Note: The Monday Memo is not published during winter break. It will resume Jan. 20.
Research, Publications and Presentations
Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo ’s multidisciplinary research team, funded by the National Science Foundation, entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shawnee County Department of Corrections in Topeka on Dec. 12 to offer media/information literacy and technology education to women recently released from jail or prison. The team is also working with the Wyandotte County Detention Center and nonprofit organizations supporting women’s re-entry.
Also, Seo ’s book chapter on press freedom in South Korea has been published in  Press Freedom in Contemporary Asia  by Routledge.

Assistant Professor Hong Vu was interviewed about his research on global climate change in the news by the Alabama Political Reporter and Geographical, an online magazine from the United Kingdom. Read  story 1  and  story 2  here. 

Strategic Communication Chair Kerry Benson presented to the Phi Lambda Sigma honor society at the KU School of Pharmacy on Dec. 10. Benson spoke about how to present complex information in an accessible way for diverse audiences and how to identify individual speaking strengths. Students from both the Lawrence and Wichita campuses were part of the session. 

"Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" is one of the most famous editorials in journalism history. Get in the holiday spirit as  Assistant Professor Teri Finneman shares the behind-the-scenes story of this holiday favorite on her Journalism History podcast available on iTunes, Spotify, Podbean and this website .

Al Wallace , sports broadcaster at WDAF in Kansas City who is teaching Journalism 540: Sports, Media and Society this semester, has published a book, “One for the Coyotes,” about his life, work in sports media and connections that go beyond the games. Read the KU News story.
Inside the School
Farewell to Tien Lee and David Guth
Best wishes to Tien Lee , whose last day was Friday, and David Guth , who is retiring at the end of this semester. Both were honored at Friday's faculty and staff meeting. Lee has taken a position as head of the Department of Communication at the University of Macau.
Student News and Opportunities
Kansan analysis presentation
Students in the Diversity and Media class presented their diversity analysis of the Kansan as their final project last Thursday. The class was taught by Assistant Professor Teri Finneman .
Hearst Journalism Awards
Entries are being accepted for the 60th annual Hearst Journalism Awards. Students may enter in the following categories: Writing, Photojournalism, Radio, Television and Multimedia. Learn more here.
Apply now for McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and scholarly activities. McNair Scholars are first-generation, low-income students and/or members of underrepresented minority groups in higher education. The McNair Scholars Program is   currently accepting applications to the program   for the 2019-2020 academic year. Learn more and apply here.
Berlin Capital Program
Operated by the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Berlin Capital Program (May 23-30, 2020) invites young U.S. journalists and students of journalism to Germany. The weeklong seminar allows them to take a closer look at the German media landscape and gain a deeper awareness of the political, economic and cultural environment in Germany and Europe. Learn more here.
Broadcast Education Association membership and scholarships
Undergraduate students interested in electronic media or other multimedia enterprises related to research and creative endeavors may sign up for a free membership to the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and apply for scholarships. Here's how:
1:  Select  Member Login  at the top right of then click on  New Visitor Registration
STEP 2:  Enter your  Primary Email Address  then press  Go
STEP 3:  Enter your  Personal Information  then press  Create Account
STEP 4:  Select  Online Store  located on the left side of your screen
STEP 5:  Select  Undergrad Student Member  and then press  Add to Cart
STEP 6:  Enter  MUGS-55 Discount Code,  press  Apply Discount Check out  and  Purchase Now
Deadline to apply for scholarships has been extended to Dec. 17.
Great Plains Journalism Awards
The Great Plains Journalism Awards  contest is accepting applications starting Jan. 1. The contest is an opportunity for students in an eight-state region to be recognized for their work. Students can win $1,500 scholarships in five categories. Deadline is Jan. 31.  Learn more here.
JSchool Tech
Brush up on your tech skills over winter break! Go to ​ for tutorials on InDesign, Premiere, Illustrator and more.
Grand reopening ceremonies in January
The J-School is planning two ceremonies during the first week of the spring semester to celebrate the reopening of Stauffer-Flint Hall.
Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. : J-School students, faculty and staff are invited to gather at the new entrance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. We'll have cookies, specialty coffee and giveaways.
Jan. 23, 3 p.m. : The campus community is invited for ribbon-cutting ceremony, cake and a tour of the renovated Stauffer-Flint Hall.
Jobs and Internships
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 .
Content writers , Longmire and Company (remote)
Copy editor/page designer , Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas)
Multimedia content generator , Community Housing of Wyandotte County (Kansas City, Kansas)
Graphic design intern , Albatross Ventures (remote)
Strategic communications intern , Central Exchange (Kansas City)
Intern , Kansas City Athletics Communications (Kansas City)
Communications intern , VML&R (Kansas City)
Korva Coleman Diversity in Journalism Internship
Applications are now open for the Korva Coleman Diversity in Journalism Internship, which is geared toward training college students of color to be part of the next generation of public radio reporters and newscasters. The Coleman intern will get an immersive, hands-on learning experience at KMUW, Wichita’s award-winning National Public Radio station, as well as mentoring from NPR newscaster Coleman. Deadline is Dec. 17. Learn more and apply here.
Alumni Update
Barbara Bichelmeyer , 1982 J-School graduate, has been named provost and executive vice chancellor for the KU Lawrence campus. Bichelmeyer is currently the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Read the KU News story.
Dec. 21-Jan. 19: Winter break
Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Jan. 21: First day of spring semester
Jan. 21: Stauffer-Flint Hall grand reopening ceremony for J-School students, faculty, staff, 10:30 a.m., main entrance
Jan. 23: Stauffer-Flint Hall ribbon-cutting ceremony for campus community, 3 p.m., main entrance
Feb. 3: Lecture: "No Votes for Women," featuring Teri Finneman, 12:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery
Feb. 5: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
Feb. 7: Faculty/staff meeting 1:30-3 p.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 206
Feb. 10: Lecture: "William Allen White & Suffrage," featuring Beverley Olson Buller, noon, Clarkson Gallery
Feb. 28 : KSPA Regional Contest, all day, Kansas Union
March 2: Lecture: "Violence Against Women," featuring Patricia Gaston, 12:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery
March 5: J-School Career Fair, 1-4 p.m., Kansas Union
March 9-13: Spring break   
March 20: Faculty/staff meeting 1:30-3 p.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 206
April 6: Lecture: "Women and Leadership," featuring Angela Hendershot, 12:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery
April 16: William Allen White Day & Student Scholarships and Awards program, 3 p.m., Kansas Union, Ballroom
April 23: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
May 2: KSPA State Contest, all day, Kansas Union
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        
May 16: J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
1435 Jayhawk Boulevard
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045