Inside the School
Important COVID-19 information
J-School students, faculty and staff: It’s a challenging time and we ask all to be patient and understanding and take care of themselves and others. Here is an update on changes in the J-School for the coming weeks:

Classes: All classes are moving online starting March 23. Instructors should be in touch with their classes about how that will work and should check with their students to make sure their students have access to a computer. If a student does not have access, the professor (NOT individual students) should contact Cade Cruickshank at to make arrangements. Students are strongly discouraged from coming to campus.

Events: The J-School has canceled William Allen White Day, the Scholarships and Awards program and the Delano Lewis lecture. We will reassess later whether events scheduled after April 18 will need to be canceled.

Advising: Due to  COVID-19  and KU’s efforts to protect the health of our community, the Journalism Advising Office is temporarily changing the procedures for main advising. To abide by the university’s social distancing recommendations, the preferred mode of communication will be virtual, email or phone, and Walk-in Wednesdays have been suspended indefinitely. Students who have a scheduled advising appointment will be contacted by their advisor with information about summer and fall enrollment planning and given the option to discuss their plan over the phone. Students who had an advising hold, but had yet to schedule an appointment, will also be contacted by their advisor to review enrollment plans. Students who would like to schedule a remote appointment should contact their advisor personally. 

JBar/JTech: Miss stopping by the JBar? No worries -- pop in to Heather's open Skype meeting.  It is like the JBar, but you might see a cat. This is where you can ask a quick question or get help. Other JBar/JTech info:
  • Teams will still meet (just online)! Sign up today.
  • Topics are also meeting online. This is a great time to join our groups:
Photoshop starts March 23 at 11 a.m. Sign up here.
InDesign starts March 24 at noon. Sign up here​.
Illustrator workshops are March 27 and April 3 from noon-1 p.m. Sign up here.
  • Creative Break: Tune out the bad news for a few minutes and practice some mindful motivation: The JST Creative Break is a short daily challenge designed to help you cope by creating. Heather will release a daily challenge each morning (M-F) beginning March 23. These short challenges in a variety (and often your choice) of Adobe tools will allow you to keep practicing, learning and creating. Participate whenever and however you want, share on social media (#jstcreativebreak) and post in our group Slack channel. Signing up just means you will get the daily email on the challenge.​ Participate when you want. Sign up here.

Career and Outreach Office: The best way to communicate with Steve Rottinghaus , coordinator of the Career and Outreach Office, is via email at  or by phone at 785-864-7630. Through the spring semester, the office will continue to focus on job and internship searches, resume and cover letter reviews, and interview preparation.

Stay updated: Please visit for updates from KU about the latest developments and decisions from KU and state leadership.

Contact us: If you need food or other assistance, please contact Professor Scott Reinardy at .
Faculty and Staff
Congratulations to Joseph Erba and Teri Finneman on being awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor.

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford  is running to be the 2020 ​Chair of AEJMC's PF&R Committee. Please consider voting for him during the upcoming special election. AEJMC will be sending out ballots soon.

Lisa McLendon was a guest of KCUR’s “Central Standard” on Monday, March 16, to talk about information and misinformation surrounding COVID-19, how to fact-check and which news sources are reliable.
Research, Presentations and Publications
Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo ’s book project,  Networked Collective Actions: The Making of an Impeachment , is under contract with Oxford University Press with expected publication in 2021. The book examines intricate relationships between various agents (e.g., journalists, activists, citizens, government officials, bots/algorithms) during digital media-facilitated collective actions around the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Assistant Professor Hong Vu and doctoral student Nyan Lynn 's paper: "When the news takes sides: Automated framing analysis of coverage of the Rohingya crisis by elite press from three countries" has been accepted for publication to Journalism Studies. This paper uses a big data approach to analyze news content published in a year three major news outlets from the U.S., Myanmar and Bangladesh. 
Student News and Opportunities
Book collecting contest
KU Libraries and Jayhawk Ink are co-sponsoring the 64 th  annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest, which awards cash prizes and gift cards to recognize students’ interest in collecting books. All KU students are eligible to enter. Learn more here.
Science Journalism Student Award
The Society for Neuroscience has opened a call for applications for the 2020 Science Journalism Student Award. Recipients will attend  Neuroscience 2020 , the society’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24-28. Learn more here.
Native American Journalists Association Fellowship
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is now accepting applications for the  2020 Native American Journalism Fellowship . Selected fellows will build their reporting skills during an on-site immersion newsroom experience during the  2020 National Native Media Conference   set for Sept. 13-16, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more here.
Jobs and Internships
Find career and work 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. See more job and internship opportunities on the J-School's website and check out the University Career Center’s job and internship board .
Creative services producer , Entravision (Denver, Colorado)
Digital news producer , WIBW (Topeka, Kansas)
Promotions assistant , Great Plains Media (Lawrence, Kansas)
Sales assistant , Great Plains Media (Lawrence, Kansas)
Digital immersion specialist , Callahan (Lawrence, Kansas)
Copywriter , Callahan (Lawrence, Kansas)

Marketing intern , RedStone Logistics (Overland Park, Kansas)
Marketing intern , Great Plains Media (Lawrence, Kansas)
Promotions internship , Great Plains Media (Lawrence, Kansas)
Communications intern , USTA Missouri Valley (Prairie Village, Kansas)
Copy editing intern , Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
Reporting intern , Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
Marketing and communications intern , Kansas Bankers Association (Topeka, Kansas)
Marketing and events intern , Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
Marketing intern , Kansas Tourism (Topeka, Kansas)
Summer intern, Kansas City Business Journal (Kansas City)
On-campus interviews canceled
The upcoming on-campus interviews for the Kansas City Business Journal and Tom Murphy Fellowship have been canceled. Both organizations are accepting applications through March and plan to schedule video interviews at a date to be determined.
In Memoriam
Galen L. Bland , 1971 J-School graduate, died Feb. 19 at the age of 70. Read his obituary.
March 19: (CANCELED) Aric Toler lecture and workshop, "Digital and Investigative Journalism," 1 p.m., Watson Library
March 27: (CANCELED) Faculty/staff meeting 1:30-3 p.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 206
April 6: Lecture: "Women and Leadership," featuring Angela Hendershot, 12:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery
April 7: (CANCELED) Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar, Stormont Vail Events Center
April 14: (CANCELED) DIAG lecture featuring Delano Lewis, 4 p.m., Beren Petroleum Conference Center (BPCC) in Slawson Hall
April 16: (CANCELED) Informal lunch with National Citation winner Martin Baron for J-School students, WAWF Trustees, faculty and staff, 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
April 16: (CANCELED) William Allen White Day & Student Scholarships and Awards program, 3 p.m., Kansas Union, Ballroom
April 23: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
May 2: KSPA State Contest, all day, Kansas Union
May 8: Stop day         
May 8: Faculty/staff meeting 10:30 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
May 15: Last day of finals        
May 16: J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
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