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. 

Season of giving
We would like to invite all J-School students, faculty and staff to participate in the Adopt-A-Family Holiday Bureau this year. We've adopted a family of five and hope that you will make their season a bright one. If you would like to help, we will be collecting cash donations until Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. Please bring donations to the dean's office in 200 Stauffer-Flint or to Shola Aromona or Matt Blomberg in Room 113, Stauffer-Flint.
Faculty and staff
Please welcome two new staff members to the J-School Student Services office.
Himee Kamatuka is the new recruitment coordinator. She is a first-generation American from Lawrence and a KU School of Journalism graduate. She has worked with KU TRIO programs guiding first-generation and low-income students through the college process.

Eddie Muñoz is the new academic advisor. He grew up in Lawrence and has been a Jayhawk all of his life. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from KU in 2002 and is currently pursuing a master's in higher education administration. Before joining the J-School, he served as the executive assistant to the vice provost for student affairs.
Steve Rottinghaus,  career and outreach coordinator, presented a session on ways to engage students without using events during the Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers annual conference last week in Wichita, Kansas. The presentation was titled, "Are You There, Students? It's Me ... The Career Center." He also participated in a panel discussion, "Building Our Young Talent: Best Practices for Supervising Undergrads in Career Services."
Research and presentations
Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen's co-authored work has been accepted for a poster presentation at the 2019 Society For Research On Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting. This project, funded by the Children's Mercy Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition Grant, examined how media literacy techniques changed adolescents' brain responses to e-cigarette advertisements. This project is an extension of Chen's first-authored work published in Addiction Biology in 2018. 

On Friday, Dec. 7, Associate Professor Mugur Geana will chair a workshop on community-academia collaboration to recruit participants to cancer clinical trials. The workshop targets health-care providers, community organizations and patient advocates and counts toward Continuous Medical Education credits. Assistant Professor Joseph Erba is one of the panelists at the workshop. On Thursday, Dec. 6, Dr. Erba and Dr. Geana will present their research titled, "Information sources, awareness and perceptions of clinical trials among inner-city, low-income Black and White current cancer patients."
Student news and opportunities
Food pantry

A recent survey indicated that 30 percent of KU students reported experiencing food insecurity. That's nearly one in three. In addition, the end of the semester brings stress for many students. If you are one of those students, faculty and staff are here to help. The J-School has created a food pantry in Room 111A inside the Clarkson Gallery for students who need a little help to get by. Students who need assistance can drop in and take what they need. Students also have other options available on campus and in Lawrence -- visit for a full list of food resources. For those students who might be feeling stressed or overwhelmed, please take advantage of mental health resources available to KU students. Visit the KU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) website for information, to make an appointment with a counselor, or visit the CAPS self-help library. Do not hesitate to reach out to any trusted faculty member in the J-School for help any time or email
Strategic Campaigns presentations

Assistant Professor Joseph Erba's students will present to their client, Communities in Schools, a national nonprofit organization, at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center. Due to limited seating, please email Erba if you would like to attend the presentations.
Lisa Loewen's Campaigns students will present to their client, North Topeka Arts and Entertainment District, at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 in the NOTO Arts Center in Topeka.
Angie Hendershot's Campaigns students will present to their client, the Youth Volunteer Corps, at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Jayhawk Room in the Kansas Union.
KU's University Awards committee is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2019 University Awards, which are among the most prestigious awards presented at KU. These awards were established to recognize students who embody service excellence, dedication, or whose academic achievements remain stellar. Learn more here.
JSchool Tech

Check out the redesigned JSchool Tech website for tutorials on video, graphic design, photography, web and much more!
First-year honors students from Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen's "Just Breathe: Mindfulness Meditation in the Modern World" course presented their final projects at the First-Year Honors Symposium in the Ballroom of the Kansas Union on Dec. 2. In this course, students from a variety of backgrounds examined the definition of mindfulness meditation; explored the intersections of meditation, art, and music; engaged in practices of yoga, visualization, loving kindness meditation, and meditative breathing techniques; and researched topics on mindfulness and eating, physical activity, music, stress reduction, anxiety, religion and workplace.
Scholarships and contests
Pretty  Presets for Lightroom is offering is $500 bi-annual scholarship. Applicants must
research and compose an essay-style Adobe Lightroom tutorial on one of four selected topics. Deadline to apply is Dec. 15. Get more details here. 
Applications are now open for Buff Guy Media's Digital Media Scholarship Program. Students applying for the $1,500 scholarship must answer three questions relating to digital technology. Deadline to enter is Dec. 7. Get more details here. 
Applications are now being accepted for the Radio Television Digital News Association's 2019 scholarships and fellowships. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 18. RTDNF offers eight scholarships for journalism students and four fellowships for professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Learn more here. 
The Great Plains Journalism Awards contest is now accepting applications. The contest is an opportunity for students in an eight-state region to be recognized for their work. Students also can win $1,500 scholarships in five categories. Deadline to apply is Jan. 31. Learn more here. 
Internship and job opportunities
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. Some recent opportunities include:

