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Student Journalism

Yellow Fellow

January 19, 1910

KU hosts the first annual National Conference of Schools of Journalism, featuring a keynote address by Arthur Brisbane, chief editorial writer for the Hearst newspaper chain.

Natural Observer

April 1, 1874

The Observer of Nature, KU’s first serious student publication, issues its premiere edition.

“Sound Alternative”

October 15, 1975

Student-run radio station KJHK-FM goes on the air with DJ Steve Doocy, bringing jazz, progressive and "alternative" rock to Mount Oread, along with a fair share of controversy.

Sayonara, Baby

December 10, 1941

The University Daily Kansan responds to Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor with a scathing editorial titled, “An Open Letter to Hirohito.”

Not Exactly A Hoot

May 9, 1914

The Sour Owl, a KU student publication featuring salacious gossip and bawdy sexual humor, issues the premiere edition of its intermittent 40-year run.

“Joint” Ventures

April 25, 1908

KU journalism students expose a widespread illicit liquor trade in officially "dry" Lawrence when they take over the reins of the Lawrence Daily Journal as part of a one-day experiment in investigative reporting.

The First Kansan

September 17, 1904

The Semi-Weekly Kansan, forerunner of today’s University Daily Kansan, makes its debut on campus with the support of faculty, administration, and students alike.

Our Weekly Reader

June 3, 1895

After nearly twenty years of short-lived niche publications of uneven quality, a student-run newspaper, the Kansas University Weekly, emerges with the “official approval and support of the University.”