Guests announced for J-School Alumni Takeover

Students, join us for our Alumni Takeover event on Friday, Sept. 30, during KU’s annual Homecoming weekend! You’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with these amazing J-School alumni:

  • Kameron Mack, director of original content at Westbrook Inc.
  • Jackson Kurtz, reporter at KMBC Channel 9
  • Malik Jackson, reporter at WDAF-TV Fox 4
  • Sam Valdez, associate connections manager, paid media at VMLY&R
  • Angel Tran, marketing coordinator II at Populous
  • Nate Bukaty, sports commentator at Fox Sports and Sporting KC
  • Jesse Newell, chiefs beat reporter at The Kansas City Star
  • Amie Just, sports journalist at Lincoln Journal Star

We will be offering a variety of programming from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., including alumni presentations related to careers in each of our concentrations. Alumni will be offering a portfolio review, and lunch is included. But you must RSVP here. Questions? Email


Please welcome the following new faculty and staff members to the school this semester!

  • Suzy DePardo is the executive assistant to the dean. She has over 17 years of experience providing support to higher education administrators at KU and the Douglas County District Court as assistant to the chief judge.
  • Jay Haverty is a new academic advisor. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a minor in journalism and mass communications from KU in 2020 and a master of arts degree from Ottawa University. 
  • Nick Jungman is director of strategy for the University Daily Kansan. His 30-year career in editing and education includes positions at The Wichita Eagle, The Dallas Morning News, Tampa Bay Times, Wichita Business Journal, and the universities of Missouri and Oklahoma, among several others.
  • Dallas Milligan is a digital media specialist at the J-School. Milligan graduated from the J-School in 2018, then worked in the sports broadcasting field. He earned a master’s degree in communication at Purdue University while teaching high school radio and video production courses.
  • Alex Treaster is as an assistant professor of the practice. Treaster is a strategic communicator whose experience includes working with media, nonprofit organizations, political campaigns and corporate clients. 
  • Judy Watts is an assistant professor who recently received her doctorate from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include narrative persuasion, health communication and children’s understanding of media.


Professor Hyunjin Seo received a $50,000 grant award from Google to support digital skills and misinformation-related workshops for underserved populations through the J-School’s Center for Digital Inclusion. 

Associate Professor Genelle Belmas was quoted in the Columbia Missourian about her work on Title IX and university-affiliated journalists, including published research with Harrison Rosenthal, FIRE. Read the story.

Doctoral candidate Annalise Baines and Professor Hyunjin Seo and their team (Muhammad Ittefaq, of James Madison University and former KU doctoral student; Fatemeh Shayesteh, doctoral candidate in journalism at KU; Ursula Kamanga of the University of Nevada; and Yuchen Liu of Cleveland State University) were featured in KU Today for their study, “Race/ethnicity, online information and COVID-19 vaccination: Study of minority immigrants’ internet use for health-related information,” which was published in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.


KU PRSSA to meet Sept. 14

The KU Public Relations Student Society of America will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 303. All journalism students are welcome to attend and learn more about the PRSSA’s plans and officer positions for 2022-23. Pizza will be provided.

Visit the Study Abroad Fair to learn about the 150+ programs in more than 70 countries available to Jayhawks! Come and learn about the opportunities available during the semester, summer, winter break or spring break for your major; how to fund study abroad; campus-based global experiences such as the Global Awareness Program, language and area studies and more; and how to integrate an international education into your KU experience! The fair is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Ascher Plaza outside the Kansas Union. Learn more here.

Become a Global or University Scholar! The Global and University Scholar programs are for highly motivated (3.5+ GPA) sophomores with an interest in international studies. Students may apply for either or both programs. Scholars enroll in a spring seminar and receive program-specific benefits and opportunities.

The Wall Street Journal is now accepting applications for 2023 newsroom internships in the United States. Fourteen types of internship opportunities are available, including reporting, video, podcasting, graphics, audience engagement and more. Three virtual info sessions are open to students on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m., Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. Learn more here.

Registration is open for Spark KC 2022. The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. event on Sept. 23 at VMLY&R, 250 NW Richards Road, features guest speakers, panels and one-on-ones with top Kansas City advertising leaders. The professionals will review resumes and portfolios. The cost is $45. An early-bird rate of $35 is available before Sept. 13. Get information and register here.

The KU Alumni Association and University Career Center staff will share tips from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at McLain’s, 1420 Crescent Road. Drop in at your convenience to learn about making the most of KU Mentoring+, KU’s online home for mentoring, networking, opportunity and community.


