Student spotlight

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

Fall 2016 Edition

Vicky Diaz–Camacho, NPR intern

Vicky Diaz–Camacho, NPR intern

The J-School launched the Internship Experience Blog to showcase the wide range of opportunities journalism students are getting all around the world. Check it out.

The University Daily Kansan has been named a Pinnacle Award finalist for Best Online Display ad in the nation. See the list of finalists.

J-School students have been chosen as finalists for awards from the Associated College Press:

∙ Haylee Hedge, Best Brochure/Rate Card
∙ Scott Chasen, Best Sports Story

The Agency

The University of Kansas Human Resource Management Department (HRM) launched its campaign "People Fuel" in partnership with The Agency, the J-School's student-run advertising and public relations agency. "It has been an incredible experience for the KU HR team working with The Agency students," said Mike Rounds, associate vice provost for Human Resource Management. Read the KU News story.

The Agency launched its new creative entity, Steam Whistle Creative, on Oct. 21 with a party and croquet tournament on the Stauffer-Flint lawn. During the launch party, Steam Whistle Creative announced it new website, and its ringtone, The Steam Whistle, which is a recording of KU's well-known campus whistle. The ringtone is available to purchase for $1.29 from iTunes. Read the KU News story.

Students live streamed a Quidditch match between Kansas and Missouri on Oct. 1 at the Shenk Athletic Complex. Over 100 people watched online from numerous states, and the replay has been watched online over 200 times. The replay can be found here. Cade Cruickshank, J-School director of broadcast operations, helped build and set up the equipment on location. The crew consisted of J-School students Laura Furney (director), Luke Huttner (assistant director), Nick Springer (camera), Fulton Caster (camera), Jeremy Day (camera), and KUJH-TV Director Chris Bacon (coordinating producer).

J-School students participated in a KU Libraries presidential debate fact-checking event Oct. 19 at Watson Library. Read the University Daily Kansan story.

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen's Spring 2016 Campaigns students won an award from the International Association of Business Communicators-Kansas City Chapter's Quills competition. Students revamped Swope Health Services' brand identity and designed interactive print and social media materials to promote preventive health care to low-income and millennial populations. STARRK, a student Strategic Campaigns group (right), celebrated their Bronze Quills award from the International Association of Business Communicators with client Michelle Keller, vice president of Patient Services of Swope Health Services, on Aug. 30. Pictured are Rylie Bicknell and Ali Peterson (bottom row, from left); Michelle Keller, Teanna Totten, Shannon McGraw and Ryan Nelson (top row, from left). Krysti Cole, another group member, was unable to attend.


Wooldridge Scholars were honored at a dinner at the Kansas Union. Students in attendance were (from left): Natalie Sitek, Lara Korte, Deanna Ambrose, T.J. Blake, Vanessa Gonzales, Emily Derrick, Erin Wesselowski, Garrett Farlow, Laura Furney and Ryan Camenzind.

Hewn | Home of the Handmade (left) and HomeFront | Your Guide to Surviving Deployments (right).

Hewn | Home of the Handmade (left) and HomeFront | Your Guide to Surviving Deployments (right).

Hannah Pierangelo, Vanessa Panagakos, Leah Sitz and John Searles won awards in the New Magazine Ideas category in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Student Magazine Contest. Pierangelo and Panagakos won first place for Hewn | Home of the Handmade, a craft magazine. Sitz and Searles won for HomeFront | Your Guide to Surviving Deployments, a magazine for military spouses. First-place winners received $1,000; second-place winners received $500. Students created their business plans and partial prototypes in Associate Professor Carol Holstead's Magazine Publishing course.

Scott Chasen

Scott Chasen

Margarita Alely Nuñez Arroyois is featured on the Center for Undergraduate Research website for her research on how Latina women are portrayed through popular fiction and how society then takes that as an image of what Latina women are in the United States. Read more about her research.

Scott Chasen won first place in the Pinnacle Awards for Best Sports Game Story. He also was a finalist in the Associated Collegiate Press awards for best sports story. Chasen also is one of five winners of the prestigious 2016 Jim Murray Memorial Foundation scholarship, a national award for excellence in sports writing at the college level. Read more about Chasen.

Maddie Farber accepted a job as a reporter for Fortune Magazine in New York City.

Emma Hogg accepted a position as multimedia journalist at KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa.

James Hoyt accepted a spring reporting internship with the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Sara Li

Sara Li

Brianna Johnson accepted a summer internship with KSNT in Topeka, Kansas.

Jackson Kurtz accepted a summer internship with KCTV-5 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Sara Li was recently named one of MTV's 18 campus ambassadors. Li used MTV's platform to share her opinions on its podcast and TV channel on various topics. Li was also named as one of Her Campus KU’s "22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women" list. Nominees were evaluated based on a mix of criteria including leadership experience, academic excellence, demonstrated passion for their cause, and ambitious goals for their future. Li was chosen for her work in sexual assault awareness.

Dani Malakoff, who was an intern at the Houston Chronicle last summer, is featured in this Dow Jones News Fund Internship Experience video.

Maddy Mikinski in the White House press briefing room

Maddy Mikinski in the White House press briefing room

Marian McCoy accepted a position as associate project manager in New York for SocialCode, a technology and insights company that manages digital advertising for consumer brands such as Macy's, Visa, Heineken and Nestle. McCoy will work directly with clients to build and execute their digital advertising campaigns.

Maddy Mikinski traveled to Washington, D.C., for White House College Reporter Day on April 28. Students visited the White House press briefing room and even got a surprise visit from President Obama. Read the story.

Conner Mitchell accepted a spring reporting internship with the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C. 

Candace Miller

Candace Miller

Candace Miller and Associate Professor Genelle Belmas went on the Rock Chalk Roadshow Hutchinson with KU Admissions, where they served on a Q&A panel for prospective students.

Rebecca Rumptz was featured by KU News for being selected for the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program with the Department of State. Read the story.

Kayla Schartz accepted a news producer position with WATE 6 News in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dylan Sherwood accepted a position as sports editor at the Emporia Gazette. Read his first column.

Cailey Taylor accepted a position as associate producer at KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.