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SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 25, 2017

Drake students finalists for national awards Drake student work was once again among the finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards, the top awards in college journalism. The finalists and categories: Online Finalists: Magazine Finalists: Drake Magazine The Annual Best Infographic Finalist:  Linzi Murray, JO’17, Drake Magazine Best Magazine Cover Finalist:  Maddie […]
September 25, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 18, 2017

SJMC fall social and activities fair is Thursday The annual fall SJMC social and activities fair will be Thursday, Sept. 21, 4-6 p.m. in Meredith 104. There will be snacks, time to chat with other members of the SJMC community and to find out about opportunities to get involved with SJMC student organizations.  Students win […]
September 18, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 11, 2017

News students cover school board election Students in SJMC professor Jill Van Wyke’s junior-level public affairs reporting class started the academic year off at a sprint with comprehensive coverage of the Des Moines school board election. The students’ stories, posted on the SJMC’s Drake Digital News website, included candidate profiles, coverage of a community forum, […]
September 11, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Sept. 4, 2017

Student Activities Fair set for Sept. 5 The fall student activities fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 4-7 p.m. in Upper Olmsted. Representatives from campus organizations will be available to provide more information about how to get involved with their groups. Alums on the front lines — of news At least three SJMC alums have been […]
September 4, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Aug. 28, 2017

Welcome back to campus, from the SJMC faculty and staff! The SJMC Monday Memo is a weekly newsletter to keep members of the wider SJMC community updated on School news, achievements, events and opportunities. If you have an item for the Memo, please send it to Dean Kathleen Richardson ( or  SJMC webmaster and multimedia […]
August 28, 2017

Drake students win top awards in AEJMC contest

Drake student work won nine awards, including best website and magazine, in this year’s Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication magazine contest. The awards were: Best website: The senior capstone multimedia project Urban Plains General excellence: Drake Magazine  First place for editorial content: Drake Magazine Second place for design: Drake Magazine First and […]
July 22, 2017

2013 grad named Fulbright Scholar

Ankita Dhussa, a 2013 radio-TV producing and sociology graduate, has been named a 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar. She will be creating a multimedia project on women and transportation in India. Dhussa has been living in California and working as a user experience researcher in the tech industry. It was announced earlier that 2017 public relations graduate Kelly […]
July 7, 2017

PR students win national honors

Drake student public relations work has won a professional category in the national Association for Women in Communications 2017 Clarion Awards contest. PR students’ 2016 senior capstone campaign to promote the community of Manning, Iowa, beat professional PR entries to win the Community Relations category.  The Manning work also won the student PR campaign category. […]
July 7, 2017

Student websites from Web Page Design class spring 2017

Students in Professor Chris Snider's web page design class learn to create sites using HTML and CSS. Then they create websites (usually personal portfolios) using an installation of the WordPress content management system. Learning WordPress is an important part of the class. Currently 27 percent of the web is powered by WordPress. That means students […]
May 13, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | May 8

Advertising senior celebrate their capstone presentations. Ad seniors present capstone campaigns The advertising seniors presented their campaigns to the client, the National Pork Board, on Friday. The campaign targeted marketing pork products to millennial consumers. Seniors, pick up your coffee mug Seniors can get their SJMC coffee mug from Shari Tenney in Mer. 118. Good luck […]
May 8, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | May 1

The back lobby of Meredith Hall was filled with alumni and current and retired faculty this weekend for the annual SJMC alumni reception. See more photos on Facebook.  It's official: Drake SJMC is reaccredited! The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications last week took its final vote and unanimously decided that Drake […]
May 1, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | April 24, 2017

Congrats to SJMC's Adams Leadership winners A host of SJMC faculty and students were nominated for awards at last week's Adams Leadership Convocation. Among the winners: Ashley Blazek, top sophomore Haley Davis, top junior Bryann Sullivan, Drake Service Award Jake Bullington, outstanding organization officer (Times-Delphic) Kelly Bruhn, outstanding adviser (PRSSA) SJMC alum to discuss starting […]
April 24, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | April 17, 2017

Seniors, pick up your coffee mug! Seniors can get their SJMC coffee mug from Shari Tenney in Mer. 118. D.M. Register columnist to speak Rekha Basu will discuss her work as a journalist, including her experiences writing about issues of social justice and human rights, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, as part of the Susan […]
April 17, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | April 10, 2017

2010 grad discusses Fulbright project Ellie Bastian, above, a 2010 Radio-TV Producing graduate, participated in a Drake celebration of the Fulbright program last Friday by discussing the project she undertook as a Fulbright Scholar: traveling in Russia to create a documentary. Free professional headshots taken today Free headshots are being taken on Monday, April 10, […]
April 10, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | April 3, 2017

PRSSA selling SJMC sweatshirts The Drake chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America is selling SJMC sweatshirts for $25. This year's shirts are navy blue with white lettering. Pre-orders will be taken until April 5. Orders can be placed through this link: Digital media production student wins 2 Emmys SJMC sophomore Anna Steenson […]
April 3, 2017