Former KSBH’er Brett Akagi to lead KU student media

The University of Kansas today announced Brett Akagi would oversee its student newspaper and television station.

Brett Akagi, former assistant news director at KSHB, will manage the University Daily Kansan and KUJH-TV. Akagi abruptly left the KC NBC affailiate in May, and started his own media company.

From the press release:

Scott Reinardy, news and information track chair and associate professor of journalism, says Akagi brings extensive professional experience in both newspaper and television news, making him an ideal media director.
“He clearly understands the needs of TV news and newspapers, the specialization of each and the intersection of the two,” Reinardy said. “Brett will create a synergy between KUJH-TV and the University Daily Kansan that will truly benefit the students.”
Akagi will be tasked with providing students with the knowledge and skills to be job ready. He will help the school and its students adapt to a media profession that is dramatically changing.

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