KCABJ Newsletter for April 2017

KCABJ Academy

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Urban Student Journalism Academy will take place June 5 to June 16. This year it is being moved to the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, which has a smart classroom that will accommodate the two-week class.

The applications have gone out to journalism instructors throughout the Kansas City area to seek students who plan to go to college to enter the journalism profession.

A maximum of 12 students and a minimum of six are needed for the class of 2017. The application is below. The deadline is Saturday, April 29. There will be no extensions.

At the April monthly meeting, KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran said she will start sending the minutes to Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver ahead of the monthly gathering so that members can have access to them via email.

KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid told members in attendance that he has started to reach out to potential KCABJ members and past members to get them to join the organization. Email that went out in April will be followed up with phone calls to get people back in the fold. With cutbacks on news media hiring of journalists of color, KCABJ is needed now more than ever.

Anita suggested possibly changing the meeting date to make it possible for more people to attend. Bette said she would poll the membership to determine what date works best for most people.


The National Association of Black Journalists has developed a strategic plan that includes five strategies:

  • Financial and Organizational Stability. No more of that deficit spending.
  • NABJ Jobs involving more hires and promotions in the news industry for journalists of color.
  • Training and Professional Development.
  • Advocacy Activities to speak out more for the needs of journalists of color and for coverage of issues relevant to the black community in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Special Projects, involving convention site selection.

NABJ at its April board meeting named 10 cities for NABJ to explore as future convention sites. They are Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Each is a city where NABJ has had a successful convention in the past.

2017 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy Application

2017 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 teenagers 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___Birthdate_________




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_____________________________

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