Time running out to apply

for J-School scholarships

Students, the deadline is approaching to apply for School of Journalism and Mass Communications scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year! If you have general questions about the application, watch this video to get answers. Last year, the school awarded about $650,000 to current and incoming students, and 97 percent of students who applied received at least one scholarship. Recipients will be notified in April 2023 and will be invited to a scholarship ceremony on William Allen White Day on April 20. All students admitted to the school are encouraged to apply. Don't miss out on this opportunity!

 Apply here (current students should click the red Sign In button at the top, then log in with KU online ID and password). You may be asked to complete a general questionnaire before the application. Deadline to apply is Dec. 15 for current students and Dec. 1 for admitted students.


Join the Journalism Student Ambassador Program and help represent the J-School. JSAP is a great way to get involved with the J-School’s recruitment process. We are looking for outgoing, involved students to connect with high school students and their families. You’ll have the opportunity to table at different events, give tours of the building and attend local college fairs with our recruitment team. A time commitment of two hours a week is required for this paid position. Apply here. Deadline is Dec. 1. If you have questions, contact Himée Kamatuka, recruitment coordinator.

Symphony in the Flint Hills, a nonprofit based in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, is hosting a scholarship competition for Kansas college and graduate student writers to have their work featured in the organization’s 2023 Field Journal. Essays or stories (nonfiction or fiction) should be no longer than 1,200 words on the topic "Past, Present and Future of Transportation and Migration in the Flint Hills" and must be submitted by Dec. 1 to Sandy Carlson at The winning entry will receive $1,000 and two tickets to the signature event on June 10, 2023.

Entries are being accepted for the 2022 Shaufler Prize in Journalism, which is administered by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and fosters the school’s mission of supporting communities of color, immigrants and LGBTQ+ individuals. Deadline to apply is Dec. 3. Learn more here.

The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a career in one of the following professions: landscape design/golf course architecture; golf course turf grass management/golf course superintendent; professional golf management, club professional, or sports journalism with a special interest in golf. Apply here.

Applications to become a Report for America Corps Member open on Dec. 7 and close on Jan. 30, 2023. Report for America has 300 reporters and photographers in 200-plus newsrooms serving communities across the United States. RFA helps local newsrooms report on under-covered issues and communities by helping them find great emerging or experienced journalists and paying half their salary. Corps members are talented, service-oriented journalists who provide residents with the information they need to improve their communities and hold powerful institutions accountable. RFA is inviting KU journalism students to participate in a virtual information session at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 to learn more about the organization and job opportunities.

Applications are now open for the KMUW Korva Coleman Diversity in Journalism Internship, which is designed to train college students of color to be part of the next generation of public radio reporters and newscasters. The intern will get an immersive, hands-on learning experience at KMUW, Wichita’s award-winning National Public Radio station, as well as mentoring from NPR newscaster Korva Coleman. The full-time internship is for 10 weeks beginning about May 30, 2023. The intern will receive a $5,000 stipend and free room and board. Learn more here.

Grad Path podcast: Parenting while pursuing your degree

Being a mom adds an extra layer of responsibilities to the already busy agenda of graduate students. Having a good support network and planning the days ahead are two tools that work for Grad Path guests Ekaterina Lisovskaia, Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas, and Angie Hendershot, professor of the practice and Ph.D. student at KU. Listen to the podcast here.


The Kansas Scholastic Press Association will hold a Winter Workshop on Monday, Feb. 13, for its members. Professors and instructors: We hope you will combine the teaching that you normally do on Mondays with our event. Suggested options: 

  • Bring your students to help you teach the workshop session.
  • Adjust your session to include your normal KU students and the students visiting campus for KSPA.
  • Cancel class that day to instruct at the workshop. 

Regardless, we hope your teaching talents can be part of the workshop, which will run from morning until midafternoon. Rather than our typical breakout session format, students will stick with one subject area for the day. Sessions will be smaller than our typical class sizes so that you can help students produce something impressive during their day on campus. Please email Eric Thomas at if you are interested.


Eric Thomas wrote for the Kansas Reflector about the 12 journalists inducted recently into the Kansas Photojournalism Hall of Fame. Read his article and see photos from the event in the Kansas Press Association newsletter.

The Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations (CEHCUP) announces the first installment of its Research Exhibition with the topic "COVID-19 and Society." Research that explores how the pandemic influenced societal norms, how social actors responded to the threat, and media roles in influencing opinions and behaviors related to the pandemic are welcome. A display gallery open in Stauffer-Flint Hall from Feb. 15 to March 12, 2023, will be a mixed reality interactive event (no physical displays). If you are a William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications alumni, student or faculty conducting research in health communications, you are encouraged to submit a presentation. Deadline is Jan. 15. Learn more here.


Cheers to Careers podcast: Ashley Booker Brunhoeber

Ashley Booker Brunhoeber, marketing manager at keycentrix, was a recent guest with Steve Rottinghaus on the Cheers to Careers podcast.. Watch on YouTube.


Job opportunities

Communications specialist, Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Oklahoma)

Assistant editor, Gulfshore Life (Bonita Springs, Florida)

Marketing coordinator, Valley Hope (Overland Park, Kansas)

Social media coordinator, Trozzolo (Kansas City)

Internships and student jobs

Social media marketing internship, CTR Management (Kansas City)

Marketing internship, Martin City Marketing (Kansas City)

Magazine internships, American Society of Magazine Editors (New York City)

Find more job and internship postings on the J-School website.

J-School is hiring a media production specialist


The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is hiring a media production specialist. The specialist works with video, broadcast and emerging technologies to ensure connectivity and creativity, supervises student employees and serves as a technical liaison within the school and university. Learn more and apply here.


Build your tech skills

Drop-in labs for final projects:

Dec. 5, 3-4 p.m.: JMC 300 Infographic drop-in at JBar

Dec. 7, 2-4 p.m.: Portfolio drop-in, Room 119 (conference room off Clarkson)

Dec. 12, 9-11 a.m.: Portfolio drop-in at JBar

Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m.: Infographic drop-in at JBar

Dec. 13, 9-11 a.m.: Infographic drop-in at JBar

Dec. 13, 1-3 p.m.: Portfolio drop-in at JBar

Evening labs: Labbies will be in the Resource Center for checkout and help after hours. Evening hours are 5-8 p.m. every Monday-Thursday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.

We can help

Students can find Heather Lawrenz at the JBar in the Clarkson Gallery (check out the menu board for hours) or make an appointment.

The best way to keep up with our tutorial releases is to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Working on your portfolio? Review the basics at our portfolio hub


The third event in the “Wellness in Our Democracy” series featuring Patricia Weems Gaston, the Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism, is Wednesday, Nov. 30. “Historical Foundations: W.E.B. Du Bois’ Approach to Misinformation and Disinformation” starts at 7 p.m. Register here. Events in this series are supported and presented by The Commons, the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the KU School of Law.


Nathan Gill is a public affairs specialist for the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute. He recently was lead press officer working with “60 Minutes” and Anderson Cooper on a feature about how studying dogs may help fight cancer in humans. Watch here.


Dec. 5: Curriculum & Assessment Committee meeting, 1-2:30 p.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 201

Dec. 5: Concur training session for faculty/staff, 3:30-5 p.m., Zoom

Dec. 7: Technology Committee meeting, 9:30 a.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 312

Dec. 9: Faculty and staff meeting with lunch afterward,10:30 a.m.-noon, Clarkson Gallery

Jan. 17: First day of classes for spring semester

Jan. 20: Workshop on graduate course/program assessments, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Clarkson Gallery

Feb. 10: Faculty and staff meeting, 1-2:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery

March 2: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Stauffer-Flint

March 31: Faculty and staff meeting, 1-2:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery

April 20: William Allen White Day/Scholarships & Awards Ceremony, 3 p.m. Kansas Union Ballroom

May 5: Faculty and staff meeting with lunch afterward, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Clarkson Gallery

May 13: J-School Recognition Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Lied Center

May 14: KU Commencement, Memorial Stadium

William Allen White School of Journalism

& Mass Communications

Stauffer-Flint Hall

1435 Jayhawk Blvd.

Lawrence, KS 66045

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Linkedin  Youtube