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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

SJMC Monday Memo | March 30, 2015

Combined journalism capstone For the first time, senior broadcast news, radio-tv producing and magazine majors are all working together in the same capstone. Their project is Urban Plains, a website featuring rich, immersive multimedia storytelling. Collaboration among the different majors is essential and will pay dividends for these students in their careers. Student update Courtney […]
March 30, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | March 23, 2015

Welcome back! Here’s hoping that everyone’s spring break was a restful one, and that the rest of your school year is fun and productive.
March 23, 2015

Drake SJMC in Chicago – Celebrate With Us

Celebrate with Drake University professors and area alumni at a reception in Chicago on Friday, March 27. 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 […]
March 9, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | March 9, 2015

SPJ finalists Drake University journalists are finalists in four categories in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards. The regional winners will be announced in Omaha at the Region 7 Spring Conference March 27-28. Those winners move on to the national competition. Drake’s finalists include: Best Digital-Only Student Publication: Think Best […]
March 9, 2015

Professor Chris Snider to lead two social media events in April

Professor Chris Snider, who has been teaching a social media strategy class at Drake for four years, will be leading two social media-related learning events in April. Snider has helped businesses ranging from The Des Moines Register to a local heating and cooling company build their social media strategy (Sign-up details are at the bottom of […]
March 2, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | March 2, 2015

Students attend Ad Summit For the fifth consecutive year, Drake Ad Majors attended the Student Advertising Summit (SAS) in Minneapolis. Close to 300 students from 7 states attended the all-day event that included two keynote speakers, your choice of four out of twelve workshops, three round table networking sessions, recruiting tables, portfolio reviews and agency […]
March 2, 2015

SJMC Monday Memo | Feb. 23, 2015

Studying Abroad Twenty-three SJMC students are studying abroad this semester, in New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Austria, London, Peru, Russia, Costa Rica, Spain, Ireland. Mari Moroz (below) is in Rome, where her walk to school takes her past ancient Roman ruins. Read her blog. Good news Austin Cannon, a news-Internet junior, landed a highly competitive internship through […]
February 23, 2015

Drake students win advertising awards

Two pairs of Drake University Advertising students were awarded Silver prizes at the American Advertising Awards show Saturday night in downtown Des Moines. Melanie Buck and April Tan won the Silver award in the Digital Advertising category for an iPad ad they developed for the Masters of Communication Leadership program. Hannah Erickson and Amanda Seiberlich were […]
February 22, 2015

PBS Host Alexander Heffner To Visit Drake Next Week

It’s never too early to start speculating about the nation’s next political leaders. That’s what Alexander Heffner, host of PBS’s The Open Mind, plans to address during his campus visit to Drake University next week. His visit is part of the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies’s ongoing Visiting Professional Series. Heffner will deliver a […]
February 19, 2015