University Daily Kansan

University Daily Kansan students stand together as they celebrate the publication's 227th birthday

Stories Never Stop at the Kansan

Since its founding 116 years ago, The University Daily Kansan has been staffed by generations of young journalists who seek to tell the stories of the KU community. Students hone their technical skills while working for a publication that has been consistently ranked as one of the best college newspapers in the country. The Kansan’s digital-first 24-hour news cycle means that there is never a moment when reporters aren’t covering something new.

The Kansan is an outlet for students on both news and strategic communication tracks with opportunities for reporters, editors, business managers, photographers, digital media managers and more. The Kansan has built a reputation for excellence, with many J-School graduates working for major media outlets. These include The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal.

Applications for staff positions open at the beginning of the semester, but inquiries are welcome any time. 

Chloe Fuleihan

The UDK has given me the leadership skills and direction in my career path that I've never had before. The UDK has become an essential part of my college experience!

Chloe Fuleihan
Co-Business Manager

Mission Statement

The mission of The University Daily Kansan is to serve as a primary, credible news source for a diverse University community.

Student holds a copy of the University Daily Kansan's National Championship 2022 front page

Awards & Honors

Best All-Around Non-daily Student Newspaper - SPJ Mark of Excellence - 2020

Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year - Great Plains Journalism Awards - 2018

Best In-Depth Reporting - Region 7 Mark of Excellence, Society of Professional Journalists - 2018

Best Breaking News Reporting - Region 7 Mark of Excellence, Society of Professional Journalists - 2018

Four-Year Public University Newspaper Gold Medalist - Kansas Collegiate Media - 2016

Best College Newspaper - College Media Business & Advertising Managers - 2011-2013

Best Ad Staff - College Media Business & Advertising Managers - 2007, 2008, 2011-2013

Online Pacemaker for Best College Media Website - Associated Collegiate Press - 2018

Online Pacemaker - Associated Collegiate Press - 2007-2013

General News Reporting, Rylie Koester - SPJ Mark of Excellence - 2020

Hearst Enterprise Reporting, 7th, Nicole Asbury - Hearst Journalism Awards - 2019

Hearst Enterprise Reporting, 12th, Corey Minkoff - Hearst Journalism Awards - 2019

Best Sports Story, Scott Chasen - Associated Collegiate Press - 2016

Best Advertising Manager; Best Sales Strategy for a Special Section; Best Digital Sales Increase; Best Online Self-Promotion Ad; Best Online Display Ad; Best Special Section - College Media Business and Advertising Managers - 2016

Best Sports Game Story - College Media Association - 2015-2016

Best Brochure/Rate Card - Associated Collegiate Press - 2014, 2016

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Contact The University Daily Kansan

Want to learn more about how to join the UDK? Contact us!
William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications
1435 Jayhawk Boulevard, Room 107
Lawrence , Kansas 66045