William Allen White Day and Scholarships and Awards ceremony
Register for Digital Storytelling workshop on April 22
The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is offering an in-person digital storytelling workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22. In this hands-on session, you'll learn about storytelling through video, photography and graphic design. Stay for a boxed lunch to hear updates on the J-School’s curriculum and provide input. Sign up here. Questions? Email Associate Professor Teri Finneman at
Graduate students recognized with luncheon and awards
The J-School held its Graduate Student Appreciation Day event on April 8 to celebrate achievements of graduate students in the MSJ and Ph.D. programs. As part of the event, the following awards were given: 
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award: Fernanda Silva
  • Outstanding Researcher Award: Annalise Baines and Pamela Peters 
  • Outstanding Instructor Award: Pan “Jackie” Liu
  • Resilient Student Award: Mauryne Abwao, Darcey Altschwager, Muhammad Ittefaq and Ursula Kamanga
Kansas Association of Broadcasters award winners
The following students won awards recently from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, which held its Student Seminar at KU last week. Award winners are:
  • First place, Best Social Media: Mya Peterson, Olivia Micek and Nick Beckman
  • First place, Best Podcast: Cole Sidabutar
  • First place, 60 Second or Less Commercial/PSA: Yasmine Ferhat
  • First place, Documentary: Nicole Dolan and Cami Koons
  • First place, Radio Hard News Package: Gavin Nelson
  • First place, Station Website: KUJH-TV
  • Second place, Hard News Package: Keegan Hewitt
  • Second place, Sports Play by Play: Gabe Daniel, Logan Rosengard and Jaxson Reed
  • Second place, Complete News Feature: Caroline Soro
  • Second place, Documentary: JOUR 636 class
  • Second place, Radio Complete News Feature: Fabian Rosales
  • Second place, Radio Documentary: Cami Koons
  • Second place, Radio Station Website: El Mayo, Kade Schoenfeldt, Wyatt Hatt and Natalie Lindsey
  • Third Place Documentary: Faith Burling and Matt Michie
  • Honorable mention, Sportscast: Mya Peterson
  • Honorable mention, 60 Second or Less Commercial/PSA: Grace Steensma
  • Honorable mention, Radio Hard News Package: Fabian Rosales
The J-School Recognition Ceremony for 2022 doctoral, master's and bachelor degree graduates is Saturday, May 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the Lied Center. Students eligible to participate will receive an email later this month from Student Services with details on how to RSVP and pick up name cards. More information is available on the J-School website. Please email if you need to request accommodations. After the ceremony, join us for a reception on the Stauffer-Flint Hall lawn.
The University Daily Kansan printed 25,000 copies — the largest press run in its 118-year history — to celebrate the Kansas men's basketball team's national championship. The 12-page section, published the morning after the big win, also recapped the women's basketball team's successful season. Advertisers joined in the celebration with full- and half-page ads. For three days, Kansan staffers distributed the section free to students, faculty and staff outside Stauffer-Flint Hall. Copies and a glossy front-page poster now are for sale online and in person at the KU Bookstore. All proceeds support the Kansan. Suspecting that the Jayhawks might win it all, the Kansan produced 3,000 "hopeful" front pages of the special section days in advance. Student journalists covering the Final Four hauled 1,000 to New Orleans. When KU won, Kansan staffers passed them out in the Superdome and on Massachusetts Street to help fans celebrate. The Kansan front-page copies appeared on the CBS network broadcast of the championship celebration and on NBC's Today Show as well as Kansas City TV stations the next morning. ESPN did a story on the Kansan front page on SportsCenter the night of the championship win. Want to support the Kansan and the students working and learning as staffers? Donate to the NOW Fund at KU Endowment.

Summer and fall Kansan editor and business manager applications are now open. The editor leads the Kansan newsroom, a team that gathers and presents all news, sports, features and other content online, through social channels, in print and other distribution platforms. The business manager leads a team that has ranged from 20 to 30 and makes decisions about advertising and sponsorship sales, marketing and public relations as well as events and campus activities. Applications should include a cover email, a plan for what you would do as editor or business manager and a copy of your resume. Email application to Rob Karwath at

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Foundation (KABF) offers up to $16,000 in collegiate scholarships each year. The deadline to apply is May 1. Learn more here.
The Fred Young Hearst Television Producing Fellowship is a 12-week paid fellowship program at a Hearst television station. Applicants must be completing their senior year of college or graduate school and be graduating in the summer of 2022 (May-August). They must have demonstrated an interest in and ability to produce news, either for television, radio or online, excellent writing skills, a demonstrated ability to produce a newscast, and a good base of editorial judgment. Applicants must have a strong academic record and two recommendations from faculty or internship supervisors. They must be willing to spend 12 weeks post-graduation at a Hearst television station of the company’s choosing and be willing to relocate to an appointed employing Hearst station after finishing the program. Deadline to apply is April 12. Learn more and apply here.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) is offering 48 workforce development program positions across the nation this summer, and applications are now available. This opportunity is for students looking to gain experience in the energy and transportation areas. Deadline is May 2. Learn more here.
Learn about sports reporting and KCABJ with Harold Kuntz tomorrow
Harold Kuntz, a sports reporter with Fox 4 Kansas City and president of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, will present and talk to students at 5 p.m. April 12 in the Clarkson Gallery. Kuntz has covered national and collegiate teams and will talk about how to become a sports reporter and how to get involved with KCABJ or set up a student chapter. So get your networking on and meet Harold Kuntz! Learn more about KCABJ here.
The school's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee announces a Call for Proposals for the 2022 DEIB Summer Research Award. The $5,000 research award, which is open to faculty and graduate students, aims to promote applied research in an area of mass communication science that can directly benefit our understanding, acknowledgment, interaction with, research and/or acceptance of diversity. The call for proposals and detailed instructions about the submission and review process can be found here. Proposals will be accepted between 8 a.m. April 30 and 5 p.m. May 2. Please email your proposals to Dr. Mugur Geana at
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Job opportunities
Communications coordinator, Washington Department of Ecology (Richland, Washington)
Weekend morning anchor/multimedia journalist, KWCH (Wichita, Kansas)
Social media coordinator, Ban Johnson (Parkville, Missouri)
Business development specialist, Eagle Communications (Hays, Kansas)
Technical director, Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)
Sports reporter, Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)
Digital specialist, KU Alumni Association (Lawrence, Kansas)
Ric Anderson, j’88, is the newsletter writer and engagement editor for Jacksonville (Florida) Today.

Roshni Neslage, j'11, is head of communications at American Journalism Project.

Vicky Diaz-Camacho, j’17, community reporter for Flatland, has been selected for the Institute for Citizens & Scholars’ 2022 Higher Education Media Fellowship, which aims to increase the number of journalists equipped with tools and networks to provide more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education (CTE). Read the news release.
Dana Leibengood, j'55, g'69, former associate dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, died April 5 at the age of 89. Read his obituary.

David Dary, former professor at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, died March 15 at the age of 83. Read his obituary.