The Monday Memo is the weekly newsletter of the KU School of Journalism. 
It is sent to journalism faculty, staff, students and alumni who have requested it. 

J-School Career Fair this week

The J-School Career Fair for the spring semester is set for March 7 in the Kansas Union. Organizations will be sharing internship and job opportunities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kansas Room on the sixth floor. Here's the list of organizations who have committed to attending the event:
Faculty and staff
Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo's J615 Social Media in Strategic Communication class visited VML, a leading global digital marketing and advertising agency, on Feb. 27 to get a tour of the agency's headquarters in Kansas City and meet with its representatives. Speakers from VML included J-School alumni Executive Creative Director Chris Corley, Senior Talent Manager Amity Dannefer and Associate Media Director Kristen Sikorsky, along with Talent Acquisition Director Kimberly Spencer, Social & Emerging Media Director Chad Martin and HR Operations Manager Amy Brown.

Associate Professor Max Utsler will serve as co-chair of the curriculum committee for Dayton Moore's "C You in the Major Leagues" Foundation.  Moore is the general manager of the Kansas City Royals and established the foundation to support youth baseball, education, faith-based organizations and events, and families in crisis. Utsler will be involved in a yet-to-be named project that will be a 10-month pilot program for 12-15 Kansas City metro high school juniors. The program will focus on character-based leadership, mentoring and community service.

Bremner Center Coordinator Lisa McLendon presented a Poynter NewsU webinar live last Thursday from Media Crossroads. The webinar, "Sweat This, Not That: Real Rules vs. Grammar Myths," focused on common non-rules that writers and editors can stop wasting time on, plus several rules that need to be observed to ensure clarity and credibility in writing. The webinar recording is available here. 
Research and presentations
Pam Fine, the Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community, has received a grant from the Online News Association on a project to pair journalism students with working professionals to build a data-driven, crowdsourced, locally focused model of presenting business news and information that can potentially be used by small news organizations across the country. Read the KU News story. 
The Diversity and Inclusion Action Group (DIAG) invites the submission of proposals for the 2018-2019 Applied Research Award. The award is open to faculty as well as doctoral candidates. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. April 23. Get the details.
Student news and opportunities
Wear your J-School pride! 

The School of Journalism communications office and  Student Leadership Board are offering J-School branded T-shirts for sale. Student Chloe Carlson created the design on the back, and alumna Allyson Maturey created the pocket design. The Comfort Colors brand shirt is available in ice blue or brick color for $19. You can order and pay online and you'll be notified when the shirts are ready for pickup in the J-School communications office, Room 210B, Stauffer-Flint Hall. You can see the shirt samples and sizes in Room 210B. Deadline to order is March 11. Questions? Contact Julie Adam at
J-School student Stephanie Wilcox was invited to be a member of KU's Mortar Board chapter in Associate Professor Genelle Belmas' J618 class on Monday, March 5. Mortar Board is a national honors society that recognizes students for their academic, service and leadership achievements.
(At right: Wilcox (left) with Megan Peat, chapter representative.)

The Journalism Student Ambassador Program is now accepting applications for 2018-2019. Ambassadors represent the J-School by giving tours to prospective students and assisting the recruiter and communications office in various tasks and events. Email for more information or to get the application. The deadline to apply is March 16. Download the flier.
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is accepting applications for the 2018 VOICES program, open to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students. The program is Aug. 5-11 during the 2018 AAJA National Convention in Houston. Students will be mentored by professional journalists and will be expected to produce and complete news assignments at the 2018 convention. Visit AAJA VOICES for more information. Deadline is March 25.
Learn more here.

The Tom Murphy Fellowship is designed to develop and enrich a recent KU graduate interested in pursuing a career in sports and entertainment marketing. This competitive position provides the opportunity to work at Octagon, a leading global marketing agency, and learn from top experts in the field. The candidate will work closely with a variety of divisions, including creative, research, media rights and sponsorship consulting to learn about the intricacies of sports and entertainment marketing. The six-month fellowship in Chicago runs from June 15 to Dec. 31, 2018, and pays $2,700 a month. Learn more here. 
Internships and jobs
Find job and internship 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. Some recent opportunities include:

Development coordinator, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association (Lawrence, Kansas)
Program hosts, Sean DeSimone Casting (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Brand ambassador, NEATO (part-time)

Social media and public relations intern, Page Communications (Kansas City, Missouri)
Marketing/public relations internship, Family Service & Guidance Center (Topeka, Kansas)
Leadership opportunities, Kansas City Women in Technology (Kansas City, Missouri)

See more job and internship opportunities here.

If you have recently accepted a job or internship, please share the news with Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator at
Scholarships and contests
Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is offering scholarships totaling at least $11,000 this year to deserving college sophomores, juniors and seniors planning careers in journalism. Download the flier to see what scholarships are available and to apply.

The School of Journalism is holding its first-ever competition for students to submit photos and videos representing the subject "Diversity and You." Entrants have a wide latitude to express their views of diversity as it affects them and others. Awards will be offered in each category: $400 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. Learn more here. 

The KU Advising Network & Undergraduate Studies is taking applications now for Advisor of the Year. A selection committee of students, faculty and staff will evaluate nominations on the evidence of effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding advisor. Deadline is March 16. Learn more here.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters will award up to $2,000 in individual scholarships to next semester's juniors and seniors. Application deadline is May 1. Get the details. 
William Allen White Day events

Please mark your calendars for April 24-27 for a full slate of events to commemorate the 150th birth year of William Allen White. Read the news release.

