Inside the School
Updates for Spring 2020 semester
Help with housing and utilities: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the governor of Kansas has enacted an executive order  temporarily prohibiting evictions and foreclosures , as well as  temporarily suspending the disconnection of utilities including electrical, natural gas, water, internet and telecommunication services  until May 1, 2020. These executive orders apply to financial institutions and utility providers operating in Kansas. If you need assistance navigating payment, service or eviction obstacles you might be having with your landlord or utility providers due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please reach out to the Student Support & Case Management Office to speak with a case manager about your situation.

Report discrimination or harassment: Viruses have no nationality, no religion, no ethnicity, no gender. Please report incidents of discrimination to the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access at or 785-864-6414.

T he Bremner Center is taking virtual appointments via Skype or Zoom for individual help with J-School assignments. Students can email   or call 785-864-7623 to set up a time.

Tell your story: J636 Documentary students are reporting on KU students whose lives were profoundly affected by the early end of the semester and the COVID-19 virus. These are students who:
  • lost jobs
  • ended study abroad with dramatic travel
  • left a sports season half-finished
  • returned to find family members infected at home
  • left a romantic relationship on campus that was vital to them
  • lost touch with an important research project they were working on
  • left campus after arriving just this semester as a transfer student
  • remained on campus in residential life
Plus there are so many story lines that we have yet to imagine. Please send   any promising KU students to profile (undergrad, graduate or doctoral). Or perhaps you are one of these people! We want to tell your story.

Get internet access: Students who need access to internet service or computer hardware should reach out to  KU Information Technology  on the Lawrence campus and  on the KU Edwards Campus for guidance and assistance. Several internet service providers are also offering  service at no-cost, low-cost or with waived fees .

Zoom backgrounds: Perhaps you can't be on campus physically, but you can virtually! Download these scenic KU backdrops for your Zoom sessions.

Classes: Get tech support for your online classes 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. Contact your advisor or email to schedule an appointment.
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. 
Groups: It's also a great time to join our groups. Teams will still meet (just online). Sign up today.
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). 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 the 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: Communicate with Steve Rottinghaus , coordinator of the Career and Outreach Office, via email at . 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
Live from Stauffer-Flint Hall
Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appeared live on MSNBC's AM Joy on Sunday morning from The Studio at Stauffer-Flint. Cal Butcher (pictured) and Cade Cruickshank provided the tech support.
Research, Presentations and Publications
Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen 's research was featured in KU Today and her podcast "Media Literacy Can Saves Lives and Lungs" is part of KU's "When Experts Attack" series. Listen online here.

Doctoral student Fatemah Shayesteh was awarded a travel grant to participate in Muslim Women and the Media Training Institute ​seminars. The first seminar was March 28 through Zoom.
Student News and Opportunities
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.
Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program
U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) is offering 39 positions across the nation for students looking to gain experience in the energy and transportation areas. 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 .
Digital reporter , Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)
General assignment reporters , Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)
Project management intern, Girls on the Run (Kansas City)
The Beacon online news outlet seeks reporters
The Beacon, an online news outlet based in Kansas City focused on local, in-depth journalism in the public interest, is set to launch this year. It is looking for up-and-coming reporters and freelancers to report on a range of topics pertaining to the Kansas City area as well as Missouri and Kansas. It is hosting a webinar for students to learn more about The Beacon and what job opportunities are available. 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. Sign up here.
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
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
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