Archive for April, 2018

KCABJ Newsletter for April 2018
April 22, 2018

KCABJ Academy

The KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy dominated discussion at the monthly membership meeting.

Applications for the two-week program were emailed in March to journalism educators throughout the Kansas City area. The program is open to high school and college students who are interested in print, broadcast and new media journalism careers.

The program, begun in 1982, is free and open to students of all colors. It is the only one of its kind in the metropolitan area. The faculty consists of Kansas City area print and broadcast media professionals. KCABJ annually awards scholarships to the top performing graduates of the academy.

Past president and longtime KCABJ member Glenn E. Rice confirmed that he will be among the key instructors. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran, a past president and KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner, also plans to dedicate more time to the academy this year as will KCABJ President Lewis Diuguid and KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver.

During the program, students will produce their own newspaper and radio and television newscasts. KCABJ is unique in that it unites the highly competitive area media companies to help prepare the next generation of journalists.

For an application, go online to and search the KCABJ Blog, where this newsletter is published. An application will be at the end of this month’s newsletter. The deadline to mail in all of the material is May 9. KCABJ will accept 12 students in the academy, but a minimum of six is needed for the class to take place.


The National Association of Black Journalists has extended to May 4 the deadline for the NABJ Salute to Excellence nominations. For more information go to

On May 5, NABJ is holding a “Millennial Media Summit” at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For more information go to

NABJ and its partners are offering several scholarships to students ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Click on each scholarship for information on how to apply.

NABJ has partnered with NBC to bring student and entry-level journalists a webinar to showcase opportunities within the NBC brand, while highlighting best practices during the job search.

Panelists included NBCUniversal Director of Talent Acquisition for Campus Programs Seldric Booker; and MSNBC Director of Booking Jesse Rodriguez. The session was moderated by NABJ Vice President-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker; and Deputy Editor Natasha S. Alford.


Even though the early bird deadline to register for this year’s NABJ convention has passed, it’s not too late to register to receive a discount. The convention and jobs fair runs from Aug. 1-5 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The honorary co-chairs for the 2018 NABJ National Convention and Career Fair are the Undefeated’s Jemele Hill and Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley. They will lead a Host Committee in welcoming more than 3,000 journalists, media professionals and students to the “Comeback City.” For more information on the convention, go to To make a reservation at the convention hotel, go to The theme is: “NABJ18: Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust.”

NABJ in March issued a statement backing Washington Post reporter Robin Givhan for her March 21 report on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s session at the BETHer conference in Miami. Givhan, a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter, has come under scathing criticism for her reporting on the session, though BET officials have admitted publicly that at no time was the conference ever off-the-record.
“As the world’s largest journalism organization of people of color, it is vital that NABJ stands up for the rights of journalists to do their job without being attacked. Robin Givhan did not break any journalistic code of ethics in her decision to write about Michelle Obama at the BET conference,” said the NABJ Board of Directors.

“The rules of journalism are clear: any decision to make an event off-the-record must be stated clearly upfront, and not after-the-fact. If an individual or entity desires to have a conversation that is off-the-record, that has to be made public. It can’t be assumed or hinted. BET’s statement of the event being ‘an intimate conversation in a sacred space of sisterhood and fellowship’ does not hold water in any newsroom. If the off-the-record declaration is not made, that means everything is on-the-record and available to be reported.”

KC People

Former KCABJ President Kia Breaux renewed her membership in KCABJ. The application for the 2018 KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy follows:

2018 Urban Student Journalism Academy

June 25-July 6, 2018

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 37th 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 Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver at 816-241-9089 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 in the Urban League’s continuing education classroom.


The 2018 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 in the 18th & Vine Jazz Heritage District. There is a mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 23. The location will be announced to those students selected 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 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 program 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 May 9, 2018, to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64171.


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_____________________________________________