Letter from the editor: Make no mistake, you are invited to J-School Generations


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A few days before this year’s J-School Generations, while listening to J-School alumni Scott Parks’ and Dana Wright’s radio show on 98.1 FM, I did something I had never done before – called in to a radio show.

Dana was talking about attending J-School Generations, but Scott said he wasn’t invited. I immediately emailed Dana to ask her to please convey the message to Scott that of course he was invited – all J-School alumni are always invited. She asked me to call in, so I made my radio debut to talk about J-School Generations.

Maybe you are not sure whether you were invited either? Let’s clear that up.

J-School Generations is still fairly new; last year’s event was the seventh annual edition. The two-day event is held each year on the Thursday and Friday during KU Homecoming Week. It is designed for J-School alumni to connect with students, faculty and each other for learning, networking and reminiscing. This year’s J-School Generations will be Sept. 27-28.

We kick off J-School Generations with a classroom “takeover.” We invite about 15-18 alumni to lecture in all of the journalism classes on Thursday. They tell students about their career path, answer questions and give students helpful insight about what skills are needed in news or strategic communication jobs now.

The classroom speakers are invited in advance because of the planning involved in matching speakers to the classes that are in session that day, however, all alumni are invited to sit in on the Thursday classes and take a J-School tour and have lunch in Stauffer-Flint Hall. J-School student ambassadors lead the tours of all of the student media organizations. Alumni are usually surprised to learn the University Daily Kansan is now housed in the Dole Human Development Center along with KUJH-TV. We have two more student media organizations that are new in the last few years: Media Crossroads at Anschutz Library and The Agency and Steam Whistle Creative, in Stauffer-Flint Hall. Later in the afternoon, a few of our alumni give TED-style talks followed by an alumni reception.

On Friday, alumni are invited to participate in a student-alumni networking event, a fun trivia/games contest and lunch.

A couple of months before the event, KU Alumni Association sends invitations to all J-School alumni who have updated email addresses in the KU database (you can send updates to jschool@ku.edu). We also extend invitations and post updates to everyone through social media. (Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or join the J-School Generations Facebook group.)

Each year, we try to improve the event based on feedback from students and alumni, but the goal remains the same: to encourage each generation of Jayhawk Journalists to return to KU to connect, create and unite with the next generation to share and learn from each other.

So consider yourself officially invited, and we'll send out email invitations over summer. In the meantime, save the date –- Sept. 27-28 – for the 2018 J-School Generations. If you have questions, just email jschool@ku.edu, and we hope you’ll join us this fall!

Julie Adam
Editor, Jayhawk Journalist