Research, Publications and Presentations
Bobkowski presents Budig lecture
Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski , recipient of the 2018-2019 Gretchen and Gene Budig Teaching Professorship of Writing Award, presented a lecture on the importance of teaching writing on March 5 in Watson Library. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Griffard)
Assistant Professor Hong Vu s article titled: Testing popular discourse on the echo chamber effect: Does political polarisation occur among those relying on social media as their primary politics news source?” has been accepted for publication in First Monday. Vu co-authored the paper with An Nguyen , a professor from Bournemouth University, UK.
Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo  gave a presentation at the Harvard Law School on March 5 on how her digital inclusion project working with marginalized groups used community-based participatory research approaches as well as challenges and opportunities in such research approaches.
In the News
The Journal, a quarterly magazine from the Kansas Leadership Center, is the recipient of this year’s Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award from the William Allen White Foundation Board of Trustees. The Journal’s team of Karen Dillon, Chris Green, Bruce Janssen, Jeff Tuttle and Clare McClaren won for its story, “Running out of Water, Running Out of Time,” which explained the challenges facing the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas. The award will be presented April 12 at KU. Read the KU News release.
Student News
SPJ announces award finalists
The Society of Professional Journalists regional judges have selected the following finalists in the Large (10,000+ students) category in this year’s Region 7 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards:
  • Hailey Dixon for Sports Writing, for a story about junior college football athletes.
  • Lara Korte for In-Depth Reporting, for a story on a program for students who aged out of the foster-care system.
  • Rebekah Lodos for General Column Writing, for a portfolio of three columns on feminist issues.
  • Chandler Boese for Breaking News Reporting, for coverage of the fire at America’s Best Value Inn.
  • Tianna Witmer for Feature Writing, for a story about a KU graduate and World War II pilot whose remains were finally found and returned.
Winners will be announced and all finalists will be honored at this year s Region 7 Spring Conference April 5-6, 2019, at the University of Central Missouri.
Students win Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards
The following students won awards in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Awards competition:
  • Courtney Gehrke and KUJH staff, first place in Complete Newscast
  • Aksinya Kichigina, first place in Hard News Package
  • Keely McCormick, second place in Sportscast
  • Jack Nadeau and Nick Couzin, honorable mention in Sports Play-by-Play
  • Keely McCormick and Malik Jackson, honorable mention in Entertainment Program
College Media Business and Advertising Managers awards
Two staffers from the University Daily Kansan/Jayhawk Media Group won awards at the annual convention of the College Media Business and Advertising Managers convention Feb. 28-March 2 in La Jolla, California. Senior  Taylor Moreno won second place in in the best sales representative competition. Senior Baylee Parsons won third place in the competition for best student sales or operations manager. The annual CMBAM awards took in hundreds of contest submissions from dozens of the best college media organizations on campuses nationwide. It is college media s premier professional organization and competition.
Spring break, spring training
Thirteen students spent spring break developing stories with the Colorado Rockies minor league players. The group interviewed more than 35 players, managers, coaches, media personalities and the Rockies head groundskeeper. Some content can be found using Twitter hashtag #SpringBreakBeat.

