Urban Student Journalism Workshop

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists has conducted a student journalism workshop since 1982. Every student who attends 
the workshop leaves with enhanced reading, writing, analytical, communications and questioning skills.
Teachers and parents have said teens and young adults have returned from the summer energized,far more interested and able to learn. 


The 2014 KCABJ Urban Journalism Academy is free to students. It is a commuter program and will be at MCC–Penn Valley June 16-June 27. There is a mandatory orientation set for Saturday, June 14 at The Kansas City Star, 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. 

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.)

3. We are seeking committed students who are not afraid of hard work and who already have a demonstrated interest in journalism.

4. Mail the completed application, your essay and writing sample by April 26, 2014, to:

P.O. Box 32744
Kansas City, MO 64111


2013 Journalism Workshop Scholarship Recipients

The recipient of the 11th annual KCABJ-Lucile H. Bluford Scholarship is Tonyae Thomas. She is a junior at the Plaza Academy. Ms. Bluford had been the longtime editor and publisher of The Call of Kansas City. She continued in that job until she died in June 2003 at age 91. Ms. Bluford used the pages of The Call to promote civil rights and helped open journalism more to people of color.

The KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1987. It is named after a former editor of The Call, Roy Wilkins, who also served as head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the Civil Rights Movement. The winner of the 2013 KCABJ-Roy Wilkins Scholarship is Briana Simmons. Simmons is a junior at Missouri State University. She is the 27th recipient of the award.

The 12th annual KCABJ-Laura R. Hockaday Scholarship went to Molly Dillinger, a senior at Lincoln Early College Academy. The annual scholarship is named after Hockaday, who until she retired in 2000 was the longtime society editor of The Kansas City Star. Hockaday has received numerous awards for making her work inclusive of the racial, ethnic, gender and other diversity in Greater Kansas City.

The 20th Annual KCABJ-Nancy Diuguid Scholarship was awarded to Zach Kilgas. Kilgas is a junior at Liberty High School. The scholarship is funded by KCABJ Treasurer Lewis Diuguid and named for his mother, who died in 1994 of Alzheimer’s disease. Nancy Diuguid had longed to be a journalist, but such career options were mostly closed to young black women in the 1950s.

Student Journalism Workshop Application 


Students selected for the workshop will compete for scholarships offered by KCABJ. The awards go to the best students in the class. 
The best students may also be interviewed for "Teen Star" summer journalism jobs at The Kansas City Star.  The class size will be limited to 12. Many of our graduates are award-winning journalists today. 

Each scholarship award is based on the student's performance during the journalism academy.

2013 Student Radio Broadcast
2013 Student Television News Broadcast