The Monday Memo is the weekly newsletter of the KU School of Journalism. 
It is sent to journalism faculty, staff, students and alumni who have requested it. 

Approximately two dozen businesses will participate in the fall J-School Career Fair on Nov. 9 in the Kansas Room at the Kansas Union. The event, which is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m., is an opportunity for J-School students to connect with organizations looking for internships and entry-level positions.

Career Fair tips to be provided : The J-School Career and Outreach Office will host a discussion at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Clarkson Gallery to prepare students for the Career Fair. Topics to be discussed include: researching prospective employers; preparing a brief speech on skills and interests; what to bring; what to wear; and how to follow up with employers. For more information, email
Faculty and staff
Lisa McLendon, news and information track chair, Associate Dean Tom Volek and CREES Director Vitaly Chernetsky have received a grant of nearly $90,000 from the U.S. State Department for their project "'Real News' in the U.S. and Russia: Peer-to-Peer Strategies for Fact-checking and Verification." They will work with the University for Humanities in Ekaterinburg, Russia, to develop and present strategies for journalism students and professional journalists, in both the United States and Russia, to check the validity of sources and the accuracy of information when reporting and publishing news.

Randi Hacker joined the J-School staff last week as a part-time events specialist. Randi has been a writer since the 20th century. Her young adult novel, Life as I Knew It, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2006, named one of the Books for the Teen Age 2007 by the New York Public Library and listed as a resource for grieving teens by the Mourning Star Foundation in California. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Punch and Spy magazines. She is currently a regular contributor of political satire to the HuffPost, the chief executive editor of Editing as a Second Language ( and the founder of  KOTUS (Kids of the United States, a postcard-writing initiative that empowers kids to act on behalf of their future. From 2003 to 2017, she was education outreach coordinator for the KU Center for East Asian Studies during which time she created Postcards from Asia (now Postcards from Abroad), which can be heard on Kansas Public Radio on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Randi is located in Room 316, so please welcome her aboard!
Research and presentations
Gerri Berendzen, Kansan adviser, attended the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association convention last week and presented two sessions: "Editing Your Own Work," and "Don't Get Fooled: Spotting Red Flags and Bad Information." Berendzen's editing sessions were in association with the American Copy Editors Society.
Kerry Benson, strategic communication track chair, guest lectured on branding in Roberto Muntoreanu's Advanced Design Studies course in the School of Architecture & Design. The class of seniors is preparing capstone campaigns focused on reducing violence toward specific populations, including people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ. Other campaigns are directed toward reducing food waste locally and curbing dog fighting regionally. 
Student news
The Kansan picked up several awards during the ACP/CMA College Media convention last week. placed first in the CMA Pinnacle Awards' Best Four-Year Website. In the ACP Pacemaker awards, Conner Mitchell placed second in the nation for News Story of the Year for his  story, "How universities do, and don't, inform the public about sexual assault cases." Sydney Legg placed fourth for brochure/rate card in the ACP Advertising Awards. Individual CMA winners were:
  • Danya Issawi, first place, Best Column
  • Amie Just, second place, Best Sports Multimedia Story
  • Emily Johanek and Emily Juszczyk, second place, Best Social Media Presence
  • Sydney Legg, second place, Best Display Ad
  • Kansan staff; third place, Best Ad Supplement/Special Section
  • Jacob Hood, third place, Best Multimedia Campaign
  • Brandon Cotter, third place, Best Viral Video
  • Christian Hardy, third place, Best Sports Feature
Student opportunities, internships and jobs
Spring semester opportunity

If you are a news student interested in working on a project with the Lawrence Journal-World for advanced media credit, check this out:    
The J-School is undertaking a new project with the local news organization to develop a data "channel" online that will feature community business and economic information. Students interested in working on the project could be involved in the following depending on their skills and interests: acquiring data from public sources; developing graphics and data visualizations and other content; researching the news and data interests of the local business community; disseminating crowdsourcing messages; and monitoring audience data. The project is funded by the Online News Association. This independent or directed studies opportunity can be for one to three credits. If you're interested, please email Professor Pam Fine at
Find job and internship 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:

Technical media producer (part time), KWCH (Wichita, Kansas)
Digital ad trafficker, Penton (Overland Park, Kansas)
Digital media and communications assistant (part time), University Honors Program (Lawrence, Kansas)
Copy editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia)

Corporate communications and public policy intern, Facebook (Menlo Park, California)
Summer internship, Osborn Barr (Kansas City, Missouri)
Political journalism internship, Institute on Political Journalism (Washington, D.C.)
Summer reporting internships, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas)
Radio broadcasting internship, Entercom (Kansas City, Missouri)

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
Want a top summer internship? You have to apply now

Most of the the large media organizations are looking for summer interns now. CNN, NBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Politico and many other news outlets have deadlines for their internships in just a few weeks, so you need to apply now. Check out this comprehensive list of internships and deadlines and make sure you apply! If you need help with your resume or cover letter, make an appointment to see our career and outreach coordinator, Steve Rottinghaus, at

The American Society of Magazine Editors is now accepting applications for the   ASME Magazine Internship Program 2018, a 10-week program for rising college seniors at magazines in New York and Washington, D.C. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Students who are interested should contact Associate Professor Carol Holstead. internships

Bill Hill of will be at Stauffer-Flint Hall on Nov. 13 interviewing J-School candidates for 2018 summer internships. Interested students for the on-campus interview must submit their resume to Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, by noon, Nov. 6. The resumes will be forwarded to Hill, who will determine the number of students he will interview.
Scholarships and contests
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 2018. Scholarships are for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 academic year.  Apply here.

