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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.

Stop by our tabling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, to grab a cookie and see all of the prizes you can win by participating. Students will receive raffle tickets for attending the J-Talk, the trivia/games, round-robin networking, and JBar ribbon cutting. The more events you attend, the more chances you have to win! Please RSVP for any of the events here. (Your online RSVP automatically enters you into each raffle.)

Thursday, Sept. 27
  • Noon: Free hot dog lunch for J-School students, alumni and faculty and staff (Clarkson Gallery, Room 111, Stauffer-Flint Hall)
  • 5 p.m.: J-Talk: A TED-style event featuring alumni speakers Laura Okmin, Carlos P. Beltran and Whitney Antwine (Stauffer-Flint Halll, Room 100)
  • 6:30 p.m.: Alumni reception, including heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks (Clarkson Gallery, Room 111, Stauffer-Flint)
Friday, Sept. 28
  • 9 a.m.: Trivia/game show with student and alumni teams (Clarkson Gallery Room 111, Stauffer-Flint)
  • 10:30 a.m.: Round-robin networking (Resource Center, Room 210, Stauffer-Flint)
  • Noon: Lunch for game show and round-robin networking alumni and student participants (Clarkson Gallery, Room 111, Stauffer-Flint)
  • 1 p.m.: Ribbon cutting for the J-School's new tech hub, the JBar.
Faculty and staff
Ashley Anguiano Gomez has accepted a new position in the School of Social Welfare, and her last day is Sept. 21. Please stop by the student advising office (Room 117) on Sept. 20 for a celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to wish her well before she transitions to her new role. 
Research and presentations
Associate Professor Genelle Belmas was quoted in a Wired magazine story about gamification and voting behavior. Gamification may have the potential to increase attendance at the polls, and while Samantha Bee's new initiative, a trivia app that focuses on educating voters, may not result in additional votes being cast, it's a step in the right direction.
Belmas also was featured in a KU School of Law blog highlighting a third-year law student, Jacob Elberg, with whom she co-authored a paper they presented at the annual AEJMC convention in the Law & Policy Division this summer in Washington, D.C. The blog post discusses the paper as well as Elberg's internships and future plans. Elberg was a communication studies major and journalism minor.
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 303.
Student news and opportunities

The JBar is open!

The J-School's new tech hub, the JBar, was installed last week and is officially open for business in the Clarkson Gallery! The JBar was inspired by Apple's Genius Bar, a tech support station located inside Apple stores. Students are encouraged to drop by the JBar any time to ask questions or watch tech demonstrations by Heather Lawrenz, the J-School's digital media specialist. This week, there are demonstrations for the Adobe XD Daily Challenge at 10:30 a.m. each day and Photoshop Live on Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Stop by the JBar to ask, learn and create!
Kansan named a finalist in Pacemaker awards
The University Daily Kansan has been named a finalist for both the online and newspaper categories of the Associated Collegiate Press' Pacemaker awards. The organizational Pacemakers are the top awards given each year by the ACP and considered one of the preeminent honors for college media. The Kansan was one of 24 finalists in the 2018 online Pacemakers (representing the top 24 percent of all entries) and one of 37 finalists in the newspaper Pacemakers (representing the top 22 percent of all entries). The contests had 100 and 165 entries respectively in those categories. All finalists will be honored, and the winners will be named, during the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention Oct. 25-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • See all of the online finalists here.
  • See all of the newspaper finalists here.  
"Good Evening KU" to mark 600th show milestone 
"Good Evening KU" is celebrating its 600th show today. In just over five years, more than 1,000 students have participated in "Good Morning/Evening KU." This total does not include all of the additional student media programming that occurs at Media Crossroads, which accounts for  100+ other shows. Director Cal Butcher estimates that about 30 percent of all journalism graduates since 2014 have been part of GMKU/GEKU
. This semester's broadcast schedule for Media Crossroada and KUJH is below. Tune in to watch here.   
  • Monday, 4 p.m.: KUJH News from Dole
  • Monday, 5 p.m.: Good Evening KU from Media Crossroads
  • Tuesday, noon: Good Morning KU from Media Crossroads
  • Wednesday, 9 a.m.: Wake Up Call from Media Crossroads
  • Wednesday, 4 p.m.: KUJH News from Dole
  • Wednesday, 5 p.m.: Good Evening KU from Media Crossroads
  • Wednesday, 7 p.m.: KPC News from Media Crossroads
  • Friday, 10 a.m.: Good Morning KU from Media Crossroads
  • Friday, 11 a.m.: KPC News Podcast from Media Crossroads
  • Friday, 3 p.m.: KUJH News from Dole
Tutors needed 
The KU Center for Community Outreach is seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for Lawrence middle and high school students in specific subject areas. Applications are due Sept. 30. Get the details. 
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 

Spots are still open for this week's Digital InDesign workshop. Animate, create and publish online all with Adobe InDesign. The workshop is from 10 a.m.-noon on Sept. 21, Room 105. Read more and sign up here.
Also, 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:

Graphic artist, KCTV/KSMO (Kansas City)
Assistant brand manager, Procter & Gamble (Argentina)
Copywriter, VML (Kansas City)
Sales manager, Sporting KC (Kansas City)
Anchor/producer/reporter, KOLN (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Sales assistant, KWCH (Wichita, Kansas)

Sales internship, Procter & Gamble
Public relations intern, FleishmanHillard (Kansas City)
Strategic marketing and events intern, Lawrence Memorial Hospital (Lawrence, Kansas)

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.
Scholarships and contests
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. 
Don't miss the first Doughnuts with the Dean of the school year this week -- 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 another chance to see it.
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
Kelly Davis, 2017 J-School graduate, is social media specialist at Rally House.
Michael O'Brien, 2017 J-School graduate, is social media specialist at The Frank Agency.
Luke Ranker, 2013 J-School graduate, has accepted a position covering Fort Worth and Tarrant County for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Talk and book signing

Sarah Smarsh, 2003 J-School graduate, has been interviewed by several news outlets recently about her new book, "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth," which is receiving critical acclaim and is a contender for the National Book Award for Nonfiction from the National Book Foundation. She will speak in Lawrence at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Liberty Hall. The Raven Book Store will sell copies of the book for signing after the talk. Recent news coverage includes:
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. 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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