Class of 2020
Online commencement event: KU has planned an online event to recognize the incredible achievements of our graduating Jayhawks. Mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 17. (Pre-show begins at 11 a.m.) Learn more here.
Mailbox surprise: Log in to Enroll and Pay , go to Personal Details, and confirm or update your permanent address by May 5 for a fun mailing from KU.
List of J-School graduates: Congratulations to our J-School graduates! We still hope to have a recognition ceremony later this year, but 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, Aseret Bertram Grant). 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

Classes: The deadline to withdraw from 16-week classes is today. Get tech help for online classes at .

Report discrimination or harassment to or 785-864-6414.

Advising: Journalism advising appointments are by email or phone until further notice. Schedule your appointment through JayhawkGPS.

J-School Zoom backgrounds
If you miss the J-School and are looking for a Zoom refresh, this is for you! We've created some backgrounds of different locations in Stauffer-Flint that we hope is a little extra motivation for all of our Jayhawk Journalists. Download from Facebook here.
Research, Presentations and Publications
Gerri Berendzen wrote two articles for the ACES: The Society for Editing website last week,  “Fact-Checking Tips for all Types of Editors,”  and a recap of changes announced May 1 to the AP Stylebook. The articles were part of the society’s online national conference, for which the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications was a sponsor. ACES moved a portion of its national conference online when the annual event had to be canceled due to the coronavirus.

Lisa McLendon presented one of four sessions at the online day of the American Copy Editors Society national conference on Friday, May 1. “Grammar Arcana” was fully subscribed for 1,000 live viewers, and the recording is now online here . “Ablaut reduplication” may or may not have been trending on Twitter as a result.

Doctoral students  Nyan Lynn and Shola Aromona each have been selected to receive 2020 Summer Dissertation Research Scholarships through the KU Office of Graduate Studies.
DIAG seeks submissions for 2020 Applied Research Award
The J-School's Diversity and Inclusion Action Group invites the submission of proposals for the 2020 Applied Research Award.  The research award of $5,000 aims to promote applied research in an area of mass communication science that can directly benefit our understanding, acknowledgment, interaction with, research and/or acceptance of diversity. Proposals are due tomorrow by 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Student News and Opportunities
Cal Butcher asked his J210 students to take photos during their spring break to share when they returned, however, students weren't able to return to campus. Their memories have been compiled into this short video .

Students in Chad Curtis ' J620 class are learning remotely by producing an entire segment of good news stories similar to Some Good News with actor John Krasinski . See the students' work here .
Kansan staff positions
Students who are interested in summer or fall Kansan staff positions for the news side or advertising, marketing and business operations should contact Rob Karwath at for more information .
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 .

Social media intern , Rufus Teague (remote)
Summer content intern , Sterneck Capital Management (Kansas City)
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
Take your creativity to go! Join in from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, to learn Adobe Mobile Tools. Sign up here.

Need help with final projects? Email for an appointment to solve any project issues.

Missed our latest workshops? Watch for them under the "New" tab at OR subscribe to our YouTube channel and always be up to date.
Alumni Update
Gerald Seib , executive Washington editor for the Wall Street Journal, recently has been doing online news segments from his home under close watch from a jayhawk on his bookshelf. Knight Chair Steve Wolgast noticed and got a response on Twitter from the proud Jayhawk Journalist and William Allen White National Citation winner. Seib and his wife, Barb Rosewicz , project director for the Pew Charitable Trusts, are both 1978 J-School graduates.
Steve Vockrodt , 2005 J-School graduate and investigative reporter for the Kansas City Star, spoke to Steve Wolgast and Teri Finneman 's J415 class last week via Zoom. Vockrodt's stories have included investigations into the Schlitterbahn waterslide death and the duck boat disaster in Missouri.
May 8: Stop day         
May 12: Faculty/staff town hall meeting, 3:30-5 p.m., Zoom
May 15: Last day of finals        
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