Glamour is looking for women with strong leadership skills who excel in extracurricular activities or athletics and give back to their community or campus in some way. Entrants could receive $10,000, connections with leaders in their field, and a profile in a future issue. Deadline is Nov. 1. Learn more and apply here.  

Deadlines are approaching for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, which
provide support, encouragement and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students' schools. The first deadline, for feature writing, is Oct. 31. See all the categories and deadlines here, and contact Lisa McLendon if you would like to enter the competition.  

The Journalism Student Leadership Board and the J-School Office of Communications is conducting a design contest open to all students majoring or minoring in journalism at KU. The winning design may be printed on T-shirts offered for sale to students, faculty, staff and alumni of the J-School. The winning designer will be awarded a $50 Amazon gift card. See rules and how to enter on the J-School website.  
J-School instructor Mike Vrabac is offering a workshop for students, "Tell and Sell your Story," from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 in Clarkson Gallery. The workshop will cover presentation and interview skills and tips on presenting your brand with intent and clarity. Learn more here.

In collaboration with the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, the J-School is hosting an interdisciplinary workshop on misinformation in the social media age at The Commons in Spooner Hall on Nov. 9. This workshop brings together scholars and practitioners to examine consequences of and responses to misinformation and fake news in democratic societies. Speakers include 
Rob Faris, research director at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and the lead author on "Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election"; Luther Lowe, vice president of Public Policy at Yelp; Vickie Walton-James, senior national editor at National Public Radio; and Felix Wu, professor of computer science at University of California, Davis. The workshop will also feature news media, industry, scholar and library panels with thought leaders in their respective fields. Boxed lunches will be provided to attendees, and there will be a how to spot fake news contest. This event is supported as part of a Strategic Initiative Grant from the KU Research Investment Council to Associate Professor Fengjun Li (computer science) and Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo (strategic communication). Check out the workshop program and register here.

Students are encouraged to register for the American Advertising Federation's Spark KC conference, which is Nov. 13 at Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. A keynote speaker will discuss advertising followed by talks from young professionals who are starting out in their careers. Students also can review their resumes or portfolios with ad agency professionals and attend a career fair. Learn more here.

The annual KU Food Drive is underway! You can drop off non-perishable food items in the Resource Center through Oct. 31. All donations benefit "Just Food" of Douglas County, which supplies the KU food pantry Campus Cupboard. All donations will fight hunger and food insecurity by going directly to community members and students in need. Learn more here or share the Facebook event.

In recognition of its 120th anniversary, the Indian Leader, the student newspaper at Haskell Indian Nations University, is welcoming Tim Giago, a well-known Oglala Lakota journalist and newspaper publisher to campus next month. Giago founded the Lakota Times, Lakota Journal and Native Sun News and founded the Native American Journalists Association. He will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Haskell Auditorium. The public is invited.  

Please note: The media literacy event originally scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Lawrence Public Library has been postponed. Please watch the Monday Memo for a rescheduled date. 
JSchool Tech
Help JTech set its workshop schedule for spring. Let us know what training you want/need and what ideas you have. Take our survey!
If you are interested in starting/being on a team next spring, make sure to email with your preferred time and topic.
JTech Tips
This week's tip:
This tip is so important, we thought we would share it again. How to deal with the dreaded keychain issue. When you change your KU Online ID password, you may be prompted with a keychain notification when you log in. Your three options are:
Continue Log In (best option)
Selecting "Continue Log-in" will provide access to desktop files, however, network and some third-party applications will present dialog warnings because the keychain is locked. Fortunately, the keychain can still be updated using the following method:
1. Open Keychain Access located in Applications > Utilities.
2. From the Edit menu, choose Change Password for Keychain "login"
3. Type the previous password, then click OK.
4. If the correct password is entered, a new window appears. Enter the original password again in the Current Password field.
5. In the New Password field, type the password that matches the current account password.
6. Re-enter the newer password in the Verify field, then click OK.
The new password will still need to be entered for other directory services such as email or server mounts.
J-School Generations survey
Thanks to all of the students who participated in J-School Generations earlier this month! Please help us plan and improve next year's event by taking this survey. We would like all students to take survey, whether you attended J-School Generations or not. Take the survey.
In memoriam
Patricia Bentley Myers, 1949 J-School graduate, died Oct. 13 in Monrovia, California, at the age of 90. Read her obituary.
Merlin Gayle Askren, 1960 J-School graduate, died Aug. 15 in Pebble Beach, California, at the age of 78. Read his obituary.
Mark your calendars
Nov. 2: Let's Talk about your Career Fair Plan, 4 p.m., Clarkson Gallery
Nov. 9: Career Fair: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kansas Room, Kansas Union
Nov. 15: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
Nov. 23-26: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 8: Stop Day
Dec. 8: Faculty meeting, 10:30-noon, followed by lunch, Clarkson Gallery
Dec. 15: Last day of finals
Feb. 23: Judging for the KSPA Regional Contest
May 5: Judging for the KSPA State Contest 

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