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. 

William Allen White's 150th birthday party

Students, faculty, staff and alumni enjoyed 300 cupcakes to celebrate William Allen White's 150th birthday on Thursday, Feb. 8, in Clarkson Gallery. During the event, the J-School also launched its new online mentoring program. Forty-four students signed up during the event, and students and alumni may sign up at
As of Friday, 82 students, 41 alumni and four faculty and staff members had registered. The Career and Outreach Office plans to match mentors and mentees by the end of February.
Faculty and staff
Nominations are now being accepted for the Bengtson Faculty Mentoring Award. Tim Bengtson taught and mentored more than 12,000 students during his more than 30 years at KU. During his tenure, Bengtson established a legacy as an outstanding advisor to his students and a trusted friend to his colleagues in the School of Journalism. This award honors and recognizes J-School faculty members who demonstrate Bengtson's dedication to student mentorship. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 27. Nominate a faculty member here.

Mark Mears, 1984 J-School graduate who established the Bengtson Faculty Mentoring Award, is serving as an executive in residence in the J-School this semester. In this role, Mark will be serving as a guest lecturer in several different classes to provide career advice/counsel and will share relevant professional experiences. He also is tasked with playing a major role in supporting the successful launch of the J-School's alumni mentoring platform.

Please welcome the J-School's new events coordinator, Bobbi Washechek. Bobbi found her love for event planning during her undergraduate experience at South Dakota State University where she was the station manager of the college radio station and planned two annual music festivals. After graduation, Bobbi worked as an events manager/copywriter at Brookings Radio before stepping back into academia with her role as residence hall director at SDSU.  
Visiting professionals
Pam Fine's digital reporting class received some practical advice on how to find and develop stories from guest speaker Rochelle Valverde, the City Hall beat reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World and a 2016 graduate of the J-School.   
Jayhawk Journalist
The winter digital-only edition of the Jayhawk Journalist is available now. Just go to to read alumni, student and faculty features.
Student news and opportunities
Senior Garrett Farlow is one of nine KU students who have reached the semi-finalist stage of the Fulbright competition. The nine applicants will now be reviewed by the respective country commissions, and recipients of this prestigious  award will be announced this spring.

Odyssey, an online platform for millennials who want to share their voices, is looking for journalism students to join its team. Odyssey Creators submit one piece of content per week and can write about any topic for an audience of over 30 million readers per month. Apply here or if you have questions, contact Hannah Spoolstra at or 913-748-9934.

CR Promotions, a tech startup serving the dating community in the Kansas City area, is hiring writers to create content. Writers will be paid for each piece of content produced. The leadership team will provide a topic and general guidelines to the writers, who will have the freedom to explore, create and find a way to communicate the date experience. The CR Promotions team is growing and plans to expand to other markets. For more information or to apply, contact Chris Rosburg at .

The CBS News Fellowship program is now accepting applications for its summer internship program. This highly competitive program identifies outstanding aspiring journalists who bring a variety of backgrounds to news production and news coverage. The CBS News Fellowship is designed to attract candidates from a broad range of racial, ethnic, economic, age and geographical diversity, as well as candidates with disabilities. Deadline to apply is Feb. 21. Download the flier and application here.

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is accepting applications for the 2018 VOICES program, open to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students. The program is August 5-11 during the 2018 AAJA National Convention in Houston. Students will be mentored by professional journalists and will be expected to produce and complete news assignments at the 2018 convention. Visit AAJA VOICES for more information. Deadline is March 25. Learn more here.
Internships and jobs
Kansas City Business Journal internship

Russell Gray, a 1988 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications and managing editor at the Kansas City Business Journal, will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 15, to interview students for a summer internship. Here are the available interview times: 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. To register for the interview at Stauffer-Flint, Room 119, contact Lisa McLendon at
Here are the Kansas City Business Journal internship details:
* Internship runs 10 weeks. We are flexible with the start date, and as long as we have sufficient notice, we can accommodate time off for travel.
* $10 an hour. We offer free covered/come-and-go parking and reimburse for mileage.
* Our interns are treated much like full-time staffers. We ask them to cover meetings, do original reporting off releases with enough new significance, write profiles for special sections and attend (and often write about) our networking events during the summer. We often have interns fill in for vacationing full-time staffers on meetings or breaking news that come up. Our interns' focus is almost exclusively online. Occasionally, an intern will help with a centerpiece story, and the special sections we produce originate in print, though, like just about everything else, they migrate online. We have had interns in the past who have pursued mini-projects as the summer progresses and published them near the end (or soon after) of their time with us; not surprisingly, these mini-projects serve our coverage needs as well as interns' personal/professional interests. Like a "real" job, the interns who thrive the most put the most into the work.
* We are committed to providing as real an experience as possible through immersion and extensive coaching.
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:

Morning multimedia journalist, KOLN-TV (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Prism Scholars program, Edelman
Summer intern, Brothers and Company (Wichita, Tulsa and Oklahoma City)
Summer intern, Sullivan Higdon & Sink (Kansas City and Wichita)
DC internships (Washington, D.C.)

