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SJMC Monday Memo | Nov. 10, 2014

Welcome to JMC Days 2014! Look for the posters around Meredith Hall and for the full list of JMC Days events here, including guest speakers in classes all week. All students are invited to sit in.
November 10, 2014

2014 JMC Days are Nov. 10-15

The School’s annual JMC Days, a celebration of all things SJMC, will be held Nov. 10-15, 2014. Look for posters around Meredith Hall with details. All students are invited to attend classes with guest speakers. Monday, Nov. 10 Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts Jr. will be on campus for a public lecture at […]
November 3, 2014

SJMC Monday Memo | Nov. 3, 2014

Mark your calendars for JMC Days 2014! The School's annual JMC Days, a celebration of all things SJMC, will be held next week, Nov. 10-15. Look for posters around Meredith Hall with details. Some highlights: Monday, Nov. 10: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts Jr. will be on campus for a public lecture at […]
November 3, 2014

Urban Plains wins Pacemaker award

Drake students scooped up national awards, including a magazine Pacemaker and three writing awards for senior Meagan Flynn, at the annual National College Media Convention last weekend. Urban Plains won the coveted Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award. A nine-student team of senior magazine majors created four mini magazines on their way to a final comprehensive […]
November 2, 2014

Philly: City of Journalism Love

Philadelphia, Pa. – The SJMC was well-represented at the National College Media Convention in Philadelphia last week. Five students and one professor attended and presented sessions, nabbed national awards, underwent critiques of their publications, saw the sights of Philly – and sampled more than a few cheesesteaks. Courtney Fishman and Austin Cannon of The Times-Delphic; […]
November 1, 2014

TV-8's Eric Hanson Visits JMC100

KCCI (TV) storyteller and morning anchor Eric Hanson shared video samples and "How-To" discussion with JMC100 students Oct. 29. The winner of significant state, regional and national news awards told students finding story focus and interesting characters are critical steps toward compelling, memorable results.
October 29, 2014

SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 27, 2014

We rock! Both undergraduate and graduate SJMC students were recognized at last week's PRSA of Central Iowa PRIME Awards. The Master of Communication Leadership capstone project — a comprehensive communications plan for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Iowa — was recognized for excellence at the annual ceremony. Savana Morrison, Kelly Marble, Laura Plumb and Paige […]
October 27, 2014

SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 20, 2014

Drake in D.C. The PR sequence had a productive fall break in Washington, D.C., at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) conferences. Drake PRSSA members were invited to present to the International Conference, sharing insights on chapter management and development. Drake was also awarded the coveted […]
October 20, 2014

SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 13, 2014

Registration for spring semester starts Nov. 3. Keep an eye out for an email that Carla will be sending soon with lots of information about registration. It is even more important than ever that you visit with your adviser prior to registration this time.
October 13, 2014

Join Drake SJMC in Washington D.C. Monday

Join Drake PR professors Kelly Bruhn and Jennifer Glover Konfrst along with fellow SJMC alumni and current students for a Happy Hour reception Monday, October 13, at The Right Proper Brewery.
October 8, 2014

SJMC Monday Memo | Oct. 6, 2014

We rock! The Drake chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America was one of 10 schools selected to host a PRSSA Regional Conference in April 2015. This is wonderful recognition of our PR program and promises to put Drake SJMC even more on the national map for education in journalism and mass communication! […]
October 6, 2014

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 29, 2014

We rock! The fall 2013 magazine senior capstone publication, Urban Plains, was named an Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker finalist. The Pacemaker honors the very best in national student media. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1. In addition to Urban Plains being named a finalist for best college magazine, Meagan Flynn is a finalist for […]
September 29, 2014

Advertising Class Meets with Local Agency

The J129 class, Account Management, has been busy in the classroom and off campus in several locations in the City of Des Moines. Earlier this semester students traveled to Oakridge Neighborhood Services to learn about this refugee community and services provided there.  Students began developing promotional ideas for a major fundraiser for the refugees, which […]
September 26, 2014

Drake Students Named Pacemaker Finalists

Drake University students have earned a total of 10 nominations in two national competitions that honor excellence in college media, including the Associated Collegiate Press’ Pacemaker awards, the top prize for student journalists. Urban Plains is a finalist for the coveted Magazine Pacemaker. A nine-student team of senior magazine majors created four mini magazines on […]
September 26, 2014

Real-life reporting at Harkin Steak Fry

Seven SJMC students covered the 37th – and final – steak fry hosted by retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin on Sept. 14. This year's guests were Hillary and Bill Clinton. The event drew a crowd estimated at 10,000 – and more than 200 journalists – to Indianola, Iowa. The students logged a seven-hour day of […]
September 22, 2014