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

Research and presentations
Kerry Benson, strategic communication track chair, and Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski presented to more than 130 students on the role of strategic communication as a college emphasis and career path at the Journalism Education Association on Nov. 18 in Dallas.

A CNN article by Frank LoMonte, senior legal fellow at the Student Press Law Center, cited two studies by Associate Professor Genelle Belmas and Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski about young women self-censoring in high school journalism and the link between high school journalism and civic engagement. Read the story.

Assistant Professor Joseph Erba (below) was awarded second place for best junior faculty research poster at the 2017 KU Cancer Center Research Symposium. His research focuses on using transformative learning to train oncologists on talking with their patients about cancer clinical trials. This is the first time that a junior faculty member from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications has won an award at this event, which brings together researchers from basic and clinical medical sciences, pharmacology and public health. Erba's research was funded by a grant from the Hearst Foundation (Principal investigator: Dr. Mugur Geana)
Campaigns presentations

Professor Tien Lee's Strategic Campaigns students will present at 6:30 p.m. today at Dyche Hall. The client is the KU Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen's Strategic Campaigns students will present at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The client is Kaleidoscope, a Hallmark-sponsored creative space in Kansas City. 
Faculty and staff
Social Justice Fellows Program

The University of Kansas Office of Multicultural Affairs is accepting applications for the 2018 cohort of the Social Justice Fellows Program. Now entering its third year, the program provides intensive direction to faculty and staff on issues of social justice, inclusion and systemic oppression. The deadline is Dec. 8. Apply here.
Internships and jobs
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:

Traffic reporter/newscaster, KCTV5 (Kansas City)
Student assistant, KU School of Journalism (Lawrence, Kansas)
Producer, Heartland Media's KDRV-TV (Medford, Oregon)
Marketing coordinator, KU Edwards Campus (Overland Park, Kansas)
Communications assistant, KU School of Education (Lawrence, Kansas)

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce/World Trade Center internship (Kansas City, Missouri)
KCPT internships, Kansas City Public Television (Kansas City, Missouri)

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
Student news and opportunities
Dani Nolette presented "How Dance Companies Market Themselves in the U.S." at Rock Chalk Talks sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research in The Commons of Spooner Hall on Nov. 28. This talk is a culmination of Nolette's independent study project. She interviewed six marketing professionals and analyzed data from contemporary dancing companies' social media pages. Nolette's advisor is Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen.

Conner Mitchell, University Daily Kansan editor-in-chief, and Darby VanHoutan, Kansan news editor, are participating in a webinar hosted by the Student Press Law Center at noon Dec. 5. They will be discussing Kansan reporting on sexual misconduct. Learn more about the webinar here.

Conner Mitchell has accepted a reporting internship with the Lawrence Journal-World for the spring semester.

Hailey Dixon has accepted an internship with Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the spring semester.
Aungelina Taglia has accepted an internship with Crown Video Productions for the Kansas City Royals in 2018.

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.

Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals for the 14th annual KU Professionals for Inclusion and Social Justice (ISJ) Graduate Research Conference on Feb. 2. Learn more here. 

KU's University Awards committee is now accepting nominations for the 2018 University Awards. The University Awards 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. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 29. Learn more here. 
Apply now for spring Kansan positions

The Kansan is still hiring for the spring semester! Positions are available for reporters, photographers, designers and more. Applications are due Dec. 6 at 11:59 p.m. All applications should be sent to spring editor-in-chief Chandler Boese at Details here.
Hearst Journalism Fellowship

The Hearst Journalism Fellowship is actively recruiting for its next class that starts in late summer 2018. The fellowship is a two-year program focusing on journalism in a changing digital world. The fellowship program consists of two 12-month rotations at top metro papers. Fellows will receive training, mentoring and real-world experience alongside top journalists who are using cutting-edge tools to tell stories through data, video and more. Hearst Fellows are full-time employees with competitive salary and benefits, including health insurance and relocation assistance. Learn more.
Scholarships and contests

Deadlines are approaching for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, which
provide support, encouragement and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students' schools. See all the categories and deadlines here, and contact Lisa McLendon if you would like to enter the competition. 

The Pretty Presets for Lightroom Scholarship Program will award a $500 scholarship bi-annually to a high school or college student who submits a unique essay and meets the requirements detailed on its scholarship web page. Deadline to enter is Dec. 15. 
The J-School is sponsoring a Media Literacy Town Hall discussion Monday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Public Library. J-School professors and local media professionals will lead a dialogue about the current media landscape and how to evaluate news for accuracy and validity. Members of the community are encouraged to attend and ask questions or offer comment.

On Dec. 8, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City opens an exhibition, "Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time ," which is a retrospective of the photographer's 50-year career. Join Richards from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for a screening of a selection of his short documentary films. A Q&A with the artist will follow. Reserve free tickets at
Alumni update
Jeff Chaltas, 1999 J-School graduate, has published Dogbone Boulevard, a humorous compilation of his one-panel cartoons. The book is available through, and many other outlets.

Jessica Palm, 2011 J-School graduate, has received the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, which honors emerging leaders. Read the story.
Mark your calendars
Dec. 8: Stop Day
Dec. 8: Faculty meeting, 10:30-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
Dec. 11: Media Literacy town hall, 7 p.m., Lawrence Public Library  
Dec. 15: Last day of finals
Dec. 16: Winter break begins
Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Jan. 16: First day of classes for spring semester
Jan. 26: Faculty meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., 206 Stauffer-Flint Hall
Feb. 15: Deadline to enter Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Awards
Feb. 23: Judging for the KSPA Regional Contest
March 2: Faculty meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., 206 Stauffer-Flint Hall
March 7: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas Union
March 19-23: Spring break
April 3: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar and Career Fair, Manhattan, Kansas
April 26: William Allen White Day program, 3:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
April 27: Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards and Scholarships and Award Program, noon, Kansas Union, Ballroom
May 4: Stop day
May 4: Faculty meeting, 10:30-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
May 5: Judging for the KSPA State Contest
May 12: J-School Recognition ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 

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