Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley will accommodate the summer KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Class runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15-26. The first week will focus on print journalism. The second week will be on broadcast journalism and new media. A mandatory orientation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion at 16th and McGee streets.
The application deadline is Saturday, April 25. At the April membership meeting, KCABJ Treasurer Bette Beaver said she would work with Michelle Watley on the social media part of the student academy. Bette also said she would explore ways to get KCABJ’s website to do more such as enabling members to pay dues electronically.
The National Association of Black Journalists convention will be Aug. 5-9 at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center. A discount is being offered for attendees who travel on United Airline. People can book online at http://www.united.com and enter the offer code: ZUTE980386, or call 800-426-1122. The discounted rate for the Hilton Minneapolis is $189 a night.
This is an election year for NABJ. Voting will run from July 1 to Aug. 7. Officers will be elected, and some amendments will be on the ballot. Mike Woolfolk, with WXYZ-TV (ABC) in Detroit, is the 2015 NABJ Elections Committee Chairman.
NABJ President Bob Butler reports that a major plenary at the convention will focus on racism in America. It will include panelists, having an honest discussion on race and how it daily affects African Americans.