Reach out if you need help: Students, if you need assistance, the J-School has some resources to help you out in the short term. If you need help, please contact Professor Scott Reinardy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another great resource is help.ku.edu.
Classes: The deadline to withdraw from 16-week classes has been extended to May 4, 2020. Students complete the process in Enroll & Pay. Please consult with your advisor before making this decision. Credit/no credit policies also have been adjusted for many schools on campus, including Journalism. For the spring 2020 semester, students can elect more than one course to be graded credit/no credit. Journalism undergraduates can opt into having JOUR major courses count as credit/no credit. General education and elective courses can also be taken credit/no credit. However, courses being taken for non-journalism majors and minors may not be approved based on the program. Please consult with your journalism advisor before completing the form. Requests must be submitted by April 17, 2020.
Graduation ceremonies postponed: The KU administration announced last week that May commencement and recognition ceremonies had been postponed. They remain hopeful to be able to reschedule later this year. Read more here.
Parking refunds:KU Transportation Services will issue a partial refund to students who had purchased annual or spring semester parking permits for the 2019-2020 academic year. Payroll deductions for faculty and staff will stop May 1-June 30. Faculty or staff members who paid upfront for a 2019-2020 permit will receive a partial refund as well. All permit holders will receive an email detailing the refund process.
Help with housing and utilities: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the governor of Kansas has enacted an executive order temporarily prohibiting evictions and foreclosures, as well as temporarily suspending the disconnection of utilities including electrical, natural gas, water, internet and telecommunication services until May 1, 2020. These executive orders apply to financial institutions and utility providers operating in Kansas. If you need assistance navigating payment, service or eviction obstacles you might be having with your landlord or utility providers due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please reach out to the Student Support & Case Management Office to speak with a case manager about your situation.
Report discrimination or harassment: Viruses have no nationality, no religion, no ethnicity, no gender. Please report incidents of discrimination to the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access at email@example.com or 785-864-6414.
The Bremner Center is taking virtual appointments via Skype or Zoom for individual help with J-School assignments. Students can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-864-7623 to set up a time.
Get internet access: Students who need access to internet service or computer hardware should reach out to KU Information Technology on the Lawrence campus and email@example.com on the KU Edwards Campus for guidance and assistance.
Classes: Get tech support for your online classes at remote.ku.edu.
Advising: The Journalism Advising Office is by email or phone only. Contact your advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
JSchoolTech is still around to help you if you need tech support. Miss stopping by the JBar? No worries! Pop in to Heather's open Zoom meeting. It is like the JBar, but you might see a cat. This is where you can ask a quick question or get help.
Career and Outreach Office: Communicate with Steve Rottinghaus, coordinator of the Career and Outreach Office, via email at email@example.com. Through the spring semester, the office will continue to focus on job and internship searches, resume and cover letter reviews, and interview preparation.
Stay updated: Please visit coronavirus.ku.edu for updates from KU about the latest developments and decisions from KU and state leadership.
Faculty and Staff
Patricia Gaston, the Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism, will be a guest on KCUR's "Up To Date" at 9:30 a.m. on April 8 discussing coronavirus media coverage. Listen live at www.kcur.org.
Professor Scott Reinardy was featured on Kansas Public Radio’s “When Experts Attack” to discuss the state of the news media during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the discussion here.
Gerri Berenzden wrote a post for the ACES: The Society for Editing website on tips for fact-checking information found online. Read the post here.
Assistant Professor Teri Finneman's Journalism History podcast features "A Nation of Newsboys," with author Vince DiGirolamo uncovering the successes and struggles of the children who have hawked and delivered newspapers since the founding of America. Listen here.
Associate ProfessorAngie Hendershot and J-school alumna Janice Kresin led a group of 11- to 17-year-old scouts through the journalism merit badge at the Heart of America Merit Badge Forum earlier this year along with a guest appearance by J-School alumnus and sports journalist C.J. Moore. Associate Professor Genelle Belmas provided training materials on the First Amendment and related journalism law, and the J-School donated reporter’s notebooks to each scout participating in the session. The journalism merit badge is now slated to become one of the initial online offerings on Scout Connect, a new virtual learning experience to allow scouting to continue remotely during the stay-at-home orders.
Resources for Remote Teaching presentation
Faculty, instructors, graduate teaching assistants and educators from all areas of study are invited to participate in University in the Digital Art Museum: Resources for Remote Teaching on Tuesday, April 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom at https://kansas.zoom.us/j/930881555. This event, hosted by The Commons in partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art, is a tutorial and discussion centering on digital resources for remote teaching with Ashley Offill, the Andrew W. Mellon Curricular and Digital Projects Coordinator, followed by a Q&A. Participants are also encouraged to share ideas about developing online tools in partnership with the museum.
Research, Presentations and Publications
Congratulations to Associate Professor Jerry Crawford, who is the recipient of the 2020 Gretchen and Gene Budig Teaching Professorship. Crawford’s lecture was scheduled for this spring at the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, but because campus activities have been closed in response to COVID-19, Crawford has recorded his lecture, “Students and Writing: Meeting Them Where They Are – and Where They Can Go!” Read the KU News story and watch the lecture on the School of Journalism’s YouTube Channel.
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 May 5 by 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Free Adobe Creative Cloud for students and digital summit
Students should now be able to access Adobe Creative Cloud at no cost through May 31, 2020, or as soon as students can return to campus. More information, including how to sign in, is here. If students have issues with accessing or installing, they should contact IT at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-8080.
Also, Adobe is moving its Digital Summit online and will allow free access. Learn more 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
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.
James Michael Cook, 1967 J-School graduate, died March 23 at the age of 76. Read his obituary.
Please mark your calendars to help judge the KSPA State Contest next month. Because of the shutdowns due to COVID-19, the on-site portion of our state contest has been moved online. This means there will be more opportunities for remote judging, which is scheduled to take place between April 22 and April 26.Sign up here.
April 7: (CANCELED) Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar, Stormont Vail Events Center
April 14: (CANCELED) DIAG lecture featuring Delano Lewis, 4 p.m., Beren Petroleum Conference Center (BPCC) in Slawson Hall
April 16: (CANCELED) Informal lunchwith National Citation winner Martin Baron for J-School students, WAWF Trustees, faculty and staff, 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
April 16: (CANCELED) William Allen White Day & Student Scholarships and Awards program, 3 p.m., Kansas Union, Ballroom
April 22-26: KSPA State Contest remote judging
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
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications