Inside the School
Health practices for returning to campus and Stauffer-Flint Hall
We are excited to have students, faculty and staff back on campus for the fall semester! Watch this video to understand the health practices required for everyone inside Stauffer-Flint Hall. 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
Teri Finneman featured in suffrage documentary and discussion
Associate Professor Teri Finneman was featured in Ellen Goodman and Lynn Sherr's "She Votes" podcast last week about the 19th Amendment and women fighting for the right to vote. Finneman also was featured in a KMBC suffrage documentary, "Chronicle: Pioneers. Patriots. Trailblazers," with journalist Haley Harrison, a J-School alumna.
Research, Publications and Presentations
Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo has been participating as a digital access subject matter expert on the Coronavirus Relief Fund “Strike Team” aimed at supporting counties in Kansas in prioritizing spending made possible by CARES Act funding.

Seo also gave a workshop on social media for professional development to Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellows at KU on Aug. 14. The Self Fellowship program “provides financial support and professional development opportunities for promising graduate student leaders” at KU.

Eric Thomas presented to the Kauffman Foundation last week as part of its Disruptor Series, which connects to the Kauffman Foundation staff and community leaders in Kansas City. Thomas invited three former high school journalists to tell their stories of courageous reporting on lies told by school administrators, sexual harassment in school and sex offenders attending classes. The presentation focused on how a state law in Kansas protects the free expression of these students and emphasized how important it is to support such laws. 
Student News and Opportunities
J-School Academic Welcome is Tuesday
Incoming students accepted to the J-School and pre-journalism students are encouraged to join us for the J-School Virtual Academic Welcome on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom. The event is a chance for students to learn about student organizations and media. Here's how to join:
Meeting ID: 946 0702 7358
Passcode: 999307
A University Daily Kansan editorial calling for the university to switch to online classes received national and regional media attention last week in the following outlets:

"Big Fur," a documentary produced by Jon Niccum, a student in the Integrated Marketing Communications program at the KU Edwards Campus, was released by 1091 Pictures this month. It is available on most streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime. It currently has a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was featured in The Kansas City Star and Outside Magazine.

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.
Journalism Student Ambassadors needed
Journalism Student Ambassadors are a select group of student volunteers who are committed, in thought and through their actions, to the positive promotion of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. J-School Ambassadors serve an important role in the school’s public relations, recruitment and retention efforts.
Qualifications for applying
  • Positive and passionate attitude for the J-School and for the journalism profession
  • High level of professionalism
  • Genuine desire to meet and welcome KU alumni and prospective students
  • True interest in helping the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications remain one of the leading schools of journalism
Requirements of all applicants
  • Admission to the J-School
  • A minimum of 2.75 cumulative KU GPA and journalism GPA
  • Experience working with J-School organizations and/or campus media 
  • At least two hours of availability each week between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and some evening hours (Hours can vary with certain school events.)
  • Must attend meetings and training sessions each semester
If interested, apply here.
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.
Apply now for ACES scholarships
Applications are now being accepted for scholarships through the ACES Education Fund, which awards six scholarships annually. ACES: The Society for Editing is the nation’s leading organization of editing professionals, educators and students.
Meet our students
Faces of the J-School highlights stories and aspirations of a few of our current students. Learn more about our amazing Jayhawk Journalists here:
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.

Director of communications, National Center for Transgender Equality (Washington, D.C.)
Director of strategic communications and marketing, Grand Island Public Schools (Grand Island, Nebraska)
Student marketing assistant, KU Theatre and Dance Department (Lawrence, Kansas)

Digital marketing intern, MAKE Digital Group (Kansas City)
Summer internship program, Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
Part-Time Career Fair
The University Career Center will host its annual Part-Time Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, to match students with employers who are hiring for on-campus, off-campus and remote positions. Learn more here.
JSchool Tech
Virtual JBar
All students have been added to our Microsoft Team, the Virtual JBar. Pop in and say hi! If we missed you, 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 your class 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. starting Aug. 31. Teams are a great way to build your portfolio and learn Adobe skills in a project-based way. Sign up here
  • 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. Sign up here. 

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.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @jschooltech for all our updates and announcements. 
Alumni Update
Alumna celebrates 102nd birthday
Loretta Pendergraft, who graduated from KU in 1940 with a journalism degree, turned 102 earlier this month. Family and friends helped her celebrate at Larksfield Place Retirement Communities in Wichita. See the Facebook post.
Michael Fuhlhage, 1990 J-School graduate, has been selected to receive the 2020 American Journalism Historians Association National Award for Excellence in Teaching. Fuhlhage is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. Read the news release here.

Sarah Smarsh, 2003 J-School graduate, was a guest last week on KCUR's Up-to-Date program discussing recent news about the United States Postal Service. She also was on the PBS NewsHour Democratic National Convention analysis team.

Johanna Maska, 2004 J-School graduate and former White House director of press advance for President Obama, launched a new podcast earlier this month along with two other Obama White House veterans: Alejandra Campoverdi, who served as White House deputy director of Hispanic media, and Darienne Page, former White House director of veterans outreach. On "Pod is a Woman," Maska, Campoverdi and Page lead a weekly conversations about politics and popular culture.
Alumna holds workshop for journalism students
Laura Okmin, 1991 J-School graduate, held an online workshop for J-School students interested in sports media last week. Okmin, who is the third-longest tenured sideline reporter in NFL history, founded her organization, GALvanize, to mentor and train young women entering the sports industry.
Aug. 24: First day of fall semester
Oct. 20-22: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Virtual Convention,
Oct. 28-29: J-School Career Fair (online)
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