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Class of 2020
Congratulations to our J-School graduates! We are recognizing our graduates on our website now at

  • Watch video messages from Dean Brill and faculty and staff here.
  • View and share the list of graduates.
  • Read reflections from some of our seniors here (pictured, Alexis Barnes).
  • If you missed KU's online Commencement event on Sunday, watch the recording here.
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.
Research, Publications and Presentations
Research by Associate Professor Jerry Crawford found that high school journalism programs often do not seek to diversify their staffs and do not receive guidance in how to do so from their professional organizations. Read the KU News story here.

Associate Professor Genelle Belmas and J.D./Ph.D. student Harrison Rosenthal have had accepted for publication a peer-reviewed chapter in the Handbook of Research on Cyberbullying and Online Harassment in the Workplace. Their chapter, titled "(Non)Existent Laws of Workplace Cyberbullying," traces the development of the law in this area. They conclude that there is little legal guidance in either face-to-face or cyber-workplace bullying: "While some scholars have foreshadowed the urgent dangers posed by increased workplace digitization and Internet connectivity, the law, as a reactive instrumentality, is not yet positioned to protect or rehabilitate workers injured by bullying -- cyber or physical."

Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo  received a Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation. The REU Grant will allow her to provide stipends to several undergraduate students who will participate in research activities related to her NSF program offering technology education for marginalized populations.

Assistant Professor Hong Vu 's article, titled: "Routinizing Facebook: How journalists’ role conceptions influence their social media use for professional purposes in a socialist-communist country," has been accepted for publication at Digital Journalism. This is a pilot study in his larger project looking at how digital technologies are changing newsroom practices in different countries.

Fatemeh Shayesteh , doctoral student, is the 2020 Recipient of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Group (DIAG) Applied Research Award for her proposal "Digital media functionalities for LGBTQ students’ resiliency and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic." The project aims to explore the functionalities of social media for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) college students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on resiliency theory, this project will explore LGBTQ college students’ social media use during the outbreak of COVID-19 to enhance their resiliency when facing the socioeconomic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This study is advised by Dr. Joseph Erba .
Katich Award winner
Congratulations to Gerri Berendzen , who was selected as the recipient of the J-School's Katich Award for Creativity. The Katich award goes to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated creativity in teaching, research, service or a combination of these areas.
Student News and Opportunities
Student wins national Gracie Award
Congratulations to Bryanna Crouch , who is the national winner for Best Student Television Producer in the  Alliance for Women in Media  Foundation's Gracie Awards. Read the news release here.
Nicole-Marie Konopelko has received a research award through the Jim Mielke Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science Mentorship Fund at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She is a student in the J-School and the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages & Literatures .

The University Daily Kansan has been selected to receive a $1,500 grant from the Poynter Institute as part of its Poynter College Media Project. The Kansan is one of nine independent college media organizations that will be part of this reporting initiative that includes unique training led by Poynter educators and a year of remote and virtual support from Poynter. Learn more about the Poynter project here .
IMC students present project for Government to University initiative
Students in Professor of the Practice Angie Hendershot ’s graduate course in Leadership and Management were selected to be the pilot program for the G2U (Government to University) initiative sponsored in part by the Volcker Alliance .
The program seeks ways in which federal agencies can collaborate more closely with universities. They requested that the school’s Integrated Marketing Communications master's students represent the University of Kansas and launch the initiative with a project to improve the communications strategy for the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services process to respond effectively to Freedom of Information Act requests.
Students met with leaders in the federal government department who work in the Kansas City metro area in early March. The class then spent the second half of the semester developing recommendations for improved processes, formats and messages to aid communication.The students presented their final project in a live video conference to Elliot Viker , Chief of FOIA Operations, and Kathryn Quackenbush , G2U Program Coordinator.
Sales Strategies class tours
Each semester, the Journalism 611 Sales Strategies Class visits various companies in the Kansas City and Lawrence area to get an inside look at the company, learn about their sales process and unique value proposition. This semester, the business partners included the Power & Light District, Kansas City Chiefs, United Way, DEG Digital, InTouch Solutions Inc., Fox 4, Lawrence Journal-World, Spectrum Reach and Service Management Group (SMG). Several of the groups were able to meet in person with their business partners before spring break and the quarantine, and the others had to use Zoom conferencing with their business partners to complete the project. Pictured, from left: Julia Enriquez , KU senior, Lori Turec , DEG Digital and KU graduate, and Stephanie Audrey , KU sophomore. Rooftop photo, from left: Gage Brock , SMG and KU graduate, Mayra Torres , KU senior, Lauren Metzler , SMG and KU graduate, Hailey Hughes , KU senior, and Sarah Sampson , SMG and KU graduate.
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 .

News director , KNOP (North Platte, Nebraska)
Junior SEO strategist , Digital Division Group (Lee's Summit, Missouri)
Communications partner , Cerner (Kansas City)
Reporter/multimedia journalist , Nexstar (Topeka, Kansas)
General sales manager , Entercom (Houston, Texas)
Relationship manager , Eagle Communications (Salina, Kansas)
Assignment editor , Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)

Strategic communications intern , Finsbury (New York, New York)
Marketing, communications and brand specialist intern , After Action Network (Kansas City)
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! 
In Memoriam
Virginia Schlenker , 1952 J-School graduate, died April 30 at the age of 89. Read her obituary.

Jane Pecinovsky Fowler , 1957 J-School graduate, died May 1 at the age of 84. Read her obituary.

Mary McCoy , 2016 J-School graduate, died May 6 at the age of 26. Read her obituary.
Aug. 13-14: Kansas Press Association convention, Meridian Center, Newton, Kansas       
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
1435 Jayhawk Boulevard
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045