Commencement information for 2021 and 2020 graduates
It’s hard to believe, but KU Commencement is less than two months away! 2021 and 2020 graduates should have received information last week from KU regarding Commencement on May 16 and May 23. Graduates must register by the April 4 deadlineor else they will not be able to get tickets for guests to attend. Please read all the information about Commencement at commencement.ku.edu.
KU has directed all schools not to have in-person graduation ceremonies, so the J-School is planning a pre-recorded video graduate commemoration for the Class of 2021 that will be posted on the J-School YouTube channel on May 15 at 8:30 a.m. The video will remain there all year for viewing anytime. We are inviting Class of 2021 graduates to send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the video. (Submission deadline is April 30.) We also are inviting graduates to send senior reflections to be posted on the J-School website (see examples of 2020 senior reflections here.) Please email to email@example.com with subject line “2021 grad.”
On May 16 and May 23, Stauffer-Flint Hall will be open for graduates and guests to tour. Also that day, stop by our table at Stauffer-Flint Hall for some special graduation gifts from the J-School!
Congratulations to faculty members Hyunjin Seo, who has been promoted to full professor, and Hong Vu, who has been promoted to associate professor.
KU Information Technology and the Center for Online & Distance Learning (CODL) have partnered to create several webinars focusing on creating accessible content. These webinars will help faculty and staff learn about providing and creating accessible files, videos, course content and more. These webinars help support KU's campuswide commitment to accessibility and to serving the needs of everyone in our community. Learn more and register here.
COVID-19 vaccinations are now open for all KU employees and students. Kansas moved into Phase 5 of vaccine distribution on March 29, which means anyone over the age of 16 is eligible for the vaccine. Fill out the county’s vaccine survey to be notified of vaccine opportunities. You can find alternative vaccine distribution options, including pharmacies and nonprofit locations, at the CDC's Vaccine Finder website.
The Kansas Scholastic Press Association needs judges for its 2021 All-Kansas critique service, and you will get paid for your hard work! Each year, KSPA invites member publications to submit their work for experts to evaluate. Please complete this survey if you are interested in critiquing news publications, websites or broadcast programs from the state of Kansas.
Get J-School branded items through our new online store
The J-School is excited to announce that it has launched an online store! The new store is open for business for faculty, staff, students, alumni or anyone who would like to purchase branded items to show off their J-School pride. We will add more items during the course of the year. If you would like to suggest a product, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
Ph.D. Candidate Harrison Rosenthal’s column “A case for comps: Embracing them with appreciation, not consternation” was published in Media Law Notes, the trade journal for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Law & Policy Division. Rosenthal serves as a division officer and the graduate student liaison. Read the column here.Rosenthal also presented his paper “Speech Imperialization” at the 2021 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, March 18-20.
STUDENT NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
KU Study Abroad is offering summer and fall study abroad and global internship opportunities. Modified to incorporate best practices in mitigating COVID-19 transmission and spread, extensive opportunities are available for disciplinary and cultural learning.
Applications for fall 2021 programs are currently open online.
Wichita Gridiron Scholarships: Students are encouraged to apply for more than $10,000 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 to apply is March 31. Learn more and apply here.
The Fred Young Hearst Television Producing Fellowship is now accepting applications until April 16. Candidates must be May 2021 graduates with an interest in a career as a television news producer. Learn more here.
CNBC is partnering with NBCUAcademy to present a live, virtual town hall event at noon April 14 for college students to learn personal finance skills. Hosted by CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson, the free event will give students access to financial, business and thought leaders to answer questions about financial topics from saving to borrowing to investing. Register here.
Gavin Wade, business manager for the University Daily Kansan, and three other members of the sales team were guests in the Journalism 611 Sales Strategies class on March 15. Wade and his team sat in on the lecture and then the class broke into four different groups to discuss creative ideas that might benefit UDK customers. Each group discussed a different topic including establishment of business relationships, business categories, communication, and the restaurant business. Each group then presented their creative ideas to the entire class. Creativity can be a fun and inspiring experience, and the UDK sales team walked away with some great new ideas. Thanks to the Sales Strategy class for jumping in with their ideas on this project.
