Faculty and Staff
Assistant Professor Teri Finneman is leading a project in which her students provide news coverage for Eudora, a city of roughly 6,300 residents that lost its local newspaper several years ago. Read the KU News story.

Cal Butcher , director of Media Crossroads, has been awarded the annual Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado High School Activities Association. Butcher has been a public address announcer for Colorado High School State Championship events in track and field, volleyball, basketball and spirit for the past 23 years. The award will be presented at the CHSAA Hall of Fame Banquet & Ceremony in Denver on April 23. Butcher is also the voice of the Kansas track and field and cross country teams and this past weekend announced his 10th Kansas Relays.
Research, Publications and Presentations
Pat Gaston , the Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism, wrote an opinion piece about Tiger Woods' victory at The Masters, which was published in The Washington Post last week. Read the column here.
A new study from Assistant Professor Hong Vu analyzes how social media can help citizens in authoritarian countries oppose state actions without invoking retribution from the government, all by strategically framing their message and sharing information. Read the KU News story. 
Inside the School
Strategic Campaigns presentations
Evelyn Burns ' class has two clients:
  • Group 1 will present to its client, the University of Kansas Army ROTC at 2:30 p.m. on April 30 in the Clarkson Gallery
  • Groups 2, 3, and 4 will present to their client, the U.S. Army National Simulation Center, at 2:30 p.m. on May 9 in the Clarkson Gallery
If you would like to attend, RSVP to Evelyn Burns .

Yvonnes Chen 's students will present to their client, Pishkesh Market, at 6 p.m. May 7 in the Pine Room, KU Memorial Union. Space is limited, so please email Chen by May 5 if you are planning to come.

Hyejin Bang 's students will present to their client, T he Salvation Army Kansas City, at 5 p.m. May 9 in the Centennial Room of the Kansas Union. 

Matt Tidwell 's students will present to their client, "C" You in the Major Leagues Foundation at 4 p.m. on May 9 at the KU Edwards Campus.
Kansas Scholastic Press Association
KSPA honors Peter Bobkowski
The Kansas Scholastic Press Association announced Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski as the recipient of the annual Friend of KSPA Award for 2019. During a surprise announcement April 15, Eric Thomas (left), KSPA executive director, recognized Bobkowski (right) during his JOUR 302 lecture. High school journalism teachers from around the state nominated Bobkowski for making a significant contribution to scholastic journalism. Bobkowski will be honored at the KSPA State Contest on May 4.
Courage in Journalism Award
The Kansas Scholastic Press Association honored Blue Valley Northwest High School senior Anna Cowden as a one of the first winners of the Courage in Journalism Award. Cowden was visiting the JOUR101 lecture as a prospective Jayhawk and talked to the class about the work that earned her the award. Cowden submitted two major reporting packages for the award. The first series documented the death of a student at her school during a police shooting, the lawsuit that sprung from the shooting, and the court settlement. The second issue Cowden investigated was a civil rights lawsuit that a Blue Valley Northwest dance team student filed against the district. The Courage in Journalism Award was founded this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Tinker decision. 
Judges needed for Kansas Scholastic Press Association contest May 4
The Kansas high school state journalism contest is quickly approaching, and we need you to judge the on-site contest entries from student journalists around the state. Won't you spare a couple of hours on Saturday, May 4, at the Kansas Union? Journalism students also are encouraged to help. Entries must be judged that afternoon. Sign up here.
Student News
Doctoral student receives leadership award
Doctoral student Michelle Keller received the Outstanding Woman Student in Leadership Award in April from KU’s Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity. The award recognizes a woman student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills by taking an active role in campus or community organizations, developing a new project or addressing a current need. Keller received the award on April 11.
Society of Professional Journalists' Region 7 Mark of Excellence awards
Three J-School students were winners in SPJ’s Region 7 Mark of Excellence awards.
  • Chandler Boese won for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of a hotel fire
  • Tianna Witmer won for Feature Writing for a story about a KU graduate killed in World War II
  • Lara Korte won for In-Depth Reporting for a story about students who had been through the foster care system
Two other J-School students were finalists:
  • Hailey Dixon for Sports Writing for a story about junior college athletes
  • Rebekah Lodos for General Column Writing for a portfolio of columns
Region 7 comprises Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. Winners will compete in the national SPJ contest.
Doughnuts with the Dean
The last Doughnuts with the Dean of the semester is this Thursday, April 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clarkson Gallery. Pick up a doughnut, chat with Dean Brill and let her know what your summer plans are!
Dr. Joshua Potter from the Center of Teaching Excellence will be a guest at a research brown bag lunch from noon to 1 p.m. on April 29 in Room 303, Stauffer-Flint Hall. Potter will present “Mapping the Journalism Curriculum.” This is an informal gathering, so attendees may arrive late or leave early for a class.

