Research, Publications and Presentations
Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo and doctoral students Darcey AltschwagerMatt Blomberg and Shola Aromona co-authored a research paper on digital experiences of marginalized women that has been accepted for publication in the journal New Media & Society. Entitled “Returning to the digital world: Digital technology use and privacy management of women transitioning from incarceration,” the paper examines technology and privacy perspectives of women recently released from incarceration. The other co-authors on the paper are Professors Hannah Britton and Megha Ramaswamy and research associates Bernard SchusterMarilyn Ault and Joi Wickliffe at KU. 

Lisa McLendon, Bremner Editing Center coordinator, apparently has become a go-to language expert for social aggregator Bored Panda, as this is the third time in four months they’ve asked for comment on grammar, spelling and pronunciation: Twitter Users Are Sharing The Words They Thought They Were Pronouncing Right But Were Wrong The Entire Time.

The Center for Undergraduate Research is taking applications for the Spring 2021 UGRA competition. The deadline for student proposals is Oct. 29. Online guidance and individual virtual advising appointments are available to help students prepare strong applications. More information here.

The University Scholarly Achievement Awards, which recognize mid-career faculty members at KU, are now open for nominations. The awards cover all fields of scholarship including arts, humanities, architecture and design, music, mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, medicine, clinical science, pharmacy, social sciences, social welfare, education, journalism, law and business. Learn more here.
Faculty and Staff
The Kansas Scholastic Press Association wants to showcase what makes KU a great place to be a journalist and communicator, and is looking for speakers for its fall virtual conference. Join this all-star team of presenters: Genelle Belmas, Lisa McLendon, Gerri Berendzen, Steve Rottinghaus, Peter Bobkowski, Pan Liu, Doug Ward, Heather Lawrenz, Christopher Heady, Himée Kamatuka and Eric Thomas. Speakers should submit a 20-minute recorded presentation on a topic that would be valuable to high school journalists: anything from broadcast to social media to writing leads to researching issues. If you are interested, email the KSPA staff at They will send you more detailed instructions on what to do next. Deadline for presentations is today.
Student News and Opportunities
KU Ad Club has elected executive board members for 2020-2021:
  • President: Sheyenne Denton
  • Vice president: Grace Solem
  • Marketing coordinator: Bella Kirk
  • Outreach coordinator: Courtney Saysiri
  • Treasurer: Payton Enzbrenner
  • Secretary: Olivia Noel
The next KU Ad Club meeting is Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. with guest speaker Victoria Baldwin, a creative strategist at Snap Inc. and 2014 J-School graduate. She leads strategic conversations with brands and agencies to identify innovative ways to advertise through augmented reality and visual storytelling. Prior to joining Snap, she was the director of influencer marketing and social strategy at a sports and entertainment marketing agency. Students interested in joining the Ad Club should email and are welcome to attend the meeting.
Meeting ID: 744 5507 8490
Passcode: adclub
The Dow Jones News Fund invites college juniors, seniors and graduate students to apply for paid summer 2021 internships in data journalism, digital media, business reporting and multi-platform editing. The application deadline is Nov. 9. The News Fund will select up to 80 college journalists for internships with news organizations across the country. Those selected also will benefit from weeklong, pre-internship training, $1,500 scholarships, memberships to journalism groups, and access to the DJNF alumni network for jobs and mentoring. Learn more here.

BEA Scholarships: The Broadcast Education Association is now accepting applications for its scholarship program. The BEA offers thousands of dollars in scholarships for study in broadcasting and electronic media. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. Learn more here.
ACES scholarships: Applications are now being accepted for scholarships through the ACES Education Fund, which awards six scholarships annually. ACES: The Society for Editing is the nation’s leading organization of editing professionals, educators and students. Learn more and apply here.

