Inside the School
Congratulations to Patricia Gaston, the Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism, who was chosen by the Kansas City, Kansas, School Foundation for Excellence as a Reasons to Believe honoree. The Reasons to Believe program spotlights successful Kansas City, Kansas, public school alumni who encourage and inspire today's students. Watch Gaston's video.
Adopt-A-Family Holiday Bureau
We would like to invite all J-School students, faculty and staff to participate in the Adopt-A-Family Holiday Bureau this year. Please mail your donations with a note that it is part of a donation from the J-School Family to Becky Price, Executive Director, Ballard Center, 708 Elm St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Deadline is Dec. 11. You may also donate online.
Research, Publications and Presentations
Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo and doctoral students Matt Blomberg and Yuchen Liu wrote a book chapter on international students’ social media use and social adjustment, which has been published in Digital Experiences of International Students: Challenging Assumptions and Rethinking Engagement by Routledge. The other co-authors are Husain Ebrahim at Kuwait University and Ren-Whei Harn at KU. 

Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo gave a presentation on personal branding online to the Graduate Engineering Association on Nov. 12, discussing how graduate students in STEM areas can use social media to facilitate professional networking, improve research visibility and enhance employment opportunities. 

Assistant Professor Hong Vu's research on climate change shows that media can influence how people think about climate change through acknowledging the emotions surrounding the issue. Read the KU News story.

Ph.D. student Harrison M. Rosenthal’s column “Teaching in the era of COVID-19” was published in Media Law Notes. Read the article here
Photojournalism class creates book documenting the pandemic
This semester’s Journalism 410 Photojournalism class teamed up to create a book of photographs from KU and Lawrence throughout this extraordinary semester. The book, “The New Normal: A Semester at KU Amid the Coronavirus in 2020,” is available to purchase through advance orders. The photographs come from projects focused on student life, the pandemic and the election. They wanted to document this history, with each photograph telling a different story from this memorable year. The book project is entirely student led, with each member of the class taking on a different position in designing, planning, writing and editing the book. All proceeds from the book will benefit the scholarship funds for the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Student News and Opportunities
J-School scholarship application is open now
Each year, we accept applications for School of Journalism scholarships. All students admitted to the J-School are encouraged to apply. Last year, we distributed more than $600,000 to our students. 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. Even so, additional funds may be available, so those students can still apply. Applications are due Dec. 15. Recipients will be notified in April 2021, and scholarships are for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 academic year. 
Watch this video to learn more about the scholarships.
Apply here (click the red Sign In button at the top, then log in with your KU online ID and password). You may be asked to complete a general application question before moving to the School of Journalism Undergraduate Scholarship Application.
Hear student testimonials on our Instagram account.
The Alliance for Women in Media is now accepting applications for its Gracie Awards, which recognize exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment. Early bird deadline is Dec. 10. Learn more here.

Pettable, a virtual pet care service, is offering a chance at a $1,000 student scholarship to pet lovers by posting a photo of your pet on Instagram. Learn more here.
Jobs and Internships
Find career and work opportunities on the J-Schools jobs and internships web page. You may filter by job or internship and full or part time. And dont forget that 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.

Multimedia journalist, KWCH (Wichita, Kansas)
News producer, KWCH (Wichita, Kansas)
Communications specialist, KU Office of Research (Lawrence, Kansas)
Senior account executive, SPM Communications (Dallas, Texas)
Weekend weather anchor/journalist, KLKN (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Communications intern, American Red Cross
Communications intern, VMLY&R (Kansas City)
Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship
Applications are now open for the Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship, which supports working U.S. journalists interested in learning more about and covering issues related to post-secondary career and technical education (CTE). Selected fellows are awarded $5,000 as a stipend and $5,000 toward a postsecondary CTE reporting project.
"Beyond KU: Careers in Politics," sponsored by the University Career Center and the Dole Institute of Politics, will demonstrate how to turn your passion for politics into a career regardless of your major. From a legislative aide and policy analyst to a political reporter and lobbyist, there are dozens of careers available. Join this panel discussion at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 and learn how to jumpstart a career working in politics alongside elected officials. The event will stream live on Facebook and YouTube. For more information, contact Marshall Miller at at the University Career Center.
JSchool Tech
Podcast Palooza: Students: Do you run your own podcast, want a chance to plug your podcast and learn more from peers and experts? Get in on the ground floor of Podcast Palooza (Jan. 25) and be featured in our Podcast Fair that day. Let us know about you and your podcast here. (This is not event registration; this is to be part of the Podcast Fair showcase.)
Save the date: On Jan. 25, join us at Podcast Palooza. This online event features speakers, a chance for students to plug their work and learning opportunities. Stay tuned for registration and more details.
Instagram Story graphics in Adobe Spark: Create branded graphics for your Instagram story, mobile or desktop. This tool is quick and easy to use for even the non-designer. Join us 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, for the workshop. Sign up today. 

Podcasting basics: Thinking of starting a podcast? Let us help you get started. Join us 6-7 p.m. on Dec. 1. See our agenda and sign up here

Virtual JBar: At the Virtual JBar, you can leave a question for us in the general channel or join labbies for their office hours: 4-6 p.m. on Sundays with Emma, and 6-8 p.m. Thursdays with Natalie. You also may see Natalie and Emma as Tech TAs in your skills classes, so check your class Blackboard for that information. 
If you want to work directly with Heather Lawrenz, make an appointment at
We can help with building resumés, video projects or just advancing your tech skills to help you in the job market.
Alumni Update
Sam Ford, 1974 J-School graduate, was inducted into the Kansas African American Museum Trailblazers Hall of Fame on Nov. 14. Ford, who is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for ABC7 News, is one of the founding members of the National Association of Black Journalists. Read the news release or watch the ceremony on Facebook.

Andrew Rosenthal, 2020 J-School graduate, is a sports reporter at the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Rosenthal is one of the hosts of a podcast, The Get Around, which features high school athletes in northern Michigan.
In Memoriam
Ken Hickerson, 1967 J-School graduate, died Oct. 24 at the age of 76. Read his obituary.
Dec. 4: Faculty and staff meeting, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Zoom
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
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Lawrence, KS 66045