Register for the 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 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at Stauffer-Flint Hall. In this hands-on session, attendees will 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
Assistant Dean Matt Tidwell has been re-elected to the board of directors for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). IABC is the largest global association for communicators with about 9,000 members on multiple continents. Tidwell will begin his three-year term at IABC's World Conference in New York in June. Read the news release.
William Allen White Day and Scholarships and Awards this week
Please join us Thursday, April 21, for William Allen White Day and our annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who has won multiple Emmy awards as chief medical correspondent for CNN and host of the CNN podcast “Chasing Life,” will receive the 2022 William Allen White Foundation National Citation and give an address. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news. Immediately after Gupta's address, J-School scholarship and award recipients and donors will be recognized. The event starts at 3 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Read the news release.
J-School student chosen to receive Inez Y. Kaiser PRSA scholarship
Junior Ladazhia Taylor is a recipient of the Inez Y. Kaiser Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America Memorial Scholarship. Taylor is president of the Journalism Student Ambassador program and served as a 2021 Chair Member of the Diversity and Equity Inclusion Funds committee. She was one of two area college students to receive the scholarship, which is in recognition of Inez Kaiser’s national legacy as the first Black woman to join PRSA in 1966 and the 75th anniversary of PRSA.
Great Plains Journalism Awards finalists
University of Kansas students are finalists in five categories of the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Students from Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota can enter the contest, which is administered by the Tulsa Press Club. 
Emma Pravacek is a finalist for Student Photographer of the Year; Matthew Unrein is a finalist for Student Designer of the Year; and Keegan Hewitt is a finalist for Student Broadcaster of the Year. In addition, the University Daily Kansan staff is a finalist for best student news website and the KUJH news show from Dec. 1, 2021, is a finalist for best college news broadcast. All finalists will be honored and the winners named at an event in Tulsa on May 6.
Several students were honored April 9 by the Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 as finalists in the annual Mark of Excellence Awards. Region 7 covers Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.
Finalists were:
  • ​General News Reporting: Max Irvine for “Lawrence plans to move forward with the return of ‘Founder's Rock’ to Kanza Tribe” on
  • In-Depth Reporting: Lucy Peterson for “KU grapples with diverse faculty retention” on
  • Editorial writing: Paul Samberg for editorials on
  • Best All-Around Television Newscast: KUJH staff and Media Crossroads for news broadcast on Dec. 1, 2021.
  • Television Feature Reporting: Ryan Atchison for the Reagan Myer feature story on KUJH.
  • Television Feature Reporting: Caroline Soro for The Vintage Hawks feature story on KUJH.

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 received an email last week 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.
Junior Lily Becker has been selected as the White House Correspondents’ Association’s 2022 scholarship recipient from the University of Kansas. Becker is an associate producer, multimedia journalist and anchor for KUJH News and has experience as a news correspondent, photojournalist and copy editor for the University Daily Kansan. Scholarship recipients will be featured at a luncheon and program in their honor in Washington, D.C., on April 29 and will be guests of the WHCA at its annual dinner on April 30.

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 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.

Submissions are open for Arterial Ink Volume II, an anthology of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry relating to the legacy of William Allen White. Winners in each genre will be published in the book, and authors will have the opportunity to deliver a reading from it at William Allen White Legacy Day in Emporia on Oct. 2, 2022. Deadline to apply is May 10. Learn more here.

