Archive for July, 2015

KCABJ Newsletter for July 2015
July 21, 2015

Academy Aftermath
The students in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy have turned in their stories. KCABJ members will begin editing them and prepare a budget for the copy to be ready for publication in the fall. The Kansas City Star has traditionally printed the newspaper for KCABJ.

KCABJ members will meet next on Aug. 15 to decide which of the six students should receive the four KCABJ scholarships. (See the June newsletter for a list of the persons who graduated from the academy.) The scholarships are awarded to the top students in the academy based solely on merit. The biggest award is the KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship, named after a former editor of The Call who went on to lead the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. There is the KCABJ-Lucile H. Bluford Scholarship, named after the longtime editor and publisher of The Call, a black weekly newspaper in Kansas City that has been published since 1919. A third award is the KCABJ-Laura R. Hockaday Scholarship. It is named after a longtime society editor at The Kansas City Star who made diversity part of her work in the pages of the daily newspaper. The fourth award is the KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship, named for the mother of KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid. His mom wanted to be a journalist, but it was a profession that was mostly closed to African American women in the 1950s and 1960s.

When KCABJ members meet in August, they will set a date for the awards program and collect news stories and broadcast tapes to review for awards. The format is different this year.

The NABJ convention will be packed with activity from the day it opens on Aug. 5 to its close Aug. 9 at the Minneapolis Hilton and Minneapolis Convention Center.

Many awards will be presented, and elections will be held for new leaders in the organization. The National Association of Black Journalists announced ahead of the convention the individuals who will be inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame. They are Tony Brown, Charles Gerald Fraser, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Dorothy Leavell, Dori Maynard, Gil Noble, Austin Long-Scott, Jacqueline Trescott, Morrie Turner, John H. White and L. Alex Wilson.

The final touches also are being put into place for the parties at the convention. They will include the R&B group Mint Condition. There also will be a NABJ Student Glow Party on Aug. 7. There will even be an Apollo Night on Aug. 5 for people with talent who aren’t afraid to show it off.

The convention also will include network opportunities, a career fair and many panel discussions and workshops to enable people who attend to develop new skills in the profession. On Sunday, people can feel the spirit at the gospel brunch. For more information, go to

News To Go Places
Reuters-NABJ Fellowship Program provides nine months of hands-on experience in a Reuters U.S. bureau. Reuters will have recruiters at Booth #315 at the convention. For more information go to

KC People
Greg Moore, former KCABJ president who left The Kansas City Star in 2011 to take a position with The Associated Press in Phoenix, will be leaving that sun city for the AP’s Milwaukee bureau. Greg starts in Milwaukee in August. Greg is from Detroit so that is a lot closer to home.

KCABJ member Mara’ Rose Williams was the winner of the national Gerald Loeb Award for a series she did in The Star with Mike Hendricks on the Henry W. Block School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which exaggerated and misstated its record to boost its reputation. Star features columnist Jenee’ Osterheldt was among the winners of Society for Features Journalism awards.

KCABJ members who participated in the student journalism academy should know that one of the parents attended most of the two weeks of classes with the students at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. That is only the third time that has happened.

The first was in 1986 when Crystal Lumpkins, now a PhD journalism professor at the University of Kansas-Lawrence, was a student in the academy. Her dad attended each of the classes at Penn Valley with her.

Another time was in the 1990s at Rockhurst University. The mom took notes for the daughter who was disabled but still very much interested in being a journalist.

The parent in the 2015 class, Dale Hill, wrote in her note: “Thank you for allowing me to audit the class. It was an opportunity that I’m grateful to have experienced. The program is a great program for our youth, and I hope it continues with much success in the future. We need more programs like it. Keep up the good work. It is evident that you are working in your life’s calling. God Bless.”