The Monday Memo is the weekly newsletter of the KU School of Journalism. 
It is sent to journalism faculty, staff, students and alumni who have requested it. 

William Allen White Day events

Students, faculty and staff, please mark your calendars for April 24-27 to attend a full slate of events to commemorate the 150th birth year of William Allen White. Read the news release.

April 24
  • Pete Souza, White House photographer for Presidents Obama and Reagan, will give a lecture and presentation at 7 p.m. at the Lied Center. Free and open to the public. Read the news release. 
April 25


April 26
  • Hot dog lunch for J-School students, faculty, staff, alumni and special guests. 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery, Stauffer-Flint Hall.
  • William Allen White Day program, "The Future of Journalism" panel discussion with previous National Citation award winners and J-School students. 3:30 p.m., Ballroom, Kansas Union. Free and open to the public.
April 27
  • Scholarships and Awards presentation and luncheon and Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards. Noon, Ballroom, Kansas Union.
Note: The University Theatre is offering a special discount to the April 27 showing of  "Spring Awakening"  for anyone attending the WAW150 events. Adult tickets are $15 at the box office or on the phone (785-864-3982) with mention of the William Allen White 150th Anniversary. Use the code WAW150 if  ordering online.
Faculty and staff
Associate Professor Doug Ward led a webinar, "Strategies for Communicating the Value of Liberal Education," for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. More than 470 AAC&U members registered for the webinar.

Associate Professor David Guth was interviewed last week by the University of Minnesota School of Journalism about the future of rural newspapers. The Minnesota J-School is preparing a white paper on the topic. Guth discussed his research into the role of newspapers in western Kansas and the the High Plains.
Lisa McLendon, Bremner Center coordinator, was quoted in a March 21 Voice of America story, "Some See Trump's Snow Day Tweets as a Bellwether," which discussed grammar and usage in President Trump's tweets.

IMC program director and faculty member Matt Tidwell has been named to the international executive board of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The organization has approximately 16,000 members (all of whom are professional communicators) and 100 chapters on four continents. Tidwell will begin his term as a board member at the IABC World Conference, June 3-6 in Montreal, Canada.  

Nominations for the John Katich Award for Creativity are due to the dean's office by Monday, April 16. The Katich award goes to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member who has demonstrated creativity in teaching, research, service or a combination of these areas. The award will be presented at the last faculty meeting of the year on May 4.
The Center for Undergraduate Research is taking job descriptions from faculty members and research staff who are interested in mentoring a student through the  Emerging Scholars Program  during the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 academic year. People interested in submitting a job description must attend an info session; the last one is listed below. No need to RSVP.  The deadline to submit a job description is May 1. More information can be found on the website or by emailing
  • Friday, April 6, 2018, 1-2 p.m., Malott Room, Kansas Union
Research and presentations
Professor Chuck Marsh's paper, "Neuroscientific Understandings of Indirect Reciprocity: Implications for Reputation Management in Public Relations," has been accepted for presentation at the Eighth Annual International Critical Public Relations Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

The Diversity and Inclusion Action Group (DIAG) invites the submission of proposals for the 2018-2019 Applied Research Award. The award is open to faculty as well as doctoral candidates. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. April 23. Get the details.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week is April 2-6. The School of Journalism Graduate Studies Office is hosting a luncheon and awards presentation from noon to 1 p.m. in the Clarkson Gallery on Thursday, April 5. Awards will be presented for:
  • Most creative research paper title (please include the author(s) and title)
  • Most resilient
  • Outstanding GTA
  • Most productive researcher
  • Outstanding graduate student (research, teaching, service)
Student news and opportunities
As part of the JOUR 500 Royals Spring Training class, 12 students reported from Surprise, Arizona, during spring break. The students, known as the @RoyalDozen, conducted 34 sit-down video interviews and shot video of daily workouts and spring training games. Mini-profiles will be produced on 34 Kansas City Royals minor league players. The group included: Dallas Milligan, Zach Fisher, Nick Couzin, Austin Garcia, Jordan Wolf, Christian Hardy, Jasmyn Wimbish, Wesley Dotson, Claudia Close, Austin Reed, Sean Collins and Lauren Davidson. Associate Professor Max Utsler and Professor Scott Reinardy are the instructors for the class.
University Award winner

Congratulations to senior Garrett Farlow, who was awarded the Donald K. Alderson Memorial Award last week. The award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated loyalty to and interest in the university and who has been an active participant in student activities and services of benefit to other students.
(Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Jane Tuttle presented the award to Farlow, right.)

SPJ finalists

The University Daily Kansan has four entries that have been named finalists in the SPJ Region 7 Mark of Excellence contest. The finalists include current students and recent graduates and cover work done for the Kansan in 2017.

