Archive for April, 2016

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2016
April 17, 2016

KCABJ Academy
Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley will accommodate the summer KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy.
Joe Seabrooks, president of MCC-Penn Valley, has been contacted, and the necessary paperwork for the classroom and computer access is being processed.
KCABJ also will have to come up with the insurance coverage for the class. Glenn E. Rice, KCABJ vice president/print, and Bette Tate-Beaver, KCABJ treasurer, have agreed to coordinate the print and broadcast portions of the academy respectively.

Student applications went out in March to journalism teachers and advisers throughout the metro area. Requests for applications are still being received.

The two-week class will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6-17 at MCC-Penn Valley. A mandatory orientation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee streets. The first week of the class will focus on print journalism. The second week will be on broadcast journalism and new media. Bette has already met with Olivia Dorsey with KMBC-TV, Channel 9, and the station has again agreed to have the students do their newscast at the ABC affiliate.

The application deadline is Saturday, April 30. (See the application below)

The National Association of Black Journalists joins other organizations in pushing for an end to the race and gender salary gaps among employees.

Dow Jones reporters union IAPE 1096 found in its data that disparities remained largely unchanged for decades. NABJ is pushing for pay parity for journalists of color and women at The Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones publications. In an April 5 email to members, NABJ notes: “We urge all news organizations to conduct their own inquiries about pay and ensure that hard working journalists are being paid fairly and equitably, regardless of color or gender. But let’s not stop there; let’s also continue to address the lack of inclusion in our industry’s ranks. In addition to pay, we should also look into providing equal opportunity for promotions. We need more journalists of color in positions of leadership — which could help address these inequities during salary negotiations and the hiring process.”

NABJ and the Poynter Institute are partnering to create a transformational leadership program for journalists of color working in the digital media. For more information contact Tina Dyakon at Poynter at or call 727-553-4343.

The NABJ Council of Presidents had a conference call in March mostly to talk about the NABJ national convention in Washington, D.C. It will run from Aug. 3-7 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and will be held in conjunction with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention. For more information, go to

NABJ this month saluted two veteran black journalists for recent honors. Sam Ford, an NABJ founding member, was inducted into the D.C. Hall of Fame. Ford is a broadcast journalist having covered the Capitol for CBS News and ABC7/WJLA-TV.

Simeon Booker, 97, a veteran reporter and editor for Jet and Ebony magazines, won the prestigious George Polk Career Award. His coverage included the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Money, Miss., which sparked the Civil Rights Movement.

KC People
April McClellan-Copeland, a former KCABJ member who had been a reporter for The Kansas City Star, and then the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, will be in Kansas City around the Fourth of July for a family reunion for her husband, Noral Copeland, and former award-winning Kansas City Star columnist and veteran journalist Steve Penn. More details will follow. April is with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

2016 Urban Student Journalism Academy, June 6-17, 2016 at Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley 3201 Southwest Trafficway
Sponsored by The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists

KCABJ is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the Secretary of State of Missouri and affiliated with the National Association of Black Journalists.

About the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists

KCABJ was founded in 1981, and this year it celebrates its 35th anniversary as an organization of professional black journalists. This is the 33th KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Many graduates of the program are established in the field or are pursuing careers in journalism.
For more information about the academy or the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists call KCABJ Vice President/Print Glenn E. Rice, a reporter with The Kansas City Star at 816-234-4341 or KCABJ President Lewis W. Diuguid, editorial board member at The Star, at 816-234-4723.

About Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley

Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trafficway, is part of the Metropolitan Community Colleges, which includes five colleges in nine locations in the Kansas City, Mo., area. The others are Blue River, Maple Woods, Business Technology and Longview community colleges.
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists is committed to working with high school and college students to prepare them for careers in print and broadcast journalism or other communications fields. This year’s academy continues that tradition.

The 2016 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC–Penn Valley June 6-17. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 4 at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion, 16th and McGee streets. Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from the college each day. Class begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley is on a major bus line.

This academy is unique in our area because it is taught by black journalists working for newspapers, television and radio stations and in public relations in Greater Kansas City. Educators will add their knowledge to the instruction. Students will be:

— Assigned stories to report and write.

— They will work on computers.

— Shadow reporters.

— Study social media and its personal and population effects.

— Benefit from lectures from major newsmakers.

— Network with influential people.

— Produce their own newspaper and radio and television newscasts.

Every student who attends the academy leaves with enhanced reading, writing, analytical, communication and questioning skills. Teachers and parents have said teen-agers and young adults have returned from the summer energized and far more interested and able to learn than before.

Scholarships & Other Opportunities
Students selected for the academy will compete for scholarships offered by KCABJ. The awards go to the best students in the class. The class size will be limited to 12. Many of our graduates are award-winning journalists today.

To Apply
1. Write a one-page essay on the role people of color should have in journalism.

2. Send one sample of your writing — if possible something that has been published (e.g. an article in your school newspaper). We are seeking committed students who are not afraid of hard work and who already have a demonstrated interest in journalism.

3. Mail this completed application, your essay and writing sample by April 30, 2016, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111.

Academy Application



Male______ Female _______ Birth date_________


City_________________ State/ZIP _____________

Phone ____________________________________

School Name_______________________________

Year in School ______________________________


Journalism/English/Yearbook Teacher’s Name:


In which area are you most interested? Rank
each 1, 2, 3 or 4 with your favorite being #1.
_____Newspaper Television ________

______Radio Public Relations _____

List journalism and/or writing experience in courses you have taken or media companies
where you’ve worked:________________________________________________________


On a separate sheet of paper list your career
goals and why you want to attend this academy.

Student signature_______________________________________

Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian_____________________________________________