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. 

Journalism Career Fair is this week!

Thirty organizations have committed to attend the School of Journalism Career Fair on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Kansas Union. For more information, contact Career and Outreach Coordinator Steve Rottinghaus at As of now, these organizations are signed up:
Strategic Communication
News and Info
Get a free professional portrait at the Career Fair! 
Students, you really don't need another reason to attend this week's Career Fair, but we're giving you one anyway. A photographer will be available to take free professional LinkedIn profile photos from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Pine Room on the sixth floor of the Kansas Room at the Kansas Union. You'll already be dressed for success, so it's a perfect time to get your professional photo taken. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity! 
Faculty and staff
JEA/NSPA conference

Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski (from left), Strategic Communication Track Chair Kerry Benson and Recruiter Vicky Reyes talked with students at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association conference for high school journalists in Chicago last week.
Assistant Professor Teri Finneman was featured in a Knight Center for Journalism story about the release of her podcast, Journalism History.  

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 David Guth's paper, "Still Wary of the Web? The Evolution of State Emergency Management Agency Websites 2008-2017," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Emergency Management.

Assistant Professor Teri Finneman's article, "A family of falsehoods: Deception, media hoaxes and fake news," was published in the Newspaper Research Journal.
Student news and opportunities
Staff members pose in the newsroom with the 10 awards the University Daily Kansan and won at the 2018 Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association convention Oct. 25-28 in Louisville.

Kansan wins 10 awards at college media conference

The University Daily Kansan won an Online Pacemaker Award for best college media website along with two first-place awards for display and online advertising at the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association convention Oct. 25-28 in Louisville. In all, the Kansan and picked up 10 awards from the two college media organizations for work over the past 12 months. Read the story.
KU PRSSA will host its next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Clarkson Gallery at 5 p.m. There will be a guest speaker and all members or interested participants are encouraged to join. The PRSSA deadline for membership dues has been extended to Nov. 15. Anyone who is still interested in becoming a member should contact or PRSSA President Tyler Soetaert at

A new course, "Journalism in the Movies," is being offered for Spring 2019. JOUR 201 will examine the portrayal of journalism and journalists in Hollywood feature films. From classics to recent releases, some based on true stories, students will examine professional ethics, changes in practices, press freedom, coverage of historical events, diversity (or lack thereof) in the industry, the evolution of technology, and sources of news.

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
The 2019 Carnegie-Knight News21 program is a national reporting initiative at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which brings top journalism students from across the country to report and produce in-depth, multimedia projects for major media outlets, including The Washington Post, NBC News and USA Today. Students interested in the fellowship must be nominated by their program directors. Deadline to apply is Nov. 10. Learn more about the fellowship here.
Diversity Committee mixer

The Journalism Student Leadership Board's Diversity Committee is hosting a mixer for minority students on Nov. 8 from 5-6 p.m. in the Clarkson Gallery. The mixer is a perfect opportunity for minority students in the J-School to network with each other and minority faculty and brainstorm about how the school can best serve students from marginalized communities. Refreshments will be served. Contact DeAsia Sutgrey at with questions.
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.
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:

Social content strategist, Bernstein-Rein (Kansas City)
News photographer, KCTV5 (Kansas City)
Promotions producer, NPG of Oregon (Bend, Oregon)
Sales executive, Manpower (North Kansas City, Missouri)
On-air news anchor/reporter, Entercom (Wichita, Kansas)
Digital communications assistant, City of Overland Park (Overland Park, Kansas)

Strategic communications intern, City of Eudora (Eudora, Kansas)
Magazine intern, Arizona Weddings Magazine
Journalism internship, National Journalism Center (Washington, D.C.)
Spring publishing intern, University Press of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)
Social media and public relations intern, Page Communications (Kansas City)
Marketing internship, KU School of Social Welfare (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
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 until Nov. 2 for summer internships. Positions available are: Reporting, digital and interactive, copy editing, graphics, sports, photojournalism and features. The deadline to apply is 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.
Social media/web analytics curriculum workshop
J-School faculty/staff and graduate students are invited to a lunch session on social media/web analytics curriculum innovation in the Clarkson Gallery from 12-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Mitch Brooks, senior director at Crimson Hexagon (via videoconference), and Chad Martin, director of social and emerging media at VML, will join us. This event is organized by the J-School Curriculum Innovation Program team funded by the KU Center for Teaching Excellence. To RSVP, please email project graduate assistant Darcey Altschwager ( and indicate if you have any dietary preferences.  
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.
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 will become senior news director for digital content at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in November.
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.
Alumni update
Iliana Karp, 2018 J-School graduate who works on the web team for Right This Minute, dressed up as Scott Rogowsky, the host of the mobile game show HQ, and she got a shoutout from Rogowsky during one of the segments. Watch the video here.
In memoriam
Lee G. Mills, 1975 and 1985 J-School graduate, died Sept. 18 at the age of 66 in Ottawa, Kansas. Read his obituary.

Bryan S. Bowen, 1995 J-School graduate, died Oct. 20 at the age of 55. Read his obituary.
Mark your calendars
Nov. 8: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas Room in Kansas Union
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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