Pass the Mic: Karaoke at KJI


On Tuesday, June 25, journalism campers from the Kansas Journalism Institute workshop put down their laptops and cell phones for a few hours to shout, croon and dance at Karaoke Night.  Below is the coverage compiled from students in the Web Management class taught by instructor Eric Thomas.

Karaoke night for KJI campers

By: Emily Lair

Many Kansas Journalism Institute camp members chose to sing their hearts out on Tuesday night in the lobby of Oliver Hall. Also, check out tweets, pictures and video from campers.

Karaoke Night at KJI

By: Isabella Davis

Whether campers sang, watched, danced or didn’t pay attention, Karaoke Night drew everything from cheers to high fives.

KU Journalism Institute sings

By: Cle’ianna Garrett

An interactive photo shows more about campers and the singing performances.

KJI Karaoke

By: Brianna Cole

Jennifer Mahr, Jake Specht, Paige Parker and Lexi Wood spent a fun night singing karaoke tunes with their fellow campers. Check out a video of pictures and audio about their experience.

Kicking off karaoke at KJI

By: Cara Brashears

Taking on the spotlight, a few campers from Blue Valley Northwest High School decided to form a group and sing in the lobby first up.

KJI camper backs out of performing

By: Sarah Hirsch

Camper Ankit Kadakia prepared all afternoon for the event, but found he was too nervous to perform.

KJI Karaoke Night unveiled

By: Daniel Mejia

If you were too shy, or just weren’t feeling the whole karaoke vibe, here is a photo gallery of the events of the night.

KJI students rock out to Karaoke Night

By: Ashley Yoder

Check out even more photos of students performing on Tuesday night.

BVNW girls steal the show

By: Alexandra Willim

Photos show the step-by-step process of the first group’s performance.


Kicking off karaoke at KJI

Buzz around Oliver Hall today at KJI included mixed feelings about the karaoke session put on tonight. Some students were too nervous to perform, others dismissed the activity as silly and some were all for it. Taking on the spotlight, a few campers from Blue Valley Northwest High School decided to form a group and sing in the lobby first up.

Before the performance

photo 2Q&A with Jennifer Faucett, senior yearbook editor-in-chief

What’s the story behind the group?

“We are calling ourselves YB6 because there are six of us yearbook girls. I know it sounds lame, and it’s obviously not going to stick, but for tonight’s performance it’s just something fun to add.”

Why did you decide to be the first group to go?

“We’ve already had a really fun time at KJI, and right now we’re all just in really good moods. Plus we love to sing, and I’m stoked to kick off the night and get the crowd going!”

How do you feel going into the performance?

“I’m pumped. We’re going to sing Complicated by Avril Lavigne, and every one of us knows every word. I should be nervous, but since there’s so many of us, I’m not too concerned.”


Inspired by the recent movie Pitch Perfect, the YB6 group huddles together to prepare for the song.

The performance:

Click the photo below to be taken to a short clip of the show.

photo 1

After the performance:

photo 3Q&A with junior yearbook section editor Jenna Bellar

How did the performance go?

“Our singing was phenomenal. If this is typed up, I hope my sarcasm gets across. If it doesn’t, my facial expression should show my true reaction.”

How did you do individually?

“I don’t see myself going on Broadway anytime soon. It was weird with everyone watching, but all my friends were there to support me and just go crazy.”

How did you get over the nerves?

“You just have to ignore the funny stares from the audience and sing your heart out. Or start to twerk. Either one works.”

High school journalists enjoy college life

Eight out of ten students say they would return to KJI if given the opportunity.

Photo on 2013-06-25 at 08.26

High school journalists prepare for a lecture. They are learning why editing is important. They are staying at Kansas University to learn ways to become better journalists.

Isabella Davis is taking Web Production and Management. She explains how she feels about being on a college campus. Listen here.

A glance into the desks of journalists

Although all Kansas Journalism Institute (KJI) campers have a desk to use, it can sometimes be hard to realize just how much it reveals about a person. An editor and a photographer showcase their differences.

How to break the ice

Breaking the ice can be hard. You walk into your “new” dorm room and are thrown into the awkward task of getting to know your roommate, but some KJI campers have ideas on how to make it easier. 5 days of camp, and 5 tips to converse like a champ.


Mariah Seifert and Shelby Mata posing with their shy faces.

  1. “Try to find something in common so you have some place to start in building a connection,” Lexi Wood.
  2. “If you are funny try to joke around, but be cautious if they don’t laugh at your jokes you could have made things more awkward,” Jake Spechdask
  3. “Ask them about what they are here for and where they are from to try and build common interests,” Lucas Silva
  4. “Bring up your hobbies in hopes that they can relate to you and conversation continues on from there,” Conner Mitchell
  5. “I don’t enjoy breaking the ice, so I just say hi,” Mariah Seifert (pictured above)

Still having trouble? Listen to Shelby Mata (pictured above) talk about what she would do to ease things with a new roommate.

