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