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. 

Faculty and staff
Tom Volek and his wife, Melody.
J-School faculty and staff helped Associate Dean Tom Volek celebrate his retirement at a gathering on Saturday hosted by Associate Professor Jerry Crawford. Below, colleagues also said farewell to Cheryl Klug, Susanne Shaw and Jon Schlitt (not pictured) at lunch on Friday at the faculty and staff meeting.

Dean Brill presented the Katich Award to Associate Professor Joseph Erba last week.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Joseph Erba, who received the Katich Creativity Award at the faculty and staff meeting last Friday. The Katich Award goes to a tenure track or tenured faculty member in the school who has demonstrated creativity in teaching, research, service or a combination of these areas. The award is named in honor of John Katich, a former J-School teacher who loved students and inspired them to excel.

Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo
has been selected as a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University for 2018-2019. She will continue her research on social media and social change while working with faculty, researchers and other affiliates at different academic units at the university. Seo will be in residence at Harvard during her spring 2019 sabbatical.
Associate Professors Doug Ward and Yvonnes Chen judged the Center for Service Learning's Service Showcase on April 26. Service Showcase featured students' service projects and their experiences with the university community and Lawrence community partners.
Research and presentations
J-School faculty and undergraduate students presented their work at the Center for Teaching Excellence's Teaching Poster Session and Reception on May 4. Faculty members included Kerry Benson, Hyejin Bang, Genelle Belmas, Hong Vu, Joseph Erba and Yvonnes Chen. Undergraduate students were Chloe Carlson and Thomas O'Hara.
  • Vu presented his BPI poster titled "Increasing Participation and Critical Thinking Skills Through Group Work."
  • Belmas presented her C21 course transformation project on "Whacking Judges for Fun, Learning & Engagement."
  • Benson, Bang, Erba, Chen, Carlson and O'Hara presented their C21 course transformation project on "What Do Faculty, Students and Employers Want? A Mixed-Method Approach to Course Design." 
Not pictured above: Benson, Carlson, O'Hara and CTE graduate assistant Kathryn Vaggalis

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen's research on e-cigarette advertising is featured in the National Law Review. Read it here.

Bremner Center Coordinator Lisa McLendon, University Daily Kansan Adviser Gerri Berendzen and five J-School students ---         Chandler Boese, Erin Brock, Alexandra Martinez, Emma Green and Nolan Brey ---          attended the ACES: The Society for Editing national conference April 26-28 in Chicago. McLendon presented a "Deep Grammar" session and co-presented "Keeping Current Amid Evolving Editing Skills." Berendzen presented a fact-checking session, "Is This Resource Reliable?" Boese was an ACES scholarship winner and also took second place in the student division of the headline contest. Martinez and Brey wrote articles for the conference website, including an interview with the keynote speaker, Lynne Murphy.

Front: Emma Green and Erin Brock. Back: Nolan Brey, Chandler Boese, Lisa McLendon, Alexandra Martinez and Gerri Berendzen.

Visiting professionals
Photo: Dmitri Shlykov, Elena Schegel and Oleg Medvedev outside the J-School.

Last week, three journalism instructors from University for Humanities in Ekaterinburg, Russia, visited KU as part of a State Department-funded grant that Lisa McLendon, Tom Volek, Peter Bobkowski and Vitaly Chernetsky of the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies have been working on.  
Oleg Medvedev is former broadcast journalist and a senior lecturer at University for Humanities, Elena Schlegel is a lecturer in multimedia journalism at University for Humanities, and Dmitri Shlykov is the editor-in-chief of online news portal and an adjunct instructor at University for Humanities.  
They visited student media at KU, were guests on "Good Morning, KU" at Media Crossroads, visited two classes, toured the Capitol in Topeka and met with Scott Reinardy and Statehouse Reporting journalists, visited the KSNT-TV studio in Topeka, met with Jay Senter of the Shawnee Mission Post, toured the KMBZ radio studio with Dana & Parks, and experienced spring weather in Kansas. The Peer-to-Peer grant project involves developing a bilingual training module for journalism students about fact-checking and verification, as well as sharing ideas and building connections between the two universities. McLendon, Bobkowski and Chernetsky visited Ekaterinburg in February as part of the grant.
Student news and opportunities
Campaigns students presented to their clients last week. Associate Professor David Guth's students presented to the Truman Library Institute at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.
The University Daily Kansan was named Student Newspaper of the Year in the 2018 Great Plains Journalism regional contest. See the list of winners here.

