Inside the School
Updates for Spring 2020 semester
Need help? The J-School has resources to help students. C ontact Professor Scott Reinardy at . Another great resource is

Classes: The deadline to withdraw from 16-week classes has been extended to May 4. Get tech help for online classes at .

Report discrimination or harassment to or 785-864-6414.

The Bremner Center is taking virtual appointments. Email or call 785-864-7623.

Advising: Journalism advising appointments are by email or phone until further notice. Schedule your appointment through JayhawkGPS.

Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff online town hall meeting
Dean Brill is inviting faculty and staff to an online town hall meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. Members of the Dean's Advisory Group ( Scott Reinardy , Chuck Marsh , Frances Lyons , Matt Tidwell , Lisa McLendon , Kerry Benson and Julie Adam ) will be online, too. Join to check in, see some familiar faces and/or ask questions. (Join through the Zoom meeting ID that you received through email.)
Associate Professor Jerry Crawford has been voted, in a special election, as the new chair for AEJMC’s Professional Freedom & Responsibility (PF&R) standing committee.  This link explains PF&R’s role. Crawford also will serve on the AEJMC Board of Directors 2020-21. Crawford will begin his term in August.

Matt Tidwell along with podcast and marketing expert Brent Bowen have launched The Cultivated Marketer, a podcast focused on professional development and marketing excellence in Kansas City and the New Midwest . Find it here or on Spotify, Google Play or Apple Podcasts.

Assistant Professor Teri Finneman 's Journalism History podcast features Professor Beth Garfrerick discussing the partnership between community newspapers – such as the one run by iconic small-town editor William Allen White – and national newspaper syndication services in the first half of the 20th century. Widely syndicated editorial and advertising content influenced thousands of rural newspaper readers. Find the podcast on iTunes, Podbean, or Spotify.

Cal Butcher , director of Media Crossroads, has served as a judge for the following media and video contests this year:

  • KSPA Monthly Contest
  • KSPA All Kansas Video Critiques
  • BEA Festival of Media Arts
  • MIPA (Missouri Interscholastic Press Association) Spring Contest
  • e-Magine Media Festival
Nominate a colleague for the Katich Award for Creativity
Nominations for the John Katich Award for Creativity are due this week. The Katich award goes to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated creativity in teaching, research, service or a combination of these areas. Please email your nomination materials by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, to Joseph Erba ( ) and Yvonnes Chen ( ), our 2018 and 2019 Katich Creativity Award recipients. The award winner will be announced at the May 12 town hall faculty and staff meeting.
Research, Presentations and Publications
Associate Professor Jerry Crawford  was an invited participant and panelist for several online forums and webinars for the Gardner Institute:
  • March 31 session: “Coronavirus Campus Crisis - Pandemic Pivot: Adjusting & Adapting.”  The topics included communication in a crisis, insta-teaching/working in crisis, equity and access, best practices for online teaching and learning, and demonstrating grace and self-care. 
  • April 8 session: “The New Advising Reality”
  • April 15 webinar: “HBCU Response to the Coronavirus Crisis”
Associate Professor Jerry Crawford ’s article, “High School Journalism Advisers and Diversified Newsrooms,” has been accepted for print in the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Journal of Media Education (JoME) April 20 online publication. This study examined whether African American participation in high school journalism is lower than participation of other students in the state of Kansas. Past research has found that participation on high school newspapers and yearbook staffs is often the pathway for students to consider careers in journalism.

Associate Professor Genelle Belmas has had accepted for publication a chapter in a forthcoming book on live-streaming. Co-authored with Texas A&M law professor Brian Larson , the chapter is titled Fixed? The Law of Live-Streaming.” It is a summary of how live-streaming is regulated by both the law and by corporations and includes a discussion of the current law and ethics of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 is under attack by victims’ rights advocates as creating an online haven for sexual abuse and harassment, but the law enabled the growth of the interactive internet as we know it today. 

Lisa McLendon , Bremner Editing Center coordinator, was invited to present  one of four sessions for a virtual day of the ACES: The Society for Editing conference  on May 1. The annual national conference was canceled due to COVID-19. McLendon’s session, Grammar Arcana, delves into some of the lesser-known areas of grammar. Other sessions will discuss dictionaries, the editing process, and updates to the AP Stylebook. Registration is free and open to the first 1,000 people (ACES members or not).