CAREER & OUTREACH CENTER
On the Job blog: Multimedia journalist Malik Jackson
When Malik Jackson was 12, he’d set up an ironing board in his living room pretending to report the TV news. Now he is a multimedia journalist at WBIR Channel 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee. "In my job, I get the chance to go out into the community and share their stories," Jackson said. "I get to give a voice to the voiceless — that’s what it’s all about." Read about Jackson's journey to his dream career in our On the Job blog.
Greg Farmer, j'94, managing editor at The Kansas City Star, will be hosting an informational session from 3 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, for students interested in learning more about internship and job opportunities at The Star. Students are welcome to join the virtual session at the following link: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/98169124624
Meeting ID: 981 6912 4624
Check out our full lineup of spring workshops: Even if you can't attend in person, if you sign up, you will receive a recording.
Photoshop Composites. Learn to select and manipulate images in Photoshop to create editorial style compositions. We will explore layers, layer modes and other elements to help send a cohesive visual message. Join us from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on March 31. Sign up today.
Premiere: Feel like you’ve mastered the basics of cutting footage and adding sound and text? In our Intermediate Premiere Workshop, we’ll take a deeper dive of how to take your video editing to the next level! All skill levels are welcome. Join us 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 4. Sign up here.
Creative Jam: Test your skills. Join Adobe + HBO for a Rush Creative Jam. No experience, no worries – you will get a crash course. Deadline to sign up is April 7.
We can help with building resumes, portfolios, design and video projects or advancing your tech skills to help you in the job market. At the Virtual JBar,you can leave a question for us in the general channel or join labbies for their office hours:
Sunday: 3-6 p.m.
Monday: Noon-3 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon-3 p.m. & 6-8 p.m.
Make sure you are up to date with our latest tutorials. Check our full series or subscribe to us on YouTube for the most recent drops.
The Big Event, a nonprofit organization that brings together KU faculty, staff and students to give back to the Lawrence community, is seeking volunteers for its April 17 event. Learn more here.
The KU FNSA Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival is back with a variety of virtual events next month. For over 30 years, the KU First Nations Student Association (FNSA) has hosted the KU Powwow. In 2017, the Lied Center began its partnership with FNSA to help support the KU Powwow and expand the event to educate the community about the uniqueness of diversity of Native American peoples in our community, the United States, and beyond. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more here.
Baron to accept National Citation during online event April 21
Martin Baron, retired executive editor of The Washington Post, will accept the William Allen White National Citation award during a virtual event at 4 p.m. April 21 during an online discussion with J-School students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni. The event also will be open to the public. Baron was selected as the 2020 National Citation recipient and was scheduled to receive the award and give an address on the KU campus last April, but the event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register here.
Kristen Glover, j'13 and j'17 graduate of the J-School's Digital Content Strategy online graduate program, was part of a panel on the most recent Wired Ivy podcast talking about her experiences in online learning. Listen to the podcast here.
Andrew Rosenthal, j’20, was a finalist for the Michigan Press Association Rookie Writer Award and took second place in the statewide competition. Rosenthal is a general assignment/sports reporter at the Traverse City Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Michigan.
Maggie Mahr, j'21, was featured in this story on the website of Make Digital Group's website, where she is a digital media intern.
April 9: Faculty/staff meeting, 3-4:30 p.m., Zoom
April 21: William Allen White Day event with Martin Baron,
4 p.m., Zoom
May 7: Faculty/staff meeting, 3-4:30 p.m., Zoom
May 16: Commencement, Memorial Stadium, Class of 2021
May 23: Commencement, Memorial Stadium, Class of 2020
William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications