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

Faculty and staff
A delegation of five journalists from Ukraine visited the J-School on Monday, Nov. 5, as part of the Open World program. Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski and Bremner Editing Center Coordinator Lisa McLendon met with them to talk about our programs, and KUJH News Director Chad Curtis showed them around the studio.

Professor Scott Reinardy was interviewed for the Gateway Journalism Review story, "Midwest J-Schools don't see Trump bump." Read the article here.

Professor Scott Reinardy's book, Journalism's Lost Generation: The Un-Doing of U.S. Newspaper Newsrooms  was reviewed in the most recent edition of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly . See the review here.

Knight Chair Pam Fine is helping organize this year's Montgomery Symposium, a one-day workshop on Nov. 16 designed as a compact version of the industry-leading Knight-Lenfest News Initiative, also known as the "Table Stakes" project. Fine is on leave this semester consulting with the project. The event is for news organization leaders who want to develop and make significant progress on a specific goal or goals such as increasing digital revenues and/or improving audience engagement. Quentin Hope, a highly recognized media consultant, will lead the workshop starting at 9 a.m. at the Adams Alumni Center. The Montgomery Symposium is an annual event sponsored by the Montgomery Family Fund in the Kansas Newspaper Foundation, Kansas Press Association and the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Register here.      
KU IRB Administrator Jocelyn Isley will teach a training session on important changes in human subjects regulations from 10 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 30 in Stauffer-Flint 303.  
Research and presentations
Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo gave a talk at KU's Institute for Policy & Social Research on Nov. 9 discussing her interdisciplinary, community-based National Science Foundation research proposal on technology education for women who were formerly incarcerated and are now seeking to enter the workforce. The project is aimed at enhancing employment opportunities and reducing recidivism among these women through certificate-based training in digital skills and online information credibility assessment.    
"Evidence-based Digital Literacy Class for Low-income African-American Older Adults," co-authored by Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo, Assistant Professor Joseph Erba, master's student Darcey Altschwager and Associate Professor Mugur Geana, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Communication Research. The research paper examines effects of the team's intervention efforts on the underserved population's digital and information literacy.  
Lisa McLendon, Bremner Editing Center coordinator, was a featured speaker at the  Executive Leadership Institute of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators on Thursday, Nov. 8. Her talk was on the current media climate, fake news and the need for reliable journalism.
Student news and opportunities
Minority Students Mixer

Thanks to all of the students who attended the Minority Students Mixer last week. The group had a good discussion about improving representation of diversity in the J-School and is planning to schedule more events next semester. If you are interested in learning more about upcoming discussions and events, contact DeAsia Sutgrey at
The Wall Street Journal's Opinion section is looking for contributors for a new weekly series, Future View, that will showcase college students' opinions on topics relevant for both students and the country at large. The deadline is today. Apply here.

The KU PRSSA chapter will host its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Clarkson Gallery. There will be no other meetings until this date. Anyone interested in joining PRSSA needs to submit dues payment by Nov. 15. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact PRSSA President Tyler Soetaert or email

The Journalism Student Leadership Board is exploring interest in creating a National Association of Black Journalists chapter at KU. If you are interested in learning more or joining, please contact DeAsia Sutgrey at
Student media election coverage

The University Daily Kansan and KUJH-TV teamed up on election coverage last week, reporting from the Douglas County Courthouse, the Laura Kelly and Kris Kobach watch parties, and the parties for the Douglas County Democrats and Republicans. Videos received about 1,000 views each on social media. Live footage from the Kobach party received about 2,000 views. The posts from stories got anywhere from 1,000 to 8,500 impressions. The top post -- announcing that Laura Kelly had been elected governor of Kansas -- got about 8,500 impressions with 60 shares, 500 likes, and a 30 percent click-through rate to the website.
Diversity and You photo winner

The winning entry for the Diversity and You photo contest is now on display on the wall across from the Bremner Editing Center on the first floor of Stauffer-Flint Hall. Caroline Wheeler was chosen as the winner for her Valentine's Day photo narrative.
Apply now for School of Journalism scholarships

Each year, students are eligible to apply for School of Journalism scholarships. All students admitted to the school are encouraged to apply. Students who receive KU renewable scholarships should note that the School of Journalism will likely be funding those scholarships during their junior and senior years. Students receiving renewable scholarships should still apply for journalism scholarships; additional funds may be available. Applications are due Dec. 1, and scholarship recipients will be notified in April 2019. Scholarships are for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 academic year. Apply here. (Click the red "Sign In" button at the top, then log in with your KU online ID).
Pretty  Presets for Lightroom is offering is $500 bi-annual scholarship. Applicants must
research and compose an essay-style Adobe Lightroom tutorial on one of four selected topics. Deadline to apply is Dec. 15. Get more details here. 
Applications are now open for Buff Guy Media's Digital Media Scholarship Program. Students applying for the $1,500 scholarship must answer three questions relating to digital technology. Deadline to enter is Dec. 7. Get more details here. 
Dealspotr's bi-annual Couponing in College Scholarship is now open for entries. Submit
the best, most unique strategy you've personally used to save money in college -- in 100 words or less -- and you could win $1,000. Deadline is Nov. 16. Learn more here. 
Applications are now being accepted for the Radio Television Digital News Association's 2019 scholarships and fellowships. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 18. RTDNF offers eight scholarships for journalism students and four fellowships for professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Learn more here.
Internship and job opportunities
Strong turnout at J-School Career Fair

Representatives from 26 companies and 157 KU students discussed job and internship opportunities at the Journalism Career Fair on Thursday at the Kansas Union. Organizations from the Kansas City metropolitan area, Topeka, Wichita, Lawrence and Dallas connected with students interested in strategic communication and news and information careers. The student turnout was the highest total since the fair in fall began in 2016. All the students who had portraits taken should have received them by email today. If you did not receive your photo, contact Steve Rottinghaus at Save the date for the next journalism fair: March 7, 2019.  
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. Some recent opportunities include:

Marketing coordinator, Staples (Overland Park, Kansas)
Communications planner, Sullivan Higdon & Sink (Kansas City)  
Assistant news director, KCTV (Kansas City)
Creative services production manager, Entravision (Denver, Colorado)

Intern, World Trade Center-Kansas City (Kansas City)
Public affairs intern, Federal Reserve Bank (Denver, Oklahoma City, Omaha)

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
Fellowship opportunities for minorities
The Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities is a competitive program for those who want to write, report and tell important stories. The program seeks to diversify newsrooms and editorial staffs by launching the careers of those from underrepresented groups as newspaper or magazine journalists. Two awards are given annually ­ -- each worth more than $65,000. The winners study in the Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism master's program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15. Learn more here. 
Seattle Times internships 
The Seattle Times is taking applications now for summer internships. Positions available are: Reporting, digital and interactive, copy editing, graphics, sports, photojournalism and features. The deadline to apply has been extended until Nov. 19. Get the details here. 
Journalism in the Era of Disinformation Fellowship 
Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit organization that provides international exchange opportunities to students and young professionals, invites students to apply to the Journalism in the Era of Disinformation Fellowship (JED), a funded fellowship program that gives student journalists from the United States and Germany the opportunity to meet their peers and learn about the role that disinformation plays in political coverage in both countries. Each year, up to eight German and eight American journalism students are selected to participate in this weeklong program in Washington, D.C. and New York, which will focus on political coverage in the United States and Germany and analyze the trend of "fake news." Learn more here.
On-campus internship interviews with Lincoln Journal Star

The Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star's weekend editor, Alex Lantz, will be on campus Thursday, Nov. 15, to interview students interested in applying for the newspaper's 2019 summer internship. The interviews will be between 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in Stauffer-Flint Hall. Students should bring a cover letter, resume, references and three to four writing samples to the interview. To register, email Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at Internships with the Journal Star are open to talented, web-savvy writers interested in working closely with the online desk and public safety reporters. In addition to covering the cops beat and generating several general assignment stories a week, interns assist reporters in covering news events for the web -- live tweeting, writing quick, meaningful updates, and searching for unique ways to present content online. All Lincoln Journal Star internships are paid positions. The full-time (40 hours) summer internship begins in May and ends in August.
Visit with documentary filmmaker Andrew Tkach
The School of Journalism, along with KU's Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REES) program and the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC), are sponsoring a visit by Andrew Tkach, a distinguished TV producer and documentary filmmaker. Tkach has extensive experience working with CNN (where he was the principal long-form producer for Christiane Amanpour), NBC News, and the National Geographic channel. There will be two events during his time on campus, both on Nov. 14: at noon in 381 Bailey Hall, he will present about the program he oversees at the School of Media and Communications of the Aga Khan University, located in Nairobi, Kenya, where he is currently director of environmental reporting. At 7 p.m. in Room 100, Stauffer-Flint Hall, he will present a documentary he recently directed titled, "Hunger for Truth," which focuses on the Canadian journalist Rhea Clyman, who in the 1930s was one of the few brave journalists who reported to the world about the artificially engineered famine that swept across much of the Soviet Union, especially Ukraine, in 1932-33.
Campus inclusion discussion 
You are invited to this panel discussion to learn how campus organizations are embedding inclusion into their organizations, programs and services. Lawrence Buddy Sports, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, KU Best Buddies and the KU Professionals for Inclusion and Social Justice will all be present in the Divine Nine room of the Kansas Union on Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. Each of these groups will provide a basic explanation of their group and how their organization strives to be a safe place fostering inclusivity. Learn more here. 
Doughnuts with the Dean
The last Doughnuts with the Dean of this semester is Thursday, Nov. 15, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clarkson Gallery. Stop by for a doughnut and chat with Dean Brill!
Facebook workshop

The J-School is hosting a free training workshop on Facebook Tools for Journalists on Friday, Nov. 30. Pulitzer Prize winner Rachel Piper will lead the training on behalf of the Society of Professional Journalists. Piper has been the digital news editor at the Salt Lake City Tribune and became the senior news director for digital content at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this month.
Who: Facebook and SPJ  
What: SPJ trainers share products and tools -- including Facebook Live, Groups, Creators app and CrowdTangle -- that help journalists leverage Facebook and Instagram for news gathering, storytelling and connecting with their audiences.
When:  Nov. 30, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Clarkson Gallery, Stauffer-Flint Hall 
Details: Through a grant from Facebook, SPJ provides this training at no cost to participants, but we ask that participants  register in advance by Nov. 16. 
About the program: In 2018, Facebook partnered with SPJ to train a network of professionals to teach Facebook Tools for Journalists at conferences, workshops and newsrooms around the country. Facebook and SPJ are committed to creating opportunities for journalists everywhere to learn about the ways Facebook tools can help create and share incredible works of journalism, as well as engage the public in the stories about their communities.
Mark your calendars
Nov. 15: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
Nov. 16: Montgomery Family Symposium, Adams Alumni Center 
Nov. 21-25: Thanksgiving break
Dec. 7: Stop day
Dec. 7: Faculty/staff meeting, 10:30 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
Dec. 14: Last day of finals   
Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Jan. 22: First day of spring semester
Feb. 1: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., 206 SF  
Feb. 20: KSPA Regional Contest at Kansas Union  
March 5: Budig professorship presentation featuring Peter Bobkowski, 4 p.m., Watson 3 West 
March 7: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas Room, Kansas Union
March 11-17: Spring break
March 22: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3, 206 SF 
April 11: William Allen White Day & Student Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union 
April 12: Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Awards
May 4: KSPA State Contest at Kansas Union  
May 10: Stop day
May 10: Faculty/staff meeting and lunch, 10:30-noon, Clarkson Gallery 
May 17: Last day of finals
May 18: J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center 

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