Research, Publications and Presentations
Knight Chair Steve Wolgast published a research article in Transactions of the Burgon Society. Wolgast and Dr. Michael Everett of Michigan State University looked at attitudes of faculty at land-grant institutions toward cap and gown attire at commencement. The article, “‘Outdated and Anachronistic, But That’s Part of the Fun:’ Faculty Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Academic Dress at a Second Land Grant University,” followed Everett’s work at MSU in 2018 and published last year.
Wolgast’s J691: Community Journalism class had a Zoom discussion about mail-in voting with two staffers in the Kansas Secretary of State’s office. Clay Barker, the deputy general counsel (a KU Law alumnus), and Katie Koupal, deputy assistant secretary of state (a KU School of Public Affairs alumna), explained voting procedures in Kansas as students prepared to interview all 105 county election clerks across the state.

Gerri Berendzen’s presentation on editing, “Editing Your Own Work,” has been accepted as a session in the 2020 College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press fall virtual conference. Berendzen will present on Oct. 23. The convention’s schedule is being finalized. Students or others who are interested can find information about the conference here.

Associate Professor Genelle Belmas attended a virtual seminar entitled “Media and the Law: From Ferguson to George Floyd to Portland: Protesters, Police and the Journalists in the Middle” last week. Panelists included journalists, media attorneys and advocacy group leaders. Discussions centered on the recent protests prompted by the deaths of Floyd and other people of color at the hands of police, how reporters can safely cover those protests, and the availability and efficiency of legal remedies and support when journalists are arrested or detained. 

Matt Tidwell, assistant dean for graduate and professional studies, was the keynote speaker at the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators 2020 Spring Conference on Sept. 10. His topic was “Crisis communications in the digital age.”

Doctoral student Muhammad Ittefaq’s commentary article titled “COVID-19 and Social-Politics of Medical Misinformation on Social Media in Pakistan” was recently accepted to Media Asia journal. This is the result of Ittefaq’s collaborative project with researchers from Arizona State University and University of Education, Pakistan. 
Student News and Opportunities
KUJH is back in action! The KUJH team (safely masked and distanced) produced the first show of the fall season on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Students from JOUR 210 assisted in the control room and studio; Thanks to all the students and Technical Director Karsan Turner for sharing their time and talent to make the first show a success. Watch a recording of the broadcast here.
University Daily Kansan Editor Nicole Asbury was interviewed by Fox 4 WDAF-TV on Sunday about continued COVID-19 concerns on campus after house parties were recorded near the football stadium.
The KU Ad Club's first meeting of the year is at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 on Zoom. Join the meeting with this link.
Meeting ID: 780 6905 5936
Passcode: adclub
Questions? Email President Sheyenne Denton at
Join the PRSSA: Students are invited to join the next Public Relations Student Society of America virtual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. PRSSA is a great opportunity to build connections and learn about potential internships and career options. PRSSA bridges the gap between students and professional careers. Students interested should email for more information. 
New officers this academic year are:
President: Kaleigh Helm
Vice president: Abby Matchinsky
Social media chair: Shae Peters
Communications chair: Shea Eckert
Secretary: Kaitlin Clark

KU Marketing Club: J-School students are invited to attend KU Marketing Club's meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, with Matt Meier from Intouch Solutions and current president of AD2KC. Meier will be discussing American Advertising Federation of Kansas City's SPARK KC event, which will be virtual this year. Meeting attendees have a chance to win $10 GrubHub gift cards. For more information, contact @Kansasmktg on Instagram or
BEA Scholarships: The Broadcast Education Association is now accepting applications for its scholarship program. The BEA offers thousands of dollars in scholarships for study in broadcasting and electronic media. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. Learn more here.
ACES scholarships: Applications are now being accepted for scholarships through the ACES Education Fund, which awards six scholarships annually. ACES: The Society for Editing is the nation’s leading organization of editing professionals, educators and students. Learn more and apply here.

The Reynolds Journalism Institute’s 2020-21 Student Innovation Competition at the Missouri School of Journalism invites college students to participate by tackling engagement with a news organization. A student or student team will partner with a news organization to devise an engagement idea innovative to that organization. Applications detailing the team’s idea are due by Oct. 31. The chosen finalist teams will implement their idea at the partner news organization for three months before presenting the results on Feb. 26, 2021, in front of judges and the public on Zoom. First-place prize is $10,000. More details here.

The NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists is inviting students to attend its virtual convention Oct. 23-25. The convention is free to all student members of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, however students who are not currently members may attend for only $25. The School of Journalism will pay the registration fee for students who want to attend; email Students who are not already members will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the association when they sign up for the convention. Student registration is available here.
Nutrition Nook is open: Did you know that half of KU undergraduate students report being food insecure? To address this need, the J-School created the Nutrition Nook, which is open in Room 113 in Stauffer-Flint Hall. Anyone is welcome to stop by and take what they need.
Jobs and Internships
Find career and work opportunities on the J-Schools jobs and internships web page. You may filter by job or internship and full or part time. And dont forget that Career and Outreach Coordinator Steve Rottinghaus can help you with your search. See more job and internship opportunities on the J-School's website and check out the University Career Center’s job and internship board.

Photojournalist, Entravision (Denver, Colorado)
Reporter/multimedia journalist, KOLN/KGIN-TV (Hastings, Nebraska)
Customer care representative, PayIt (Kansas City)
Relationship manager, Eagle Radio (Manhattan and Junction City, Kansas)
Social media coordinator, Crux KC (Kansas City)

Marketing outreach intern, Kansas Department of Commerce (Topeka)
Communications intern, Global Situation Room (remote)
Career Center offers session on finding jobs and internships virtually
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the J-School Career and Outreach Office is hosting a Zoom session focusing on making connections and searching for jobs and internships virtually. All students are welcome to participate in the session at 1 p.m. Here is the login information: 
Meeting ID: 873 6547 8094
Passcode: VkjxX6
JSchool Tech
Virtual JBar
All students have been added to our Microsoft Team, the Virtual JBar. Pop in and say hi! If we missed you, go to the Virtual JBar, you can leave a question for us in the general channel or join labbies for their office hours: 4-6 p.m. on Sundays with Emma, and 6-8 p.m. Thursday with Natalie. You also may see Natalie and Emma as Tech TAs in your skills classes, so check your class Blackboard for that information. 

If you want to work directly with Heather Lawrenz, make an appointment at

We can help with building resumés, video projects or just advancing your tech skills to help you in the job market.

JST Events
  • Wordpress for Websites. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6-7 p.m. Interested in learning some WordPress basics? These are excellent job-related skills plus fabulous for your portfolio. Sign up here.
  • Creativity in Photoshop. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. YouTube thumbnails and personalized icons are just a few of the creative outlets Photoshop can bring, and we’ll take you through these and more in our Creativity in Photoshop workshop! Sign up here.
  • You can still sign up for teams! Monday 2 p.m. team is a great way to build your portfolio and learn Adobe skills in a project-based way. Sign up here
William Allen White documentary on TV
Watch “William Allen White: What’s the Matter with Kansas,” a documentary sponsored by the William Allen White Foundation and directed by Academy Award-winning KU Professor Kevin Willmott, at 8 tonight on KTWU. The film premiered on campus in 2018 during the school’s celebration of the 150th birth year of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Emporia Gazette editor. Viewers also may purchase a DVD at the KU Bookstore.
Kansan turns 116: On Sept. 17, the KU Memorial Union is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1920 mascot and the 116th anniversary of the first edition of the University Daily Kansan. Kansan editor and J-School student Nicole Asbury will speak. The 2:30 p.m. event also will include the debut of a new illustrated book, "Jayhawk Birthday: A Nesting Story,” which reveals how the 1920 Jayhawk found a home at KU. Attendees must RSVP or they may join virtually. Learn more here.

Associate Professor Teri Finneman is one of the featured speakers in an online suffrage discussion, "19 & '52: Ike, Women, and Equality," sponsored by the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and Eisenhower Foundation on Sept. 15. Sign up on Facebook.
Alumni Update
Megan Tiger, 2017 J-School graduate, is a project manager at Intouch Solutions in New York City.

Nadia Khechfe, 2018 J-School graduate, is a client intake specialist at Nieves Law Firm in Oakland, California. 

Ronnie Lozano, 2020 J-School graduate, is a news producer at KCTV5 in Kansas City. 
In Memoriam
Allison Rose Bowen, 1996 J-School graduate, died Aug. 23 at the age of 47. Read her obituary.

Joan Hankammer, 1946 J-School graduate, died Aug. 28 at the age of 95. Read her obituary.
Oct. 20-22: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Virtual Convention,
Oct. 28-29: J-School Career Fair (online)
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