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 for the annual J-School Generations. 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 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. If one organization wants to form two teams, we can accommodate. 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
Assistant Professor Hong Vu, doctoral student Jiang Liefu, and Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski have had their manuscript titled "What influences media effects on public perception: A cross-national study of comparative agenda setting" accepted for publication in the International Communication Gazette. The manuscript looks at the relationship between national factors (e.g. economic development, freedom of press, media content, and public opinion) in 16 countries. The study used a big data approach to analyze nearly 80,000 news articles from 31 newspapers in those 16 countries. This project involved several international researchers from some of those nations.
Pam Fine, Knight Chair in News, Leadership and Community, will be a panelist at the Online News Association conference on Sept. 13 in Austin, Texas. Panelists will share insights from their winning ONA Challenge Fund projects.
Faculty and staff
A brownbag lunch meeting on faculty service will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 in Stauffer-Flint, Room 104.
Student news and opportunities
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.
Get involved with The Agency
The Agency is currently hiring strategists, copywriters and art directors. Pick up an application outside of room 201 or apply online at Deadline to apply is today.

Ad Club to hold first meeting on Sept. 11
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

NATAS Regional Emmy Gala seeks student volunteers
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is looking for college students to assist with this year's NATAS Regional Emmy Gala on Sept. 22 at the Kansas City Convention Center. The organization is looking for eight volunteers in the afternoon and eight in the evening, dressed in their "best for success" to help present the Emmy statuettes to th e w inners on stage. It's an opportunity to network with NATAS board members, producers, reporters, anchors and news managers from television markets in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. A meal will be provided. To learn more, contact Carrie Hibbeler, community affairs manager at FOX4 in Kansas City, at carrie.hibeler@fox4kc .com or at 816-932-9164.
New advising scheduling tool 
Hey, Jayhawk Journalists! Need to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor? Visit the new online appointment scheduling tool,  Jayhawk GPS - Guidance. Persistence. Success. You can access Jayhawk GPS by visiting  or the "Academics" tab in the myKU portal.
Find your spark with JSchool Tech
Find your Spark with us 

JTech can help you get you involved in all the 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.
Deadline is tomorrow to order your J-School T-shirt!

Wear your J-School pride with a Comfort Colors pocket tee! Choose an ice blue or brick J-School branded shirt for $19. Place your order at Make sure to fill in your full name, size and color on the order form. The deadline to order is Sept. 5 before the end of the day. Shirts will be delivered to the J-School later in September. Questions? Email
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:

Communications strategist, Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City)
Social media analyst, Socialyse (Boston, Massachusetts)
Digital marketing specialist, Imperial PFS (Kansas City)
Associate account executive, The Marketing Story (Chicago, Illinois)
Marketing program assistant, Lawrence Parks and Recreation (Lawrence, Kansas)
Multimedia journalist, WIBW (Topeka, Kansas)
Producer, WIBW (Topeka, Kansas)
Communications assistant, KU Endowment Association (Lawrence, Kansas)

Summer intern, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas)
Promotions intern, Entercom (Kansas City)
Intern, Sunflower Publishing (Lawrence, Kansas)
Communications intern, Kansas Electric Cooperatives (Topeka, 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.
CGIS student assistant
The Center for Global & International Studies (CGIS) is looking to hire one or two dynamic student assistants. Candidates should possess strong organizational skills, preferably with a passion for International Studies, and social media and design skills. Apply here.

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. 
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
Matt Ehrlich, 1987 J-School graduate, has a new book in press: "Fighting to Be Big League: How Kansas City and Oakland Chased Greatness Through Sports. "   
Ally Northrup, 2016 J-School graduate, is a marketing coordinator for Advance Auto Parts. 
Ryan Brinker, 2017 J-School graduate, is the public information officer for the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Vanessa Gonzales, 2018 J-School graduate, is an associate account executive for The Marketing Store.
Danya Issawi, 2018 J-School graduate, is a news assistant at The New York Times.
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. Smarsh's opinion piece, "Liberal Blind Spots are Hiding the Truth about Trump Country," was published in the New York Times last month.
In memoriam
Lee Young, who served as associate dean, acting dean and head of the advertising sequence at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, died Aug. 30 in Lawrence, Kansas. Read his obituary. 

Joseph Adler, 1983 J-School graduate, died July 17 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the age of 58. Read his obituary.
Mark your calendars
Sept. 7: Faculty/staff meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., SF 206
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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