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, 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. 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 Carol Holstead did on-air fundraising for Kansas Public Radio on April 7  during the weekly quiz and comedy shows "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."

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.
Research and presentations
Janice Marie Collins, KU's inaugural Visiting Enhancing Excellence Scholar, presented a lecture, "Moving through the Margins and Transforming the Classroom," on April 2 at the Kansas Union. Collins discussed Active Centralized Empowerment, a paradigm, theory, praxis and critical pedagogy that she developed that encourages movement from the margins through self-empowerment.

Professor Chuck Marsh's article, "Indirect Reciprocity and Reputation Management: Interdisciplinary Findings from Evolutionary Biology and Economics," has been accepted for publication in  Public Relations Review.

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.
Associate Dean Scott Reinardy (left) presented graduate student awards last week to (from left) Nyan Lynn, Roseann Pluretti, John Watson, Alberto Araujo and Yuchen Liu.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week
The School of Journalism Graduate Studies Office hosted a luncheon and awards presentation April 5 for Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Awards were presented for:
  • Most Creative Research Paper Title: Nyan Lynn
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: John Watson
  • Outstanding Graduate Student: Roseann Pluretti
  • Most Resilient: Alberto Araujo
  • Most Productive Researcher: Yuchen Liu
Student news and opportunities
Congratulations to Jackson Kurtz, who tied for 13th place in the TV 2 News category of the national Hearst Journalism Awards competition. Earlier this year, Kurtz placed ninth in the TV Features category.
Great Plains Journalism Awards
KU student media outlets were selected for four honors in the Great Plains Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Tulsa Press Club.
  • Conner Mitchell was named Great Plains Student Editor in Chief of the Year, and Darby VanHoutan was named Great Plains Student Writer of the Year. Those awards come with $1,500 scholarships.
  • KUJH was named Great Plains Student Broadcast of the Year. Mallory Houser was producer of the broadcast.
  • The University Daily Kansan was named Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year.
Great Plains covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Scholarships will be awarded at the May 4 Great Plains Journalism Awards Luncheon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Mayo Hotel. 
Students who won Kansas Association of Broadcasters Awards picked up their plaques last week during the association's annual convention in Topeka. Pictured are first-place winners  Dan Garrett (above left) and Jackson Kurtz with KAB President Kent Cornish. See a list of all of the winners here.

Courtland Triplett was accepted to participate this summer in the Hoover Institution's Summer Policy Boot Camp, a weeklong residential program designed to teach students how to think critically about policy issues. Triplett is a sophomore minoring in journalism.

Vince Filak's Dynamics of Writing blog featured a story about the "Royal Dozen," the 12 J-School students who spent their spring break covering the Kansas City Royals during spring training in Surprise, Arizona. Read the blog post here. 
The Kansan accepting applications for editor, business manager

The Kansan is looking for candidates who are interested in being editor-in-chief or business manager for the summer or fall semesters. Interested students should submit proposals to by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. Email Jon Schlitt for inquiries about the positions and details on applying.
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:

Senior graphic designer, HNTB (Kansas City, Missouri)
Sales and marketing assistant/inventory specialist, KOLN/KGIN-TV (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Account executive, hospitality assets, telecomm, Octagon (Overland Park, Kansas)

Graphic design intern, Olathe Chamber of Commerce (Olathe, Kansas)
Public affairs internship, Cadet Command Public Affairs (Fort Knox, Kentucky)
Summer communications internship, Ceva Animal Health (Lenexa, Kansas)
Production control summer intern, KOLN/KGIN-TV (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Videographer intern, The Kids Know It Network (remote)
Content writer internship, The Kids Know It Network (remote)
Editor intern, The Kids Know It Network (remote)

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
Informational booth

Michelle Harris, director of marketing at Alenco, will host an informational booth from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 in the Clarkson Gallery to discuss job opportunities at the organization. Alenco is a family-owned home improvement business in Lenexa, Kansas.
Scholarships and contests
The deadline is today for students to submit photos and videos for the J-School's "Diversity and You" competition. 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. 
Don't miss the last Doughnuts with the Dean of the semester! Stop by to enjoy a doughnut from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, and talk to Dean Ann Brill  about what's going on at the J-School, KU or anything else on your mind.
Alumni update
Matt Gardner, 2001 J-School graduate, has been promoted to vice president, digital media and emerging technology, for the St. Louis Blues. He previously was senior director, promotions and digital strategy.
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
A pril 10: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9 a.m., Clarkson Gallery 
April 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 
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