The Monday Memo is the weekly newsletter of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. It is sent to journalism faculty, staff, students and alumni who have requested it. 

Congratulations to all of our graduates! Check out a selection of photos from the J-School Recognition Ceremony on our Facebook page.
Faculty and staff
Professor Scott Reinardy participated in a New Beats Project roundtable titled "Job loss, precarity and work futures in journalism" at the University of Sydney on June 7. He was a member of a North American panel of media researchers who participate via Zoom.

Associate Professor Carol Holstead was one of the top 10 finalists on the Best of Lawrence, Teacher (Higher Education), list. See all of the finalists here.

Associate Professor Mike Williams was invited to be co-chair of the Kansas Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Council for next year. He also has been selected to the board of directors for Trips for Kids, an organization that get kids involved with bicycling.
Lisa McLendon, Bremner Center coordinator, gave three presentations in June on fact-checking and fake news: one at KU Mini College on June 6, "Is That a Fact? Truth-Checking News and Information"; one at the Endacott Society Public Affairs Forum on June 11, "Fake News and the Need for Reliable Journalism"; and one as part of the How-To Festival at Lawrence Public Library on June 23, "How to Spot Fake News."
Faces of the J-School

Associate Professor Carol Holstead's magazine students wrote mini Q&A profiles of several of our recent graduates and current students. The stories offer a glimpse into who our students are, why they chose KU, and what their goals are for the future. Read the profiles here.
It's not too late to join a summer design team and improve your Adobe skills. One is already running on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Join here or email about other options for building your skills.
Internship and job opportunities
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:

Associate copywriter, VML (Kansas City, Missouri)
Digital media reporter, Fourstates (Joplin, Missouri)
Producer-director, KPTS (Wichita, Kansas)
Multimedia journalist, WIBW-TV (Topeka, Kansas)
Account executive, Entercom Houston - SportsRadio 610 (Houston, Texas)
Account executive, Entercom Houston - Mega 101FM (Houston, Texas)
On-air talent, Entercom Houston (Houston, Texas)
Social media manager, Creative Circle (Kansas City, Missouri)
Promotional event marketing, Alenco (Kansas City and Topeka)
Digital project manager, Entercom Houston (Houston, Texas)
Producer-director, Kansas Public Telecommunication Services (Wichita, Kansas)
Promotion video producer, KOLN/KGIN (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Reporting internship, Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
Copy editing internship, Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
Communications intern, City of Lenexa (Lenexa, 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
BitIRA U is announcing a bi-annual scholarship, awarding $1,000 to one student. Submit a one-page (typed) , essay containing specific examples of how cryptocurrency or blockchain could change the world over the next 20 years. Learn more.  
The Healthy Products For You Disability Scholarship aims to encourage and support undergraduate and graduate students who have a disability. The HPFY Make a Difference Scholarship program recognizes the service of those who have used their good fortune and good health to give back to the community, either by caring for the less fortunate or doing their part to make this world a better place for everyone. Deadline to apply is Aug. 15. Get the details here.  
The Tour of Britain 2018 is encouraging students to enter the Bicycle Scholarship Program, for awards of $1,500, $1,000 or $500. Students must submit a 1,000-word essay about cycling. Get the details here.   
Kumar Solutions, a digital marketing company specializing in SEO, is offering a $200 scholarship for the winner of an essay contest. Students must write a 900-word essay on "How digital marketing transforms business prospects globally." Get the details. 
Alumni update
New blog features new graduates On the Job

"On the Job" is a new blog featuring the career paths of recent J-School graduates. These mini profiles are also featured on the digital display monitors around Stauffer-Flint. Read how our new grads got their jobs and what advice they have for students.
Brianne Pfannenstiel, 2011 J-School graduate, is now chief politics reporter at the Des Moines Register.

Shawn Schaller, 2012 J-School graduate, is test development specialist for PSI Services, LLC, in Olathe, Kansas.

Marissa Khalil, 2017 J-School graduate, is a production assistant for B 17 Entertainment in Los Angeles.
Note: During the summer, the Monday Memo is distributed monthly. The next Monday Memo will be Aug. 13. Please send items for the Monday Memo to
Mark your calendars
July 27: Last day of summer classes 
Aug. 15: Faculty and staff retreat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Clarkson Gallery  
Aug. 20: Fall classes begin   
Sept. 3: Labor Day holiday
Sept. 7: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., SF 206
Sept. 19: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery 
Sept. 27-28: J-School Generations  
Oct. 13-16: Fall break
Oct. 14-16: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Convention, Wichita
Oct. 26: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., SF 206 
Nov. 6: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas Room in Kansas Union
Nov. 15: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
Nov. 21-25: Thanksgiving break
Dec. 7: Stop day
Dec. 7: Faculty/staff meeting, 10:30 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
Dec. 14: Last day of finals 

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