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
Get ready for the Career Fair

The Journalism Career Fair for the spring semester is set for March 7 in the Kansas Union. Organizations will be sharing internship and job opportunities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kansas Room on the sixth floor. Here's the list of organizations who have committed to attending next month's event:
Attend these workshops to get prepared for the Career Fair:

Power Up, Keep Calm and Keep Connected: Portfolios, LinkedIn and Resumes
3 p.m., Feb. 21, Clarkson Gallery

Let Talk Career Fair Plan: Make the Most of Your Career Fair Experience
4 p.m. Feb. 28, Clarkson Gallery  
Scholarships and contests

Deadlines are approaching for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, which
provides 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. 

GateHouse Media has launched a new national scholarship competition for students. In order to participate, students must select one of four words -- impact, trusted, community or local -- and submit an essay of up to 500 words describing what the word means to them. The competition will award five $1,000 scholarships and one $3,000 grand prize scholarship. Get the details.

Feb. 15 is the deadline to enter the Kansas Association of Broadcasters' Student Broadcast Awards competition. Get more information or enter here.

The Student Services office has updated the J-School's Scholarships web page, so take a look and start applying!    
Students who are interested in getting involved in the thriving Kansas City advertising community are encouraged to apply for the 2018-19 AAF-KC Foundation Scholarship. Winners will receive: Financial assistance of $1,500 per year; a mentor; free membership in AAF-KC and AAF National; and free admission to every AAF-KC event, excluding the American Advertising Awards . Deadline is Feb. 28. Learn more here.
The Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship is open to all women enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at the University of Kansas who have a 3.0 GPA or higher and who demonstrate financial need. Deadline is March 1. Learn more here.  

Undergraduate and graduate journalism students of Greek American heritage may apply for annual $5,000 scholarships in memory of Peter Agris , the late founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle. Deadline is March 1.  Get the details. 
Support the School of Journalism on KU Giving Day

One Day, One KU 
One Day, One KU
On Tuesday, Feb. 20, friends around the world will come together to support the University of Kansas' first-ever 24-hour giving campaign,"One Day. One KU." Please consider a gift to support the School of Journalism's student media organizations, including the University Daily Kansan, KUJH-TV, Media Crossroads and The Agency. Learn more on the J-School's page on the "One Day. One KU." website.
The first Doughnuts with the Dean of the semester is 9-10 a.m. Feb.15 in the Clarkson Gallery. Stop by to enjoy a doughnut and talk to Dean Ann Brill about what's going on at the J-School or KU or anything else on your mind! 

KU is partnering with VML, one of the top advertising agencies in the world, for an event Feb. 22-25 on the KU campus. The Hawk-a-Thon: Challenge Event will task multi-disciplinary student teams to tackle a challenge one of VML's national clients is facing. Teams must be made up of students from across disciplines, and the event is open to students at every level and from every degree program. Apply online. Applications are due Feb. 16. Space is limited.
KSPA judges needed
The Kansas Scholastic Press Association high school regional journalism contest is quickly approaching, and on-site judges are still needed on Feb. 23. Sign up here.
Alumni update
Ann Gardner, 1975 J-School graduate, on Friday received the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award from the Kansas Press Association. The award recognizes a Kansas editor for a lifetime of achievement that involves commitment to community, the Kansas newspaper industry and the state. Gardner is a former Journal-World editorial page editor who lives in Lawrence. Read the news story.

Artem Bagiev, 2012 J-School graduate, has produced a commercial for Burger King Russia that runs in every Burger King restaurant of the country. Watch the promo here.

Nikki Wentling, 2014 J-School graduate and reporter for Stars and Stripes in Washington, D.C., was named to the HillVets 100, a list of top influencers in the veterans community, for her reporting on the Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran experience. She will be honored at a gala at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on March 29. Read the news story.
Mark your calendars
Feb. 15: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
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 10: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9 a.m., Clarkson Gallery  
April 26: William Allen White Day program, 3:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Ballroom
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 4: Retirement reception for Susanne Shaw, 5:30-7:30 p.m., DeBruce Center   
May 5: Judging for the KSPA State Contest
May 12: J-School Recognition ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 

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