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February Update

The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists offers resources for journalism students in the Metro KC area.

KCABJ'S mission is to strengthen ties among African-Americans in the media, while sensitizing the media to institutional racism in the news coverage and in employment practices.

The organization offers events and resources for student journalists.

For more information, refer to


Scholarships & Awards

Please remind your students to apply for JEMKC's scholarships and awards for 2021. These are due the same time as the contest — by 11:59 March 11, 2021. Winners will be announced via Zoom April 28.

•Michael Dunlap Excellence in Journalism Scholarship

This recognizes student journalists who have demonstrated excellence in their publication.

Applicants must be a senior and a current member of the newspaper or yearbook staff. Each

school may submit two applications.

•Bill Garrett Award

This is an award for general excellence in photojournalism. Applicants must be a senior and

a current member of the newspaper or yearbook staff. Each school may submit two


•Opal Heatherly Award

This award is intended to encourage excellence in writing. Applicants must be a senior and

a current member of the newspaper, newsmagazine, yearbook or online staff. Each school

may submit two applications.

•Sarah Ellen Campbell Award

Applicants must be completing their junior year in high school and must have a staff position

on a publication for their senior year. Two scholarships will be awarded for a summer media


•Ron Clemons Award

This award is presented to a newspaper staff that has shown a concerted effort to use its

publishing power to clearly inform and educate its student body.


2021 JEMKC Contest

The contest is now open! Entries are due by 11:59 March 11, 2021. Each school may submit one entry per contest. Awards will be announced Wednesday, April 28 via Zoom.

•Stories should be saved as a TEXT file of 2 MB or less.

•Photos should be saved as a JPG file of 10 MB or less.

•Designs and stories should be saved as a PDF file of 10 MB or less.

•For entries with multiple PDFs, each may not exceed 25 MB. These should be uploaded in

the order they appear in your publication. (e.g., Cover, Title, Opening, Division)

•Broadcast and web entries will be submitted as a URL.

See eligible schools and publications in addition to categories here.

For contest descriptions, click here.


Join the JEMKC board

A two-year commitment is required for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years.

Positions available:

•President - must have previously served on the board in a different capacity

•Vice President - in charge of contest (lots of mail merges!)

•Secretary/Treasurer - deposits checks, sends PayPal invoices

•Members at Large - provides input, helps out as needed

Read more about the commitment in the bylaws.

Please email Jessica Kendall ( and Michelle Huss ( with your nomination and/or interest.

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