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
Photo courtesy of Missy Minear/University Daily Kansan
The Torch chapter of Mortar Board honored Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen as a 2017 Outstanding Educator at halftime of the men's basketball game on Nov. 17. Mortar Board is a national college senior honors society that values scholarship, leadership and service. Since 1974, Mortar Board members have nominated and selected five winning educators each year who are devoted to academia, teaching style, accessibility, and knowledge of their subject as well as their positive influence on students both academically and personally. Chen wants to share this award with her supportive network of colleagues, without whom this award would not be possible. Other 2017 winners include Andrea Herstowski ( chair, Department of Design ) Beverly Mack (professor of African Studies), Shannon Portillo (associate professor of the School of Public Affairs and Administration), and Susan Williams (professor of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering).
Chen was also inducted into Phi Beta Delta Honors Society on Nov. 14. Phi Beta Delta recognizes students, faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves through their participation in international education.

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford was interviewed by the Atlanta Black Star's Frederick Reese for the article, "Twenty-Five Percent of HBCU's Student Body Is Non-Black: Is This the End of Majority Black Schools?" The article focuses on how Historically Black Colleges and Universities' demographics are becoming increasingly less black, with some, such as Bluefield State College, not black at all and why HBCUs are becoming more diverse. Read the article here.  
Social Justice Fellows Program

The University of Kansas Office of Multicultural Affairs is accepting applications for the 2018 cohort of the Social Justice Fellows Program. Now entering its third year, the program provides intensive direction to faculty and staff on issues of social justice, inclusion and systemic oppression. The deadline is Dec. 8. Apply here.
Research and presentations
J.D./Ph.D. student Harrison Michael Rosenthal presented his paper, "On the Ideological Origins and Principles of State Lethal Injection Secrecy Laws: A Constitutional and Jurisprudential Interpretation" at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association's 28th Annual Conference in Philadelphia. In his paper, Rosenthal analyzes the relationship between changes in the standardized three-drug lethal injection cocktail and the recent series of botched state executions.
Campaigns presentations

Professor Tien Lee's Strategic Campaigns students will present at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Dyche Hall. The client is the KU Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen's Strategic Campaigns students will present at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Alderson Auditorium. The client is Kaleidoscope, a Hallmark-sponsored creative space in Kansas City. 
Internships and jobs
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:

Digital editor, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (Lawrence, Kansas)
Programming/morning show co-host, Eagle Communications (Manhattan, Junction City, Salina)
Account executive, KCTV/KSMO (Fairway, Kansas)
Social media analyst, KCP&L (Kansas City, Missouri)
Account manager, Callahan Creek (Lawrence, Kansas)
Managing editor, Kearney (Nebraska) Hub (Kearney, Nebraska)
Communications manager, TreanorHL (Lawrence, Kansas)
Technical newscast director, KSNT (Topeka, Kansas)

Social media and public relations intern, Page Communications (Kansas City, Missouri)
Public relations intern, Parris Communications (Kansas City, Missouri)
Communications intern, United States Tennis Assocation Missouri Valley (Overland Park, 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
Student news and opportunities
Apply now for spring Kansan positions

The Kansan is hiring for the spring semester. There are positions available for section editors, reporters, photographers and designers. Section editor applications are due next Monday, Nov. 27, at 11:59 p.m. Applications for other paid positions are due Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 11:59 p.m. All applications should be sent to editor-in-chief Chandler Boese at . Get the details here.
Junior Mollie-Jane Martin has accepted a summer marketing internship with Target.

Applications are now being accepted for student orientation assistant positions at KU. Orientation assistants represent the university to incoming students, families and guests. The team serves all orientation programs, domestic and international, Hawk Week and the fall learning communities, seminars and UNIV courses. If you have questions, please contact Jessica Mattes at
Application deadline is Dec. 1. Apply here.
Most of the the large media organizations are looking for summer interns now. CNN, NBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Politico and many other news outlets have deadlines for their internships in just a few weeks, so you need to apply now. Check out this comprehensive list of internships and deadlines and make sure you apply.

