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William Allen White Day events

Students, faculty, staff and alumni: Please make plans to attend a full slate of events April 24-27 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. Souza also will be available from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Resource Center for a meet and greet with students.
    Read the news release. Read a Q&A with Souza in the Lawrence Journal-World.
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, luncheon and Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards. Noon, Ballroom, Kansas Union. (RSVP required)
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
Strategic Communication Chair Kerry Benson and Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski attended the Journalism Education Association conference last week in San Francisco. They presented to more than 80 high school students interested in strategic communication as an emphasis in college. Benson also led two sessions on literary newsmagazine critique for high school editors and designers.

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford has been elected to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Professional Freedom and Responsibility Committee. Crawford's three-year term officially starts on Oct. 1, 2018.    
Research and presentations
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. today. Get the details.
Strategic Campaigns presentations

Angie Hendershot's students will present their campaigns to Lawrence Transit and KU on Wheels at 4 p.m. May 2 in the Jayhawk Room at the Kansas Union.

David Johnston's students will present their campaigns to Populous, a global sports architecture firm, at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the client's headquarters, 4800 Main St., Suite 300, Kansas City, Missouri.

Lisa Loewen's students will present their campaigns to The Topeka Zoo at 6 p.m. May 2 at the Gary Clarke Education Center at the Topeka Zoo, 635 SW Zoo Parkway, Topeka, Kansas.

David Guth's students will present their campaigns to the Truman Library Institute on Thursday, May 3, at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. The public is invited. Guests should park in the visitor parking lot and enter through the East Entrance. The presentation will be in the Whistle Stop Room. 
Student news
Several students were recognized in the Society of Professional Journalists 2017 Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards.

Newspaper General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Finalist: Did Lawrence's plan for an arts district fail? Omar Sanchez and Courtney Biernam

Radio Feature
Winner: The appeal of modern obstacle courses, Hannah Jerome
Radio In-Depth Reporting 
Finalist: We've Got Issues Ep. 6: Cryonics (ft. Alcor Co-Founder Linda Chamberlain), Garrett Mould 
Television General News Reporting 
Finalist: Racism at Burger King, Lauren Davidson 
Television Feature Reporting
Winner: Joe's Journey, Jackson Kurtz
Finalist: The Carillonist, Grant Stephens
Best All-Around Television Newscast 
Finalist: Dec. 6, 2017 newscast, Mallory Hauser and Courtney Gehrke  
Multicultural Scholars Program

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford  and the students from the J-School's Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) celebrated the end of the school year and the graduation of Garrett Farlow. The students all had great achievements this year, including Farlow being a Fulbright Fellowship to Russia semifinalist, U.S. Department of State; Jose Pedro Montoya's internship with Catholic News Service in Washington, D.C.; Peter Fusilero's Midwest Exchange Program; Mona Rasida Ahmed's work with the Contemporary Women's Leadership Program at Wellesley; and Margarita Nunez Arroyo's KU's Undergraduate Research Award and her acceptance into the Ph.D. program at KU's Department of English. Each of the nine students has multiple scholarships for their academic success. To learn more about MSP, contact Crawford.
Internship and job opportunities
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:

News designer, Paxton Media Group (Owensboro, Kentucky)
Sports journalist, Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
Account trainee, Octagon (Stamford, Connecticut)
Account trainee, Luxury Automotive, Octagon (San Francisco)
Celebrity procurement trainee, Octagon (Los Angeles)
Celebrity procurement trainee, Octagon (New York)
Account trainee, golf hospitality, Octagon (Los Angeles)
Managing editor, Catholics for Choice (Washington, D.C.)
Student marketing assistant (part time), Lied Center (Lawrence, Kansas)

Marketing intern, Golf Course Superintendents of America (Lawrence, Kansas)
Reporting intern, Enid News & Eagle (Enid, Oklathoma)
Digital news writing/multimedia production interns, Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada)

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
KU Alternative Breaks

KU Alternative Breaks is looking for journalism students for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications are now open for all positions, including:
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Graphic design coordinator
  • Social media coordinator
  • Fundraising coordinator
  • Core development and turnover coordinator
View position descriptions and applications here. Applications are due April 25. Please email  with any questions.
Applications open to join the Kansan for Fall 2018

The University Daily Kansan is now accepting applications for its Fall 2018 staff.  Motivated and creative individuals are needed to produce and edit content for and the twice-weekly print edition. A background in journalism is not necessarily required but is preferred for some positions. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and relevant work samples to on or before April 26 at 11:59 p.m. See job positions and more information here.
The Kansan Ad Staff is also hiring for all account executive positions for the fall semester. Send your resume to  
Scholarships and contests
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. 
In memoriam
Bonnie Rose Nelson, 1950 J-School graduate, died May 17, 2017, in Hudson, Florida, at the age of 89. Read her obituary.
Mark your calendars
A pril 24: Pete Souza lecture/presentation, 7 p.m., Lied Center
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: Hot dog lunch for J-School students, faculty, staff and alumni, 11:30 a.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
University of Kansas | William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications 
785-864-7644 | |
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