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. 

Season of giving
We would like to invite all J-School students, faculty and staff to participate in the Adopt-A-Family Holiday Bureau this year. We've adopted a family of five and hope that you will make their season a bright one. If you would like to help, we will be collecting cash donations until Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. Please bring donations to the dean's office in 200 Stauffer-Flint or to Shola Aromona or Matt Blomberg in Room 113, Stauffer-Flint.
Faculty and staff
Associate Professor Carol Holstead spoke on a panel at the Center for Teaching Excellence Nov. 9 about student mental health. The other panelists were from Counseling and Psychological Services. Depression and anxiety among students has grown exponentially. Holstead proposed that language be included in syllabi informing students of services available to them on campus, along with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255.
KU IRB Administrator Jocelyn Isley will teach a training session on important changes in human subjects regulations from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 30 in Stauffer-Flint 303.  
Dayton Moore, general manager of the Royals (below), was a guest speaker last week in Associate Professor Max Utsler's Sports, Media and Society class. Moore talked about creating a formula for success based on character.
Research and presentations
Associate Professor Genelle Belmas took five Ph.D. students to Baltimore on Nov. 8-10 to present their research at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference. Ph.D. students Evelyn Burns, Philip Maschke, John Watson, Harrison Rosenthal and Shola Aromona presented research begun in JOUR 804: Qualitative Methods this semester. They are pictured with Belmas and  Dr. Monique Luisi, J-School alumna.

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen's co-authored work, "A Mixed Methods Formative Evaluation of a mHealth Nutrition Literacy Training Program," was presented at the 10th annual HARC conference on Oct. 21-23 at the Hilton Doubletree in Bethesda, Maryland. Another co-authored work by Chen was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The manuscript title is "Supporting maintenance of sugar-sweetened beverage reduction using automated versus live telephone support: findings from a randomized control trial."
Student news and opportunities
KU Marketing Communications filmed Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen's class visit to the Spencer Art Museum on Oct. 31. Chen's first-year honors seminar, "Just Breathe: Mindfulness Meditation in the Modern World," focuses on cultivating mindfulness and meditation in the intersection of arts, music, science and health. Kristan Hanson, doctoral candidate of art history (pictured above right), guided the tour. Above, students learned how Amitābha (circa 1400s, made in Japan) represented the culture of meditation in Asian religious traditions.

The KU PRSSA chapter will host its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Clarkson Gallery. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact PRSSA President Tyler Soetaert or email 

The KU Student Ambassador program is seeking more J-School students to join its team. Ambassadors represent KU by giving one-hour walking tours of campus, giving residence hall tours, being the student voice on special event discussion panels, and chatting with future Jayhawks. You can learn more at an info session Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at the KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., or apply here.
Verge Campus is looking for student writers. Contributors are expected to write and publish three to four stories a month. Learn more and apply here.
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. 
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
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:

Media sales, KOLN/KGIN and KSNB (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Reporter, Beatrice Daily Sun (Beatrice, Nebraska)
Reporter, Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Nebraska)
Marketing coordinator, Blackstone Environmental (Overland Park, Kansas)
Media relations specialist, Advisors Excel (Topeka, Kansas)
Civilian public affairs specialist, Lawrence Police Department (Lawrence, Kansas)
Broadcast maintenance engineer, Midco (Lawrence, Kansas)
Media coordinator, InQuest Marketing (Kansas City)

Radio intern, Steel City Media (Kansas City)
Summer reporting intern, Kansas City Star (Kansas City)

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
Internships in Washington, D.C. 
Deadlines are approaching to apply for internships in Washington, D.C., as part of, a program designed for students to gain experience working in the nation's capital. Summer programs are available in several specialties, including journalism, international affairs, public policy and others. Learn more here. 

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 is today. 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.
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
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.
Alumni update
Allison Kite, 2016 J-School graduate, is now City Hall reporter for The Kansas City Star.
In memoriam
Frank D. Lane, 1948 J-School graduate, died Oct. 25 at the age of 94. Read his obituary.

Anne H. Payne, 1967 J-School graduate, died Nov. 8 at the age of 72. Read her obituary.
Mark your calendars
N ov. 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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