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Drake journalists named national SPJ finalists

Drake University student journalists have been recognized as among the best in the nation in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards. Urban Plains, the senior capstone website, was in the top three finalists for Best Independent Online Student Publication in the 2017 contest. A story by senior Katherine Bauer was a top […]
May 21, 2018

SJMC alum recognized in profile-writing contest

Angela Ufheil, a 2017 graduate of the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, placed 14th in this spring's national Hearst personality/profile-writing contest. There were 114 entries from 61 schools received in the 58th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards. Ufheil was recognized for a feature she wrote for her senior capstone project, the multimedia website Urban Plains. […]
May 14, 2018

Katrina Sletten receives Brooke Owens Fellowship for women in aerospace fields

The maximum course load at Drake University is 18 credit hours per semester. Senior Katrina Sletten has had six 18-credit semesters as she strives to graduate with a triple major across disciplines, studying physics, astronomy and public relations with a minor in mathematics. In addition to her full academic schedule, she has worked at the […]
February 27, 2018

Registration opens for Drake's summer journalism camp

Registration is now open for our Media Now summer camp July 8-11, 2018, at Drake University in Des Moines. Students in the four-day summer journalism camp will stay in Drake dorms and get to experience what college life is like. This is the third year that Drake has hosted a Media Now summer camp. This […]
February 5, 2018

Drake student wins national writing award

Adam Rogan, a senior in the Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, placed in the top 10 of the Hearst Journalism Foundation's annual feature writing contest. His first-person multimedia story on boxing was published in Urban Plains, the School's award-winning senior capstone website. Rogan's work placed seventh in the national contest, which attracted 154 […]
December 15, 2017

PR students win national honors

Two Drake public relations seniors were recognized at the recent PR News annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C.  Maddy Gildersleeve was named PR News Student of the Year. The award recognizes “an outstanding student who has demonstrated leadership, talent and passion" for public relations and communications. Sarah Mondello received honorable mention for PR News Intern of […]
December 9, 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