The Kansan website is a finalist in the best affiliated website category. The following stories or packages also were selected as finalists:
  • Campus Carry at KU series from summer 2017 (Chandler Boese, Angie Baldelomar, McKenna Harford and Darby VanHoutan), Online In-Depth Reporting.
  • "Lawrence had a plan to make a seven-block arts district. Did it fail?" from fall 2017 (Omar Sanchez and Courtney Bierman), General News Reporting.
  • "Five Years Later: The Final Border War" from spring 2017 (Amie Just), Online Sports Reporting.
Each category has three finalists and one is selected as a region winner to compete in the national MOE contest. Our region includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The finalists will be honored and the winner named at the SPJ Region 7 conference April 13-14, 2018, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa .
The Tom Murphy Fellowship is designed to develop and enrich a recent KU graduate interested in pursuing a career in sports and entertainment marketing. This competitive position provides the opportunity to work at Octagon, a leading global marketing agency, and learn from top experts in the field. The candidate will work closely with a variety of divisions, including creative, research, media rights and sponsorship consulting to learn about the intricacies of sports and entertainment marketing. The six-month fellowship in Chicago runs from June 15 to Dec. 31, 2018, and pays $2,700 a month. Deadline is April 13. Learn more here.

Education New Zealand is experimenting with a new initiative for U.S. senior journalism students or recent graduates. ENZ is offering three journalism students or recent journalism graduates the opportunity to travel to New Zealand in June 2018 on the Journalism Fellowship, with costs such as travel and accommodations covered. Deadline to apply is April 14. Learn more here. 
Internships and jobs
Find job and internship 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. Some recent opportunities include:

Talent coordinator, Department Zero (Kansas City)
Director of communications, Newton Unified School District (Newton, Kansas)
Account executive, Entercom Houston (Houston, Texas)
News reporter, KOLN (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Special events intern, March of Dimes (Overland Park, Kansas)
Marketing Intern, Heritage Tractor (Baldwin City, Kansas)

See more job and internship opportunities here.

If you have recently accepted a job or internship, please share the news with Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator at
Scholarships and contests
The School of Journalism is holding its first-ever competition for students to submit photos and videos representing the subject "Diversity and You." Entrants have a wide latitude to express their views of diversity as it affects them and others. Awards will be offered in each category: $400 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. Learn more here.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters will award up to $2,000 in individual scholarships to next semester's juniors and seniors. Application deadline is May 1. Get the details.

Students, staff and community members are invited to enter KU Endowment's campus illustration contest. Categories are: New KU Skyline, Fraser Hall, Potter Lake with Campanile, and Strong Hall with the Bronze Jayhawk. Winners will receive $500. Deadline is April 30. Learn more here. 
Jessie-Lea Messick Williams Centennial Celebration

The family of Jessie-Lea Messick Williams with the scholarship recipient, Juliana Garcia (center).

About 50 guests attended a special J-School event last week commemorating the 100th anniversary of the graduation of Jessie-Lea Messick Williams, who earned a degree in journalism from KU in 1918. Williams' family established the Jessie-Lea Messick Williams Centennial Celebration Scholarship, which was awarded to J-School student Juliana Garcia. The keynote speaker was Colleen McCain Nelson (right), 1997 J-School graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, in partnership with Park University, is presenting Baseball Book Notes "Double Play,"  at 10 a.m. April 7 at the museum in Kansas City, Missouri. The program includes historian James W. Johnson, author of The Black Bruins, chronicling the story of Jackie Robinson and other teammates for UCLA's football team in the 1940s. The second program includes photographers Ira Block and Byron Motley, who each have published collections of photographs from Cuba, featuring baseball and culture. Download the flier. 
Alumni update
J eff Taylor, 1984 J-School graduate, who is currently the Midwest regional editor for the USA TODAY network and served as the executive editor of The Indianapolis Star for four years starting in July 2012, has been named executive editor for news for USA TODAY. Read the news story here.

Hannah Barling, 2015 J-School graduate, is now social media specialist for the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. 
Visiting professionals
Frank White III, KU alumnus and director of business development for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, led an interactive Q&A session on marketing and promoting public transit. The discussion was part of Professor of the Practice Angie Hendershot's Strategic Campaigns class. The seniors gathered ideas as they prepare final campaigns for Lawrence and KU transit to be presented in May.
In memoriam
Ed Hundley, who studied journalism and was a J-School donor, died March 28 in Overland Park at age 92. Hundley helped with the startup of KLWN in Lawrence and worked as a sportscaster, salesman, and assistant manager. He and his wife recently established the Ed and Zora Belle Hundley Scholarship in the J-School. Read his obituary.

Candie Hammons Sackuvich, 1983 J-School graduate, died March 19 in Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of 69. Read her obituary.
Jayhawk Journalist
The winter digital-only edition of the Jayhawk Journalist is available now. Just go to to read alumni, student and faculty features.
Mark your calendars
April 2: Janice Collins, Visiting Enhancing Excellence Scholar (VEES), lecture and reception, 4 p.m., Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
April 3: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar and Career Fair, Manhattan, Kansas 
April 10: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9 a.m., Clarkson Gallery 
April 24:
Pete Souza lecture/presentation, 7 p.m., Lied Center
April 25: Hot dog lunch for J-School students, faculty, staff and alumni, 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
April 25: Panel discussion, "Media and Politics" with KU alumni Pulitzer Prize winners, 4-5 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
April 25: Film premiere of "William Allen White, What's the Matter with Kansas," 5:30 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
April 25:
Susanne Shaw retirement reception, 6:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery 
April 26: William Allen White Day program, "The Future of Journalism," with previous National Citation award winners, 3:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Ballroom
April 27: Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards and Scholarships and Award Program, noon, Kansas Union, Ballroom
May 4: Stop day
May 4: Faculty meeting, 10:30-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
May 5: Judging for the KSPA State Contest
May 12: J-School Recognition ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 

To see all J-School events, go to
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