J-School students Jordan Arnold and Grant Heiman transformed research from Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski's J302 projects into online timelines and audio scripts about the history of the buildings in downtown Lawrence, including business and ownership from the 1860s to today. The Lawrence Visitors Bureau incorporated the students' research into their website to promote historical tourism in the city. The first few timelines and audio tours are now posted and ready for viewing/listening. See their work here.

Claudia Close presented her work for the "Spring Training with the Royals" class. 

The "Spring Training with the Royals" class unveiled its multimedia website during a presentation today. Twelve students spent spring break at the Royals complex in Surprise, Arizona, interviewing players and shooting action footage and produced profiles of 34 Kansas City Royals minor league players. Professor Scott Reinardy and Associate Professor Max 
Utsler  served as instructors for the class. See the website.

The Kansan is hiring for fall 2018 and is seeking driven students who are interested in getting real-world experience and working with other talented student journalists. Three paid news reporter positions are open for the fall semester, but correspondents are needed as well. Reporters are asked to write three to four articles a week and should be able to demonstrate good writing skills and have strong journalistic instincts. Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and three pieces of work to  by Tuesday, May 8, at 11:59 p.m.

Odyssey, a social content platform designed to give millenials a platform to discuss topics they see a need to be talked about, is looking to expand its team at KU. If you have a passion for writing about sports, Greek life, politics, social justice issues, health and wellness, lifestyle, etc., join today. Submit a request here. If you have  questions, email

CNBC is offering a Business News Associate workshop for recent college graduates.

Internship and job opportunities
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:

Part-time education program coordinator, First Year Experience, University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)
Sales account executives, Steel City Media (Kansas City)
Local sales manager, KCTV5 (Fairway, Kansas)
Program associate, media programming, The Stanley Foundation (Muscatine, Iowa)
Digital marketing specialist, Creative Circle (Dallas, Texas)
Communications specialist, Compass Minerals (Overland Park, Kansas)
Communications associate, Compass Minerals (Overland Park, Kansas)
Morning news producer, 1011NOW (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Assignment manager, KOLN/KGIN-TV (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Strategic media planner and analyst, Consumer Orbit (Kansas City, Missouri)

Account strategy intern, true(x) (Los Angeles)
Sports internship, KWCH-TV (Wichita, Kansas)
Newsroom internship, KWCH-TV (Wichita, Kansas)
Summer intern, University Press of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)

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
The Diversity and Inclusion Action Group (DIAG) has extended the deadline for 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. May 11. Get the details.

The Association of LGBTQ Journalists  has extended the deadline for student scholarships to May 17. Download the flier or apply here.

BitIRA U is announcing a bi-annual scholarship, awarding $1,000 to one student. Submit a one-page (typed) , essay containing specific examples of how cryptocurrency or blockchain could change the world over the next 20 years. Learn more. 
Students or faculty interested in sports media may be interested in the National Sports Media Association's Sports Media Convergence Seminars on June 25 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The seminars is a good opportunity to hear from some of the best in the business and learn alongside other sports media professionals. Get the details.
In memoriam
Richard Pendergrass, 1972 J-School graduate, died April 13 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 68. Read his obituary.

Teresa Ann Rogers, 1973 J-School graduate, died April 18 in Fairway, Kansas, at the age of 67. Read her obituary.

Laurie Anderson Tuley, 1978 J-School gradatue, died April 25 in Overland Park, Kansas, at the age of 63. Read her obituary.

Robert M. O'Connor, 1982 J-School graduate, died April 10 in Topeka, Kansas, at the age of 68. Read his obituary.
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Mark your calendars
M ay 12: J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center
June 10-14: Jayhawk Media Workshop, Stauffer-Flint Hall 

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