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. 

J-School Generations 2018
Mark your calendars for J-School Generations on Sept. 27-28! J-School Generations is a unique event that connects alumni, students and faculty for two days of learning, networking, making new connections and fun.

Register for J-School Generations games
Teams for trivia and other games are being assembled now. The games portion of the two-day event will be 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Sept. 28 in the Clarkson Gallery. Voice of the Jayhawks and J-School alumnus Brian Hanni will provide play-by-play for the miniature basketball contest. Prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to the top three teams to benefit the organizations they represent. J-School alumni also will join the students. Traditionally, the following groups have formed teams: The Ad Club, The Agency, J-School Ambassadors, KJHK, KUJH-TV, Media Crossroads, PRSSA Club, University Daily Kansan, UDK Advertising and independent. Please forward your team information (no more than eight students per team) to Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at by Sept. 21. Include your first and last name, year in school, hometown and email.

You may RSVP for the all of the events, including J-Talk and round-robin networking here.
Research and presentations
Kerry Benson, Strategic Communication chair, led a workshop on how best to present creative concepts for copywriters, graphic designers, video content producers, and copy editors at the American Academy of Family Physicians on Sept. 5. The AAFP promotes the science and art of family medicine. It is one of the largest medical organizations in the United States, with more than 100,000 members.
Student news and opportunities
Have questions about studying abroad? We have answers
Visit with the J-School's advising staff this week to help you with study abroad questions! Today until 5 p.m. and Sept. 11-12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, just stop by Room 117, Stauffer-Flint, or call 785-864-4080. You also may schedule an appointment through Jayhawk GPS.
Ad Club meeting
The KU Ad Club will host its first meeting of the academic year at 7 p.m. Sept 11 in Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 100. For more information, contact
Digital media curriculum innovation info session
J-School faculty/staff and graduate students are invited to a lunch session on digital media curriculum innovation from 12-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 in Room 104, Stauffer-Flint. Chad Martin, director of social and emerging media at VML, will speak about academic-industry collaborations. 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 at and indicate if you have any dietary preferences.
New flex rooms for students, faculty and staff

The J-School worked over the summer to increase the amount of collaborative spaces available in Stauffer-Flint Hall. Rooms 316, 210A, 109, and 305 are now available for students, faculty or staff to reserve for meetings, collaboration, discussion and study. Download these instructions on reserving the rooms.
Find your spark with JSchool Tech
Find your Spark with us 

JTech can help you in several ways to learn technology and ignite your creativity. 
1. Attend a workshop. Sign up early because space fills fast! View the full list here with descriptions and signup links.  
2. Join a team. Teams meet weekly and are project-based learning opportunities so you can dive deeper into creating and learning with programs such as Premiere, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and learn cutting-edge new tools like XD and Dimension. Teams are limited in space and number so make a commitment and reserve your spot  today!  
3. Drop by. Find Heather Lawrenz in either the Clarkson or Room 103 to ask questions or find the right fit for expanding your tech skills. Also watch for the   JBar  (our technology info desk) that will be installed in the Clarkson Gallery by the end of September.  
4. Check out our online training  at  or subscribe to   JSchoolTech  on YouTube for the latest tutorial updates.
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:

Sales assistant, KWCH (Wichita, Kansas)
Social media strategist, Creative Circle (Kansas City)
Executive communications strategist, Sprint (Overland Park, Kansas)
News director, KCTV5 (Kansas City)
Account executive, KCTV5 (Kansas City)
News reporter, Enid News & Eagle (Enid, Oklahoma)
Digital product manager, Community Impact Newspaper (Plugerville, Texas)
Communications strategist, Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, Missouri)

Internship, Chips Quinn Scholars Program (multiple locations)

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
Dallas Morning News to interview for summer 2019 internships

J-School alumna Hannah Wise, engagement editor for The Dallas Morning News, will be on campus the morning of Oct. 2 to interview students for summer internships. Students in the class of 2019 and 2020 should submit their resumes and work samples by Sept. 21 to Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at   . He will forward the items to The Dallas Morning News for review. Wise will determine the students to be interviewed by Sept. 25.
Information booth to discuss marketing internships

