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SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 21

AAF networking event for all majors The AAF of Des Moines would like to introduce you to a few important people… Meet industry professionals who are working in the career you dream about: Client Services, Copywriting, Art/Design, Media, Public Relations and more. The AAF of Des Moines Meet the Pros event gives you the opportunity […]
September 21, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 14

Come celebrate with us! Help us welcome our three new faculty members — Grace Provenzano, Catherine Staub and Matthew Thornton — with music and an ice cream social this Thursday, Sept. 17, 4-5:30 p.m., in the Meredith Hall atrium. (Rain location: Mer. 104.) Have lunch with a CNN producer Join Glen Dacy, FA'84, supervising producer […]
September 14, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 7

Awash in awards Several Drake JMC students and recent graduates are finalists in two major national contests that honor the best of collegiate journalism. The slew of recognitions, from the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association, recognize reporting and writing, multimedia, design, photography and video. Read the full story. SJMC alums nominated for Emmys […]
September 8, 2015

SJMC students are finalists in national contests

Several Drake JMC students and recent graduates are finalists in two major national contests that honor the best of collegiate journalism. The slew of recognitions, from the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association, recognize reporting and writing, multimedia, design, photography and video. In the Associated Collegiate Press contest: Amanda Horvath and Faith Brar are […]
September 4, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | Aug. 31, 2015

3 new professors join faculty The SJMC welcomes three new faculty members this fall. Catherine Staub, CEO of Lexicon, was appointed as the new Fisher-Stelter chair of magazine journalism. Matt Thornton, formerly of Louisiana College, joins the PR faculty. Grace Provenzano, who comes from San Francisco State University, will teach in news and digital media […]
August 31, 2015

Drake University publication named best online magazine

Urban Plains, an innovative multimedia website by Drake University journalism students, has nabbed top honors in the 2015 national journalism educators’ awards contest. Urban Plains was named the best online magazine by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition, Kayli Kunkel, a graduating Drake senior from Dubuque, won first place for […]
July 18, 2015

Drake SJMC ranked in top 3 percent

The Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been ranked in the top 3% for both quality and value by collegefactual.com. The list rates schools based on “quality schools that are focused on delivering an education in Communication and Journalism and that are successful at it, with graduates among the top earners after […]
June 17, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | May 11, 2015

Good luck on your final exams and projects. Have a great summer, and to our SJMC graduates: Congratulations and please stay in touch! — The SJMC faculty and staff Last hurrah of spring 2015 Huge applause for Cole Norum, whose photo illustration for last fall’s Drake Magazine won a national Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark […]
May 11, 2015

Training: How to cover the Iowa Caucuses

We are teaming up with Poynter and the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement for a free, four-day training called How to Cover the Iowa Caucuses. If you're interested in applying, here are full details.
May 5, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | May 4, 2015

Farewell “card” for Professor Blachford Professor Lori Blachford is leaving SJMC at the end of this semester to explore new adventures. Be sure to stop in and say goodbye to her and sign the white board “card” in the back lobby of Meredith Hall near the atrium. Congratulations on terrific capstones, seniors! Applause to the […]
May 4, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | April 27, 2015

We rock! Radio-TV producing senior Annelise Tarnowski was named the Oreon E. Scott award winner at the University’s Adams Leadership Institute awards ceremony last week. That means Annelise will be the student speaker at commencement on May 16. This is the first time in about 15 years that an SJMC student has been chosen to […]
April 27, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | April 20, 2015

We rock! Radio-TV production senior Annelise Tarnowski haas been named the 2015 Oreon Scott Award winner. This means that Annelise will represent the students as speaker at commencement on May 16. Congratulations, Annelise! PRSSA was named Outstanding Student Organization at the end-of-the-year all-University awards ceremony. Last Writing Workshop The last day that the Writing Workshop […]
April 20, 2015

SJMC Relays open house is April 25

The SJMC Drake Relays open house will be Saturday, April 25, 5-7 p.m. in Meredith Hall.  This is fast-becoming a popular annual event. It will be an opportunity for alums and students to gather. (Cash bar and free food.) This is also going to be a farewell reception for magazine professor Lori Blachford, who is leaving […]
April 9, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | April 6, 2015

We rock! Congratulations to Cole Norum, who was a regional winner in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence contest. Cole was recognized for a photo illustration for Drake Magazine; his work will now move up to the national competition. National winners will be notified in late spring. Drake Magazine was a finalist for […]
April 6, 2015

Celebrate with SJMC in Minneapolis April 18

Celebrate with Drake University professors and area alumni at a reception in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 18. Connect with SJMC alumni and help us celebrate many accomplishments, including the promotion of SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson, SJMC’s independent status on campus, the new Strategic Political Communication major, and the PR major’s CEPR accreditation—an honor earned by […]
April 3, 2015