Royals visit
Jared Cox and Brad Glass , students in Mike Vrabac s Sales Strategies class, met with Jason Booker , senior director corporate partnerships, Kansas City Royals recently at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City to learn about the Royals sales process for corporate partnerships and their unique value proposition. 
Nicole-Marie Konopelko , senior from Pittsburg High School, received her Kansas Student Journalist of the Year plaque from Eric Thomas , KSPA executive director, on March 6 during a tour of KU. Nicole, who also is the recipient of the Kaiser Scholarship, will be a freshman in the J-School in the fall.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week: O n April 4, during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the J-School is hosting a lunch for graduate students in the Clarkson Gallery at noon. Faculty and staff are welcome. Awards will be presented for:
  • Most creative research paper title — please include the author(s) and title
  • Most resilient 
  • Outstanding GTA 
  • Most productive researcher 
  • Outstanding graduate student (research, teaching, service)
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  here
Website and social media coordinator , KU Cancer Center (Kansas City, Kansas)
Sales and marketing , State Farm (Lawrence, Kansas)
Digital regional manager , Entravision (Denver, Colorado)
Sales assistant , Entravision (Denver, Colorado)
Account executive , Eagle Communications (Salina, Kansas)
Multimedia producer , KAKE News (Wichita, Kansas)
Analyst , American Airlines (Fort Worth, Texas)
Reporter , NWKansas (Oberlin, Kansas)
Sports reporter , McPherson Sentinel (McPherson, Kansas)
Media production assistant , School of Law (Lawrence, Kansas)
Reporter , Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Nebraska)
Journalist , The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Promotions director , iHeartMedia (Wichita, Kansas)
Video specialist , KBRwyle (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
News producing intern , Fox4 KC (Kansas City, Missouri)
News multiplatform content intern , Fox4 KC (Kansas City, Missouri)
Marketing and public relations intern , Kauffman Center (Kansas City, Missouri)
Sports intern , Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
Copy editing intern , Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
Reporting intern , Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
Marketing/PR intern , Family Service & Guidance Center (Topeka, Kansas)
Internship , Washington Media Institute (Washington, D.C.)
KU work study intern , Kansas Land Trust (Lawrence, Kansas)
Tom Murphy Fellowship application deadline April 8
The deadline to apply for the 2019 Tom Murphy Fellowship Program is noon, April 8. The program is designed to develop and enrich a recent KU graduate (Class of 2019) interested in pursuing a career in sports and entertainment marketing at Octagon. The competitive position provides the opportunity to work at a leading global marketing agency to learn from top experts in the field. The fellowship in Chicago pays $2,700 per month from June 17 to Dec. 17, 2019. Interested students should complete this questionnaire . An Octagon representative will be on campus April 18-19 to conduct interviews. For more information, contact the J-School Career and Outreach Office at
Learn more about PBS NewsHour news assistant program
Courtney Vinopal , an associate producer with PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C., will be at Stauffer-Flint Hall on March 19 to discuss NewsHour’s yearlong news assistant fellowship program. The information session will be from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 119. Learn more here. To reserve a spot for the session, email Steve Rottinghaus at
Contests, Awards and Scholarships
 KU undergraduates are invited to enter the Whitcomb Essay Contest to win a $500 prize. Submit an essay of 3,000 words or less about the relationship of knowledge, thought and action in public affairs and public policy before April 12. Learn more here.

Applications are now being accepted for the Tradition of Excellence Award , which honors students who strive to contribute to the development and ongoing success of the University of Kansas. Deadline is March 22. Learn more here.

Students are encouraged to apply for more than $11,000 in scholarships raised through Gridiron, a Wichita stage show starring members of the local media. Gridiron is put on by the Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Deadline is April 5. Learn more and apply here.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity Awards. The awards were established to honor KU students, staff, faculty and alumnae who have advanced gender equity and contributed to the enrichment and improvement of the campus and community through their service, teaching or involvement as mentors and role models. Deadline is March 22. Learn more here.
JSchool Tech
Alumni Update
Kelly Cordingley , 2016 J-School graduate, is the marketing and content manager at Travel Mindset in Chicago, Illinois.
Jordan Wolf , 2018 J-School graduate, is an editorial producer at
In Memoriam
Virginia Daniels Bailey , 1950 J-School graduate, died Feb. 20 at the age of 90. Read her obituary.

Marsha Bjerkan , 1978 J-School graduate, died March 4 at the age of 62. Read her obituary.

Stephen Lee Dzama III , 1978 J-School graduate, died March 3 at the age of 62. Read his obituary.
March 22:  Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3, 206 SF 
April 2: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar, Kansas Union
April 11:  William Allen White Day & Student Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union 
April 12:  Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards
April 24:  Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery 
May 4:  KSPA State Contest at Kansas Union  
May 10:  Stop day
May 10:  Faculty/staff meeting and lunch, 10:30-noon, Clarkson Gallery 
May 17:  Last day of finals
May 18:  J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 
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