Student spotlight

Jayhawk Journalists bring home national and regional awards and spread out across the globe for internship

Fall 2018 Edition 

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The Royal Dozen

As part of the JOUR 500 Royals Spring Training class, 12 students spent their spring break in Surprise, Arizona, covering the Kansas City Royals. The students, known as the Royal Dozen, conducted 34 sit-down video interviews and shot video of daily workouts and spring training games. Mini-profiles were produced on 34 Royals minor-league players. The group included: Dallas Milligan, Zach Fisher, Nick Couzin,  Professor Scott Reinardy, Austin Garcia, Jordan Wolf, Christian Hardy, Jasmyn Wimbish, Wesley Dotson, Claudia Close,  Associate Professor Max Utsler, Austin Reed, Sean Collins and Lauren Davidson.  Max Utsler and Scott Reinardy were the instructors for the class. 


Fulbright Finalist

Garrett Farlow (j’18, c’18) was one of nine KU students who reached the semifinalist stage of the Fulbright competition. Farlow also was awarded KU’s Donald K. Alderson Memorial Award. The award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated loyalty to and interest in the university and who has been an active participant in student activities and services of benefit to other students. Farlow is a second lieutenant in the U.S.  Army and is attending flight school in Fort Rucker,  Alabama. 


National Voice

DeAsia Sutgrey was selected as one of the emerging storytellers for Black on Campus, a program sponsored by The Nation in partnership with the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University. Black on Campus student writers develop professional skills as they document the experiences of black college students and report on issues of national consequence to a black college student audience. 

Aces Scholarship

Senior Chandler Boese received a $1,500 scholarship from ACES:  The Society for Editing. Boese was spring 2018 editor-in-chief of the University Daily Kansan and a consultant for the university's writing center. 

Graduate Student Awards

The School of Journalism Graduate Studies Office hosted a luncheon and awards presentation April 5 for Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Associate Dean Scott Reinardy (left) presented graduate student awards to (from left) Nyan Lynn, Roseann Pluretti, John Watson, Alberto Araujo and Yuchen Liu

Homecoming Award Winners

Brianna Mears

Brianna Mears

Congratulations to J-School student Brianna Mears, who was the recipient of the 2018 Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award. In her 13 years at the KU Alumni Association, Alderdice inspired students to become involved and take pride in KU. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates dedication, initiative, motivation, a positive attitude and contributions to KU. (Photo courtesy of 2018 J-School graduate Ashley Hocking) 

Jose Montoya (left) with Matt Smith

Jose Montoya (left) with Matt Smith

Jose Montoya, a Los Lunas, New Mexico, senior in journalism and sport management, was selected as a winner of the 28th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards. The winners were announced during halftime of the KU-Oklahoma State Homecoming football game Sept. 29. Montoya is pictured with Matt Smith, KU associate director of bands. 

Kansas Association of Broadcasters Awards

Students won three events in the television category and two events in the radio category at the 2018 Kansas Association of Broadcasters competition in April.

Top finishers for KU in TV were:

• Enterprise news package: Grant Stephens
• Complete news feature: Jackson Kurtz
• Station website: KUJH News, Ilana Karp, Alana Flinn and Dan Garrett

Top finishers for KU in radio:

• Complete news feature: Christian Hardy
• Sports play-by-play: Jackson Schneider, Marco Marquez

Great Plains Journalism Awards

KU student media outlets were selected for four honors in the Great Plains Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Tulsa Press Club.

Conner Mitchell was named Great Plains Student Editor-in-Chief of the Year, and Darby VanHoutan was named Great Plains Student Writer of the Year. KUJH was named Great Plains Student Broadcast of the Year. Mallory Houser was producer of the broadcast.

The University Daily Kansan was named Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year.

Society of Professional Journalists Contest

Several students were recognized in the Society of Professional Journalists 2017 Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards.

Television Feature Reporting
Winner: Jackson Kurtz
Finalist: Grant Stephens

Radio Feature 
Winner: Hannah Jerome 

Radio In-Depth Reporting 
Finalist: Garrett Mould 

Television General News Reporting 
Finalist: Lauren Davidson 

Newspaper General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students 
Finalists: Omar Sanchez, Courtney Bierman 

Best All-Around Television Newscast 
Finalists: Mallory Houser, Courtney Gehrke  

Hearst Awards

Several J-School students placed in this year’s national Hearst Journalism Awards Program competition. Jackson Kurtz placed in two categories: ninth in TV 1 Features and tied for 13th in TV 2 News; Sean Collins placed ninth, and Darby VanHoutan placed 18th in the Multimedia News category. Omar Sanchez placed 18th in Feature Writing.

Jackson Kurtz

Jackson Kurtz

Sean Collins

Sean Collins

Darby VanHoutan

Darby VanHoutan

Omar Sanchez

Omar Sanchez

College Media Contests

The University Daily Kansan won an Online Pacemaker Award for best college media website along with two first-place awards for display and online advertising at the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association convention Oct. 25-28 in Louisville. In all, the Kansan and picked up 10 awards from the two college media organizations for work over the past 12 months.

From the Associated Collegiate Press:

• Online Pacemaker Award for best college media website
• First place, display advertising, Jacob Hood
• Finalist, Newspaper Pacemaker Award for best print college newspaper

From the College Media Awards

• First place, online advertising, Jacob Hood
• Second place, editorial, Conner Mitchell
• Second place, arts and entertainment story, Omar Sanchez
• Second place, news package, Angie Baldelomar, Chandler Boese, McKenna Harford and Darby VanHoutan
• Third place, news website

Kansan staff members showed off the awards they won at the 2018 Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association convention Oct. 25-28 in Louisville.

Kansan staff members showed off the awards they won at the 2018 Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association convention Oct. 25-28 in Louisville.

Strategics campaigns teams win KC Quill Awards


Two Strategic Campaigns teams have won awards from the 2018 IABC KC Quills Awards competition. Students worked with Kaleidoscope, a Hallmark-sponsored creativity space in Crown Center in Fall 2017. Their professor was Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen. 

Where STEAM Lives (at right, top photo) 


Team members: Courtney Carpenter, Vanessa Gonzales, Landon J. Munsch, Kyle Sagendorph, Kaleigh Thomas, Brian Trigg and Anna Wonderlich
Category: Communication Management - Government Communication Programs

Color Your Confidence - Kaleidoscope (at right, bottom photo) 

Team members: Megan Doolittle, Margaret Huwe, Hanna Melton, Marcea Say, Joshua Suos and Corey Wogalter
Category: Communication Management - Communication Management