Scholarship winners for 2015 have been picked. They are among the summer KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy graduates at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley. Six high school and college students metrowide completed the intensive two-week summer program in print, broadcast and convergence journalism.
At the Nov. 14 KCABJ Media Awards, the recipients will be named for the KCABJ-Lucile H. Bluford Scholarship, the KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship, the KCABJ-Laura R. Hockaday Scholarship and the KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship.
The membership at the October meeting decided to award scholarships to three area media companies for enterprise work covering communities of color. The companies and the journalists involved will be announced at the Nov. 14 awards program, which begins at 2 p.m. at 16th and McGee streets at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion.
KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid also will give out the President’s Award to the member of KCABJ who has done the most in the last year to benefit the organization.
KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver told the membership at the meeting that she would work with a new Internet service provider to upgrade kcabj.org. Stay tuned for changes that will enhance members’ ability to benefit from KCABJ.
The Kansas City Star will continue its long-standing practice of printing the 2015 KCABJ Journal. Bette has the flash drive from the students’ newscast done at KMBC-TV-Channel 9, another long-standing KCABJ media partner. Copies of it will be made to give to the students at the awards program.
The National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for 2015-2016 has been rescheduled. Instead of taking place Dec. 16 it will occur at the NABJ convention on Aug. 5, 2016, in Washington, D.C. NABJ will have a joint convention next year with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The convention and the ceremony will be at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where the 44 founding members met in 1975.
NABJ said farewell to one of its presidents, Sidmel Estes. She died Oct. 6 at age 60. She was president from 1991-1993. Services for Estes were on Oct. 10 at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta. She died after an unexpected and short illness. She had been a broadcast journalist at WAGA-TV/Fox 5 in Atlanta. In 2006 she left the station to start BreakThrough Inc., a media consulting firm. Estes also was an adjunct professor at Emory University and Clark Atlanta University.
Six young black journalists were named Reuters-NABJ fellows. They are Makini Brice, Gina Cherelus, Bethel Habte, Marcus E. Howard, Justin Madden and Clarece Polke.
NABJ President Sarah Glover also picked Clayton Gutzmore, a senior communications arts major at Florida International University, as the NABJ student representative for the 2015-2017 board term.
Drew H. Brown with the St. Joseph News-Press joined KCABJ as a new member for 2016. He is the first to enroll for the new year.
Kinyatta Wright will be joining KNPN-TV in St. Joseph as a news producer. She is relocating from Milwaukee. She received a master’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University and holds a bachelor of arts degree in print journalism and advertising/public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Wright has co-produced promotional clips for WCGV/WVTV TV and created script writing for promotional spots. She has worked as a columnist for Examiner.com and looks forward to being involved in the St. Joseph-Kansas City area.