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 at kansan.com. 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. Students have the opportunity to work with the latest software and technology. Broadcasting experience prepares students to work in the media world from all directions. Students work in all areas of production, advised and supervised by experienced faculty members.
Students who work on the University Daily Kansan find themselves on a fast track to some of the nation’s leading multimedia news outlets. It is consistently ranked among the top college newspapers in the United States, and its reporters and advertising staff continue to win awards that prove they are among the best college journalists in the country. At kansan.com, the online version of the award-winning University Daily Kansan, students take stories to another level—multimedia. The Kansan also provides opportunities to work in advertising, design and online journalism. The advertising staff generates more than one million dollars a year in revenue to support the Kansan’s operation. Managed and operated by students, Kansan reporters work with KUJH-TV to deliver cutting-edge, innovative multimedia reporting.
KJHK Radio, “KU’s sound alternative,” is available at 90.7 FM 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. KJHK gives KU an independent voice and puts students at the forefront of radio technology. With its recent studio relocation and renovation in the Kansas Union, KJHK combines state-of-the-art technology with maximum accessibility and visibility, offering students a 21st century broadcast education.
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.
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts. The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of the United States and its liberty. The KU chapter brings in guests speakers on relevant topics, hosts networking and social events, and promotes the School of Journalism through its events and activities. SPJ is an excellent way for journalism students in the news and information track to learn about the industry and make connections.
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.
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