Research, Publications and Presentations
Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski has been awarded a Keeler Family Intra-University Professorship for the 2019-2020 academic year. He will spend the fall semester working with researchers at KU’s Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) and in the Department of Educational Psychology in the School of Education to advance a project that comprehensively defines data literacy and develops interdisciplinary materials for teaching and assessing data literacy. His Keeler Professorship will support research collaboration with Neal Kingston , University Distinguished Professor and AAI director; Gail Tiemann , AAI research project manager, and Michael Peper , KU Libraries head of Center for Faculty and Staff Initiatives & Engagement. Read the KU News story.

When it comes to communicating about health topics to underserved populations, the content and structure of the message matters. On March 26, Associate Professor Mugur Geana shared insights from the work at CEHCUP and his experience in addressing health literacy, cultural tailoring and digital literacy at KU Medical Center s Third Annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium. ​ The meeting was attended by physicians, researchers, patient advocates, administrators and representatives of community organizations. Associate Professor Crystal Lumpkins was KUMC s faculty lead for this year's topic: Health Literacy: From Patient to Practitioner.
Inside the School
ACES: The Society for Editing conference
Lisa McLendon (from left) , Gerri Berendzen and three J-School students – Nolan Brey , Alexandra Martinez and Savanna Smith – attended the national conference of ACES: The Society for Editing last week in Providence, Rhode Island. McLendon presented a session called “Small Changes, Big Difference” and Berendzen presented a session called “Is This Resource Reliable?” Smith won an ACES scholarship and also took second place in the student division of the ACES headline contest.
Live from Media Crossroads
Our Media Crossroads team had a couple of early mornings last week, setting up live interviews from its studio with former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to appear on CNN on Wednesday and MSNBC on Thursday.
William Allen White Day
Please join us for the following William Allen White Day activities:
April 10
• Film screening: William Allen White: What s the Matter with Kansas
6 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
Open to the public
April 11
• Hot dog lunch, 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
For J-School students, faculty, staff and alumni
• National Citation presentation, 3 p.m., Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
Keynote speech featuring National Citation recipient Sally Buzbee, executive editor of The Associated Press
• Scholarships and awards ceremony, Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
Immediately after the National Citation presentation
• William Allen White Day reception, 4 p.m., Big 12 Room
All alumni, students, families, faculty and staff welcome
Student News
Senior Katie Bernard has accepted a position as a crime and cops reporter at The Kansas City Star. She will begin working at The Star in May.
The sporting life
Basketball season may be over, but J-School sports media students are busier than ever. KU baseball, softball and tennis provided many opportunities for students to get hands-on training last weekend. At right, Courtney McMaster worked the baseball game on March 31.
Kansas City media tour
Multimedia Reporting students took a field trip to Kansas City last Friday with Assistant Professor Teri Finneman and Kansan General Manager and News Adviser Rob Karwath to do media tours at  WDAF-TV The Kansas City Star  and  KCUR 89.3 .
Monday Movie Nights
The JOUR 201: Journalism in the Movies class is hosting journalism movie night on Mondays during the spring semester. Tonight s movie is “The Paper .” Showtime is 6:30 p.m. in Stauffer-Flint, Room 100. All are welcome.
April 8 : “State of Play” (2009)
April 15 : “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (2016)
April 22 : “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005)
April 29 : “The Post” (2017)
May 6 : “All the President’s Men” (1976)
Presentation skills workshop: Mike Vrabac is offering a workshop titled Tell & Sell Your Story on April 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 100. The workshop is designed for students pursuing careers in strategic communication, marketing, business or news and information. If you are interviewing for a job or internship, possessing great presentation skills will be an asset. Learn more here.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week: O n April 4, the J-School is hosting a lunch for graduate students in the Clarkson Gallery at noon. Faculty and staff are welcome. Awards will be presented for:
  • Most creative research paper title
  • Most resilient 
  • Outstanding GTA 
  • Most productive researcher 
  • Outstanding graduate student (research, teaching, service)
DIAG Lecture: Ron Smith , editor the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and former managing editor for news at USA Today, will visit the J-School on April 9 and give a lecture at 4 p.m. in the Clarkson Gallery on Diversity in Action: Connecting the Classroom to the Community. Smith, who is a lecturer at Marquette University, will talk about his community-driven effort for inclusion in local media and tips on how to create an environment of collaboration between faculty and students. His visit is sponsored by the J-School s Diversity and Inclusion Action Group.
Tech sales careers to be discussed: The KU Sales Program will host a mini-tech sales panel from 2 to 3 p.m. April 3 at Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 104. Todd Vincent of Dell will moderate the event, designed to share careers available in tech sales. Panelists will include representatives from Dell, eSolutions, mySidewalk, Cisco, Conference Technologies and Sprint. Students will be able to ask questions about working in the industry. RSVP here.

