Associate Professor Joseph Erba, strategic communication concentration chair, has been selected to join KU’s Senior Administrative Fellows Program. The program cultivates the leadership skills and organizational know-how of tenured faculty through a yearlong exploration and mentoring curriculum.

Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski is featured in this KU Alumni Association story for using the Mentoring+ platform in his Data Storytelling class.

Himée Kamatuka, recruitment coordinator, has accepted the role of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Curator for the J-School. As DEIB curator, she will develop and report on key performance indicators within the school, using validated metrics, a universitywide diversity framework and the university strategic plan.

If you missed the 9/11 In The Newsroom panel discussion last Thursday, you may view a recording of the event on The University Daily Kansan's Facebook page.

The Curriculum and Assessment Committee invites all School of Journalism and Mass Communications instructors to attend the inaugural Assessment Show-and-Tell on Friday, Sept. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 303. As the reporting requirements for course assessments increase, everyone can benefit from learning about the course assessments that are being used across the school. Colleagues will share the assessments they use, explain how they designed these assessments, how they implement them, and what they do with the results.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a town hall discussion of the new Media Arts & Production (MA&P) concentration currently in development for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Discussion will include vision and goals for the new MA&P concentration, curriculum updates and Q&A. Join us from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 30 in Clarkson Gallery.
Professor Hyunjin Seo received a grant for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program from the National Science Foundation. Through the grant, strategic communication students Janada Birdling and Hanna Clem will be working as research fellows on Seo’s interdisciplinary project offering technology education for marginalized women. 

Doctoral students Mauryne Abwao and Muhammad Ittefaq have published a commentary article in the journal Psychology & Health arguing that vaccine selfies, when done properly, can be an effective and ethical way to fight the pandemic, misinformation and share positive experiences. Read the KU News story.
The Playmakers to take over J-School Instagram account this weekend
Follow along this weekend as the student journalists of The Playmakers take over the J-School’s Instagram this Friday and Saturday. The students will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how they prepare for their Friday show at Media Crossroads and how they cover the KU vs. Baylor football game on Saturday. Follow here.
The Eudora Times is looking for feature writers to join its team of student community journalists. The next meeting is at 4:30 p.m. today in Room 210 inside the Resource Center.

The Inez Y. Kaiser GKC-PRSA Memorial Scholarship, valued at $2,500, is open for applications. The deadline to apply is Sept. 24. It is open to all Black juniors or seniors enrolled in strategic communications, public relations or communications programs at an accredited college or university in Kansas or Missouri. The student must live in Kansas or Missouri at the time of application. Preference is given to PRSSA members and affiliate chapters. However, membership or affiliation is not a requirement. Applicants must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The application should reflect the applicant’s commitment to volunteerism, a hallmark of Inez Kaiser’s legacy. Two scholarship recipients will be announced at the GKC-PRSA Chapter Prism event on Oct. 21. Apply here.

Premier Roofing Company is accepting applications for its sales scholarship. Six winners will be selected; one will receive $2,500, and the others will receive $1,000. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1. Scholarship winners will be announced on Jan. 31, 2022. Get details and apply here.

Spark KC!, a marketing and advertising networking event, is open to J-School students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24 at Pennway Place, 2500 W. Pennway St. in Kansas City, Missouri. Students will receive advice from local ad experts and constructive feedback on their portfolios and resumes. Students will gain exposure to potential opportunities within the marketing and advertising industry, and meet local companies looking to hire. To make sure resumes are recruiter-ready, a virtual one-on-one resume review is available Sept. 15 to the first 75 student registrants. Sign up before Sept. 14 for a $10 off early bird discount. 

The KU Office of Admissions is hiring Student Ambassadors. These students represent the university to perspective students and families by creating a positive experience for visitors. Learn more by attending this info session: Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the KU Visitor Center. Deadline to apply is Sept. 20. Interested students should complete this form.
Apply now for the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship
A representative from the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship plans to conduct virtual interviews via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 29, for the summer 2022 program (June 6-Aug. 12). University of Kansas students of junior, senior or graduate standing as of Nov. 1, 2021, are eligible to apply and participate in the interviews. The fellowship pays each fellow $650 a week for 10 weeks at the Indianapolis Star or Arizona Republic. Eight interviews will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sept. 29. Interested students should submit their resume and work samples (nor more than two articles) by Sept. 23 to Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, at or drop them off in Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 120.
Find more listings on the J-School website
Job opportunities
Integrated marketing solutions consultant, Entravision (Denver, Colorado)
Food and ag reporter, Politico (Arlington, Virginia)
Health care reporter, Politico (Arlington, Virginia)
Transportation reporter, Politico (Arlington, Virginia)
Legal reporter, E&E News (Arlington, Virginia)
Senior communications manager, Kansas Action for Children (Topeka, Kansas)
Account manager, Belo and Company (Dallas, Texas)
Audience engagement editor, Shawnee Mission Post (Shawnee Mission, Kansas)
Public relations manager, Yamaha Music (Buena Park, California)
Marketing coordinator, Family Service and Guidance Center (Topeka, Kansas)

Student jobs and internships
Editorial spring intern, Politico (Arlington, Virginia)
Editorial summer intern, Politico (Arlington, Virginia)
Student outreach assistant, East Languages & Cultures Communications (Lawrence, Kansas)
Student office assistant, East Languages & Cultures Communications (Lawrence, Kansas)
Video production assistant, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Lawrence, Kansas)
Strategic communications intern, LMH Health Foundation (Lawrence, Kansas)
KU Black Alumni Network honors five J-School alumni
Congratulations to the following J-School alumni, who are being honored this year by the KU Black Alumni Network (from left):
2021 Mike & Joyce Shinn Leaders and Innovators Awardees:
Patricia Gaston, j’81, Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism
Mark McCormick, j’90, Director of Strategic Communications, ACLU of Kansas
Emerging Leaders Award honorees:
Marcus Hollinger, j’14, Senior Vice President for Marketing, Reach Records, and Co-founder of Portrait Coffee Roasters
Paul C. Pierce, j’15, Associate Athletics Director for Inclusive Excellence, Kansas Athletics
Joshua Robinson, j’16, Senior Associate & Network Manager, Living Cities
Learn more and see the other honorees on the KU Black Alumni Network Facebook page.
DeNeen L. Brown, j’86, Washington Post reporter and University of Maryland professor, visited with Professor Pat Gaston’s J630 students today via Zoom. She discussed her coverage of race, specifically the Tulsa Massacre and her recent work on alleged Mississippi lynchings.

Jessica Palm, j’11, vice president of marketing & PR at the Kansas City Area Development Council, is featured in KU Alumni Association’s Copy the Leader feature.

Julia Feinbloom, j’19, is account coordinator at Autumn Communications in Los Angeles, California.
Savanna Smith, j’20, will be joining the Sacramento (California) Bee News as the California Utility Team editor.