KCABJ members voted at the May meeting to accept six students in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.
They are Nia Rhodes, a junior at Lee’s Summit High School; Chandi Marsh, a junior at Notre Dame de Sion High School; Gabrielle Morris, a sophomore at Paseo Academy; JaLynn Saulsbury, a freshman at Blue Springs South High School; Marlisa “Clover” Ross, a sophomore at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley; and Taylor Holmes, a sophomore at Sumner Academy.
The academy will take place June 22 through July 3 at MCC-Penn Valley. The two-week program had to be pushed ahead a week from the earlier approved schedule to accommodate the faculty.
A mandatory orientation for the students will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion at 16th and McGee streets. The first week of the academy will cover print journalism; the second week will focus on broadcast journalism.
Students who take part in the intensive academy return to their schools superstars in journalism. Letters will be mailed to the students notifying them of their acceptance. KCABJ will continue to correspond with the students until the program begins to maintain their interest during the summer.
The students will produce their own newspaper and TV newscast. KCABJ has been conducting the annual program since 1982 — a year after the organization was founded.
The National Association of Black Journalists convention will be Aug. 5-9 at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center. New officers are to be elected this year, including regional directors.
NABJ has announced winners of some of the awards to be handed out during the convention. They include Nikole Hannah-Jones, with The New York Times Magazine, named 2015 Journalist of the Year; Brittany Noble-Jones, KMOV-TV in St. Louis, named 2015 Emerging Journalist of the Year; and Carole Munroe, director of public relations for Walt Disney World Resort, picked as the recipient of the 2015 Patricia Media Professional Award.