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. 

J-School 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:

Get prepared for the Career Fair at this workshop:

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
  With students in the journalism program at University of Humanities, Ekaterinburg.

With Vitaly Chernetsky at the Yeltsin Center

J-School faculty m
embers Lisa McLendon, Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Director Vitaly Chernetsky spent last week in Ekaterinburg, Russia, as part of their Peer-to-Peer grant from the U.S. State Department. They are working with a Russian university to develop materials for journalism students on fact-checking and verification. They also visited several local media outlets and the Yeltsin Center museum. Faculty from the Russian university will visit KU later this semester.

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
Mary Beth Tinker and Eric Thomas 
Eric Thomas presented two breakout sessions at a conference focused on civics in education hosted by the Kansas Department of Education on Feb. 19 in Topeka. Students and teachers  gathered to hear ideas about student activism, government and civics in their schools. Thomas' first session relayed the research of Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski on how student involvement with journalism in high school correlates with civic engagement later in life. The second session showcased how the student press law in Kansas protects publications from administrative censorship. Mary Beth Tinker, the student activist at the center of the landmark 1960s Supreme Court case, was the keynote speaker.

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen was co-host of a Center for Teaching Excellence workshop with Sean Seyer, assistant professor of humanities, on Feb. 19. This workshop, titled "I'm Afraid to Talk About... Navigating Open Discussion, Inclusiveness and Free Speech in the Classroom," focused on free speech policies at the national and Kansas Board of Regents level with discussions of how to handle difficult conversations and create an inclusive environment in the classroom.

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.
Student news and opportunities

Show your J-School pride!

The School of Journalism communications office and  Student Leadership Board are offering J-School branded T-shirts for sale. Student Chloe Carlson created the design on the back, and alumna Allyson Maturey created the pocket design. The shirt is Comfort Colors brand in ice blue and is $19. You can order and pay online and you'll be notified when the shirts are ready for pickup in the J-School communications office, Room 210B, Stauffer-Flint Hall. You can see the shirt samples and sizes in Room 210B. Questions? Contact Julie Adam at
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.

The Tom Murphy Fellowship is designed to develop and enrich a recent KU graduate interested in pursuing a career in sports and entertainment marketing. This competitive position provides the opportunity to work at Octogon, a leading global marketing agency, and learn from top experts in the field. The candidate will work closely with a variety of our divisions, including creative, research, media rights and sponsorship consulting to learn about the intricacies of sports and entertainment marketing. The six-month fellowship in Chicago runs from June 15 to Dec. 31, 2018, and pays $2,700 a month. 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:

Assistant director of communications, Oklahoma State University Foundation (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
Account executive, KWCH/KSCW (Dodge City, Kansas)
Broadcast/computer technician, KPTS (Wichita, Kansas)
Learning coordinator, Amazon (Shawnee, Kansas)
Regional admissions representative, University of Kansas (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Public relations and social media intern, Hallmark (Kansas City, Missouri)
Promotional writing and storytelling internship, Lawrence Memorial Hospital (Lawrence, Kansas)

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
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.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters will award up to $2,000 in individual scholarships to next semester's juniors and seniors. Applications deadline is May 1. Get the details. 
William Allen White Day events

Please mark your calendars for April 24-27 for a full slate of events to commemorate the 150th birth year of William Allen White. Read the news release.

April 24
  • Pete Souza, White House photographer for Presidents Obama and Reagan, will give a lecture and presentation at 7 p.m. at the Lied Center. Free and open to the public. Read the news release.
April 25
  • "Politics and the Media" panel discussion with KU alumni Pulitzer Prize winners. 4-5 p.m., 3139 Wescoe. Free and open to the public.
  • Film premiere of "William Allen White, What's the Matter with Kansas," a new documentary by KU filmmakers Kevin Willmott and Scott Richardson. 5:30 p.m., 3139 Wescoe. Free and open to the public.
  • Retirement reception for Susanne Shaw, 6:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery.
April 26
  • Hot dog lunch for J-School students, faculty, staff, alumni and special guests. 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery.
  • William Allen White Day program, "The Future of Journalism" panel discussion with previous National Citation award winners and J-School students. 3:30 p.m., Ballroom, Kansas Union. Free and open to the public.
April 27
  • Scholarships and Awards presentation and luncheon and Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards. Noon, Ballroom, Kansas Union.
An Evening with Alexandra Bell

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is one of the co-sponsors of An Evening with Alexandra Bell from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 6 at the Spencer Museum of Art. Bell turns her practices of editing and commenting on racial bias found in her daily newspaper into large-scale, public murals. Her murals have addressed such topics as the death of Michael Brown, gender bias in sports reporting, and the violence in Charlottesville. Bell delivers this lecture in conversation with KU's 2017-2018 Common Book, "Citizen: An American Lyric," by Claudia Rankine.

Learn how to present your brand with intent and clarity at "Tell & Sell Your Story Workshop," on March 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 204, Stauffer-Flint Hall, with faculty member Michael Vrabac. Engagement is critical at all levels, and taking care of your audience is a must. Students will learn how communication -- with eyes, hands, body, voice, non-verbal and with words -- plays an important role in the way a message is received. The workshop will be limited to 16 participants, so RSVP to to secure your position.

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. Two J-School alumni, Neil Getzlow and Jessica Palm, are morning keynote speakers. 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 Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice invites J-School students, faculty and staff to a panel discussion about food insecurity in Lawrence, resources currently provided, and state and national policies that affect food insecurity. The forum is 6-8 p.m. March 5 at Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread. Download the flier. 
One Day One KU

Thanks to all of our friends and alumni for supporting the School of Journalism during last week's KU Giving Day. "One Day, One KU" raised more than $22,000 for the J-School's student media organizations. Make sure to watch this video that student Alana Flinn created for the campaign. 
Alumni update
Stephen Wade, 1990 J-School graduate, has been named publisher of The Topeka Capital-Journal. Wade has most recently served as general manager and president of The Augusta Chronicle. Read the news story.
In memoriam
Elizabeth Webb Feagans, 1950 J-School graduate, died Feb. 11 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, at the age of 88. Read her 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 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 24:
Pete Souza lecture/presentation, 7 p.m., Lied Center
April 25: Hot dog lunch for J-School students, faculty, staff and alumni, 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
April 25: Panel discussion, "Media and Politics" with KU alumni Pulitzer Prize winners, 4-5 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
April 25: Film premiere of "William Allen White, What's the Matter with Kansas," 5:30 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
April 25:
Susanne Shaw retirement reception, 6:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery 
April 26: William Allen White Day program, "The Future of Journalism," with previous National Citation award winners, 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 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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