Research, Publications and Presentations
Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski and Karna Younger, assistant librarian and open pedagogy librarian in KU Libraries, adapted a source evaluation rubric they use to measure if students improved both the amount and quality of their evaluative steps taken to verify the credibility of a source. Their study was published in the journal College & Research Libraries. Read the KU News story.

"Facebook/WeChat Use and Acculturation: A Study of Chinese International Students in the United States," a paper co-written by doctoral student Pan Liu, Muhammad Ittefaq, Mauryne Abwao and Ursula Kamanga has been accepted for presentation at the 69th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA 2020). The conference is going to be online Oct. 16-18. The authors wish to express their gratitude to Drs. Peter Bobkowski, Joseph Erba and Mugur Geana for their generous help on this project. 
Student News and Opportunities
Associate Professor Jerry Crawford’s J552 Multimedia Reporting class welcomed 2006 J-School alumna Haley Harrison to its Wednesday lecture last week. Harrison, anchor/reporter for KMBC and KCWE in Kansas City, spoke with the students about newsroom roles, internships and career opportunities. She has agreed to provide professional critiques and mentorship for the class this semester.
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 a panel of judges and the public on Zoom. First-prize winner gets $10,000. More details 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.
Join the KU Ad Club for its first meeting Sept. 15
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
Jobs and Internships
Find career and work opportunities on the J-Schools jobs and internships web page. You can 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.

Content writer, H&R Block (Kansas City)
Marketing and sales manager, Express Pros (Perry, Kansas)
Multimedia communications specialist, Lawrence Public Schools (Lawrence, Kansas)
Communications student assistant, Office of Research (Lawrence, Kansas)
Digital content writer, Indikon Media (remote)
Company offers free resume reviews and interviews for students
SPM Communications, a Dallas public relations and social agency, is offering free resume reviews and mock interviews (via video) to help students prepare for their job search. Learn more and sign up 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 At 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

JST Events
  • Learn the basics of video editing! Sign up for our Adobe Rush workshop on Sept. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. Great for video newbies and those looking to brush up on basics. 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
Journalism and Politics lecture
Don’t miss the Dole Institute of Politics' Journalism and Politics Lecture, which will be livestreamed on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. The discussion will feature KU J-School alumna Francesca Chambers, White House correspondent with McClatchy, and MJ Lee with CNN Politics. More information here.
William Allen White documentary on TV
“William Allen White: What’s the Matter with Kansas” makes it television debut next month. The documentary, sponsored by the William Allen White Foundation and directed by Academy Award-winning KU Professor Kevin Willmott, premiered on campus in 2018 during the school’s celebration of the 150th birth year of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Emporia Gazette editor. The film will air on KTWU at 8 p.m. on Sept. 14. Viewers also may purchase a DVD at the KU Bookstore.
Alumni Update
Caitlin Doornbos, 2014 J-School graduate and reporter for Stars and Stripes, was featured in a KWCH-12 story written by 2019 J-School graduate Grant DeMars. The newspaper's future is in jeopardy after Secretary of Defense Mark Esper sent Stars and Stripes a memo saying it must end publication by the end of this month.

Malik Jackson, 2020 J-School graduate, is joining WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a multimedia journalist.

Keely McCormick, 2020 J-School graduate, is joining KVAL-TV in Eugene, Oregon, as a multimedia journalist.
Oct. 20-22: Kansas Association of Broadcasters Virtual Convention,
Oct. 28-29: J-School Career Fair (online)
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