The Monday Memo is the weekly newsletter of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. It is sent to journalism faculty, staff, students and alumni who have requested it. 

J-School Generations 2018
Mark your calendars for J-School Generations on Sept. 27-28. J-School Generations is a unique event that connects alumni, students and faculty for two days of learning, networking, making new connections and fun.
Faculty and staff
Congratulations to Professor Chuck Marsh, who has been chosen as the 2018 Chancellor's Club Career Teaching Award recipient. The award recognizes one faculty member each year for his or her teaching contributions to the university over a period of 20 years or more. The last J-School recipient was Calder Pickett in 1987.  

Cal Butcher
, director of Media Crossroads, and Chad Curtis (above), news director for KUJH-TV, participated in the Wyandotte High School's Classroom Connections event on 
Friday, Aug. 10. They presented four sessions to incoming freshman about video production during the outreach program for local high schools.

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford has been elected to the national AEJMC Professional Freedom and Responsibility Committee.

Lisa McLendon, Bremner Center coordinator, and lecturer Gerri Berendzen were featured in the July 11 episode of "Vox Explained," a Netflix documentary series. The episode was about exclamation points and how their use has evolved over the centuries, particularly since the advent of electronic communication.
Frances Lyons, assistant dean, and Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, conducted mock interviews of high school juniors and seniors as part of the Kansas Future Business Leaders of America Summer Leadership Seminar Workshop on July 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Staff members from the University Career Center and School of Engineering also participated in the interviews.

New to the J-School

Please welcome new faculty and staff to the J-School. Teri Finneman (left) is an assistant professor who previously worked as a print journalist and multimedia correspondent covering state government, business and enterprise. Her research focuses on news coverage of U.S. first ladies and women politicians. Patricia Weems Gaston (center) is the Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism and comes to KU from The Washington Post, where she was an editor who has worked on several desks including National, Foreign and Editorial. Gaston was co-editor of a 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning series for the Dallas Morning News on violence against women. Marlys Shulda, (right) associate development director, spent the first 15 years of her career as a juvenile probation officer. She ran for the Kansas Legislature in 2012, which fueled her transition into fundraising.
Research and presentations
Assistant Professor Teri Finneman's study, "The Greatest of Its Kind Ever Witnessed in America: The Press and the 1913 Women's March on Washington," is published in the summer issue of Journalism History. She also was first author on a study, "Sexism on the Set: Gendered Expectations of TV Broadcasters in a Social Media World," appearing in the next issue of the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.
Student news and opportunities
Senior Aungelina Taglia served as the Red Hat/Orange Sleeves coordinator for the visiting team's broadcast of the first Kansas City Chiefs preseason game of the year. The Red Hat/Orange Sleeves coordinator is the person who coordinates timeouts between the head official on the field and the assistant director in the production truck. Taglia is the first woman to serve in this role in Kansas City and possibly in the NFL as well, according to Cal Butcher, director of Media Crossroads.

The J699: Reporting and Editing for Print and Online Advanced Media class spent the summer focused on a theme corresponding with the end of World War I. The goal was to show how events and inventions from 100 years ago still strongly influence our society today. They began with the current renovations to KU's Memorial Stadium. Each student had specific areas of concentration, culminating in full multimedia enterprise stories posted on the course website. They also took a field trip to the World War I Memorial and Museum in Kansas City. 
NATAS Regional Emmy Gala seeks student volunteers

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is looking for college students to assist with this year's NATAS Regional Emmy Gala on Sept. 22 at the Kansas City Convention Center. The organization is looking for eight volunteers in the afternoon and eight in the evening, dressed in their "best for success" to help present the Emmy statues to the winners on stage. It's an opportunity to network with NATAS board members, producers, reporters, anchors and news managers from television markets in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. A meal will be provided. To learn more, contact Carrie Hibbeler, community affairs manager at FOX4 in Kansas City, at or at 816-932-9164.
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:

Social media and specialty publications editor, The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri)
Graphic designer, Allen Press (Lawrence, Kansas)
Social media specialist, The frank Agency (Overland Park, Kansas)
Business development content writer, The frank Agency (Overland Park, Kansas)
Editor, Center for Army Lessons Learned (Leavenworth, Kansas)
Weekend anchor/reporter, KOLN (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Marketing representative, KCKN Radio (Concordia, Kansas)

Media planner, VML (Kansas City, Missouri)
Talent coordinator, Department Zero (Kansas City, Missouri)
Sports radio internship, KLWN Rock Chalk Sports Talk (Lawrence, Kansas)
Marketing intern, Lawrence Landscape (Lawrence, Kansas)
Marketing internship, TLC Marketing Consultants (Overland Park, Kansas)
Student marketing assistant, Watkins Health Services (Lawrence, Kansas)
Multimedia content intern, KU Memorial Union (Lawrence, Kansas)

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
Internship Experience blog

Our students were all over the country this summer gaining experience with impressive internships at companies such as CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Barkley, Populous, and more. Read about what they learned in our Internship Experience blog.

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Scholarships and contests
BitIRA U is announcing a bi-annual scholarship, awarding $1,000 to one student. Submit a one-page (typed) , essay containing specific examples of how cryptocurrency or blockchain could change the world over the next 20 years. Learn more.  
The Healthy Products For You Disability Scholarship aims to encourage and support undergraduate and graduate students who have a disability. The HPFY Make a Difference Scholarship program recognizes the service of those who have used their good fortune and good health to give back to the community, either by caring for the less fortunate or doing their part to make this world a better place for everyone. Deadline to apply is Aug. 15. Get the details here.  
Kumar Solutions, a digital marketing company specializing in SEO, is offering a $200 scholarship for the winner of an essay contest. Students must write a 900-word essay on "How digital marketing transforms business prospects globally." Get the details. 
J-School welcome event

Please join us from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, to welcome our new admits, pre-journalism and transfer students at an open house in the Clarkson Gallery. Students can mingle with faculty and staff and get information about J-School student media outlets, clubs and organizations, and resources (Bremner Center and J-School Tech). Snacks will be provided. Questions? Contact Vicky Reyes at
Callahan mixer
Callahan Agency is hosting Ad 2 KC Ad Hops, a networking event, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at its office, 805 New Hampshire St., in Lawrence. The Callahan executive team will talk about its recent rebranding effort and unique approach to creative strategy and data analytics. The fee for nonmembers is $10. RSVP on the Callahan Agency Facebook page.
Registration for Shadow Day
Nonprofit Connect is hosting Shadow Day 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri. The event matches college students interested in the nonprofit sector with local nonprofit professionals for a day of learning and networking. This event allows undergraduate and graduate students to experience a workday in their desired profession and helps students develop a variety of connections in the nonprofit community. Student registration fee is $25, including light continental breakfast. The deadline to register is Sept. 21. For more information, contact Branden Haralson at or read this student guide.

8:30 a.m.: Check in
8:30-9 a.m.: Networking breakfast
9-10 a.m.: Young nonprofit professionals panel
10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Students experience a day in the life of a nonprofit professional
Borda Productions information booth
Borda Productions, based out of Overland Park, Kansas, will host an information booth on Aug. 22 in the Clarkson Gallery to share internship opportunities at the organization. Borda promotes, produces, markets, books and executes music events and large-scale parties. J-School student Kaitlyn Krueger, an intern at Borda, will represent Borda at the booth.