Different classes for different people at the Kansas Journalism Institute

Summer campers at the Kansas Journalism Institute this week at the University of Kansas involve themselves in many different class tracks for four days of journalistic engagement. Student classes include:

  • Yearbook Design Fundamentals
  • News Magazine and Newspaper Design Fundamentals
  • Editorial Leadership Seminar
  • Digital Photojournalism
  • Advanced Yearbook Seminar
  • Advanced Newspaper Seminar
  • Video and Audio Production
  • Web Production and Management
  • Storytelling: Feature and Sports Writing for Print and Digital Media

Nine classes to choose from, but students can only choose one. So how do the courses differ, and how do journalists make their decision?

KJI Camper Classes

Click the photo above, then mouse over the icons to explore and listen to profiles of four 2013 campers enrolled in different tracks this week.

KJI in two words

By: Isabella Davis

KJI campers at Oliver Hall are here to learn how they can make their publications back at school better than they previously were. Camp started on June 23, 2013 and students have described camp in two words.

allie kyndall rachel sydnie samantha

Allie Freese       Kyndall Truelove            Rachel McLees        Sydnie Kerr    Samantha Eighmy

Quiana ashley destiny marissa abbi

Quiana Reliford    Ashley Yoder       Destiny Wilborn        Marissa Hubbard          Abbi Atwell

KJI in two Words

Allie Freese – Super & Awesome

Rachel McLees – Educational & Enjoyable

Sydnie Kerr – Tiring & Fun

Kyndall Truelove – Hot & Interesting

Quiana Releford – Resourceful & Informative

Abbi Atwell – Informational & Creative

Samantha Eighmy – Fun & Knowledgeable

Ashley Yoder – Fun & Helpful

Marissa Hubbard – Hot & Sore

Destiny Wilborn – Learning Experience

KJI campers have explained what they like best about camp and what they like the least. Campers Allie Freese, Kyndall Truelove, Sydnie Kerr, and Rachel McLees answered in the following recording. Click Here to listen.

Water break affects Journalism Workshop members

A water break, which occurred at 10:37 Monday morning, at the University of Kansas campus has caused Oliver Hall to temporarily lose water availability, this water break will affect all members of the Kansas Journalism Institute (KJI) workshop.  The mishap occurred as a result of construction on the North side of campus.

Journalism camp director, Jeff Browne, has gathered as much information as possible, and reports that the water will be available by Tuesday morning at the latest.  Browne is mainly concerned with the safety of students, and hopes that the students are informed as soon as possible.

“I’m just concerned about our campers and keeping them safe and comfortable”  Browne said.

In order to avoid any possible danger or further confusion, Brown suggests that participants not drink water at Oliver Hall. Browne requests that campers avoid using toilets, showers, and sinks.

Facilities available for KJI camper’s use:

1. The Underground

2.  The Student Union

3. William Allen White Building

To locate buildings, look at the map of the campus.

Lawrence Water Works will repair the disruption of the water in about half an hour.  In the mean time, KJI campers can remain updated by frequently checking the Twitter account, @KUJournalism.

Water out in Oliver Hall

By: Isabella Davis

Students at the KJI camp are in class not knowing that there is a water main break and the water in Oliver Hall is out.

  • There was a water main break on the north side of the KU campus.
  • The water main break happened because of construction at 10:37 A.M.
  • All 126 campers and 11 RA’s at Oliver Hall are affected.
  • Lawrence WaterWorks should be here in the next 30 minutes to take a look and see what they can do to fix the problem.

“We are hoping that the water will be back on by Tuesday morning,” said KJI Director Jeff Browne, “however; we are asking that people do not use the water in Oliver Hall.”

Students are not able to go to the bathroom, take showers, or use the water fountains in Oliver Hall at this time. In the meantime all campers are being asked to use the restrooms and water fountains in the Student Union. The biggest concern right now is whether the students will be moved out of Oliver Hall.

“I am just concerned about campers at this point,” said Browne.

What Now?

  • Browne does not know if the break is affecting anyone else.
  • At this time he does not know when the water will be back on.
  • Students need to be patient, the city of Lawrence is trying to get the situation fixed.
  • More updates will be posted soon on this website and on @kujournalism.

Oliver Residence Hall Campers

It has been announced that Oliver residence hall  water has been cut off. There will be no usage of showers, toilets or sinks. This is applied to every camper staying in Oliver. The construction that is happening on the north side hit a pipe, resulting in water break at 10:37 am.

For now administration would like students to use the restrooms at the Student Union and grab water from other buildings close by. Lawrence water works was called right after the  accident for help. They are hoping that the issue will be taking care of by Tuesday morning but, if not all residence may have to relocate and can cause unscheduled problems to the class time and lesson plans.

“I am just concerned about the campers, I want them to be safe and comfortable” said Jeff Browne director of the Kansas Journalism Institute.

Administration will clarify all information to campers. Until then, using water in Oliver is unsafe. To check for updates track #KJI50 on Twitter.