Inside the School
Classes resume online starting today
Welcome back (virtually), J-School students, faculty and staff! Starting today, all classes are online for the rest of the semester. Although this is certainly not ideal, we hope to ensure this process works for everyone. For inspiration, Knight Chair Steve Wolgast shared his virtual classroom setup. The blue bedsheet provides a screen for virtual backgrounds (such as Mr. Rogers, shown above). His camera is on the black tripod, and the lamp softens the shadows on the sheet. Thanks to faculty, staff and students for adapting with creativity, innovation, patience and kindness. Stay updated at or

Classes: Instructors should 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. All non-housing campus buildings are closed. Get online support at .

Events: Events have been canceled or postponed through May 15, and all non-housing campus buildings are closed. No decision has been made yet on graduation ceremonies.

Advising: The Journalism Advising Office is virtual, email or phone only. 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. 
JSchoolTech is still around to help you if you need tech support. Miss stopping by the JBar? No worries! Pop in to Heather's  open Zoom meeting . It is like the JBar, but you might see a cat. This is where you can ask a quick question or get help. 
This is also a great time to join our groups:
▮Teams will still meet (just online)!  Sign up today.
Topics are also meeting online:
▮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. Anyone can join! Heather will release a daily challenge each morning (M-F) beginning today. 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
Strategic Communication Chair Kerry Benson judged the literary magazine contest for the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, evaluating literary journalism, design, photography and illustration of Indiana public and private college and university publications.
Virtual faculty/staff meeting this Friday
The March 27 faculty/staff meeting is now a virtual gathering. Please join us from 4 to 6 p.m. as a sort of online happy hour to get updates, share news, connect with each other, and enjoy your favorite beverages and snacks in the safety and comfort of your home. Zoom invitation will be sent later this week. Stay well!
Research, Presentations and Publications
Associate Professor Genelle Belmas was a discussant for the Law & Policy Division at the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, held virtually over the weekend of March 20-22 from the University of Memphis.

Doctoral student Yuchen Liu 's Paper, "Meme(bership) Cost #JustDoIt: A Thematic Study of Internet Memes Following Nike's Colin Kaepernick Ad," was selected as ICA's Visual Communication Studies Division's Top Student Paper. The paper is coauthored with another doctoral student, John Watson , and will be presented at the ICA virtual conference in May. Liu also received the Doctoral Student Research Award from KU Graduate Studies and will be funded for $1,500 for her research.
Deadline is Friday to apply for General Research Fund
The J-School has been awarded $7,974.43 from the General Research Fund (GRF) this year. Get more information including guidelines and handbook here. If you are interested in applying for the funds, please complete this application . The deadline to apply is March 27.
Student News and Opportunities
Students win Mark of Excellence awards
Congratulations to the following J-School students who won awards in the 2020 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence regional competition. Winners move onto the national competition:
Best all-around non-daily student newspaper: Kansan staff
General news reporting: Rylie Koester
Best all-around TV newscast: Bryanna Crouch and Becky Phelps
TV in-depth reporting: Keely Drew McCormick
Sales Strategies class visits Spencer Museum
On March 6, the JOUR 611: Sales Strategies class visited the Spencer Museum to experience the environment and the idea of "creativity." The class subject matter for the day was "Creativity Sells." Our guide, Celka Straughn , Deputy Director of Public Practice, Curatorial and Research, and the Andrew Mellon Director of Academic Programs, helped the students connect creativity in sales with art. She discussed art as a product, as innovation and consumer perceptions, preferences and creating value are all part of developing a strategic message. 
The class also used the Spencer Museum Reception Room to host guest speakers David Hartzler , account executive, and Bonnie Wohler , digital advertising strategist, from Midco. They presented a case study on creativity in media sales.
Free Adobe Creative Cloud for students and digital summit
Students should now be able to access Adobe Creative Cloud at no cost through May 31, 2020, or as soon as students can return to campus. More information, including how to sign in, is here . If students have issues with accessing or installing, they should contact IT at  or 785-864-8080.
Also, Adobe is moving its Digital Summit online and will allow free access. Learn more here.
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.
KSPA Contest
Please mark your calendars to help judge the KSPA State Contest next month. Because of the shutdowns due to COVID-19, the on-site portion of our state contest has been moved online. This means there will be more opportunities for remote judging, which is scheduled to take place between April 22 and April 26. A signup opportunity will be available soon.
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 .
March 27: Faculty/staff meeting 4-6 p.m., online
April 6: (CANCELED) 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 22-26: KSPA State Contest remote judging
April 23: (CANCELED) Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
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
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