Experimental Research Club: The next meeting of the Experimental Research Club is April 3 at 5:15 p.m. at the ERML Lab, 116 Stauffer-Flint Hall.
An Evening with Major Garrett
Major Garrett , chief Washington correspondent for CBS News, will discuss his career in journalism, the twists and turns of covering our nation’s highest office, and his latest book, “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride,” at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Dole Institute of Politics. With over two decades of experience reporting on the White House, Garrett has covered four presidencies for three news outlets. This program is free and open to the public and includes a book sale and signing. A free live stream will be available here .
Jobs and Internships
Find career and work opportunities on the J-School s jobs and internships web page. You can filter by job or internship and full or part time. And don t forget that our career and outreach coordinator, Steve Rottinghaus , can help you with your search. See more job and internship opportunities  here
Commercial producer , KCTV/KSMO (Kansas City)
Events manager , Kansas City Power & Light District (Kansas City)
Multimedia journalist , KCTV5/KSMO (Kansas City)
Marketing and graphic design coordinator , Kraft Tool company (Shawnee, Kansas)
Producer , KWCH (Wichita, Kansas)
Morning meteorologist , KWCH (Wichita, Kansas)
Communications intern , Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (Kansas City)
Broadcast lifestyle intern , KCTV5 (Kansas City)
News fellowship , Wisconsin Public Radio (Madison, Wisconsin)
Summer marketing intern , Upshot (Chicago, Illinois)
Broadcast inter n , KCTV5/KSMO (Kansas City)
Spring/summer intern , SportsCon (Dallas, Texas)
Tom Murphy Fellowship application deadline April 8
The deadline to apply for the 2019 Tom Murphy Fellowship Program is noon, April 8. The program is designed to develop and enrich a recent KU graduate (Class of 2019) interested in pursuing a career in sports and entertainment marketing at Octagon. The competitive position provides the opportunity to work at a leading global marketing agency to learn from top experts in the field. The fellowship in Chicago pays $2,700 per month from June 17 to Dec. 17, 2019. Interested students should complete this questionnaire . An Octagon representative will be on campus April 18-19 to conduct interviews. For more information, contact the J-School Career and Outreach Office at
Contests, Awards and Scholarships
 KU undergraduates are invited to enter the Whitcomb Essay Contest to win a $500 prize. Submit an essay of 3,000 words or less about the relationship of knowledge, thought and action in public affairs and public policy before April 12. Learn more here.

Students are encouraged to apply for more than $11,000 in scholarships raised through Gridiron, a Wichita stage show starring members of the local media. Gridiron is put on by the Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Deadline is April 5. Learn more and apply here.
JSchool Tech
Compete and win a $250 gift card
Want to dive into Adobe's new XD tool and compete for prizes (like a $250 gift card)? Stop by the JBar by Friday, April 5, to join a team and register for the Adobe Creative Campus Club Network Jam! ​
Alumni Update
Shelly London , 1974 J-School graduate, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Dole Humanitarian Award. The award, from the  KU Department of Special Educatio n, in collaboration with the Dole Institute of Politics, honors individuals who have had a direct effect on parents and families. London has led national initiatives to support families of individuals with learning and attention issues, and she helped launch Get the details.

Brian Hanni , 2002 J-School graduate and Voice of the Jayhawks, has been selected for the 2019 Hod Humiston Award for Sports Broadcasting. The award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of sports broadcasting as well as work in the community.

Hannah Wise , 2014 J-School graduate, has been named to Editor & Publisher s 25 under 35 list of young newspaper professionals moving the industry forward by showcasing a wide range of skills. Read the story here.

Margaret Hair , 2016 J-School graduate, is now the director of communications at the KU School of Law. Read more on the KU Law Blog .
Visiting professionals
Michael Roehrman , executive editor of the Wichita Eagle, visited Lisa McLendon ’s JOUR 201: Journalism in the Movies class on Thursday, March 21. He discussed the role of the newspaper in the BTK serial killer case in advance of the students watching the movie “Zodiac.”
In Memoriam
Kathy Steineger , 1974 J-School graduate, died March 1 at the age of 66. Read her obituary.
April 2: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar, Kansas Union
April 4: Graduate Student Appreciation Lunch and Awards, noon, Clarkson Gallery
April 9: DIAG lecture featuring Ron Smith, editor of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, 4 p.m., Clarkson Gallery
April 10: William Allen White: What s the Matter with Kansas movie, 6 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
April 11:  William Allen White Day & Student Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, 3 p.m., Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union 
April 12:  Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards, noon, Adams Alumni Center
April 25:  Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery 
May 4:  KSPA State Contest at Kansas Union  
May 10:  Stop day
May 10:  Faculty/staff meeting and lunch, 10:30-noon, Clarkson Gallery 
May 17:  Last day of finals
May 18:  J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 
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