Associate Professor Teri Finneman has two chapters in the newly released book, "Southern First Ladies: Culture and Place in White House History," published by University Press of Kansas. She examined media coverage of Sarah Polk and Varina Davis.

KU Libraries will host an information session on its Research Sprints and Information Literacy mini-grants programs for faculty and academic staff from 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 4. Please RSVP at researchsprints@ku.edu to receive the Zoom meeting details.
KSPA contest needs judges
The Kansas Scholastic Press Association needs your help to judge the regional high school journalism contest this month. Judging is online. Judges will receive contest entries on Feb. 23, which need to be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Feb. 26. Sign up here.
Professor Chuck Marsh’s article “Echoes and Shadows: Situating Social Licenses to Operate within the Six R’s of Public Relations” has been accepted for publication in Public Relations Review. His paper “Peter Kropotkin’s ‘Double Tendency’ and the Paradigm Debate in Modern Public Relations” has been accepted for presentation at the international virtual Life, Freedom & Ethics: Kropotkin Now conference, honoring the 100th anniversary of the death of ethics philosopher and evolutionary biologist Peter Kropotkin.

COVID-19-related research by Associate Professor Mugur Geana has been accepted for presentation at the 71st Annual International Communication Association Conference, which is May 27-31, 2021. The study, “A tale of two countries: Knowledge, attitudes, and information sources about COVID-19 in the United States and Chile,” is the result of Dr. Geana's collaboration with colleagues from the School of Communication and the School of Medicine from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Although culturally, socially and economically distinct, the two countries situated at the antipodes of the Americas have seen analogous underlining social unrest, lack of trust in authorities, and have recorded similar evolutions of the pandemic. Data from surveys conducted in the two countries show similar preferences for information sources but significant differences in knowledge about COVID-19 and perception of risk related to the pandemic. 

Assistant Professor Hong Vu's manuscript "Effects of country and individual factors on public acceptance of artificial intelligence and robotics technologies: A multilevel SEM analysis of 28-country survey data" has been accepted for publication in Behaviour & Information Technology. The study looks at public perception and receptivity of various applications of AI and robotics technologies (e.g., driverless car, medical operations by robots, among others). Vu coauthored this works with a visiting professor Jeongsub Lim to KU from Sogang University, South Korea.
Assistant Professor Hong Vu and Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen have had their manuscript, "What influences audience susceptibility to fake health news: An experimental study using a dual model of information processing in credibility assessment," accepted for presentation at the 2021 International Communication Association (ICA) conference. This study examines the effects of different message elements on participants' perception of message credibility.

Assistant Professor Chris Etheridge and Lindsie Rank, a co-author from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, published an article on external content pressures at college media news outlets in the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal. They compiled recommendations from their findings to help shore up college media defenses against censorship.

A manuscript discussing the implications of media company board of director "interlocks" by a team of researchers across several universities including Assistant Professor Chris Etheridge was published in Mass Communication and Society. The study showed that newspapers infrequently scrutinized the actions of their interlocks and only about half of the time even disclosed those relationships.

Doctoral students Muhammad Ittefaq, Annalise Baines, Mauryne Abwao and Assistant Professor Hong Vu's extended abstract, “Automated Framing Analysis of Polio and Polio Vaccination Coverage in 15 Regional and National Pakistani English Newspapers between 2012 and 2020,” has been accepted for presentation at the 2021 International Communication Association (ICA) conference.  

Doctoral students Pan Liu, Mauryne Abwao, Chanapa Noonark and former J-School visiting scholar Donghwa Chung from the School of New Media at Peking University, China, collaborated on a research project, "Does It Work for You? Exploring College Students’ Preferences Regarding Tailored Medicines’ Information," and it was accepted at the 2021 AEJMC Midwinter Conference. The authors wish to thank Drs. Genelle Belmas and Mugur Geana for their continued support. 
Doctoral students Ursula Kamanga and Pan Liu’s research project, “To Vaccinate or Not? An Experiment Testing Emotional Appeal Messages and College Students Vaccination Intentions,” has been accepted at the 2021 AEJMC Midwinter Conference. The authors wish to express their gratitude to Drs. Hyunjin Seo, Joseph Erba, Mugur Geana, Christopher Etheridge and doctoral student Yuchen Liu for their generous help. 
Doctoral student Pan Liu and three doctoral students from the School of New Media at Peking University, China, including a former J-School visiting scholar Donghwa Chung, collaborated on a research project, “Short-Form Video App Dependency: The Role of Neuroticism, Life Satisfaction and Fear of Missing Out.” This project has been accepted for presentation at the 2021 AEJMC Midwinter Conference and was the top paper abstract winner this year.
Doctoral students Mauryne Abwao and Pan Liu’s research project “In Search of an Answer: Cancer Patients’ Use of Online Digital Platforms in Kenya During Cancer Treatment” has been accepted for presentation at the 2021 AEJMC Midwinter Conference. Mauryne and Jackie wish to thank Dr. Genelle Belmas for her support in this project.