Find more listings on the J-School website

Pulliam Journalism Fellowship recruiter to interview students

Six interview slots are available for the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship virtual interviews on Saturday, Sept. 17. The 10-week journalism fellowship has paid positions in news, sports reporting, digital, social media, visuals and audio available with The Arizona Republic and Indianapolis Star. College juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled at KU are eligible to interview. To schedule a time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., contact Steve Rottinghaus.

Job opportunities

Corporate communications coordinator, Hunt Midwest (Kansas City)

Early career recruiter, Hearst television (various locations)

Admission representative, University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)


Summer intern, Wall Street Journal (New York and Washington, D.C.)

Graphic design intern, Nevada Public Radio (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Summer intern, Tampa Bay Times (Tampa, Florida)

Summer intern, Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

J-School Career Fair set for Oct. 20

The J-School Career Fair is six weeks away! All students are welcome to attend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Stauffer-Flint Hall. Learn more about internships, part-time positions and full-time positions. A professional photographer will be taking portraits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Clarkson Gallery for students’ LinkedIn profiles. For more information, contact Steve Rottinghaus at

Here are the companies who have committed to attending the fair so far:



Build your tech skills

JSchoolTech invites designers and artists of the J-School to participate in the monthly Design Challenge! Winners will be displayed on JSchoolTech Instagram and around the school. September's challenge offers a limited color palette. Submissions will be due by Sept. 20. Details provided on the JSchoolTech Instagram.

Learn Adobe skills and build your portfolio with JSchoolTech and make sure to visit the Class Hub.

Buy Creative Cloud from the KU Bookstore for a discount! Pay $150 for the year.

We can help

Students can find Heather Lawrenz at the JBar in the Clarkson Gallery or make an appointment.

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.


Mackenzie LaPorte, j’22, is a weekend news anchor at KHQA in Quincy, Illinois.


Caroline Orr, ‘j22, is a recruiter for Insight Global.


Lauren Neal, j’12, died June 23 at the age of 37. Read her obituary.


Join the History of Black Writing on Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. as Dawn Duke discusses Afro-Latinx literature in a talk that draws on her forthcoming book “Mayaya Rising.” Dr. Duke will deliver her talk virtually from Brazil. You are welcome to attend the event via Zoom or in person in the Alderson Room in the Kansas Union. An in-person reception with refreshments will follow the talk. Register here. This event is part of the HBW's 2022 Black Literary Suite, an annual series of literary events that focus scholarly research and attention on Black writing from around the world. Learn more about previous Black Literary Suites here.


Sept. 16: Faculty and staff meeting, noon, Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 202

Sept. 16: Strategic Communication concentration meeting, 1-2:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery

Sept. 21: Technology Committee meeting, 9:30 a.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 312

Sept. 26: Curriculum & Assessment Committee meeting, 1-2:30 p.m., Stauffer-Flint 201 

Sept. 27: Graduate Committee meeting, 1-2 p.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 312

Sept. 30: Future Professoriate session for Lawrence graduate students, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery

Oct. 4: Doughnuts with the Dean, 9-10:30 a.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall lobby

Oct. 12: Technology Committee meeting, 9:30 a.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 312

Oct. 20: J-School Career Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall

Oct. 24: Curriculum & Assessment Committee meeting, 1-2:30 p.m., Stauffer-Flint 201

Oct. 26: Technology Committee meeting, 9:30 a.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 312

Oct. 28: Faculty and staff meeting, 1-2:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery

Oct. 28: Promotion and Tenure Committee meeting, 3-5 p.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 303

Nov. 4: Concur training session for faculty/staff, noon-1:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery

Nov. 7: Curriculum & Assessment Committee meeting, 1-2:30 p.m., Stauffer-Flint 201

Nov. 7: Graduate Committee meeting, 1-2 p.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 312

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

Nov. 11: Future Professoriate session for Lawrence graduate students, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery

Nov. 21: Curriculum & Assessment Committee meeting, 1-2:30 p.m., Stauffer-Flint 201

Nov. 23: Technology Committee meeting, 9:30 a.m., Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 312

Dec. 2: Future Professoriate session for Lawrence graduate students, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Clarkson Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Allen White School of Journalism

& Mass Communications

Stauffer-Flint Hall

1435 Jayhawk Boulevard

Lawrence, KS 66012

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