This week's events
Virtual Journalism Career Fair
Student registration for the Oct. 28 Virtual Journalism Career Fair is now open! Students of all majors and classes are welcome to sign up here and set up mini-interviews with representatives from the organizations. Students are encouraged to revisit the app through the week and register until the day of the fair. Here are the companies attending the fair:
For more information, contact Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at
Join KU Ad Club for its next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The guest speaker is Anna Lowry, a 2018 J-School graduate and project manager for MMGY Global, the world’s largest integrated marketing company solely focused on travel, tourism and hospitality. Anna oversees client website projects from kickoff to launch and controls the delivery of client projects to ensure that they are on time, on budget and to the satisfaction of clients. Prior to working at MMGY Global, Anna worked at Voltage, a digital marketing and design agency in KC.
Meeting ID: 777 7307 3547
Passcode: adclub

The J-School and the Dole Institute of Politics is sponsoring a campaign discussion with Charlie Cook, America’s foremost political prognosticator, at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Cook writes election forecasts and rankings in his own publication, The Cook Political Report, and is a political analyst for the National Journal and with NBC since 1994. This special program will be livestreamed on the Dole Institute’s website. Learn more and watch here.

The J-School is a co-sponsor of Civic Engagement Office Hours, a weekly Zoom drop-in session 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, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., is sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Register here.
Research, Publications and Presentations
Assistant Professor Hong Vu will be working with a group of interdisciplinary researchers from Wichita State University on a project to create game-based educational technologies for African refugees in Kansas. The project has received the convergence science award from Wichita State University, which provides $300,000 for the project in the next three years.

Associate Professor Teri Finneman hosted a Halloween episode of the Journalism History podcast that traces American newspapers fascination with ghosts back to the 1800s. Available wherever you listen to podcasts and here.

Assistant Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies Matt Tidwell recently wrote a blog post for the Global Values Alliance on the role of an organization’s values program in crisis communications planning. 

Associate Professor Genelle Belmas will be serving on a task force created by AEJMC President Tim Vos to evaluate and refine AEJMC’s relationship with the Council of Affiliates, a group of trade-association professionals and other academic associations.

Gerri Berendzen presented a session on editing Friday, Oct. 23, during the virtual College Media 2020 conference. More than 110 people attended the live Zoom session on the College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press conference platform, and the session was recorded for later viewing. The session focused on how to be a better editor of your own work and tips for improving your proofreading skills. 

Research by Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo and doctoral students Darcey AltschwagerMatt Blomberg and Shola Aromona was featured in a KU News story last week. Entitled “Returning to the digital world: Digital technology use and privacy management of women transitioning from incarceration,” their 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.

A book chapter on cyberbullying by Associate Professor Genelle Belmas and doctoral candidate Harrison Rosenthal was featured in a KU News story last week. Their research examined the lack of cyberbullying and workplace bullying law.
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.
Student News and Opportunities
J-School scholarship application is open now
Each year, we accept applications for School of Journalism scholarships. All students admitted to the J-School are encouraged to apply. Last year, we distributed over $600,000 to our students. 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. Even so, additional funds may be available, so those students can still apply. Applications are due Dec. 15. Recipients will be notified in April 2021, and scholarships are for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 academic year. Apply here (click the red Sign In button at the top, then log in with your KU online ID and password). You may be asked to complete a general application question before moving into the School of Journalism Undergraduate Scholarship Application. Hear student testimonials on our Instagram account.
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.

The Carnegie-Knight News21 program is now accepting applications. During the spring semester, students take part in a seminar taught by News21 Executive Editor Jacqueline Petchel. During the summer, fellows work full time out of a digital newsroom at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Learn more here.
ACES scholarships: Applications are 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 ideas 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 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.

Online advertising coordinator, Eagle Communications (various locations)
Features editor, Sosland Publishing (Kansas City)
Advertising sales representative, Sosland Publishing (Kansas City)
Features editor, Sosland Publishing (Kansas City)

Reporting intern, The Kansas City Star (Kansas City)
Communications intern, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (remote)
Summer intern, Denver Post (Denver, Colorado)
JSchool Tech
Students, do you run your own podcast, want a chance to plug your podcast, and learn more from peers and experts? Get in on the ground floor of Podcast Palooza (Jan. 25) and be featured in our Podcast Fair that day. Podcast Palooza is an online event featuring speakers, a chance for students to plug their work, and learning opportunities. Let us know about you and your podcast here. (This is not event registration, this is to be part of the Podcast Fair showcase.) Stay tuned for registration and more details!

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
All of our events are recorded, so sign up even if you can't attend in person.
Intro to Audition: Make your podcaster dreams come true with this tech drop on Audition. Sign up here
Video Basics Part 1: This two-part series will get you off the ground with Premiere. Sign up here.
Illustrator: Flat graphic icons, infographics -- learn the Basics of Illustrator with our final Skillbuilder of the semester. Sign up to join us. 
Alumni Update
Cynthia Leitich Smith, 1991 J-School graduate, has been awarded the 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Awarded every other year, the NSK Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the world of children’s and young adult literature. Leitich Smith, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is the author of "Hearts Unbroken," which won the American Indian Youth Literature YA Award at this year's Youth Media Awards. Read the news release here.

David Ochoa, 2006 J-School graduate, will be a featured speaker at TEDxKUEdwards next week. Ochoa's talk is titled "Finding Yourself in the Perseverance of Others." Register for the Nov. 5 virtual event.

Jen Halvorson, 2016 J-School graduate, is host this fall for Gopher GameDay Live in Minnesota.

Gage Brock, 2017 J-School graduate, is an account manager at MAKE Digital Group.
Madison Coker, 2018 J-School graduate, is a senior communications specialist at T-Mobile. 

Jackson Kurtz, 2018 J-School graduate and multimedia journalist for WJCL in Savannah, Georgia, has been named best television reporter in a small/medium market by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. He also won a GABBY Award for best news story.
In Memoriam
Vincent Edwards, 2003 and 2008 J-School graduate, died April 2 at the age of 40. Read his obituary.
Remembering Gale Sayers
Jack Nixon, 1972 J-School graduate, shared audio of an interview he had with Gale Sayers in 1973. Check it out on the J-School's Instagram account.
Oct. 28: J-School Career Fair (online)
Dec. 4: Faculty and staff meeting, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Zoom
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