Class of 2020
J-School recognition event:  Although on-campus recognition ceremony and commencement events that were scheduled for this weekend have been postponed, the J-School and KU are planning online events. On Saturday, May 16, look for a video commemoration from Dean Brill and faculty to J-School graduates here .
KU Commencement event:  At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 17, KU will stream an event commemorating graduating students. The day's program will include video tributes, musical performances and messages from the chancellor, students, alumni and other Jayhawks. Tune in at 11 a.m. for a pre-event slideshow.  Learn more here.
List of J-School graduates:  Congratulations to our J-School graduates! We are recognizing our graduates on our website now at

  • View and share the list of graduates.
  • Read reflections from some of our seniors here (pictured, Samuel Valdez). We are extending the deadline to submit your senior reflection. Please send to by May 17.
Inside the School
Updates for Spring 2020 semester
KU will distribute $7.5 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding directly to students who have significant need and are facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

Need help? The J-School has resources to help students. C ontact Professor Scott Reinardy at . Another great resource is

Free Adobe extended: Adobe has made the decision to extend the end date of the temporary at-home access to Creative Cloud through July 6, 2020. There is no action required on your end, the access will continue automatically.
Vote for costume contest winners
Halloween in April? That's what Associate Professor Genelle Belmas ' students in J618 did as an extra credit exercise in creativity to combat depression during this semester. Go to and click on the three links on the right for their entries -- in Costumes, Writing, and Everything Else. Students whose submissions win top honors will get a bit of extra credit, a certificate and bragging rights. Please vote and support the students. Click here to vote for your top three in each category. 
Faculty and Staff
Congratulations to  Eddie Muñoz , J-School academic advisor, for completing his master’s degree in higher education administration this semester. Eddie started taking graduate courses in spring 2017 while continuing to work full-time at the university. He is now a two-time graduate of KU.
Faculty and staff meeting
Reminder: The last faculty and staff town hall meeting of the semester is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, via Zoom. The Katich Award for Creativity will be announced.
Research, Publications and Presentations
Assistant Professor Teri Finneman received nearly $4,500 in grant funding from KU's general research fund. Finneman will use the money to launch an Oral Histories of Kansas Journalists project similar to those she has coordinated in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Associate Professor Genelle Belmas was interviewed by Katy Culver of the University of Wisconsin as part of "Media Law Chats," a video series about great media law cases featuring First Amendment scholars nationwide. Her case, Texas v. Johnson, was a 1989 case in which the Supreme Court overturned state and federal laws that prohibited the desecration of the U.S. flag. See the video here.
Student News and Opportunities
Students researching Olympic Jayhawks
Cal Butcher 's J585 Sports Media class has been working this semester on a group project that will feature Olympic Jayhawks. In addition to a database that will include every Jayhawk who has ever participated in the Olympics, they will be telling detailed stories of nearly 30 people, including the ones you know and some you might not ( Billy Mills , Jim Ryun , Danny Manning , Lynette Woodard , Cliff Wiley , and Tim Weaver ). Students participated in a Zoom interview this week with KU & USATF Coach Stanley Redwine (above).
The University Daily Kansan has selected leaders for the summer session and fall semester. Nicole Asbur y will be editor-in-chief, and Gavin Wad e will be business manager. Both are journalism majors and incoming seniors and will serve during the summer and fall. The Kansan board thanked outgoing editor Nichola McDowell and outgoing business manager Grace Fawcett for their leadership during the spring semester, when the Kansan continued to publish online and through its social media channels, attracting large audiences seeking information about their campus community as the university closed to in-person classes and activities because of COVID-19. Applications are now open for other Kansan staff positions in the summer and fall. Interested students should contact general manager and news adviser Rob Karwath at  or 218-343-9418.

The students from the J636 Documentary class met online with  New York Times reporter John Eligon last week to discuss his recent reporting. The students are working on two projects that intersect in interesting ways with Eligon’s work. One half of the class is creating podcasts that document the experiences of KU students during the school closure this spring. The other half of the class is creating a four-part video documentary about Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas , including his response to the pandemic. Eligon’s recent work has involved both podcast reporting and reporting on Kansas City’s response to COVID-19. He contributed an account of a Kansas City woman who is seeking a job while living in her car  for the New York Times’s podcast The Daily . He also  wrote an article  about how different metropolitan area mayors are making decisions about re-opening their cities. For that article, he was given secret access to a conference call among the mayors.
KUJH's 'Good News'
J620 students ended the semester with a final installment of KUJH's version of "Some Good News." Watch it on YouTube.
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 .

Communications coordinator , Precision Solutions (Kansas City)
Technical director , Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)

Social media intern , GivePet (remote)
Marketing intern , Rivera Marketing and Media Group (remote)
Marketing intern , Roma Grocery (St. Louis/remote)
University Career Center develops site to assist students
The University Career Center has developed content ​to assist students during the pandemic. It includes updates and links regarding online virtual coaching, virtual events and job and internship resources. Information also is available for faculty and staff regarding common questions and resources. In addition to providing student services, the UCC continues to offer prerecorded and live presentations on resume writing, job searching, interviewing and personal branding and LinkedIn. Presentations can be requested via its workshop request form here .
JSchool Tech
Need to make a quick appointment with Heather Lawrenz ? Sign up here . Once you sign up, she will send you a link to Zoom.

JSchoolTech wants your feedback. How can we help keep your skills fresh? Take some time to give us feedback on what workshops and events you want for the rest of 2020. 

Thank you to all the students who participated in our JST Creative Break. We will think of new ways to stay creative for fall. In the meantime, keep making! 
Alumni Update
New journalism fellowship
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is administering a new journalism fellowship, which is open to U.S. journalists who are education beat reporters or those whose work experience includes reporting on education and associated workforce development, social or public policy issues. Potential fellows will be early- and mid-career journalists interested in deepening and expanding their understanding of postsecondary education with a specific emphasis on CTE. Print, radio, TV, multimedia, and online editors and journalists from local and national publications and digital-only news platforms are eligible, as are freelancers who target mainstream/corporate and independent media outlets. Learn more here.
In Memoriam
Jennifer R. Dias , 1977 J-School graduate, died April 18 at the age of 66. Read her obituary.
May 12: Faculty/staff town hall meeting, 3:30-5 p.m., Zoom
May 15: Last day of finals
Aug. 13-14: Kansas Press Association convention, Meridian Center, Newton, Kansas       
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
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