The American Society of Magazine Editors is now accepting applications for the   ASME Magazine Internship Program 2018, a 10-week program for rising college seniors at magazines in New York and Washington, D.C. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Students who are interested should contact Associate Professor Carol Holstead.

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.

Odyssey ( ), an online platform for millennials who want to share their voice, is currently looking for student writers. Apply here or contact Angel Tran at with questions.

Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals for the 14th annual KU Professionals for Inclusion and Social Justice (ISJ) Graduate Research Conference on Feb. 2. Learn more here.

KU Alternative Breaks is a student-run, service-focused organization that sends KU students across the country every academic break. Spots are still open for students who would like to serve during Spring Break, March 17-March 25. The sites we've selected cover a wide range of issues. If you're a staunch environmentalist or simply want to provide a helping hand to populations in need, Alternative Breaks is committed to equipping you with the knowledge to volunteer ethically and effectively. Learn more and apply at The deadline to apply is Nov. 24. 
Hearst Journalism Fellowship

The Hearst Journalism Fellowship is actively recruiting for its next class that starts in late summer 2018. The fellowship is a two-year program focusing on journalism in a changing digital world. The fellowship program consists of two 12-month rotations at top metro papers. Fellows will receive training, mentoring and real-world experience alongside top journalists who are using cutting-edge tools to tell stories through data, video, and more. Hearst Fellows are full-time employees with competitive salary and benefits, including health insurance and relocation assistance. Learn more.
Scholarships and contests
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 2018. Scholarships are for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 academic year.  Apply here.

Deadlines are approaching for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, which
provide support, encouragement and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students' schools. See all the categories and deadlines here, and contact Lisa McLendon if you would like to enter the competition. 

The Pretty Presets for Lightroom Scholarship Program will award a $500 scholarship bi-annually to a high school or college student who submits a unique essay and meets the requirements detailed on its scholarship web page. Deadline to enter is Dec. 15. 
The J-School is sponsoring a Media Literacy Town Hall discussion Monday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Public Library. J-School professors and local media professionals will lead a dialogue about the current media landscape and how to evaluate news for accuracy and validity. Members of the community are encouraged to attend and ask questions or offer comment.

April Matthews, the Peace Corps campus representative for the University of Kansas, will have an information booth from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Clarkson Gallery. She will discuss opportunities to volunteer with governments, schools, nonprofit organizations, non-government organizations and entrepreneurs in education, business, information technology, agriculture, health and environment. For more information, visit
Alumni update
Amity Dannefer, 2005 J-School graduate, is now senior talent manager at VML.

Blake Cripps, 2008 J-School graduate, is now the play-by-play announcer for Newman University basketball and baseball.

Sarah Stern, 2013 J-School graduate, was featured in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences blog, Hawks to Watch.

Caitlin Doornbos, 2014 J-School graduate, has accepted a position as a foreign correspondent covering the U.S. Navy in Yokosuka, Japan, for Stars and Stripes. She previously was a breaking news reporter for the Orlando (Florida) Sentinel and host of the Sentinel's Central Florida True Crime.
In memoriam
Larry M. Fencyk, 1970 J-School graduate, died Oct. 27 at the age of 69. Read his obituary.
Mark your calendars
Nov. 23-26: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 8: Stop Day
Dec. 8: Faculty meeting, 10:30-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
Dec. 11: Media Literacy town hall, 7 p.m., Lawrence Public Library  
Dec. 15: Last day of finals
Dec. 16: Winter break begins
Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Jan. 16: First day of classes for spring semester
Feb. 15: Deadline to enter Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Awards
Feb. 23: Judging for the KSPA Regional Contest
April 3: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Student Seminar and Career Fair, Manhattan, Kansas
April 26: William Allen White Day program, 3:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
April 27: Scholarships and Award Program, noon, Kansas Union, Ballroom
May 5: Judging for the KSPA State Contest 

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