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. 

Faculty and staff
Dean Ann Brill represented KU on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the inauguration of Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, former KU provost, as the 18th chancellor of the University of Louisville.

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford has been asked to be the new subcommittee chair for the AEJMC Presidential  Task Force on Careers  by incoming AEJMC president, David Perlmutter.  Co-chairs Dr. Angela Powers of Iowa and Dr. Hong Cheng of VCU lead the task force. Crawford will lead a team that will be charged with answering this question: "What can AEJMC do to support career advancement of its members?" The team will present its findings at the 2019 conference in Toronto. Crawford asks if you have any suggestions or comments to contact him and he will share them with the committee.
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. The cost is $75 for the first participant from your newspaper and $60 for each additional registrant. Register here.    

The Office of Marketing Communications invites KU-Lawrence faculty, adjunct faculty, deans, directors and communicators to participate in a free studio portrait event Oct. 11-12. Marketing Communications will email proofs of three to four frames for your consideration and will provide you with a high-resolution copy of the image you select. Two-minute sittings are offered on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Room 205 of the Wesley Building. Due to limited resources, they are not able to accommodate GTAs, researchers without teaching appointments, and staff.   
Faculty, staff and students with significant international experiences and contributions to international education are invited to apply for membership in the Phi Beta Delta national honor society. Applications are due Oct. 12. Get the details and apply here. 
J-School visitors

The J-School welcomed a delegation of Kazakhstani journalists and academics last week to learn about techniques in creating content that engages audiences while also promoting both ethical and professional practices among its students. The visitors met with faculty and students and toured the school and student media organizations.

Research and presentations
A study by Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski, Assistant Professor Hong Vu and doctoral student Liefu Jiang examined media in 16 countries and five continents and found that how much media influences public opinion varies widely based on economic, governmental factors. Read the KU News story.

Clinical trials are the single most important step in the adoption of new medications and treatments. But less than 10 percent of cancer patients participate in a clinical trial, lack of recommendation by physicians being a major barrier in clinical trials accrual. A novel approach to train physicians on how to engage with their patients about clinical trials, developed by Associate Professor Mugur Geana at the Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations (CEHCUP), with funding from the Hearst Foundation, was recently used as part of a Continuous Medical Education module by the South-Central Chapter of the American Urological Association. The workshop, part of the Learn-Inform-Recruit (LIR) project (PI: Shellie Ellis), used training materials specifically developed for urologists with input from both academic and community physicians. Developed initially in Kansas, LIR is currently working with urology practices in Oklahoma and Louisiana to promote accrual to cancer clinical trials. More information here.
A brown bag lunch to discuss research projects for the annual conference of the International Communication Association and other venues will take place Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in Stauffer-Flint, Room 303.
Student news and opportunities
Homecoming award winner
Congratulations to J-School student Brianna Mears, who was the recipient of the Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award last week. In her 13 years at the KU Alumni Association, Alderdice inspired students to become involved and take pride in KU. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates dedication, initiative, motivation, a positive attitude and contributions to KU. (Photo courtesy of 2018 J-School graduate Ashley Hocking
Tyler Soetart has been elected chair of the steering committee of the KU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. The steering committee is an interim governance structure being used as the chapter undergoes reorganization. T.J. Rowe was elected vice chair; Briana Herrington and Leslie Escareno will serve as communications chairs; Anna Eschrich as recording secretary; and Olgie Kenny as treasurer.  The next membership meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 18. The location and guest speaker will be announced soon.

Ad Club officers for the 2018-2019 academic year are:
Co-presidents: Stephanie Wilcox, Katelynn Maloney and Austin Wolfe
Marketing coordinator: Riley Jay
Treasurer: Maren Kollhus
Secretary: Julia Moore
Outreach coordinator: Gheed Nomaan
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 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.  
Reminder: Please complete the J-School Generations survey to give us feedback to improve next year's event. We are seeking input from students, faculty and staff, and alumni. Find the survey here. 
Sports Hall of Fame honors

J-School students Dayton Hammes, Shaun Goodwin and Matt Hoffmann were recognized Sunday night at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Wichita. The three Jayhawk Journalists wrote short bios on all 11 inductees for the souvenir program.
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 offereing 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, SportsRadio 810 (Kansas City)
Account executive, Mega 101FM (Houston, Texas)
Account executive, Entercom Houston (Houston, Texas)
On-air talent, Entercom Houston (Houston, Texas)
Street team, Mega 101FM (Houston, Texas)
Event staff, Entercom (Houston, Texas)
Senior copywriter, VML (Kansas City)
Sales administration manager, Entercom (Houston, Texas)
Advertising coordinator, Tanger Performing Arts Center (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Digital producer, Farm Journal Media (Topeka, Kansas)
Weekend anchor/reporter, Nexstar (Joplin, Missouri)
Communications specialist, Stormont-Vail Health (Topeka, Kansas)
Student communication assistant, KU School of Music (Lawrence, Kansas)
Sports journalist, Enid News & Eagle (Enid, Oklahoma)
Studio operators and producers, Entercom (Wichita, Kansas)
On-air news anchor/reporter, Entercom (Wichita, Kansas)
Sports reporter/anchor, KAKE (Wichita, Kansas)
Digital order ambassador, Entravision Denver (Denver, Colorado)