The WITS Travel Creator + Brand Summit is May 13-15 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, and a discount is available for students. WITS brings content creators, industry members and thought leaders together to learn, collaborate and build a more equitable travel industry. To access the student rate, use the code STUDENTKC to register here. Make sure to input the code prior to selecting your ticket type, and it will reveal two hidden ticket types exclusively for students.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting the Pro Communicators Conference May 19-20 in Kansas City, which will bring together communicators, marketers and public relations professionals from across the state. Students and recent graduates may attend for a reduced rate of $75. Registration includes a three-hour crisis communication workshop, a networking reception, access to three top industry keynote presentations and 12 breakout segments to choose from. Learn more here.
Are you a doctoral student interested in health communication research? Associate Professor Mugur Geana has a Graduate Research Assistant position available for Fall 2022 to work on his NIH-funded project as well as to conduct research at CEHCUP. The GRA position includes full tuition support, a stipend and fringe benefits. Applications are open to all doctoral students in our program, including those starting their first year of study. Apply by sending a curriculum vitae and a letter stating your research interests and how being a GRA will help you in your academic journey to Dr. Geana at by May 15. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom in June.
Associate Professor Mugur Geana's paper "We Trust What We Think We Know: Knowledge Overconfidence Is Associated With Anti-Consensus Views on Controversial Scientific Issues" received a Top Paper Award from ICA's Communication Science and Biology Division. On May 27, Dr. Geana will present his research during a special ICA panel dedicated to top papers in health communication at the 72nd Conference of the International Communication Association in Paris, France. Scientists from the University of Colorado, Portland State University, and Brown University collaborated in this multidisciplinary research exploring five controversial scientific topics from climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Hyunjin Seo will hold an Integrated Arts Research Initiative faculty fellowship at Spencer Museum of Art in Fall 2022. She will work with Spencer Museum staff, artists and scholars on an interactive visual artwork project at the intersection of technology, social justice and art.
Professor Hyunjin Seo gave a presentation on evidence-based COVID-19 vaccination campaigns at the Kansas COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Task Force meeting on April 13.

Associate Professors Yvonnes Chen and Crystal Lumpkins are part of a team that received a $13 million grant from CDC and Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This grant project COPE (Communities Organizing to Promote Equity) focuses on building equity and enhancing public health infrastructure in 20 counties in Kansas. These counties are selected based on Social Vulnerability Index, the Area Development Index, COVID-19 statistics and prior relationships. Read the press release here. Chen and Crystal are also finishing up Year 2 of a NIH-funded RADx-UP (the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) grant with the goal of improving access to COVID testing and reducing the impact of COVID on those individuals and communities who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.   

Multimedia Journalism Concentration Chair Lisa McLendon and Associate Professor Doug Ward wrote the entry on “Editing, Print media” for the newly published second edition of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Journalism.

Assistant Professor Rebekka Schlichting will be a panelist at 2 p.m. April 30 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at “Traditional Ways Through Food,” a discussion about strides to regain food sovereignty and return to the healthy, traditional life ways of Native people. Learn more here.

The J-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
Cheers to Careers: Hallie Wilson of VMLY&R
Hallie Wilson, j’17, Connections (Media) Supervisor at VMLY&R, was a guest with Steve Rottinghaus on the Career and Outreach Center’s Cheers to Careers podcast recently. Watch the segment here.
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Job opportunities
Writer, city guides, newsletters, McClatchy (Sacramento, California)
Communications fellowship, Health Forward Foundation (Kansas City)
Sports editor, Iola Register (Iola, Kansas)
Membership associate, sales, Atlanta Hawks (Atlanta, Georgia)

Summer writing intern, All Black Everything (remote)
Video production and graphics intern, Pro Football Camp (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Social media and publicity intern, Pro Football Camp (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Event management intern, Pro Football Camp (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Tom Murphy Fellowship application deadline is April 22
The deadline for students to apply for the temporary account executive position through the Tom Murphy Fellowship at Octagon is 5 p.m. April 22. Virtual interviews are planned for April 28 and April 29 with a representative from Octagon, a global sports, entertainment and experiential marketing arm of the Interpublic Group. The fellowship, designed for 2022 graduates, is set for June 15-Dec. 31, 2022. Get more information and apply here.
Kings' Court student documentary to premiere May 2
Students in JOUR 636 are premiering their short documentary about the nationally ranked basketball team, the Kansas City Kings, at 6:30 p.m. May 2 at the Burge Union, Forum B. Following practices, games and team gatherings, this documentary captures the ups and downs of basketball and heartfelt aspects of the community. This spring, the Kings traveled to Wichita to compete in the national tournament where the team discovered new meanings to basketball royalty. Register here.
Doughnuts with the Dean is back! To help students finish the semester strong, we'll have two Doughnuts with the Dean events next week: April 26 at 9 a.m. and April 27 at 8:30 a.m. in Stauffer-Flint Hall lobby. Stop by to chat with Dean Brill and have a treat!

Brett Riggs, j’93, is communications director for Sunflower Foundation.
Steven G. Bell, j'74, died Sept. 6 at the age of 71. Read his obituary.

Jeff D. Schilling, j'01, died April 15 at the age of 43. Read his obituary.