Digital Frontiers conference 
The J-School is one of the sponsors of the 2018 Digital Frontiers/IDRH Conference, which is Oct. 4-6 at KU and the Lawrence Public Library. The theme for the 2018 conference is Finding Community in Digital Humanities. Learn more and register here.
Alumni update
Talk and book signing

Sarah Smarsh, 2003 J-School graduate, will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Liberty Hall about her new book, "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth." The Raven Book Store will sell copies of the book for signing after the talk. Smarsh's opinion piece, "Liberal Blind Spots are Hiding the Truth about Trump Country" was published in the New York Times last month.
Alex Gold, 2013 J-School graduate, has accepted a position at SB Nation hosting a show on its national network based in Houston. "The Gold Standard" airs weeknights from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Gold comes to SB Nation after hosting sports talk shows in Boise, Idaho, and Kansas City, Missouri. Read the press release.

Conrad Bibens, 1977 J-School graduate, retired in July 2018 as a business wire and copy editor after 28 years at the Houston Chronicle. He also worked at the St. Joseph News-Press, the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tennessee, the Houston Post and the St. Louis Sun.   
Jerry Howard, 1985 J-School graduate, has been promoted to news director at the three News-Press Gazette TV stations in St. Joseph, Missouri.     
Drew Sidener, 1989 J-School graduate, is creative services director for CBS4 in Denver, which won two NATAS Heartland Emmy Awards. The station won the prestigious "News Excellence" award, recognizing the most outstanding overall news operation in the region, as well as the "Team Coverage" award. 
Sarah Henning, 2003 J-School graduate, had a book signing at Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas, last month for the release of her book, "Sea Witch."  
Caroline Burkard, 2018 J-School graduate, is a multimedia journalist at WECT in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Grant Stephens, 2018 J-School graduate, is a multimedia journalist at WIBW in Topeka, Kansas. 
McKenzi Davis, 2018 J-School graduate is a multimedia journalist, at KSNT in Topeka, Kansas.
Ellis Wiltsey, 2018 J-School graduate, is a multimedia journalist at KOLN in Lincoln, Nebraska. 
New blog features new graduates On the Job

"On the Job" is a new blog featuring the career paths of recent J-School graduates. These mini profiles are also featured on the digital display monitors around Stauffer-Flint. Read how our new grads got their jobs and what advice they have for students.
In memoriam
Remembering Del Shankel

Del Shankel, former KU chancellor who also served as acting dean of the School of Journalism, died July 12 at age 90. A memorial service is at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union followed by a reception at the Adams Alumni Center. Read his obituary. 
Elizabeth Joan Cook, 1948 J-School graduate, died March 6 in Lansing, Kansas, at the age of 91. Read her obituary.

Charla R. Jenkins, 1969 J-School graduate, died July 25 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the age of 70. Read her obituary.

Donald Wright "Tad" Selzer Jr., 1974 J-School graduate, died July 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 65. Read his obituary.

Richard F. Stroud III, 1982 J-School graduate, died July 24 in Kansas City at the age of 59. Read his obituary.

Joseph Adler, 1983 J-School graduate, died July 17 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the age of 58. Read his obituary.

Kathleen Pudas, 2018 J-School graduate, died July 19 in Vietnam at the age of 21. Read her obituary.
Mark your calendars
Aug. 15: Faculty and staff retreat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Clarkson Gallery  
Aug. 20: Fall classes begin   
Sept. 3: Labor Day holiday
Sept. 7: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., SF 206
Sept. 19: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
Sept. 24: KSPA Fall Conference at Kansas Union  
Sept. 27-28: J-School Generations  
Oct. 13-16: Fall break
Oct. 14-16: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Convention, Wichita
Oct. 26: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., SF 206 
Nov. 6: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas Room in Kansas Union
Nov. 15: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
Nov. 21-25: Thanksgiving break
Dec. 7: Stop day
Dec. 7: Faculty/staff meeting, 10:30 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
Dec. 14: Last day of finals   
Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Jan. 22: First day of spring semester
March 7: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas Room, Kansas Union
March 11-17: Spring break
April 11: William Allen White Day
April 12: Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards
May 10: Stop day
May 17: Last day of finals
May 18: J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 
May 4: KSPA State Contest at Kansas Union 

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