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
Join us next week to celebrate William Allen White's 150th birthday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Clarkson Gallery. There will be lots of cupcakes as we also kick off the J-School's new mentoring program. Students who sign up for the mentoring program will get J-School-branded giveaways and will be entered into a drawing for a new J-School T-shirt!
Visiting professionals
Dr. Paul Bollsa professor and director of Media Minds Insights, a neuromarketing research group in the Center for Communication at Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication, is visiting the J-School the week of Feb. 4. Bolls will lecture on experimental psychophysiological research for interested faculty and graduate students and will conduct hands-on training in the Experimental Research Media Lab. He has over 20 years of experience conducting psychophysiological research and was co-author of the first book exclusively dedicated to the application of psychophysiology in media research. Bolls has published in the top media psychology journals and works as an industry neuromarketing consultant. He earned his Ph.D. at Indiana University, holds a master's degree from Washington State University, and a bachelor's degree from Montana State University. Prior to graduate school, he worked on air in commercial radio. Opportunities for faculty and students to meet  Bolls will be published in the next Monday Memo. 

Executive Director Alex Burden and Director of Communications Lacey Helmig of the Truman Library Institute visited Associate Professor David Guth's Strategic Campaigns class last week. Truman Library Institute is the client in Guth's class this semester and is closely affiliated with the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

Research and presentations
Associate Professor Mugur Geana is part of a research team that has received a $88,000 grant from the Brown Performance Group (PI Dr. Shellie Ellis) to pilot test a communication and engagement intervention aimed at promoting recruitment of patients from rural clinics into urological cancer clinical trials. This is the third funding installment for a project that included the development of the research strategy and all intervention materials.  The pilot study will be conducted this year in Oklahoma and  Louisiana. 
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
More than 20 J-School students contributed to the live production of the Jayhawk Classic Track & Field Meet Jan. 25-26 from Anschutz Pavilion. Senior Griffin Hughes produced the live-stream that included a pregame show and coverage of all 36 events. Students provided play-by-play and color commentary as well as running cameras, replay, graphics, audio and technical direction. The event was live-streamed through the J-School's partnership with KU Athletics.

Congratulations to DeAsia Sutgrey, J-School student and member of the Journalism Student Leadership Board, who has been selected as one of the emerging storytellers for Black on Campus, a program sponsored by The Nation in partnership with the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University. Black on Campus student writers develop professional skills as they document the experiences of black college students and report on issues of national consequence to a black college student audience. Participants will produce solo and joint pieces for publication by The Nation in 2018. Learn more about the 2018 cohort here.
Chandler BoeseKansan editor-in-chief, is one of the 2018 winners of a scholarship from ACES: The Society for Editing. Boese, a double major in journalism and English, will receive a 
$1,500 award plus free registration and financial aid to attend the ACES national conference in Chicago in April.

Alexandra Melendez, a media sales intern for Spectrum Reach in Kansas City, will be promoted to account executive after graduating in May.

J.D./Ph.D. student Harrison Rosenthal met Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, during his visit to KU last week. Thomas met with constitutional law students and answered questions about the discipline. Rosenthal asked Thomas about his philosophies concerning First Amendment freedoms of speech and press in the commercial context. Rosenthal is co-author of an article along with Associate Professor Genelle Belmas on Thomas' dissenting opinion in  Matal v. Tam. In the case, Thomas argues that the government should not suppress commercial speech because it keeps consumers uninformed. Belmas and Rosenthal are investigating Thomas' overarching theory when it comes to government regulation of freedoms of speech and press.  

The Kansan editorial staff has two more paid positions available and lots of opportunities to get involved as a correspondent. Whether you like to edit, design, write, take photos, shoot video, etc., there's a place for you! Applications for the paid openings are due Jan. 29, and applications for unpaid positions are accepted at any time. Get the details here. Contact Chandler Boese at for questions.

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. 
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.
Write for The New York Times

The New York Times is looking for five young writers to be correspondents for  The Edit , a New York Times newsletter for students and people early in their careers. Learn more.
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:

Manager of public relations and communications, Worlds of Fun (Kansas City, Missouri)
Digital product manager, Park Record (Park City, Utah)
Promotion producer, KCTV-5 (Fairway, Kansas)
Graphics coordinator, Olsson Associates (Overland Park, Kansas)
KU student ambassadors, University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)

Marketing, sales, advertising internship, Heartland Soccer (Overland Park, Kansas)
Copywriter, VML (Seattle, Washington)
Marketing intern, U.S. Engineering (Kansas City, Missouri)
Intern, associate account manager, VML (Kansas City, Missouri)
New business coordinator intern, VML (Kansas City, Missouri)
Graphics intern, Olsson Associates (Overland Park, Kansas)
Communications intern, Midwest Cancer Alliance (Fairway, Kansas)
Multimedia journalist internship, USSSA (Kansas City area)
Design account coordinator/editor, Willoughby Design (Kansas City, Missouri)

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. 

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 . 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'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. 
The School of Journalism is one of the co-sponsors of "The Power of Sport: A Conversation of Business, Race and Sports" at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Claire Smith, who is news editor at ESPN and was the first woman to cover a Major League Baseball beat, will deliver the keynote address.
The event is free, but attendees should register  here . Learn more here.
JSchool Tech
Spots are still available for video storytelling session from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2. Join us in Room 101 to learn how to use video cameras, capture shots and edit in Premiere. This is a basics course, so no prior knowledge needed.

Spots also are open on the Tuesday Design Team! The design team will give you an opportunity to solve multiple client challenges using Adobe software -- InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator. You will get a chance to learn some new features and tricks in Creative Cloud and maximize it for ultimate creativity. You will also get a look at new Cloud products: Adobe Experience Design (creates app prototyping) and Adobe Dimension (creates 3-D mockups). No experience necessary. Everyone works at their own level and speed. We will meet in Room 119 at 2 p.m. each Tuesday. Sign up here. 
Alumni update
Doug Donahoo, 2003 J-School graduate, is now public relations manager at The Salvation Army Kansas & Western Missouri. He was previously creative services manager at KCTV-5 in Kansas City. 
Mark your calendars
Feb. 8: William Allen White's 150th birthday celebration, Clarkson Gallery
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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