Board operator, Eagle Communications (Great Bend, Kansas)
Marketing assistant, Insight2Design (Overland Park, Kansas)
Account executive, FleishmanHillard (Kansas City)
Assistant account executive, FleishmanHillard (Kansas City)
Media production-technical media producer, KOLN/KGIN-TV (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Reporter/photographer, KAAL (Rochester, Minnesota)
Copywriter, BicMedia (Kansas City, Missouri)
Digital media planner, Walz Tetrick Advertising (Mission, Kansas)

Intern, Eisenhower Foundation (remote)
Marketing intern, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri (Kansas City)
Multimedia correspondent intern, Gateway Journalism Review
Summer internship, Courier Journal (Louisville, Kentucky)

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
Internships in Washington, D.C. 
Deadlines are approaching to apply for internships in Washington, D.C., as part of, a program designed for students to gain experience working in the nation's capital. Summer programs are available in several specialties, including journalism, international affairs, public policy and others. Learn more here. 

Fulbright Germany
Students are encouraged to apply to the German-American Fulbright Program, an exchange program for two academic semesters at a German university or any other pertinent non-university institution. Learn more here.

Fellowship opportunities for minorities
The Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities is a competitive program for those who want to write, report and tell important stories. The program seeks to diversify newsrooms and editorial staffs by launching the careers of those from underrepresented groups as newspaper or magazine journalists. Two awards are given annually ­ -- each worth more than $65,000. The winners study in the Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism master's program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15. Learn more here.  
Journalism in the Era of Disinformation Fellowship 
Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit organization that provides international exchange opportunities to students and young professionals, invites students to apply to the Journalism in the Era of Disinformation Fellowship (JED), a funded fellowship program that gives student journalists from the United States and Germany the opportunity to meet their peers and learn about the role that disinformation plays in political coverage in both countries. Each year, up to eight German and eight American journalism students are selected to participate in this weeklong program in Washington, D.C., and New York, which will focus on political coverage in the United States and Germany and analyze the trend of "fake news." Learn more here.

Fellowship program in Germany
Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics is now accepting applications for its 2019 journalism program. FASPE is a free, two-week fellowship program in professional ethics and ethical leadership that begins by examining the actions and choices of German and international journalists in covering and enabling Nazi policies. Deadline to apply is Dec. 28. Learn more here.
Students and faculty are invited to join an exclusive program launched by CNBC called CNBCU, a closed group that gives students an opportunity to interact with CNBC anchors and industry leaders on current trends and pressing topics in the world of business and finance. Join the CNBCU Facebook Group to get free access to the first live interactive session, which is at noon Dec. 4.
Bonus Doughnuts with the Dean!

A bonus edition of Doughnuts with the Dean is this week! Join Dean Brill on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clarkson Gallery.
Alumni update
Gary Mark Smith, 1984 J-School graduate, is hosting a party to launch his final book project and to thank the KU and Lawrence communities for helping him achieve his goals during his  40-year career photographing the poetry of everyday life on the streets of the world. The book, "Travelogueing The Dark Side: Gatecrashing History, Brainstorming Access, and Engineering Art out of Circumstance -- the ExtremeOphile Field Notes of a One-of-a-Kind Lifetime Art Project Photographing the Streets of the Civilized World's Most Frightening Discomfort Zones." The party is Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St., in Lawrence, Kansas, with a brief artist comment and Q&A session at 7 p.m. The book is available before launch by mail and can be ordered by calling 785-749-2787.

Sarah Fisher, 2018 J-School graduate, is a sales associate for Zizoo in Berlin, Germany.
Mark your calendars
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
Feb. 1: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., 206 SF  
Feb. 20: KSPA Regional Contest at Kansas Union
Feb. 21: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery   
March 5: Budig professorship presentation featuring Peter Bobkowski, 4 p.m., Watson 3 West 
March 7: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas Room, Kansas Union
March 11-17: Spring break
March 22: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3, 206 SF 
April 11: William Allen White Day & Student Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union 
April 12: Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards
April 24: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery 
May 4: KSPA State Contest at Kansas Union  
May 10: Stop day
May 10: Faculty/staff meeting and lunch, 10:30-noon, Clarkson Gallery 
May 17: Last day of finals
May 18: J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 

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