Archive for May, 2016

KCABJ Newsletter for May 2016
May 22, 2016

KCABJ Academy
Five students applied for this year’s KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. However, letters dated May 21 went out to those who applied letting them know that the summer academy was being canceled this year because of staffing and support challenges. KCABJ members were notified at the May meeting that the KCABJ academy would regroup in 2017 and extend an invitation to apply to this year’s students.

KCABJ has offered the journalism academy all but three to four years since it began in 1982 to help prepare students for college and careers in print, broadcast and new media journalism. This year’s program was canceled because the organization lacked the personnel to devote full time to being with the students during the two weeks of the academy at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. Newspaper and broadcast media professions working in the Kansas City area have staffed the academy.

KCABJ, however, plans to have its fall awards program honoring the best in journalism by the local news media in the coverage of African Americans and other people of color.

The National Association of Black Journalists is gearing up for its joint convention in Washington, D.C., with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. It will take place Aug. 1-6 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. It will include many workshops, panel discussions and a career fair. Students have been selected for the Student Multimedia Project. They will be the ones staffing the media, chronicling the news at the convention in radio, television, daily newspaper and new media coverage. “The program gives both NABJ and NAHJ students an opportunity to showcase their talents to the membership and help further their journalistic skills,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover, who says she was a “proud ‘NABJ baby’ from the 1995 student project.”

Getting involved and staying involved in NABJ and member chapters is so important to the growth of the organization.

NABJ Council of Presidents continues to have conference calls, the latest has been on financial security and fundraisers for local chapters. Chapter Day is on Aug. 3 during the NABJ/NAHJ convention.

NABJ Students are eligible to apply for the NABJ-Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism will provide five partial scholarships to help with the costs associated with the convention registration and travel. For more information, go to

The convention will include awards presented to media companies for good journalism as well as special recognitions. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will be honored as the 2016 NABJ Journalist of the Year; Steve Crump, NABJ Journalist of the Year in a Small or Medium-Size Market; Dale R. Wright, NABJ 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient; David Aldridge, 2016 NABJ Legacy Award; Darci McConnell, 2016 Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award Recipient; Jamiles Lartey, NABJ 2016 Emerging Journalist of the Year; and Chauncy Glover, 2016 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award.

NABJ also congratulated one of its founders and past presidents, Les Payne, for being inducted in the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame.

KC People
Jenee’ Osterheldt, FYI columnist with The Kansas City Star, has been accepted in the Nieman Foundation for Journalism program at Harvard University. Gerald Jordan was the last journalist of color at The Star who was a Nieman fellow in the early 1980s. Jenee’ will be one of 24 journalists in the Class of 2017. Osterheldt plans to study theories of discrimination and their application to storytelling on diverse subjects.

Former metro columnist Steve Penn is working on and hopes to soon publish his second book. This one will be on Kansas City jazz.