Student Organizations and Media
One way our students stay on the cutting-edge of their educations is by getting involved in the various journalism-associated clubs and organizations available on campus. The J-School maintains several media operations that serve the information and entertainment needs of the KU campus, Lawrence and the surrounding area. J-School students also gain valuable experience working in these media-laboratory operations. Getting involved and networking with peers is one of the best ways to jump-start your future professional career.
KUJH-TV is available on Sunflower Broadband channel 31, with content online on tv.ku.edu. Students interested in working in television find KUJH-TV the place to test their skills, producing the station’s daily newscasts and sports talk program. Each semester, the station produces other local programs, constantly expanding its coverage of sports, special events and documentaries. That means opportunities for on-camera talent, producers, directors and writers. Broadcasting experience prepares students to work in the media world from all directions. Learn more.
Students who work on the University Daily Kansan and kansan.com find themselves on a fast track to some of the nation’s leading multimedia news outlets. The Kansan is consistently ranked among the top college newspapers in the United States. The Kansan also provides opportunities to work in advertising, design and online journalism. The advertising staff generates more than $1 million a year in revenue to support the Kansan’s operation. Learn more.
In 2014, the School of Journalism created The Agency to give KU students the opportunity to create real ad campaigns and branding, messaging and marketing solutions for professional clients. In 2016, students launched a creative offshoot called Steam Whistle Creative. Students offer clients a millennial-generation perspective on branding, marketing and advertising while gaining experience for a career after the J-School. Learn more.
KJHK Radio, “KU’s sound alternative,” is available at 90.7FM on the dial, or live online at kjhk.org. The station is run by the Kansas Union Programs Department, but journalism students contribute daily newscasts. All KU students are encouraged to participate at KJHK. Departments include programming, sports, news, promotions and production, just to name a few. It is not just one of the leading college stations in the country—KJHK was the first radio station in the world to broadcast a continuous live signal online, giving it a truly international presence.
KU Ad Club explores various aspects of the advertising industry by bringing in guest speakers, providing networking opportunities, attending the Kansas City Career Day and arranging agency crawls in cities such as Chicago, Dallas, New York and Kansas City. Ad Club is an excellent way to find out more about advertising and strengthen contacts within the industry. The KU Ad Club has strong connections to the Kansas City chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), which promotes the future of advertising, marketing and communications in the greater Kansas City area. AAF-KC is dedicated to good fellowship and a free exchange of ideas among its members. AAF-KC encourages high standards of practice within the industry and recognize the excellence and achievements of its members. To learn more, contact Janet Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners. The student society aims to foster an understanding of current theories and procedures of the profession; appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles; and awareness of an appropriate professional attitude. Students who serve as officers in the KU chapter of PRSSA have the opportunity to attend the group's annual convention in the fall. To learn more, contact David Guth at email@example.com
Journalism Student Ambassadors
The Journalism Student Ambassador Program consists of a select group of student volunteers who are committed, in thought and through their actions, to the positive promotion of the KU William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Ambassadors lead tours of the Journalism School in Stauffer-Flint Hall and Dole. In addition, the student volunteers represent the School at events and programs sponsored by the School. Learn more by contacting Vicky Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org.