Inside the School
Health practices for returning to campus and Stauffer-Flint Hall
We are looking forward to welcoming back students to campus as safely as possible for the fall semester. Watch this video to understand the health practices required for everyone inside Stauffer-Flint Hall. Students, faculty and staff will be required to obtain a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. Please familiarize yourself with all of the new protocols and important information for the fall semester on the J-School website and Questions? Email
Faculty and Staff
Welcome, new faculty!
Please welcome the following new faculty to the J-School:
Patricia Weems Gaston, the Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism, and Associate Professor Mugur V. Geana, director of CEHCUP, have agreed to serve as members of the provost's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council. The council will advise the provost in reviewing current policies, procedures and actions to support diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as recommending changes to promote a healthier community at the University of Kansas.
The Kansas Scholastic Press Association and Executive Director Eric Thomas earned a grant to encourage young voters and support student journalists in covering the 2020 election. The grant, from the American Citizenship Project, funds three current and former KU students as interns through November. Those students, Kailey Curtis (j'20), Victoria Garcia and Sarah Grindstaff, have created KSPA Election Force. Please contact KSPA at if you have ideas for other connections to the effort. 
Faculty & staff retreat Aug. 18
Reminder: The J-School faculty & staff retreat is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Aug. 18. We will discuss information and ideas for the 2020-2021 academic year in the morning and participate in a Poynter Institute workshop in the afternoon.  
Research, Publications and Presentations
Teri Finneman featured in suffrage documentary and discussion
Associate Professor Teri Finneman is featured in a KMBC documentary about the 19th Amendment and women fighting for the right to vote, with journalist Haley Harrison, a J-School alumna. Tune in Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
Finneman also will participate in a panel discussion, "Suffrage and the Press: 100 Years of Triumph and Struggle," on Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. on Zoom. The event is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Houston Pro Chapter. Learn more or register here.
Patricia Weems Gaston, Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism, wrote a column for the Kansas Reflector titled "How it feels to come home to Kansas after decades away."

The J-School's three summer learning sessions for KU faculty were a huge success, with 224 attendees from departments all over campus. Genelle Belmas and Matt Tidwell presented "More Hybrid Tips," Yvonnes Chen and Carol Holstead presented "Zoom and Presentation Tips," and Gerri Berendzen, Peter Bobkowski, Lisa McLendon and Doug Ward taught Blackboard and Beyond. Replays can be seen here.

J-School faculty members and students attended the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference, which was held virtually in early August. Read a full wrapup here of news, presentations and awards from the conference.
Student News and Opportunities
Students can schedule an academic advising appointment with Dan McCarthy, Eddie Muñoz or Frances Lyons via Jayhawk GPS. Advisors are meeting with students over Zoom or the phone. Drop-in appointments also will be virtual and available Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To get the Zoom link, email A list of FAQs can be found on the J-School website at
Career and Outreach Coordinator Steve Rottinghaus will be available virtually from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by emailing Appointments will be conducted via email, phone, Zoom, FaceTime or Skype. Resumes, cover letters, portfolios, mock interviews and strategy for a job and internship search will be the main focus of meetings. Students are welcome to email Steve after 5 p.m. to set up an appointment or if they need immediate attention.
Kansan and Jayhawk Media Group accepting applications
The University Daily Kansan and the Jayhawk Media Group are accepting student applications for the fall semester. Put the skills you have learned in class to real-world use and gain resume-building practical experience in news, sports, opinion and visual roles in the newsroom as well as advertising, sales, marketing and creative positions on the business side. The Kansan publishes primarily through and Kansan social media. We are creating new products and services on these platforms and in other units of the Jayhawk Media Group to serve our campus community. For more information, please contact General Manager and News Adviser Rob Karwath at or 785-864-7666.
Student Innovation Competition
The Reynolds Journalism Institute’s 2020-21 Student Innovation Competition at the Missouri School of Journalism invites college students to participate by tackling engagement with a news organization. A student or student team will partner with a news organization to devise an engagement idea innovative to that organization. Applications detailing the team’s idea are due by Oct. 31. The chosen finalist teams will implement their idea at the partner news organization for three months before presenting the results on Feb. 26, 2021, in front of a panel of judges and the public on Zoom. First-prize winner gets $10,000. More details here.
Meet our students
Faces of the J-School highlights the stories and aspirations of some of our current students. Learn more about our amazing Jayhawk Journalists returning to campus next week.
Jobs and Internships
Find career and work opportunities on the J-Schools jobs and internships web page. You can filter by job or internship and full or part time. And dont 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.

