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SJMC Monday Memo | Feb. 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

Multimedia journalist Sarah Hoye in residence this week

Sarah Hoye — a multimedia journalist who has worked for CNN, Al Jazeera America and for newspapers and TV stations in Florida and Texas — will be on campus this week to meet with SJMC students, visit classes and provide portfolio feedback.

Below is Hoye's itinerary. All students are welcome to drop in to talk to her during open times, or to slip into classes while she teaches about reporting, writing and appealing to diverse media audiences:

Tuesday, Feb. 27

2:30-4 p.m. Office Hours, Meredith Hall Innovation Center (Mer. 124C)SJMC students are invited to drop in to talk with Sarah
4:30-6 p.m. Reporting for TV and the Web (Mer. 002)

Wednesday, Feb. 28

10-11:30 a.m. Video for Journalists (Mer. 002)
12:30-1:45 p.m. Copywriting and Content Design (Mer. 104)

Thursday, March 1

8-9:15 a.m. Mass Media in a Global Society (Mer. 106)
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Communications Law & Ethics (Mer. 106)

Bulldogs attend Student Ad Summit


Ten Advertising students drove to Minneapolis for the annual Student Advertising Summit last week. Participants heard from three different keynote speakers, engaged in their choice of four out of 12 workshops, met with ad professionals, networked with more than 25 ad agency recruiters, and enjoyed agency tours. Several agencies offered participants special internship applications limited to SAS registrants.

SJMC sponsors foremost Japanese scholar

Fumiaki Kubo, professor of American government and history at the University of Tokyo, will speak on Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. in Mer. 106. Professor Kubo, an expert on U.S.-Japanese relations, will discuss the state of the alliance during an uncertain time in the Asia Pacific region. The lecture — sponsored by the SJMC, the politics department and the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago — is free and open to the public. Professor Kubo is on a national speaking tour, and the Japanese consulate chose Drake as one stop because of the University's key role in electoral politics.

Drake Broadcasting System Meeting

Are you interested in working on the Drake Relays broadcast or hosting your own radio show?

The first DBS info meeting of the semester is this Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Meredith 101. Come to hear about Relays coverage, podcasts, exec board positions, 94.1 The Dog news, and more! Questions? Email

SJMC master's grad wins young professional honor

Mattia Hansen, MA'17, was recently named Altoona, Iowa, Area Young Professional of the year. Mattia, the community relations coordinator for the Southeast Polk Community School District, has been a board member of the Altoona chamber of commerce, and is a graduate of the Altoona Leadership Academy.

#DrakeServes Design Contest 

The Office of Community Engaged Learning & Service is looking for a creative student to design an image for a new volunteer campaign called #DrakeServes. The idea behind the campaign is to build awareness of Drake student involvement in the community and provide a unified image when students participate in Drake sponsored community engagement initiatives in Des Moines.

The design contest is open to the entire campus community. Design entries must be submitted by Friday March 9, to (include original file and PDF/JPG). Designers can submit more than one design! The artist whose design is selected will work with staff of Community Engaged Learning & Service and University Communications the week of March 19th to finalize their design. The selected designer will have their image printed on 1,000 t-shirts and receive a $50 gift card! 

Design Requirements: 

  • Design to be used on a solid blue background (tshirt) as well as on white (for print) 
  • Include hashtag #DrakeServes 
  • Use any color combination of following palette: Drake Blue, Cyan Blue, White, or Yellow 
  • Make it “Feel” Drake, use of bulldogs (image or words), paw prints, etc. is encouraged! 
  • Include the Des Moines skyline or image of a Des Moines bridge 

Contact for any questions. 

Workshops teach tools for academic success

The Drake academic success office is offering a series of events this spring to help students navigate the college experience. The workshops will be presented by Josh Wallace, M.Ed., academic success and retention specialist. The weekly seminars will provide additional informal, one-on-one assistance.

Next Steps: Tools for a successful semester
Thursday, March 1, 4-6 p.m.
Cowles Library 201

Academic Achievement Seminars
Every Wednesday, Feb. 28-May 2, 6-7 p.m.
Cowles Library, 201

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication strives to create a community of scholars that represents the complexity of the human experience in regards to race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, economic status, gender identification, religion, age and physical abilities. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all our faculty, staff, students and visitors, and celebrating our differences through the lens of the First Amendment value of freedom of expression.