Research, Publications and Presentations
A research paper on media and information literacy around the world written by Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo and doctoral students Matt Blomberg and Darcey Altschwager has been accepted for presentation to the Digital and Social Media Division at the 2021 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). Entitled “Country Characteristics, Internet Connectivity and Combating Misinformation: A Network Analysis of Global North-South,” this paper examines how country characteristics are associated with media and information literacy programs in different countries. 

Associate Professor Teri Finneman is lead author on a newly released essay called Beyond the Ivory Tower: Using Podcasting to Share Research with Wider Audiences that is published in Communication Booknotes Quarterly.

Doctoral student Shola Aromona is one of ten Doctoral Research Fellows for the 2020-2021 University of Kansas Institute of Policy and Social Research (IPSR).

The Center for Undergraduate Research is currently taking applications for the Spring 2021 UGRA competition. The deadline for student proposals is Oct. 29. Online guidance and individual virtual advising appointments are available to help students prepare strong applications. More information can be found here.
Faculty and Staff
Free portrait opportunity: The Office of Marketing Communications invites KU faculty, adjunct faculty, deans, directors and communicators to participate in a free studio portrait event Sept. 29-30. Due to limited resources, they are not able to accommodate GTAs, researchers without teaching appointments, and staff. Schedule your sitting between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Wesley building, 1314 Jayhawk Blvd.

Patricia Weems Gaston, the Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism, was a guest on KCUR's Up to Date program last week discussing recent acts of censorship in the news. Listen to the segment here.
Student News and Opportunities
Good Morning KU and Good Evening KU, along with four additional shows, are now going live each week in the Stauffer-Flint studio. Watch live online here. The schedule is:

  • GEKU: Monday at 4:30 p.m.
  • Take a Side: Tuesday at 9 a.m.
  • GEKU: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
  • GMKU: Wednesday at 10 a.m.
  • KUJH News: Wednesday at 4 p.m.
  • GMKU: Thursday at 10 a.m.
  • Jayhawk Jukebox: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
  • Playmakers: Friday at 10 a.m.
Media Crossroads sends a big thank you to Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator, for being a guest on four different shows last week, which allowed four new students to practice their interviewing skills.
J.D./Ph.D. student Harrison Rosenthal recently passed the Uniform Bar Examination and the Missouri Bar. He also was elected vice president of the Graduate Student Advisory Board, which is the body responsible for advocating interests of all KU graduate and professional students. Rosenthal also was reappointed graduate student liaison of AEJMC’s Law & Policy Division, for which he writes a semesterly column. Read his most recent article here.
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 bridges the gap between students and professional careers and is a great opportunity to build connections and learn about internships and career options. Students interested should email for more information. 
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 invites 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.

Internal communications specialist, McCownGordon (Kansas City, Missouri)
Political reporter, The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri)
Multimedia journalist, WIBW (Topeka, Kansas)

Summer interns, The Wall Street Journal (New York City)
KU Student Ambassadors are hiring
Student ambassadors share the KU student experiences with prospective students, their families and community members. The program is looking for spirited students who bring leadership, knowledge and enthusiasm to the university visit experience. Fill out a short interest survey here.
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
  • Photoshop skillbuilder begins Wednesday. Learn a variety of skills in Photoshop including animation, correction and creative masking. All sessions are recorded, so sign up even if you can't be there live. Sign up here. 
  • Social Media Graphics in Adobe Spark 6-7 p.m. Sept. 30. Get ready to have a fun time creating social media graphics in Adobe Spark. Even if you don’t consider yourself creative, you will be able to build great content in Spark. 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. We are wrapping up Photoshop and will go into Illustrator next. Teams are recorded, so sign up even if you may miss our live sessions. Sign up here.
Kansan turns 116: On Sept. 17, the KU Memorial Union commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 1920 mascot and the 116th anniversary of the first edition of the University Daily Kansan. Kansan participants included students Nicole Asbury, Gavin Wade and General Manager Rob Karwath. Watch the video.
Alumni Update
Kent Cornish, 1976 J-School graduate, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and will be inducted into the Kansas Broadcasting Hall of Fame next year. Cornish has been a Kansas broadcaster for over 40 years, starting as an intern at WIBW in Topeka in 1975 and concluding his career as president of the KAB.

Annie Gowen, 1989 J-School graduate, wrote this story about the owner of the Ladybird Diner in Lawrence, which appeared on the front page of the Washington Post last week.

Emily Derrick, 2017 J-School graduate, is director of development at Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia. 
Asif Haque, 2020 J-School graduate, is a graduate research assistant at Portland State University. 
Oct. 9: Faculty and staff meeting, noon-1:30 p.m., Zoom
Oct. 20-22: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Virtual Convention,
Oct. 28: J-School Career Fair (online)
Dec. 4: Faculty and staff meeting, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Zoom
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