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. 

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 the event:
Attend these workshops to get prepared for the Career Fair:

Power Up Your: Portfolios and Resume
3 p.m., Feb. 21, Clarkson Gallery
J-School students are invited to learn content tips for portfolios, resumes and LinkedIn profiles on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Clarkson Gallery. Heather Lawrenz, digital media specialist, and Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, will lead the presentation. During the first hour, they will provide pointers to develop a strong resume, portfolio and profile. The second hour will give students an opportunity to update their content. Bring your own electronic device. Sign up here.
Let Talk Career Fair Plan: Make the Most of Your Career Fair Experience
4 p.m., Feb. 28, Clarkson Gallery
The Career and Outreach Office will provide tips on how to interact with company representatives, what to bring and what to expect from 20-plus organizations at the spring fair. 
Faculty and staff
Eric Thomas visited Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy on Feb. 9 to speak to students about interviewing. The students from the school's newspaper and yearbook class attended, and the group conducted a mock press conference to finish the presentation. The school's publication adviser R. Gina Renee invited Thomas after making contact at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association fall conference in Topeka. 

Faculty members are invited to apply for the Spencer Museum of Art's 2018 Summer IARI Research Fellowship. Fellows work with Spencer Museum academic staff on research that develops through a collaborative exchange of ideas, integrates different disciplinary methods, and connects with the museum's resources or expanded creative practices. The fellowship comes with a $3,000 research stipend. Applicants should submit a letter of inquiry to of no more than 250 words about their interest collaborating on a hybrid interdisciplinary project. Deadline is Feb. 28.

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.  
Research and presentations
The Diversity and Inclusion Action Group (DIAG) invites the submission of proposals for the 2018-2019 Applied Research Award. The award is open to faculty as well as doctoral candidates. Proposal are due by 5 p.m. April 23. Get the details.

Associate Professor Genelle Belmas' abstract, "Satire in the Digital Age," has been selected for presentation at The State of Our Satirical Union: Hustler Magazine Inc. v. Falwell at 30 symposium on April 20-21 at the University of Minnesota.

J.D./Ph.D. student Harrison Rosenthal's article, "Kill the Comma? A Case for Punctuation Preservation," was published in the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association. Rosenthal makes the case for using the serial "Oxford" comma to minimize syntactical ambiguity and civil liability. His article discusses a recent lawsuit where 120 milk truck delivery drivers sued their employer for $10 million of overtime pay. The cause of action was a missing Oxford comma.
The suit was settled recently for $5 million. Read the article here.  
Visiting professionals
Dean Davison, senior president of communications at Lockton in Kansas City, spoke to Associate Professor David Guth's strategic communication campaigns class last week about his experiences working with the Truman Presidential Library and Museum when he was with what was then known as Barkley-Evergreen in Kansas City. Davison stressed the importance of understanding Truman the president and man if the students want to do a good job promoting their client, the library and museum.
Student news and opportunities
The School of Journalism produced a live broadcast of the KU-Missouri ice hockey match last Thursday from Independence, Missouri. Nick Couzin and Jack Nadeau had the call, and eight journalism students assisted in the production. The live-stream received 284 views from 21 different states. The game will be replayed this month on Channels 2-1 and 31. KU lost 5-3.

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 Aug. 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
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:

Career networks coordinator, KU School of Engineering (Lawrence, Kansas)
Director of engineering, KMUW (Wichita, Kansas)
Staff writer, Uhlig (Overland Park, Kansas)
Digital media strategist, Creative One (Leawood, Kansas)
Digital sales manager, Great Plains Media (Lawrence, Kansas)
Account executive, KAKE-TV (Garden City, Kansas)
Meteorologist, KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kansas)
Multimedia journalist, KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kansas)
Reporter, KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kansas)
Content manager, Barkley (Kansas City, Missouri)

Investigative reporting fellowship, Wisconsin Public Radio (Madison, Wisconsin)
Communications intern, The UN Refugee Agency (Washington, D.C.)
Conference internship, UBM Animal Care (Kansas City)
Summer internship, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (New York)
Sports broadcasting counselor summer internship, Camp Winadu (Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
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

KSPA student assistant position 

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA) is taking applications for a student assistant position. This student employee will help high school journalists from around the state by planning events, posting to social media and administering contests. Apply here.
Scholarships and contests
The School of Journalism is holding its first-ever competition for students to submit photos and videos representing the subject "Diversity and You." Entrants have a wide latitude to express their views of diversity as it affects them and others. Awards will be offered in each category: $400 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. Learn more here. 

The KU Advising Network & Undergraduate Studies is taking applications now for Advisor of the Year. A selection committee of students, faculty and staff will evaluate nominations on the evidence of effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding advisor. Deadline is March 16. Learn more here.

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. 

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 and apply. 
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

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.
Greater Kansas City's PRSA chapter is hosting a student-focused summit for undergraduates eager for an experience outside of the classroom to learn more about resumes, interviews, internships and PR careers. KU School of Journalism students are invited to attend the PRSSA Summit 2018 on March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Get the details and register here.

American Public Square, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to changing the tone of public discourse through fact-based civil discussions, is hosting a panel discussion, "Fake News," at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. J-School graduate and Pulitzer Prize winner Colleen McCain Nelson is one of the panelists. The event is free but registration is required.

The Office of Diversity and Equity invites the public to a lecture, "Keeping Implicit Bias in Mind," presented by Jerry Kang at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Lawrence Public Library. Kang is vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the University of California-Los Angeles, a professor of law, and courtesy professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA. He earned his law degree from Harvard University in 1993 and has been a member of the UCLA faculty since 1995. In this talk, Kang will discuss the science of implicit biases with emphasis on real-world consequences. 

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.
Alumni update
R. Scott Seifert, 1989 J-School graduate, has been elected president of Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach, P.C., a commercial law firm in Addison, Texas. Read the press release.
In memoriam
RoAnne Pechar, 1968 J-School graduate, died Feb. 5 at age 71 in Kansas City. Read her obituary.

Lori Fenimore, 1981 J-School graduate, died Feb. 1 at age 59 in McPherson, Kansas. Read her obituary.

Erik Abrahamson, 1991 J-School graduate, died Jan. 26 at age 54 in Shawnee, Kansas. Read his obituary.
Jayhawk Journalist
The winter digital-only edition of the Jayhawk Journalist is available now. Just go to to read alumni, student and faculty features.
Mark your calendars
Feb. 21: Power Up Your Portfolio and Resume, 3-5 p.m., Clarkson Gallery
Feb. 23: Judging for the KSPA Regional Contest
Feb 28: Let's Talk Career Fair Plan, 4-5 p.m., Clarkson Gallery 
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 25:
Susanne Shaw retirement reception, 6:30 p.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 

To see all J-School events, go to
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