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. 

Faculty and staff
Please welcome our Spring 2018 visiting professor, Janice Collins. Collins is an award-winning assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the Department of Journalism in the College of Media. Collins has won multiple Emmy awards for writing, editing, reporting and producing, as well as awards from the Associated Press and Best of Gannett. She has  more than 20 years of experience in the journalism industry's top markets. Read more about Collins here.
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
Two J-School students placed in the national Hearst Journalism Awards Program competition. Jackson Kurtz place ninth in TV 1 Features, and Omar Sanchez placed 18th in Feature Writing.  
Congratulations to the following J-School students initiated into the University of Kansas Chapter 171 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: Haley Elizabeth Burkett, Emalee Alise Crosser, Katelyn Friend, Anthony George, Kara Kahn and Carla Guillen Solano. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. 
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas recently published J.D./Ph.D. student Harrison Rosenthal's research in its report titled "Choosing Incarceration: Kansas Prosecutors' Refusal to Use Diversion and the Costs to Communities." During his 2017 internship with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas, Rosenthal wrote a report on Kansas recidivism rates and court diversion programs. Rosenthal's statistical and ideological investigation analyzed the social and economic benefits of rehabilitative correctional services in lieu of punitive correction. Read Rosenthal's research  here and the ACLU's report  here.
Three students to intern

Three J-School students have been selected as summer interns. Sean Collins will assist with St. Louis Cardinals coverage. Wesley Dotson has been assigned the Texas Rangers, and Jordan Wolf will cover the Royals.
KPA seeks students to assist at convention

The Kansas Press Association is looking for three student volunteers to assist with its annual convention Feb. 9-10 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. The KPA needs students to staff registration tables, work the silent auction and help with setting up and tearing down. When schedule allows, the students are invited to attend any of the conference sessions. Student volunteers also receive breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the day. View the schedule here.
For more information, contact Amber Jackson at 785-271-5304 or at
Internships and jobs

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.
Climate + Energy Project opportunity

The Climate + Energy Project, a statewide nonprofit working toward a sustainable energy future in Kansas, has an opening for a student to film livestreamed interviews for the spring semester. Here are the details:
  • Student must be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, starting in mid-January through the end of March 2018.
  • The position will help with all aspects of CEP LIVE on Facebook: Wealth policy priorities, civic engagement and YOU! interviews
  • Tasks include setting up recording equipment, filming the interviews, monitoring questions on Facebook, helping advertise CEP LIVE on Facebook and drafting summaries of interviews.
  • Student must have reliable transportation. The interviews will be conducted at the Lawrence Public Library and occasionally at the Statehouse in Topeka.
For more information and to apply, email your cover letter, resume and availability to Jamie Hofling at
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:

Sales assistant, iHeartMedia Solutions (Wichita, Kansas)
Multimedia journalist, Better KC (Kansas City, Missouri)
Marketing coordinator, The Jayhawk Club (Lawrence, Kansas)
Graphic design assistant, The Jayhawk Club (Lawrence, Kansas)
Account executive, DataFile Technologies (Kansas City, Missouri)
Politics and state government reporter, The Associated Press (Topeka, Kansas)
News director, Eagle Communications (Manhattan, Kansas)
Network crew house professional, Midco Sports (Lawrence, Kansas)
Analyst, digital and marketing, Walgreens (Chicago, Illinois)
Managing editor, KWCH/KSCW (Wichita, Kansas)
Department coordinator, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (Kansas City, Missouri)

Summer internship, Wisconsin Public Radio (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)
Film and video internship, Kansas City Chamber (Kansas City, Missouri)
Communications internship, Kansas City Chamber (Kansas City, Missouri)
Public policy internship, Kansas City Chamber (Kansas City, Missouri)
Kauffman Foundation Internship Program, Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City, Missouri)
Sports representation and management internship, 360 Sports (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Project coordinator, Willoughby Design (Kansas City, Missouri)
Marketing communications intern, Carvana (Phoenix, Arizona)
Production assistant intern, Midco (Lawrence, Kansas)
Summer internship, Television Academy Foundation (Hollywood, California)
Summer MarketWatch internship, Dow Jones (New York or San Francisco)
Mansion Global summer internship, Dow Jones (New York)
Summer internship, Bernstein-Rein (Kansas City, Missouri)
Marketing intern, University Career Center (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

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. 

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 . Learn more here.
Entries are now being accepted for the Great Plains Journalism Awards, a competition that honors the best work done by journalists and photographers from an eight-state region published in newspapers, magazines, blogs and media websites. Get the details. 