McCownGordon Construction will have an informational booth set up from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Clarkson Gallery to discussion marketing internship opportunities. Learn more about at McCownGordon here.
Scholarships and contests
BitIRA U is announcing a bi-annual scholarship, awarding $1,000 to one student. Submit a one-page (typed) , essay containing specific examples of how cryptocurrency or blockchain could change the world over the next 20 years. Learn more.  
Kumar Solutions, a digital marketing company specializing in SEO, is offering a $200 scholarship for the winner of an essay contest. Students must write a 900-word essay on "How digital marketing transforms business prospects globally." Get the details. 
Don't miss the first Doughnuts with the Dean of the school year Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Clarkson Gallery. Stop by for breakfast and chat with Dean Brill!
IMC info session
Learn more about the School of Journalism's Integrated Marketing Communications master's degree program at the KU Edwards Campus at an info session from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Barley's Brewhaus in Overland Park, Kansas.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to discuss advocacy 
Faculty and students are invited to join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Reardon Center, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, for "Telling Readers the Truth Means Being an Advocate Too," a discussion about the intersection between journalism and advocacy.  A bilingual discussion and book signing will follow. The event includes free food and a cash bar. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas, this event is part of Latino Stories of Kansas/Historias Latinas de Kansasa statewide initiative that seeks to deepen the public's knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

Journalism panel discussion at Free State Festival 
J-School instructor and Kansan general manager Rob Karwath is moderator of a panel discussion sponsored by the Lawrence Journal-World about issues facing journalism. The discussion, "Enemy of the People? Newspaper Reporting in the era of #FakeNews," is at noon on Sept. 22 at the Lawrence Public Library. Learn more here.

Registration for Shadow Day
Nonprofit Connect is hosting Shadow Day 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri. The event matches college students interested in the nonprofit sector with local nonprofit professionals for a day of learning and networking. This event allows undergraduate and graduate students to experience a workday in their desired profession and helps students develop a variety of connections in the nonprofit community. Student registration fee is $25, including light continental breakfast. The deadline to register is Sept. 21. For more information, contact Branden Haralson at or read this student guide.
Digital Frontiers conference 
The J-School is one of the sponsors of the 2018 Digital Frontiers/IDRH Conference, which is Oct. 4-6 at KU and the Lawrence Public Library. The theme for the 2018 conference is Finding Community in Digital Humanities. Learn more and register here.  
"William Allen White: What's the Matter with Kansas" movie

If you missed the premiere of "William Allen White: What's the Matter with Kansas" last semester during William Allen White Day, you have a few more chances to see it.

Sept. 12: The Wyandotte County Historical Society will sponsor a showing of the film at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Performing Arts Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Avenue. The community college is a co-sponsor of the free event. Kevin Willmott, a professor of film and media studies at KU who directed the 90-minute film,
will conduct a free workshop at 4 p.m. for aspiring independent filmmakers.  
Sept. 14: Emporia Granada Theatre, 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased here.
Sept. 22: Liberty Hall, 2:30 p.m., Q&A with director Kevin Willmott after the screening. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here
Alumni update
Nancy Leonard, 1992 J-School graduate, has started a new career as a journalism teacher at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. She had been working as a writer/producer and a senior communications associate.

Mary Kate Baker, 2017 J-School graduate, is a field representative for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Boston. 

Nick Couzin, 2018 J-School graduate, has joined Fox affiliate KVRR in Fargo, North Dakota, as weekend sports anchor/reporter.
Talk and book signing

Sarah Smarsh, 2003 J-School graduate, will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Liberty Hall about her new book, "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth." The Raven Book Store will sell copies of the book for signing after the talk.
In memoriam
Marc Coan, 1986 J-School graduate, died Aug. 21 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the age of 56. Read his obituary.
Mark your calendars
Sept. 19: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Clarkson Gallery
Sept. 24: KSPA Fall Conference at Kansas Union  
Sept. 27-28: J-School Generations  
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. 6: 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 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 
May 4: KSPA State Contest at Kansas Union 

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