Archive for June, 2015

KCABJ Newsletter for June 2015
June 21, 2015

KCABJ Academy
All six students picked for the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism academy attended the mandatory orientation on June 20 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion and received their first story assignment.

The students are Nia Rhodes, who will be a senior in the fall at Lee’s Summit High School; Chandi Marsh, who will be a senior at Notre Dame de Sion; Gabrielle Morris, who will be a junior at Paseo Academy; JaLynn Saulsbury, who will be a sophomore at Blue Springs South High School; Marlisa “Clover” Ross; a sophomore at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley; and Taylor Holmes, who will be a junior at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science.

Many of the students attended the orientation with family members. Glenn E. Rice, academy coordinator, explained to the audience that the first week will be the most intense, focusing on print and the basics of journalism. The second week will be on broadcast journalism and will include sessions on new media. The trend in journalism is for people entering the profession to be able to do it all because of Web publishing, YouTube and audiences being attracted by still and motion pictures.

The academy will run from June 22 through July 2 at MCC-Penn Valley. The class will be in Room 211 in the Humanities building. The program is sponsored by KCABJ with in-kind support from area journalists and media companies.

The goal is to help prepare, encourage and nurture more young people of color for jobs in journalism. KCABJ has offered the free academy nearly every year since 1982. KCABJ was founded in 1981. Four scholarships will be awarded in the fall to the top graduates of the program.

KMBC-TV, Channel 9 will open its studios to the students for them to do their TV newscast. The student publication, the KCABJ Journal has annually been printed by The Kansas City Star.

The National Association of Black Journalists convention will be Aug. 5-9 at the Minneapolis Hilton and Minneapolis Convention Center. NABJ will announce the NABJ affiliate chapter of the year at the convention. Contenders are the NABJ chapters in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists. Dr. Sybril Bennett, professor of journalism at Belmont University will be honored at the convention as NABJ’s Journalism Educator of the Year. People who attend the convention also will be able to pick up a copy of “Breaking News: A Pictorial History of NABJ’s First 40 Years.”

The convention will feature a career fair, awards programs, an authors’ showcase, 5K run/walk, exhibitors, visits to the Mall of America, networking, partying and the Gospel Brunch. Officers also will be elected for the next two years, including president; vice presidents of print, broadcast and digital; regional directors; treasurer; and secretary.
Some members and officers of KCABJ plan to attend the NABJ convention.

The NABJ convention for 2016 will be Aug. 3-7 in Washington, D.C., held jointly with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In 2017, the NABJ convention moves to New Orleans, and in 2018 it will be in Detroit.

News You Can Use
Editor & Publishers is seeking entries for its EPPY Awards, honoring the best in digital media, including college and university journalism. The deadline is Aug. 28. For more information contact Martha McIntosh at or call 949-660-6150, ext. 216.

The Association of Opinion Journalists will collaborate with the Poynter Institute on a Minority Writers Seminar. The program is to help news journalists and others transition to opinion journalism or sharpen their skills. The program is in its 20th year. It will take place Nov. 12-15 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tuition is free. For more information go to or call O. Ricardo Pimentel at the San Antonio Express-News at 210-250-3165.

KC People
KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver in July is co-leading a delegation of educators to Cuba through the National Association for Multicultural Education, where she is the executive director. Also attending will be KCABJ member Michele Watley, director of the Kansas City office for the Missouri Secretary of State, and KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid. Bette for years has led tours of educators to such places as China.

Lewis will be honored at the NABJ convention with the 2015 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award. It recognizes people in the profession who have had a positive impact on the community outside the normal realm of journalism. The NABJ award was named after the late Angelo B. Henderson, who was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, won a Pulitzer Prize for that newspaper and later became a minister, community activist and radio talk show host.

NABJ President Bob Butler said in a prepared release: “Improving the situation in the black community, addressing issues of discrimination, diversity and how they impact our community is what Mr. Diuguid’s life is committed to. Whether he is offering assistance and support to the elders in the community, helping out families with food, repairs, guidance and wisdom, or meeting with youths to offer support and homework help, Diuguid has demonstrated a clear commitment to his community and is most worthy of this high honor.”

The NABJ news release said: “Diuguid has been a journalist and community activist/contributor in Kansas City and beyond for over 38 years.” Lewis is one of the founding members of KCABJ.