April 24
  • Pete Souza, White House photographer for Presidents Obama and Reagan, will give a lecture and presentation at 7 p.m. at the Lied Center. Free and open to the public. Read the news release.
April 25
  • "Politics and the Media" panel discussion with KU alumni Pulitzer Prize winners. 4-5 p.m., 3139 Wescoe. Free and open to the public.
  • Film premiere of "William Allen White, What's the Matter with Kansas," a new documentary by KU filmmakers Kevin Willmott and Scott Richardson. 5:30 p.m., 3139 Wescoe. Free and open to the public.
  • Retirement reception for Susanne Shaw, 6:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery.
April 26
  • Hot dog lunch for J-School students, faculty, staff, alumni and special guests. 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery.
  • William Allen White Day program, "The Future of Journalism" panel discussion with previous National Citation award winners and J-School students. 3:30 p.m., Ballroom, Kansas Union. Free and open to the public.
April 27
  • Scholarships and Awards presentation and luncheon and Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards. Noon, Ballroom, Kansas Union.
An Evening with Alexandra Bell

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is one of the co-sponsors of "An Evening with Alexandra Bell" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 6 at the Spencer Museum of Art. Bell turns her practices of editing and commenting on racial bias found in her daily newspaper into large-scale, public murals. Her murals have addressed such topics as the death of Michael Brown, gender bias in sports reporting, and the violence in Charlottesville. Bell delivers this lecture in conversation with KU's 2017-2018 Common Book, "Citizen: An American Lyric," by Claudia Rankine.

Learn how to present your brand with intent and clarity at "Tell & Sell Your Story Workshop," on March 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 204, Stauffer-Flint Hall, with faculty member Michael Vrabac. Engagement is critical at all levels, and taking care of your audience is a must. Students will learn how communication -- with eyes, hands, body, voice, non-verbal and with words -- plays an important role in the way a message is received. The workshop will be limited to 16 participants, so RSVP to to secure your position.

Greater Kansas City's PRSA chapter is hosting a student-focused summit for undergraduates eager for an experience outside of the classroom to learn more about resumes, interviews, internships and PR careers. Two J-School alumni, Neil Getzlow and Jessica Palm, are morning keynote speakers. Students are invited to attend the PRSSA Summit 2018 on March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Get the details and register here.

American Public Square, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to changing the tone of public discourse through fact-based civil discussions, is hosting a panel discussion, "Fake News," at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. J-School graduate and Pulitzer Prize winner Colleen McCain Nelson is one of the panelists. The event is free but registration is required.

The Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice invites J-School students, faculty and staff to a panel discussion about food insecurity in Lawrence, resources currently provided, and state and national policies that affect food insecurity. The forum is 6-8 p.m. March 5 at Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread. Download the flier. 
Alumni update
Jan Anne Dubin, 1981 J-School graduate and founder and CEO of Jan Anne Dubin Consulting, was selected by the Chicago Business Journal as one of its 2018 Women of Influence.

Jerry Howard
, 1985 J-School graduate and assistant news director at KNPG/KCJO in St. Joseph, interviewed TV students last week at the J-School for future employment and internships with the News-Press & Gazette Company.
Grant Moise, 1998 J-School graduate, has been named executive vice president, publisher and president of the Dallas Morning News. Read the news release.

Krista Tatschl-Eyler, 2000 J-School graduate, is playing the lead role of Velma Kelly in the musical "Chicago" playing through March 11 at the Arts Asylum in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more here.

Rustin Dodd, 2009 J-School graduate, has a new job with The Athletic covering the Royals.  Dodd started at The Kansas City Star as the KU beat reporter and has most recently been The Star's Royals beat writer.  

Allison Kite, 2016 J-School graduate, is now covering jobs, development and technology at The Kansas City Star. 
In memoriam
William Shockley, 1985 J-School graduate, died Feb. 12 in Lawrence at the age of 54. Read his obituary.
Jayhawk Journalist
The winter digital-only edition of the Jayhawk Journalist is available now. Just go to to read alumni, student and faculty features.
Mark your calendars
March 7: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas Union
March 19-23: Spring break
April 3: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar and Career Fair, Manhattan, Kansas
April 10: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9 a.m., Clarkson Gallery 
April 24:
Pete Souza lecture/presentation, 7 p.m., Lied Center
April 25: Hot dog lunch for J-School students, faculty, staff and alumni, 11:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
April 25: Panel discussion, "Media and Politics" with KU alumni Pulitzer Prize winners, 4-5 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
April 25: Film premiere of "William Allen White, What's the Matter with Kansas," 5:30 p.m., 3139 Wescoe
April 25:
Susanne Shaw retirement reception, 6:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery 
April 26: William Allen White Day program, "The Future of Journalism," with previous National Citation award winners, 3:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Ballroom
April 27: Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards and Scholarships and Award Program, noon, Kansas Union, Ballroom
May 4: Stop day
May 4: Faculty meeting, 10:30-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
May 5: Judging for the KSPA State Contest
May 12: J-School Recognition ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 

To see all J-School events, go to
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