A research paper on misinformation and vulnerable populations written by  Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo , doctoral students Matt Blomberg and Darcey Altschwager , and  Assistant Professor Hong Vu  has been accepted for publication in New Media & Society. Entitled “Vulnerable Populations and Misinformation: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Underserved Older Adults’ Online Information Assessment,” the paper is based on a survey and interviews of low-income minority seniors on their evaluations of health information online. 
Instagram Live suffrage event
Suffrage historians Teri Finneman and Candi Carter Olson (Utah State) will host an Instagram Live show at 1 p.m. April 23, discussing the movement against women's rights and the Night of Terror that was a pivotal moment in women's voting rights history. The new event is part of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. To join, follow Journalism History on Instagram, go into the app on your phone at the time of the show, and click on the profile picture.
DIAG seeks submissions for 2020 Applied Research Award
The J-School's Diversity and Inclusion Action Group invites the submission of proposals for the 2020 Applied Research Award.  The research award of $5,000 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. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Student News and Opportunities
Kansas Association of Broadcasters scholarships
The deadline to apply for Kansas Association of Broadcasters' scholarships is May 1. The KAB offers up to $16,000 annually in scholarship awards (for tuition and books). Learn more and apply here.
Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program
U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) is offering 39 positions across the nation for students looking to gain experience in the energy and transportation areas. Learn more here.
Science Journalism Student Award
The Society for Neuroscience has opened a call for applications for the 2020 Science Journalism Student Award. Recipients will attend  Neuroscience 2020 , the society’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24-28. Learn more here.
Native American Journalists Association Fellowship
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is now accepting applications for the  2020 Native American Journalism Fellowship . Selected fellows will build their reporting skills during an on-site immersion newsroom experience during the  2020 National Native Media Conference   set for Sept. 13-16, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more 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 on the J-School's website and check out the University Career Center’s job and internship board .
Communications coordinator , Employment Solutions (St. Louis, Missouri)
Social media marketing manager , Raze Media (Dallas, Texas)
Communications content specialist , Park Hill School District (Kansas City)
Non-news talent host , KSHB (Kansas City)
Afternoon news anchor , KMBZ (Kansas City)
Marketing and communications intern , TBK (Dallas, Texas)
Video content analyst , Spectrum (Greenwood Village, Colorado)
Public relations intern , Agency PR (Denver, Colorado)
Public relations intern , Dim Events (Chicago, Illinois)
Editorial intern , ISSA (Northbrook, Illinois)
JSchool Tech
Join the next Adobe XD Creative Jam
JSchoolTech is still here! Miss stopping by the JBar? No worries! Email Heather for a Zoom meeting. It is like the JBar, but you might see a cat. Ask a quick question or get tech help. 

Join the next Adobe XD Creative Jam: Use our  Adobe XD tutorials  to build your skills then sign up for the  XD Creative Jam . Maybe get your October Creative Jam team back together!

Get job-ready: Need help with resume or portfolio? Contact  Heather Lawrenz  for a digital critique or feedback. 

Suggestion box: Heather is working on new tutorials. Anything you want to see on ? ​Let her know. 

Take a creative break: Tune out the bad news for a few minutes and practice some mindful motivation: The JST Creative Break is a short daily challenge designed to help you cope by creating.

Three new JST workshops
Getting Started with Adobe: April 21, 10 -11 a.m.
What’s up with this free Adobe stuff? How do I access it? Why do I want to? If you have questions about Adobe – whether that be how to access, what it includes or how you can learn, join us for this online workshop. Once you sign up , you will receive a Zoom calendar invite (as well as reminders).​ 

Using Spark: April 28, 2-3 p.m.
April 28, 2-3 p.m.
Spark is Adobe’s free tool set. With Spark, you can create social media posts, posters, videos and web pages. Additionally, you can build your own branding within Spark.​ Sign up here.

Mobile Tools Workshop, May 5, 10-11 a.m.
Pop in for a tutorial on how you can use Adobe’s mobile tools to help you with creation. We will be doing overview of Rush (mobile video editing), Capture (creation machine. Imagine looking through your camera to see patterns, vectors, and even fonts), Spark Post (social media posts), and Lightroom (photo editing). This is a great way to develop some mobile technology skills.​ Once you sign up for any event, you will receive a Zoom calendar invite (as well as reminders).​
Alumni Update
Jonathan Shorman , 2012 J-School graduate, has won a George Polk Award for Political Reporting. Shorman and fellow Wichita Eagle reporters Chance Swaim and Dion Lefler reported that Mayor Jeff Longwell steered a $524 million contract for a desperately needed water treatment plant to friends and supporters, rejecting the unanimous choice of a selection panel. Longwell lost his re-election bid after a campaign that turned on the Eagle’s investigation of an ad falsely connecting his opponent to sexual harassment allegations. Shorman also spoke last week to the Multimedia Reporting class taught by Knight Chair Steve Wolgast and Assistant Professor Teri Finneman .
Everyone’s an Editor: Finding “Truth” in Cyber News: Dole Institute of Politics Fellow Ron Marks and Shelby Coffey , former editor of the L.A. Times and U.S. News and World Report, will discuss how dramatically the world of journalism has changed in only 40 years. The event is on Facebook Live at 4 p.m. on April 22. Learn more here.
April 22-26: KSPA State Contest remote judging
April 23: Faculty and staff town hall meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom
April 23: (CANCELED) Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
May 8: Stop day         
May 8: Faculty/staff meeting 10:30 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
May 15: Last day of finals        
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