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

The Journalism Career Fair is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Kansas Room at the Kansas Union. All J-School students are encouraged to attend. More than two dozen organizations plan to participate, sharing internship and job opportunities. For more information, contact Career and Outreach Coordinator Steve Rottinghaus at As of now, the following organizations have committed to the event:
Strategic Communication
News and Info
Faculty and staff
A day of celebration

Gayle Vannicola, J-School business manager, celebrated a big anniversary this week -- 40 years of service at KU. Gayle attended a ceremony today with Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and was treated with a cake at the J-School. She has worked at the J-School for 12 1/2 years, and she celebrated her birthday today as well. Congratulations and thank you, Gayle!
Dean Ann Brill and former KU Endowment Vice President Nancy Jackson spoke at the Leadership in Higher Education Conference in Minneapolis last week. Their session was titled: "The Listening Tour: Power Alumni Engagement and Design a Fundraising Roadmap."  

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.     
Save paper in the J-School!

A friendly reminder: Printing and copying are becoming more expensive, so we are asking everyone to do their part for the budget and the environment by using the Resource Center copiers to print hard copies only when absolutely necessary. Thank you!
Student news and opportunities
Diversity Committee mixer

The Journalism Student Leadership Board's Diversity Committee will be 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.
Get tips on resumes, portfolios and LinkedIn profiles
J-School students are welcome to join Heather Lawrenz, digital media specialist, and Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, for a discussion on resumes, portfolios and LinkedIn profiles at 3 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Clarkson Gallery. It's an ideal opportunity to prepare for the J-School Career Fair in two weeks.
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 KU PRSSA chapter will be meet Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Clarkson Gallery. Anyone interested in joining PRSSA should come to the meeting to learn about all the benefits the KU chapter can offer strategic communication students. If you have any questions, please email
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.

The International Radio and Television Society Foundation Summer Fellowship Program is a highly selective program that teaches a talented group of up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an all-expenses-paid internship in New York City. This nine-week opportunity begins with a comprehensive one-week orientation to cable, broadcasting, advertising and digital media. Fellows gain full-time, real-world experience at New York-based media corporations to which each is assigned for the duration of the fellowship. Throughout the summer, fellows also learn how to successfully network by attending industry events and by conducting informational interviews with executives. Applicants must be college juniors, seniors or graduate students as of April 2019. Deadline to apply is Nov. 4. Learn more 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. 
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:

Media relations manager, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (Lawrence, Kansas)
Communications and marketing coordinator, CREW Network (Lawrence, Kansas)
On-air news anchor/reporter, KNSS Radio (Wichita, Kansas)
Marketing and promotions activation coordinator, Entercom Houston (Houston, Texas)
Reporter, Thinking Bigger (Kansas City)
Multimedia journalist, KNOP/KNEP (North Platte, Nebraska)
Senior writer and project manager, Dobies Healthcare Group (Kansas City)
Magazine marketing consultant, The Kansas City Star (Kansas City)

Communications intern, Worlds of Fun (Kansas City)
Promotions assistant, iHeartMedia Stations (Wichita, 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
Internship Nepal opportunities
Internship Nepal welcomes students from around the world to join dynamic, effective internship programs in Nepal. Students studying journalism, politics, mass communications and photography are encouraged to apply. Learn more here. 
Work for the Washington Post
The Washington Post is looking for six reporters and an editor to expand its team covering the 2020 presidential election. 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. Get the details here.
Digital Literacy Day
The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Adobe are teaming up to offer KU faculty a free opportunity to learn Adobe programs to better engage students in the classroom. During the Kansas Digital Literacy Day workshop on Nov. 2, experts from Adobe and various Kansas universities will offer presentations and hands-on sessions for educators to learn or improve their skills in InDesign, Premiere Pro and Spark with the goal of integrating digital literacy into their classrooms. Don't miss this rare chance to get ideas, strategies and techniques from Adobe experts to create innovative and engaging learning experiences for students across all curricula. The free daylong workshop is limited to 60 participants, so register now to save your spot. Lunch is provided during the full-day event.
Learn more or register here.
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.  
Food drive for Campus Cupboard
Please help support Campus Cupboard during its food drive through Oct. 31. Campus Cupboard is a grocery-style free food resource for KU students, faculty, staff and community members . Please drop off donations in the Resource Center, Room 210, Stauffer-Flint Hall. Learn more about Campus Cupboard in this University Daily Kansan story.
'Empowering All Through Mentoring'
Derek Shields, a national expert on mentoring and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workplace, will lead a discussion on "Empowering All Through Mentoring" at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Big 12 Room at the Kansas Union. Learn more here.
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.
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
Jenni Carlson, 1997 J-School graduate, has been named an APSE Diversity Fellow for 2018-2019. She is a sports columnist for The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.
Hannah Wise, 2014 J-School graduate, has been promoted to audience development editor of the Dallas Morning News.
Mark your calendars
Oct. 26: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., SF 206 
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, Ballroom, 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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