Doctoral student Fatemeh Shayesteh’s paper, “Digital media functionalities for LGBTQ+ students’ resilience and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” has been selected for the virtual 71st Annual International Communication Association Conference. She would like to thank Dr. Joseph Erba for giving helpful advice and feedback. 

Harrison Rosenthal, doctoral candidate in journalism and law, analyzed two concepts of free speech from ancient Greek traditions and how Europeans adopted one while Americans adopted another. He wrote how those traditions evolved to the point today where American companies are imposing those traditions throughout the world and the conflicts that result for his study, “Speech Imperialization? Situating American Parrhesia in an Isegoria World,”published in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. Read the KU News story here.
John Watson, doctoral student, is the recipient of the Carlin Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The award recognizes excellence in teaching by graduate students at the University of Kansas.

Congratulations to senior Carly Newcomb, who has accepted a position as a multimedia journalist/producer with KTVZ, the NBC affiliate in Bend, Oregon. She will start her new job this month. Because Carly can complete her final degree requirements remotely, she is able to begin her career before she graduates.
Still time to apply for these Kansan positions
The University Daily Kansan is seeking applicants for the following Spring 2021 positions:

Associate Multimedia Editor: Responsible for hiring and managing photographers and videographers to produce visual content for the Kansan website and create their own visual content when necessary. The multimedia editor will also assist in the collaboration with KUJH-TV to create more video content to accompany stories. This position will receive a stipend.

Multimedia Producer: The multimedia producer will assist in the creation of long-form interactive parallax stories and assist with occasional video production and podcast production. The Kansan will produce two interactive stories this semester, and the multimedia producer will be the directing lead to ensure their completion. This position will receive a stipend.

Podcast host: The host will collaborate with KJHK and be responsible for interviewing the reporter of the top UDK story of the week. The weekly podcast will mimic the New York Times' "The Daily." Background in podcasting is a plus but not required.

Email for applications: apply@kansan.com
Student discussion: 'Setting the Stage for a Successful Semester'
Start your semester off strong by discussing strategies for building on successes and developing new skills as you navigate another semester of in-person, remote and hybrid learning. Topics such as study skills, time management and goal setting will be discussed with time allowed for individual questions. Feb. 4, 4:30 pm. Get Zoom info here.
PRSSA and KU Ad Club meetings next week
PRSSA and Ad Club both have their first meetings of the spring semester scheduled on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
  • PRSSA will start off the semester with a fun Jeopardy game night. Everyone is still welcome to register to become a member of PRSSA through the website. Questions? Contact prssakansas@gmail.com.
  • The KU Ad Club will have a speaker to be announced later. Email kuadclub@gmail.com to get more information and to stay up to date with meetings this semester.
Get Zoom links for both meetings here.
NextGenRadio: Indigenous workshop
Indigenous journalists seeking to improve their digital and multimedia storytelling, audio engineering, and graphic design or illustration skills should apply for NextGenRadio: Indigenous, a free five-day workshop in partnership with National Public Radio, the Native American Journalists Association, Native Public Media and Southern California Public Radio. Learn more here.
Apply for Student Murrow Awards
Applications are now being accepted for Radio Television Digital News Association's Student Murrow Awards. Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Deadline to apply is Feb. 18. Learn more and apply here.
Student broadcast awards
The Kansas Association of Broadcasters is now accepting entries for the 2021 student broadcast awards. Application deadline is Feb. 15. Learn more and apply here.
J-School Career Fair
The virtual career fair for this semester is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 4. Student registration opens Feb. 22. Students will be able to submit resumes in advance and schedule multiple interviews and informational sessions with selected organizations through the CareerFair Plus app. Before the fair, students are encouraged to research the companies. For more information, contact Steve Rottinghaus, career and outreach coordinator. These companies have committed so far: 
Find more listings on the J-School website
Job opportunities
Account executive, Ogilvy (Chicago, Illinois)
Communications director, student hourly: KU Center for Community Outreach (Lawrence, Kansas)
Social media manager: Barkley (Kansas City, Missouri)
Associate creative director, copy: Barkley (Kansas City, Missouri)
Brand manager: Barkley (Kansas City, Missouri)
Creative director/writer: Bernstein Rein (Kansas City, Missouri)
Morning newscast producer: WIBW (Topeka, Kansas)
Political reporter, remote: Kansas News Service (Topeka, Kansas)
Camera operator: KCCI-TV (Des Moines, Iowa)
Creative writer: Stormont-Vail (Topeka, Kansas)

