant community service beyond what school requires.

For more information contact Glenn E. Rice, Omicron Xi Scholarship Committee chair at 816-560-2543.

KC People
KCABJ’s membership crept up by one with the addition of Alonzo Weston. Alonzo brought students in his Reporting Live program in St. Joseph to Kansas City, where they toured The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion and the news operation.