The Reynolds Journalism Institute’s 2020-21 Student Innovation Competition at the Missouri School of Journalism invites college students to participate by tackling engagement with a news organization. A student or student team will partner with a news organization to devise an engagement idea innovative to that organization. Applications detailing the team’s idea are due by Oct. 31. The chosen finalist teams will implement their idea at the partner news organization for three months before presenting the results on Feb. 26, 2021, in front of judges and the public on Zoom. First-place prize is $10,000. More details here.

The NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists invites students to attend its virtual convention Oct. 23-25. The convention is free to all student members of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, however, students who are not currently members may attend for only $25. The School of Journalism will pay the registration fee for students who want to attend; email Students who are not already members will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the association when they sign up for the convention. Student registration is available here.

The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association is now accepting applications for its Reese Cleghorn Internship program, which supports developing college-student journalists by providing experience in newsrooms in Maryland, Delaware or the District of Columbia through eight-week paid summer internships. Learn more and apply 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.

Website migration, Firesign Marketing (remote)
Editor, VMLY&R (Kansas City)
Marketing coordinator, TLC Marketing (Kansas City)
TV creative services producer, Entravision (Denver, Colorado)

Editorial internship, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois)
Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, Indianapolis Star and Arizona Republic
Summer internships, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas)
Summer internship, Austin Statesman (Austin, Texas)
Sales and marketing internship, AstrumU (remote)
J-School Virtual Career Fair is Oct. 28
Make plans to participate in the J-School Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 28. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., employers will be conducting mini-interviews and drop-in sessions with KU students. Look for more details later on how to schedule times to connect with companies through a CareerFair Plus app.
Here are the companies that have committed to the fair so far:
Career and Outreach Office to provide interview, career fair tips
The Career and Outreach Office will host Zoom sessions Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 to prepare students for the Virtual Career Fair on Oct. 28. Both sessions will begin at 1 p.m. Interview tips in a virtual setting will be the focus in the first session. What to expect at the fair and how to interact with employers will be discussed the following week. Here is the login information: 
Meeting ID: 896 7977 1462
Passcode: N8TxWh
For more information, contact Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at
Join us this week for a discussion with Jerry Seib, Wall Street Journal executive Washington editor and 1978 J-School graduate. Seib, author of We Should Have Seen It Coming: From Reagan to Trump — a Front-Row Seat to a Political Revolution, will discuss U.S. politics, elections and democracy at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 via Zoom. Moderator is Assistant Professor Melissa Greene-Blye.
Meeting ID: 935 8899 6750
Passcode: 439017
The last day to register to vote in Kansas is Oct. 13. You may register and participate in the general election at College students may choose whether to register at their permanent home address or their address while at school. The J-School is also a co-sponsor of Civic Engagement Office Hours, a weekly Zoom drop-in session each Friday in October for anyone with questions about local voting procedures this year. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew and KU staff members will assist as needed to help provide credible sources and answers so that our communities can vote confidently and safely. Learn more here.

Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski will moderate a panel discussion: “Trump-Biden in the Eyes of Eastern European News Media. What’s U.S. Election Coverage Like in Russia, Belarus, Hungary, Poland, and Serbia?” The online event, on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., is sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Register here.
JSchool Tech
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.

JST Events
InDesign Skillbuilder begins on Oct. 13. Sign up now to build your InDesign skills! Sign up here.
You can still sign up for teams! Monday 2 p.m. team is a great way to build your portfolio and learn Adobe skills in a project-based way. We are wrapping up Photoshop and will go into Illustrator next. Teams are recorded, so sign up even if you may miss our live sessions. Sign up here.
How to edit a reel. A video reel is a perfect way to get your brand across quickly. This session is from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19. Sign up here.
Alumni Update
Sports Illustrated recognition
Laura Okmin, 1991 J-School graduate, has been listed as one of the most powerful, influential and outstanding women in sports right now in Sports Illustrated's new series, The Unrelenting. Read the article.
Oct. 20-22: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Virtual Convention,
Oct. 28: J-School Career Fair (online)
Dec. 4: Faculty and staff meeting, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Zoom
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