Archive for March, 2017

KCABJ at Harvard University
March 18, 2017

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid and Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver were at Harvard University for a visiting fellowship. They got to spend time with Jenee’ Osterheldt, a Nieman Foundation fellow at Harvard and attend black history lectures by Professor Cornel West and Professor Henry Louis Gates.

2017 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy
March 18, 2017

2017 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 5-16, 2017

at the Urban League of Greater Kansas City

1710 the Paseo Blvd.

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 36th 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 at 816-730-9194.


About The Urban League of Greater Kansas City


The Urban League of Greater Kansas City has been part of the national network of Urban Leagues since 1919. Its mission is to enable African-Americans and other disadvantaged persons to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.  The Urban League’s programs provide assistance to area residents to help them gain employment and build sustainable careers. 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 2017 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and is conveniently located on a bus line in the Urban League’s newly remodeled high-tech classroom. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 3. The location will be announced to those students picked for the program. Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from the KCABJ academy each day. Class begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.


This academy is unique in our area because it is taught by black journalists working for newspapers, television and radio stations, in public relations and new media 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.

— Tour area media companies.


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 29, 2017, 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_____________________________________________



KCABJ Newsletter for March 2017
March 18, 2017

KCABJ Academy

KCABJ members decided at the March meeting to stay on schedule with the start of the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. No dates have been set yet.

However, applications will be emailed to Kansas City area journalism advisers to interest area students in journalism careers.

One thing that came from KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid and KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver being at Harvard University in February on a nearly three-week visiting fellowship at the Nieman Foundation was that the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has created a new interest in journalism careers. People are hungry for the truth and upset with the lies and offensiveness from the new administration in the White House.

Trump is giving journalism as a career the same shot in the arm that Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did when they were Washington Post reporters exposing the criminal wrongdoing and cover-ups of the administration of President Richard Nixon.

The KCABJ academy applications will go out the weekend of March 17. The deadline for students to mail back the application and the needed material will be set for the end of April. The academy will include more social media instruction for the students.

A couple of wrinkles with the program were discussed — including printing the student newspaper. Solution: Online content only in a newspaper format so students can printout their stories and email them to colleges and potential employers.

Classroom space at MCC-Penn Valley, the loss of Joe Seabrooks as a contact and the outrageous insurance expense. Solution: Move the academy to another midtown location that is just as accessible on a bus line without the insurance cost.

Members at the meeting also plan to reach out in the coming weeks to other journalists working in the metropolitan area to join KCABJ. The next membership meeting is set for April 15.


National Association of Black Journalist President Sarah Glover has appointed Cheryl Smith as the organization’s new secretary. Smith, who is with the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists, had served as Region VII Director for NABJ.

The NABJ convention will take place Aug. 9-13 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The room rate is $154 + tax. People can make their reservations by calling 504-584-3959. Also be sure to register for the convention at


KC People

India Williams renewed her membership in KCABJ. India works at KIPP Academy. She also was a student in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy when she was a teenager.

Another former KCABJ academy graduate, Ramanda Hicks, celebrated her 40th birthday earlier this year. Friends and family attended, including Kansas Sen. David Haley. Ramanda had served KCABJ for several years as vice president for print.

KCABJ President Lewis W. Diuguid on Feb. 15 received the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, where Jenee’ Osterheldt from The Kansas City Star is a Nieman Fellow. KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver accompanied Lewis to Harvard, where they both were visiting fellows for more than two weeks on the Cambridge campus. They attended several lectures and spoke on a number of occasions with students.


KCABJ Membership Application for 2014

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter on the KCABJ website at and emailed monthly meeting notices.






HOME ADDRESS_________________________



Email address____________________________


Phone (w) _________________________




Cellphone __________________________

Occupation (Title, company and address):




(circle one)


Years of Experience________________________


KCABJ and/or NABJ member

(circle one or both)


(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $35 is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National  Association of Black Journalists. Membership is subsidized by donations from KCABJ members.)