Professor Chuck Marsh's paper "Toward Consilience on Indirect Reciprocity: Findings from Social Psychology" has been accepted for presentation at Evolutionary Perspectives on Public Relations, Strategic Communication and Organizational Communication, a summer 2020 conference in Vienna, Austria.
Associate Professor Jerry Crawford has been selected as the 2020Budig Teaching Professor. This professorship, awarded every other year in the J-School and shared with the School of Education, is a gift from former Chancellor Gene Budig and Gretchen Budig. Crawford will present the Budig Lecture at a time and date to be announced later.
Students Sam Kricsfeld and Dana Wasicke attended the opening reception of Rightfully Yours, a voting rights exhibit at Watson Library on Feb. 6. Their Infomania suffrage project is one of several by journalism students featured in the exhibit along with research by professors Peter Bobkowski, Genelle Belmas and Teri Finneman.
Students hear about Kansan rebuilding, redesign
How does a 115-year-old media institution stay relevant in the era of Instagram and TikTok?
Starting last spring, shortly before celebrating the University Daily Kansan's 115th birthday, the Kansan staff worked with The Agency and KU administrators to commission the first-ever survey of all 25,000 students on the Lawrence campus. Kansan and Agency staffers wanted to know what their peers thought about the print edition, kansan.com and Kansan social media. They also wanted to know about KU students' wants and needs for news and information as well as their preferences for media platforms.
The 1,400 survey results motivated a full rethinking of Kansan content and a redesign across all platforms. Stacy Sweat, former Association Managing Editor for Design and Graphics at the Chicago Tribune, worked with students last summer and fall to launch the redesign. On Feb. 2, Sweat came to campus to share with J-School students, faculty and staff how the survey and redesign have changed the Kansan on all platforms and resulted a new Kansan app set to launch soon.
"This wasn't just putting a new face on the Kansan. It was building an entirely new Kansan on all platforms to reach students with content they find relevant and a look they find appealing and consistent," said Kansan general manager and journalism instructor Rob Karwath, who worked with Sweat at the Chicago Tribune.
Sweat said, "I was impressed with the students. We worked together to develop ideas for how they could reach their audience better. What we created was compelling and effective -- and absolutely in the student voice."
So far, feedback on the redesign and content changes (including new beats examining food, mental health and students who typically do not get coverage) has been positive. But the work, as at any good news organization, is ongoing.
"We want to continue the conversation with our student audience," Karwath said. "That way we can stay on top of their needs and do an even better job serving them."
BEA poster session opportunity
The Broadcast Education Association invites graduate students to send submissions for a unique digital poster session at the BEA2020 Annual Convention, April 18-21. Ideal submissions include theses and dissertations near completion or projects completed for advanced graduate coursework after the fall BEA submission deadlines. Deadline is Feb. 21. Learn more here.
Nominate a research mentor
Students, do you have a research mentor who has made a huge impact on your undergraduate research experience? Consider nominating them for a mentor award through the Center for Undergraduate Research. Recommendations accepted for graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty who are exceptional research mentors. Learn more here.
Book collecting contest
KU Libraries and Jayhawk Ink are co-sponsoring the 64th annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest, which awards cash prizes and gift cards to recognize students’ interest in collecting books. All KU students are eligible to enter. Learn more here.
Student scholarships available through Wichita-based Gridiron
Students are encouraged to apply for more than $11,000 in scholarships raised through Gridiron, a Wichita stage show starring members of the local media. Gridiron is put on by the Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Deadline to apply is March 6. Learn more and apply here.
AAF-KC Foundation Scholarship
Applications are open for the 2020-2021 AAF-KC Foundation Scholarship. Winners will receive: financial assistance of $1,500 a year; a mentor who will be a working professional in the field the student is interested in pursuing; free membership in AAF-KC and AAF National; and free admission to every AAF-KC event excluding the American Advertising Awards. Deadline to apply is Feb. 28. Learn more here.
Inside the School
Nutrition Nook is now in Room 210A in the Resource Center
Did you know that half of KU undergraduate students report being food insecure? To address this need, about a year ago the J-School created the Nutrition Nook, which is now in Room 210A in the Resource Center. Anyone is welcome to stop by and take what they need.
Teams help you build a portfolio and learn Adobe skills. Pick your own learning adventure! Students, sign up for teams here.
The next round of Topics begins on Feb. 17 with Illustrator and Feb. 25 with Resume and Portfolio Building. Sign up for these lunch-and-learn sessions here.
Space is still available in our Gifs and Animation workshop. Held Feb. 14 and 21 from noon to 1 p.m., this session will get you introduced to Photoshop, After Effects and Character Animator.
Prepare for the career fair by attending a career workshop with Steve Rottinghaus and Heather Lawrenz at 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Room 111, Stauffer-Flint Hall. They will help you power up your resume and portfolio just in time for the Career Fair.
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.
Students, learn about internship and full-time job opportunities by connecting with approximately 30 organizations at the spring J-School Career Fair on Thursday, March 5, in the Kansas Room on the sixth level of the Kansas Union.
Also, the Journalism Career and Outreach Office will provide tips on preparing for the career fair and getting the most from the experience at 10 a.m., Feb. 26, in the Clarkson Gallery.
For more information on the fair or prep event, contact Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at email@example.com or drop by Stauffer-Flint, Room 120.
The following organizations have committed to attend the fair:
PRSSA is having a student summit in Kansas City on Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event helps PRSSA members connect and engage with the Greater KC PRSA community of professionals. Along with speakers, there will be opportunities for students to have their resumes and portfolios critiqued and to network with local employers in a career fair setting.