Internship listings
Public affairs internship: Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City, Missouri)
Thanks to everyone who attended Podcast Palooza on Monday, Jan. 25. Special thanks to Dr. Teri Finneman and Patricia Gaston for planning, getting amazing speakers and hosting. Additional thanks to J-School presenters Finneman, Dr. Genelle Belmas, and Cami Koons.
A panel of KU experts will discuss the legal, political and social implications of events occurring between the November election and the transition of power in January. Short presentations by each speaker will be followed by Q&A. Register here.
Faculty panelists:
  • Mark Johnson, adjunct professor, KU School of Law and KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Partner, Dentons
  • Richard E. Levy, J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, KU School of Law
  • Patrick Miller, Associate Professor, KU Department of Political Science
  • Lua Yuille, Professor, KU School of Law
J.B. Forbes, j'73, award-winning photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, retired at the end of 2020. During his long career, Forbes won more than 100 awards, including a shared Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of the Ferguson protests. A selection of his photos were on display in 2016 in Stauffer-Flint Hall, and he received a distinguished alumni award from the J-School at the William Allen White 150 Celebration. Watch this St. Louis Post-Dispatch video of Forbes looking back at many of his memorable photos.
Bob Wiltfong, j'93, has published a book, “The BS Dictionary: Uncovering the Origins and True Meanings of Business Speak.” Read the news story.
Chris Ronan, j'96, has been promoted to senior public relations manager at Geocaching HQ.
Jessica Palm, j'11, has been promoted to vice president of marketing and public relations at the Kansas City Area Development Council.
Joshua Smith, j'17, is the senior social marketing manager at Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network.
Jackson Kurtz, j'18, is a reporter at KMBC/KCWE.
Kailin Stinson, j'18, is the digital media coordinator a Greteman Group.
Riley Jay, j'19, is an assistant programmatic trader at Mediahub Worldwide.
Anna Perrone, j'19, is an account executive and services client partner at SAP in San Francisco.
Ronnie Lozano, j'20, is a news producer at KCTV/KSMO.
Hadley Oehlert, j'20, is the marketing coordinator at Payless. 
Thanks to Carmen Branch, j'01, of Comerica Bank, Jana Calkins, j'96, of WDAF-TV Fox4, Matt Gardner, j'01, of the St. Louis Blues, and Hallie Wilson, j'17, of VMYL&R, for visiting with students last month in a discussion about resumes and getting a job. Watch the video here.
Meet the members of the Young Professionals Advisory Board
The Young Professionals Advisory Board met for the first time last week. The board will assist in developing recruitment and retention strategies for the J-School, serve as a consulting resource in curriculum development, and act as ambassadors for the J-School within their workplaces and markets. Board members are Victoria Baldwin, j'14, creative strategist at Snap, Chicago, Illinois; Jackson Kurtz, j'18, multimedia journalist/reporter at KMBC, Kansas City, Missouri; Alex Lanning, j'13, director of communications at CBIZ Employee Benefits, Kansas City, Missouri; Lauren Lanz, j'19, executive sales and operations assistant at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas, Dallas, Texas; Alex McLoon, j'18, multimedia journalist at WOWT NBC, Omaha, Nebraska; Hanna Ritland, j'18, account manager, Waze at Google, Chicago, Illinois; Cassidy Ritter, j'16, reporter, editor, social media coordinator, Denver, Colorado; Caitlin Ungerer, j'17, influencer marketing manager, Octagon, Chicago, Illinois; Jordan Warren, j'14, marketing copywriter, DEG Digital, Overland Park, Kansas. 
James E. Gunn, 1947 J-School graduate, died Dec. 23 at the age of 97. Read his obituary.
Dorothy Crawford, 1949 J-School graduate, died Dec. 17 at the age of 92. Read her obituary.
Larry McKown, 1960 J-School graduate, died Dec. 20 at the age of 87. Read his obituary.
H. Wayne Powers, 1970 J-School graduate, died Jan. 3 at the age of 72. Read his obituary.
Michael Jones, 1973 J-School graduate, died Dec. 31 at the age of 71. Read his obituary.
Terri D. Synder, 1977 J-School graduate, died May 15, 2020, at the age of 65. Read her obituary.
Marion "Chris" Linton, wife of J-School Professor Emeritus Bruce Linton, died Jan. 11 at the age of 96. Read her obituary.
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