KU's University Awards committee is now accepting nominations for the 2018 University Awards. The University Awards are among the most prestigious awards presented at KU. These awards were established to recognize students who embody service excellence, dedication or whose academic achievements remain stellar. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 29. Learn more here.  
KU seniors are encouraged to nominate outstanding high school educators for the Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award. The award recognized teachers who encouraged and positively influenced students to dream, aspire and persevere. The winning teachers will be awarded $3,000 and their high school will receive $1,000. The deadline is Jan. 16. Access the nomination form here.   
KU's Student Employee of the Year committee is now accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 award. This award was established to recognize student employees who embody service, excellence, dedication, and whose academic achievements remain stellar. Learn more here. 
Applications are now being accepted for the University Women's Club of the University of Kansas Scholarship, which is open to KU women undergraduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and graduate students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher. Deadline to apply is Feb. 2. Learn more here. 
Get ready for the semester with JSchool Tech
Teams will focus on project-based learning and allow students to work across the Adobe Suite to solve client problems. Build your skills and portfolio in a small, challenging setting with other students learning cutting edge tools. A minimum of six students must sign up for a team to 'make.'  
Video Team : Every other Monday, 1 p.m., Room 119
Design Team : Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Room 119
Design Team : Wednesdays, 3 p.m., Room 119
Basic Video Storytelling: Production and Editing with Premiere
Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Clarkson Gallery/Room 101
This workshop is for those new to video editing. You will get a chance to use a video camera, create a basic five-shot sequence and then edit that in Premiere. Topics include: types of shots, shot sequencing, camera use, storyboards, basic editing techniques and Premiere navigation. (Lunch is provided.)
Digital Content Creation
Feb. 9 , 10 a.m.-noon, Room 101
Interested in creating digital content for social media and web? This workshop is for you. We will use Rpl, Spark and Clip to create stylized videos. Topics include social media message and campaign strategies, overview of tools for social media, and how to brand assets across channels. (Light snacks provided.)
Taking InDesign Digital 
Feb. 16: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 101 
Did you know you can publish digital documents with InDesign with one click? Add in animation and interactivity and InDesign is way more than a print publishing tool; it is a digital powerhouse. Topics include examination of how digital InDesign is used professionally, overview of  interactive features, publish online options, and online dashboard with analytics. (Lunch is provided.)
Power Up Your Portfolio and Resume
Feb. 21: 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Clarkson Gallery 
This workshop is a collaboration between JSchoolTech and the Career and Outreach Office. We will spend the first half on pointers for a strong resume/portfolio. Learn what human resources professionals and employers are looking for and maximize your potential. The second half will give you an opportunity to put it to practice. Work on either your resume or portfolio with Steve Rottinghaus and Heather Lawrenz both there to support you. This is a bring-your-own-device workshop. 
Create Multimedia on the Fly
Feb. 23: 10 a.m.-noon, Room 101 
Whether you are on the news/info or strategic communications track, storytelling is the name of the game. Learn to create multimedia stories on the fly with your phone as your creation tool. This workshop will use Clip, Lightroom, Spark and (yes, it's an app, too) to create visual stories. You must bring an updated mobile device with the above apps downloaded and enough storage to create small video and photo assets. (Light snacks provided.)
Resume/Portfolio open lab
April 20: 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Room 101   
This open lab is your chance to work on your portfolio or resume prior to a class (or job) deadline. These hours are drop in, so come in at any point to get help. 
Resume/Portfolio open lab
April 27: 9 a.m.-noon, Room 101   
This open lab is your chance to work on your portfolio or resume prior to a class (or job) deadline. These hours are drop in, so come in at any point to get help.   
In memoriam
Hal Sandy, 1947 J-School graduate, died Dec. 9, 2017, at the age of 93. Sandy was the creator of the current version of the Kansas Jayhawk. Read his obituary.

Dorothy Kolb Mosley, 1951 J-School graduate, died Dec. 31, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 87. Read her obituary.

Shawna Allison-Leslie, 1984 J-School graduate, died Dec. 3, 2017, at the age of 60. Read her obituary.

Michele Porter Ricard, 1991 J-School graduate, died Nov. 30, 2017, at the age of 55. Read her obituary.
Alumni update
Taylor Cole Miller, 2008 J-School graduate, has been appointed academic director of the Peabody Media Center, where he will administer the scholarly initiatives of the center's work. Miller is an assistant professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with joint appointments in the Department of Entertainment & Media Studies and the New Media Institute.
Read the press release.

Gwen McKillip O'Brien, 1989 J-School graduate, has been appointed associate director of internal communications for the University of Notre Dame.

Colleen McCain Nelson, 1996 J-School graduate and the Kansas City Star's editorial page editor, has been promoted to McClatchy's opinion editor.

Sarah Smarsh, 2003 J-School graduate, has been named a 2018 fellow of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard Kennedy School. Smarsh, a freelance journalist and former professor of nonfiction writing, covers politics and economic inequality for The Guardian, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and others from her home state of Kansas.
Mark your calendars
J an. 26: Faculty meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., 206 Stauffer-Flint Hall
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, Woodruff Auditorium
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
University of Kansas | William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications 
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