Student-produced documentary "Liberate LFK" to air this Friday
Students in Assistant Professor Rebekka Schlichting's documentary class spent the fall semester creating a film for the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. "Liberate LFK: The Past, Present and Future of LGBTQ+ Activism at KU" will be available for online streaming on Friday, Dec. 10, on the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity website and will be entered into the Free State Film Festival. "Liberate LFK"looks into the lives of former and current students who have taken part in the ongoing LGBTQ+ activism at KU and the surrounding Lawrence community. The documentary also shares the story of the Lawrence Gay Liberation Front that was started by a group of KU students in the 1970s. Students involved in the documentary are: Stephanie Morales Macedo, Lauren Hugo, Ariana Moore, Anna Bohlmann, Fabian Rosales, Meghan Baker, Atlas Ruiz, Caroline McCone, Sophia Misle, Peyton Burnham, Jeremy Ingalls, Jasper Hawkins and Yizhi Xu. Watch the trailer here.
INSIDE THE SCHOOL
Professors receive $25,000 innovation awards
Congratulations to Associate Professor Teri Finneman and Associate Professor Hong Vu for being selected for J-School innovation awards for these projects:
Finneman is the principal investigator for “Revenue & Readership: Rescuing & Reviving Rural Journalism,” and will receive $25,000 over two years, 2022 and 2023, starting in January.
Vu is the principal investigator for “A Visual Communication Hub for a Stronger Understanding of Climate Change.” He and his team will receive $25,000 over two years, 2022 and 2023, starting in January.
Nominations are now open for the Budig Teaching Professorship of Writing. Former KU Chancellor Gene Budig and his wife, Gretchen, provided lead support for the establishment of this award. The fund provides a one-time stipend for a School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the teaching of writing. Individuals may be selected more than once, but must resubmit materials. The professorship has a $4,500 stipend. Deadline is Dec. 10. Learn more here.
RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
Professor Hyunjin Seo’s book, "Networked Collective Actions: The Making of an Impeachment," has been published by Oxford University Press. Based on interviews with key players in the impeachment movement in South Korea in 2016-17 and original analyses of news reports and social media posts, the bookuntangles the intricate interactions among different actors that were supported and sometimes constrained by the technological, sociopolitical and legal environments in which they occurred. It examines how citizen mobilizations succeeded in a polarized media environment with low public trust, where extreme right-wing media outlets amplified conspiracy theories and false claims in opposition to impeachment. Read more about it here.
Associate Professor Hong Vu has been invited to join the editorial board of two journals including Digital Journalism and Online Media & Global Communication.
Professor Scott Reinardy contributed to the Poynter piece "Journalism isn't who you are. It's what you do," which was published Nov. 30 and can be found here.
A research paper co-authored by Associate Professor Mugur Geana, "Use of a Smartphone Application Versus Motivational Interviewing to Increase Walking Distance and Weight Loss in Overweight/Obese Adults with Peripheral Artery Disease: A Pilot Randomized Trial," has been accepted for publication in the JMIR Formative Research journal. The study, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (PI: Collins), was conducted in collaboration with researchers from the University of New Mexico, Brown University and the University of Michigan. The smartphone application was developed by Dr. Geana at the Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations.
Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, and J-School senior Kaleigh Helm presented “What Students Want from an Internship” at the Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers conference on Dec. 2 in Manhattan, Kansas.
STUDENT NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
Additional School of Journalism and Mass Communications scholarships have become available for Spring 2022. To qualify, students must be a J-School major and enrolled in at least one journalism class in the spring. Money will be applied immediately so those who graduate in May are eligible. If interested, please complete this short form.
University Daily Kansan Editor Stef Manchen appeared last night on KMBC-TV's 10 p.m. news to talk about the Kansan's special section this fall on former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole. The station included the story as part of its package on the life and legacy of Dole, who died Sunday. Watch here.
The following J-School students were inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during a ceremony last week: Anna Avery, Deanne Belshe, Laurie Bollig, Madeline Elliott, Shayla Gaulding, Lillian Goldberg, Stephanie Morales Macedo, Jon Niccum, Olivia Noel, Grace Padon, Pamela Peters, Mason Rettele, Deborah Shaoul, Abigail Shepherd, Megan Walstrom and Yizhi Xu. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and largest all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and to 7.5 percent of juniors.
As we approach the end of the semester, we want to remind students about the Nutrition Nook in Room 113 in Stauffer-Flint Hall. The Nutrition Nook shelves and refrigerator are fully stocked, and we encourage students to take what they need, especially if they need food over the semester break. We also have grocery and gas gift cards provided by donors and can help anyone who has specific dietary requirements or other needs. Please contact Associate Dean Scott Reinardy at email@example.com, Assistant Dean Frances Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email email@example.com for additional assistance.
The KC Ad Club invites students to participate in the American Advertising Awards on Feb. 12, the largest and most representative advertising competition. Through this experience, participating students will get the chance to network with Kansas City’s top advertising professionals, have opportunities for showcasing work locally or nationally, and meet professionals across the country. Learn more here.
Kansas Esports has leadership applications open now. Positions include shoutcasting, producing, social media, video production and more. Sign up here.
Apply now for J-School scholarships; deadline is Dec. 15
Students, don't miss your opportunity to apply for School of Journalism and Mass Communications scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year! Last year, the school awarded about $600,000 to current and incoming students. All students admitted to the school are encouraged to apply before the Dec. 15 deadline. Recipients will be notified in April 2022.
▮ Apply here(currents students should click the red Sign In button at the top, then log in with KU online ID and password). You may be asked to complete a general questionnaire before moving to the application.
▮ Hear testimonials from J-School students about how the scholarships helped them and why everyone should apply.
Mary Murguia, j’82 c'82 l'85, is chief judge for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s largest federal appeals court. Murguia is the first Latina and second woman to hold the position.Read the news release.
Murguia (center) is pictured with her sister Janet Murguia (right), j’82 c'82 l'85, and Lydia Beebe, j'74 l'77.
Jason Flack, j’94, joins Cornerstone Building Brands as president of the Stone Solutions business unit. Read the news release.
Chris Davenport, j’03, has been named vice president of franchise development for GYMGUYZ, a home mobile personal training and fitness franchise company. Read the news release.
B.J. Rains, j'08, who has been covering Boise State football and basketball for the Idaho Press, has started his own website and social media company, Bronco Nation News.
Caitlin Ungerer, j’18, is regional director of marketing and strategy, East Coast, for Social Studies Inc.
Associate Professor Emeritus David Guth received the Clara Barton Volunteer Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership from the American Red Cross on Nov. 30. The honor was bestowed for his work as a volunteer blogger, writer and videographer for the Red Cross Kansas-Oklahoma region. Guth, who had been a Red Cross volunteer in the early 1980s while living in North Carolina, resumed his volunteer role upon his retirement from KU in 2019.