Reporter, Kansas News Service/High Plains Public Radio (Garden City, Kansas)
Campus political organizer, Vote 4 Quality (remote)
Breaking news reporter, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
Communications manager, Olin (Independence, Missouri)
Social media coordinator, Essence of Australia (Overland Park, Kansas)
Graphic designer, Iola Register (Iola, Kansas)
IT/digital marketing director, HeroFund USA (Blue Springs, Missouri)
Assistant news director, KCTV (Kansas City)
News director, KCUR (Kansas City)
Economic development and communications specialist, City of Belton (Belton, Missouri)
News producer, KCTV (Kansas City)

Social media intern, 360 Sports (remote)
Washington Post Summer Internship Program
The Washington Post is accepting applications for its summer internship program. Students must have had one prior newsroom job or internship. Reporters, visual journalists, editors, designers, social media producers and audio producers should apply. Deadline noon EST Oct. 7. Learn more here.
JSchool Tech
Virtual JBar
Even though we can't see you at the JBar, the JSchool Tech team has been working on ways to help you virtually. Soon, you will be automatically added to our Microsoft Team, the Virtual JBar. If you want to join early, go to
At the Virtual JBar, you can leave a question for us in the general channel or join labbies for their office hours: 4-6 p.m. on Sundays with Emma and 6-8 p.m. Thursday with Natalie. You also may see Natalie and Emma as Tech TAs in your skills classes - check Blackboard for that information. 
If you want to work directly with Heather Lawrenz, make an appointment at

JST Events
  • Learning Adobe just got easier! We have multiple events each week. Check out the full list and sign up here.
  • Teams are back Monday at 2 p.m. Teams are a great way to build your portfolio and learn Adobe skills in a project-based way. 
  • Skillbuilders were a huge hit this summer, so we are bringing them back, starting with After Effects on Sept. 2. Skillbuilders are product-specific three-week sessions with fun projects. 

Weekly Workshops start Sept. 9 with Premiere Rush video-editing basics. 

JST online: You can still catch up with our tutorials and recorded events at or subscribe to our YouTube channel and get notifications.

Access Adobe: The KU Bookstore is selling a year of Creative Cloud for $150, which is a huge discount! Get it here.
Alumni Update
Judge Steve Leben, 1978 J-School graduate and 1982 KU School of Law graduate, retired last month from the Kansas Court of Appeals. Read the story.

Nicole Vap, 1991 J-School graduate, was part of a team that won two 2020 Heartland Emmy Chapter awards for Investigative Report Series. Vap is director of investigative journalism at KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado.

Michelle Jacobs, 1996 J-School graduate, is president of Alight Analytics, which has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for five years in a row. Read the story.

Dallas Milligan, 2018 J-School graduate, is the new radio and television production teacher at the Porter County (Indiana) Career and Technical Center. Ten high schools send students to the program.
In Memoriam
James C. Bogie, 1977 J-School graduate, died July 12 at the age of 67. Read his obituary.

Susan J. Keck, 1981 J-School graduate, died July 11 at the age of 61. Read her obituary.

Matthew Levi, 1987 J-School graduate, died Aug. 1 at the age of 55. Read his obituary.

Tammy Yergey, 1989 J-School graduate, died Aug. 10 at the age of 53. Read her obituary.

Charles McKissick, 1999 J-School graduate, died July 13 at the age of 54. Read his obituary.
Aug. 18: Faculty & staff meeting, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Zoom
Aug. 24: First day of fall semester
Oct. 20-22: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Virtual Convention,
Oct. 28-29: J-School Career Fair (online)
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
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