Students and faculty are invited to a brown bag lunch presentation at noon on May 1 in Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 303. Danny Kaprielian , a representative from Qualtrics, will discuss services for researchers, including additional (paid) options, such as panel samples of ethnic minorities and audiences of various media.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters and Missouri Broadcasters Association annual Sports Seminar is May 7 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m .  The afternoon will include the presentation of the Hod Humiston Award, roundtable topics, a presentation from Sporting Kansas City announcers and staff, and a tour of one of the top professional sports venues in the country. Registration is $10 for members and $15 for non-members and is due May 2. Learn more here.
Students are invited to a workshop with poet and author Tiffany Midge at 1 p.m. April 26 in the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, Room 116. The workshop, which will provide insight into writing funny poems, is an excellent opportunity for writers and aspiring poets.
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 “Good Night, and Good Luck .” Showtime is 6:30 p.m. in Room 100, Stauffer-Flint Hall. All are welcome.
April 29 : “The Post” (2017)
May 6 : “All the President’s Men” (1976)
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 .
Morning Live reporter , WIBW (Topeka, Kansas)
Regional Spanish weather anchor , KCEC Univision Colorado (Denver, Colorado)
News photographer/editor, KCEC Univision Colorado (Denver, Colorado)
News anchor, KCEC Univision Colorado (Denver, Colorado)
Account executive , KWCH/KSCW (Mission, Kansas)
Web content assistant , Allen Press (Lawrence, Kansas)
Production assistant , Eagle Communications (Salina, Kansas)
Weekend sports anchor , Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)
Account manager , Grapevine Designs (Lenexa, Kansas)
Sales assistant , KCTV5/KSMO (Kansas City)
News producer , KCEC-TV (Denver, Colorado)
Executive producer , KBJR-TV (Duluth, Minnesota)
Media salesperson , KOLN/KGIN-TV (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Graphic designer , Iola Register (Iola, Kansas)
Social media strategist , Gragg Advertising (Kansas City)
Beat reporter for Iowa caucuses , Iowa Starting Line (Des Moines, Iowa)
Art director/designer , Jschmid (Mission, Kansas)

Summer intern , Sandbox (Kansas City)
Jobs report for May 2019 graduates
The following students have already accepted jobs after they graduate next month:
Matt Hoffman will be multimedia journalist at KNPN-TV in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Lauren Wolfe will be a producer at Scripps Inc. at KSHB-TV in Kansas City.
Devan Burris will be a producer at KVVU-TV in Las Vegas.
Warren Sears will be weekend meteorologist at WXOW-TV in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. (Sears is an atmospheric science major with a minor in journalism)
Contests, Awards and Scholarships
 Ike’s Soldiers, a program that honors Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy through the compelling stories of the soldiers he led, is looking for students to gather and share these stories with the world through IKEducation programs and digital media platforms. Participants are asked to capture and edit videos according to the Eisenhower Foundation’s guidelines. For every interview that is submitted according to the guidelines, the Eisenhower Foundation will grant $50 to the student who conducted and produced the interview. Learn more here.

Through the support of Toyota Motor Sales USA, the Outdoor Writers Association of America is offering scholarships to qualifying college students to attend the OWAA conference June 22-24 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more here.
Alumni Update
Maddy Mikinski , 2017 J-School graduate, published an article about women’s reading groups from Chautauquas to the present, using a 130-year-old group in Wisconsin as an example. Read the article here.
In Memoriam
Marcia Parsons , 1958 J-School graduate, died April 8 in Lawrence at the age of 81. Read her obituary.
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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