Summer intern, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts)
Social media intern, Zycoat (Olathe, Kansas)
Producer/anchor/reporter, KDRV-TV (Medford, Oregon)
Magazine internship, American Society of Magazine Editors ( New York and Washington)

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
Sign up to interview for Pulliam Journalism Fellowship  
A representative from the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship will be at Stauffer-Flint Hall on Oct. 26 to interview juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled in the J-School as of Nov. 1, 2019. The program is looking for students committed to a career in news journalism after graduation. Pulliam Fellows earn $650 a week for 10 weeks from June 10 to Aug. 16 at either the Indianapolis Star or Arizona Republic. By Oct. 19, interested students should submit a one-page resume and two story clips to Steve Rottinghaus at the J-School Career and Outreach Office at The representative prefers the submissions be a photo copy of the article as it appeared in the print newspaper. Students should note their preferred fellowship job category: news, sports, business, feature or digital media/social media. In-person interviews do not replace the official application process but provide Pulliam Journalism Fellowship judges supplemental information to consider along with the official application. An official online application form can be found at  and should be completed by Nov. 1, 2018.
Poynter internship list
Students seeking top journalism internships should apply now for spring and summer positions. This list by Poynter is a good place to start. Get the details here.  
Virtual Career Fair set for Oct. 17
NPR and PBS stations are hiring editors, social media and digital experts, fundraisers and underwriting sales people, music hosts, videographers, engagement coordinators and event planners. Many of these stations are participating in a free Virtual Career Fair on Oct. 17. The fair, scheduled for 11 a.m.-2 p.m., is an excellent, easy way for students and alums to job shop, make connections, learn about public media, secure follow-up interviews and get on the radar with recruiters for future openings. 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. 
Journalism Career Fair

The Journalism Career Fair for the fall semester is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Kansas Room at the Kansas Union. Approximately 30 organizations plan to participate, sharing internship and job opportunities. All J-School students are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Career and Outreach Coordinator Steve Rottinghaus at As of Oct. 5, the following 16 organizations have committed to the event:
Strategic Communication
Go Local Interactive
McCownGordon Construction
Frank Agency
Insight Global
TLC Marketing Consultants
Parris Communications
Sullivan Higdon & Sink
MMGY Global 
News and Info
Kansas City Star
Great Plains Media
Lawrence Journal-World
"It Can't Happen Here" presentation
Theatre Lawrence is presenting an adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis novel, "It Can't Happen Here," a darkly satiric story about the fragility of democracy, the rise of fascism, and the importance of a free press. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17.  There will be a nominal charge of $5 for admission, and the bar will be open. Learn more here.

Langston Hughes lecture
The Fall 2018 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor Lecture is from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Reception will follow. The lecturer, Gregory Crichlow, from the architecture department of the University of Colorado-Denver, will present "Citizen Architect." Get the details.

Students invited to SPARK KC conference
Are you curious about advertising? Want to discover what advertising jobs are available? If you answered yes, SPARK KC on Oct. 19 at Johnson County Art and Heritage Center is the event for you. It's a day full of learning about the different advertising roles and time for students to speak with companies. SPARK KC will feature speakers who talk about their experiences in advertising, recruiters who can give you the inside scoop on how to land the job, and young professionals who will share their own career journeys. There will also be time for resume and portfolio reviews with ad agency professionals who can help you navigate the world of advertising. Finally, it will cap off with a career fair so you can hunt for opportunities. The registration fee is $25 by Oct. 7. After that date, the fee is $30. Walk-up registration is $35. 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 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.
Alumni update
Jill Jess, 1989 J-School graduate, is the public relations manager for Western Governors University in Columbus, Ohio.

Derek Skillett, 2015 J-School graduate, covers high school sports for the Shawnee Dispatch in Shawnee, Kansas.

Kelly Cordingley, 2016 J-School graduate, has been promoted to content manager for KCPT- Kansas City PBS .

Vicky Diaz-Camacho, 2016 J-School graduate, has joined KCPT's FlatlandKC as a community reporter.

Amie Just, 2017 J-School graduate, has accepted a position covering Louisiana State University football and basketball for in New Orleans.

Maddie Irelan, 2017 J-School graduate, is a producer at Tic Toc by Bloomberg in New York City.
Madison Coker, 2018 J-School graduate, has been promoted to communications project manager at Sprint in Kansas City.
Best seller

"Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth," by Sarah Smarsh, 2003 J-School graduate, was listed at No. 13 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Mark your calendars
Oct. 13-16: Fall break
Oct. 14-16: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Convention, Wichita
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 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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