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

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
In preparation for the fair, the Career and Outreach Office will host an event at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Clarkson Gallery. Topics to be discussed include recommended attire, what items to bring, presentation skills, how to interact with employers, and questions to ask. If you are unable to attend the Tuesday event, Steve Rottinghaus will be talking more about career fair preparation at noon on Nov. 1 during a KACE fall Facebook webinar.  
Faculty and staff

A project conceived by Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski and executed by his J302: Infomania students won two awards in the Travel Industry Association of Kansas Marketing awards. The Block-by -lock project, which reveals the history of buildings on each block in downtown Lawrence, won first place for Integrated Campaign among large budget destinations in Kansas and Best in Show among all marketing award entries. See the project here. 

A research article on political participation and newspaper use, co-authored by Professor Tien Lee, is among the most downloaded articles published in Newspaper Research Journal.

Associate Professor Max Utsler presented to the Lawrence-Kansas City CEO Forum on Tuesday on the topic of crisis communications.
Guest speakers in Utsler's Sports, Media and Society class have included: Dennis Dodd, sportswriter at CBS; Blair Kerkhoff, sportswriter at the Kansas City Star; Mike Swanson, vice president of communications and broadcasting at the Kansas City Royals, and Ryan Lefebvre, Royals broadcast announcer; and Jeff Chadiha, reporter at NFL Network. Skype guests included Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission. 
Assistant Professor Teri Finneman guest lectured about oral history, press coverage of women politicians, and improving your brand on social media in various classes this month. She heads to Chicago next week for the Digital Ethics Symposium to present her co-authored research that analyzed social media comments on women TV anchors' appearance.

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.  
Reminder: No smoking on campus

Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the KU campus, inside or outside. The policy includes traditional tobacco projects and "electronic cigarettes or any future product that simulates or approximates tobacco use or smoking." Read the KU policy here.
Student news and opportunities
A student honor code developed by the Journalism Student Leadership Board and approved by J-School faculty members is now on display on the first floor of Stauffer-Flint, outside of Room 104. Student Leadership Board members worked for nearly a year gathering feedback from students and faculty to create the code as a set of guiding principles and values for all J-School students.
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.
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.

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 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:

Account executive, KCTV (Fairway, Kansas)
Assistant program and promotion director, Eagle Communications (Great Bend and Hoisington, Kansas)
Marketing journalist, KU Edwards Campus (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
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.
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. 
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
Nicole Vap, 1991 J-School graduate, was part of an investigative team at KUSA-TV in Denver that won a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for large market TV news series for their segment, "Show Us Your Bills."  Vap is director of investigative journalism for KUSA and TEGNA Inc.
In Memoriam
Michael A. Riley, 1979 J-School graduate, died Oct. 13 in Leavenworth, Kansas, at the age of 62. 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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