Home School of Journalism and Mass Communication SJMC Monday Memo | Jan. 30, 2017

SJMC Monday Memo | Jan. 30, 2017

Scholarship and award forms available

Application forms for 2017-2018 scholarships are available on the table outside of Mer. 119. We are especially encouraging journalism students to submit examples of their broadcast or published stories for the Professor Richard Tapscott Reporting Award.

This cash award, in honor of the beloved late SJMC professor, recognizes work that reflects the values Rick tried to instill in his students: curiosity, accuracy, integrity, humanity, public accountability and aggressive reporting. Deadline for submission of work in any medium for the Tapscott Award is Feb. 17. See the application form for details.

Accreditation team to meet with students

SJMC Accreditation Visit

You’ll be hearing more about this in the weeks to come, but the SJMC’s accreditation “site visit” team will be on campus, visiting classes and talking to faculty and students, Feb. 12-15. Some key things you need to know:• SJMC is accredited by ACEJMC (the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication), an independent accrediting body. There are about 111 accredited JMC programs worldwide; only 15 are in private institutions, so Drake SJMC is in a select group.• Our program has been accredited continually since 1972. Accreditation is yet another assessment of the quality of our program.• We conducted an exhaustive “self study” last year and mailed it to ACEJMC in November. We examined our program using the nine ACEJMC standards, such as curriculum and assessment, student and public services, faculty and facilities.• A five-person team of media professionals and professors will come to campus next month to conduct an in-person review.• Team members will be dropping into classes on Feb. 13-14. They will be holding an open meeting with all SJMC students and also sessions with individual majors.

Posted by Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The SJMC’s accreditation “site visit” team of five media professionals and professors from throughout the nation will be on campus Feb. 12-15. The team’s in-person review of our program will include both an open meeting with all SJMC students and individual meetings by major:

  • Monday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m.: Open meeting with all SJMC majors (Mer. 124B)
  • Monday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m.: Major-specific meetings —
    • Advertising (Mer. 103)
    • Digital Media Production (including Radio-TV Producing) (Mer. 002)
    • Magazine Media (Mer. 125)
    • News (including News-Internet and Broadcast News) (Mer. 124B)
    • Public Relations and Strategic Political Communication (Mer. 203)

Please plan to participate in one or both of these important meetings. See faculty or Dean Kathleen Richardson if you have any questions.

Give us your ideas about Meredith Hall remodeling

The SJMC has hired an architect to lead a “feasibility study” or “visioning exercise” this spring to help us figure out how this architecturally significant building can be reimagined to better support our students and classes.

We want to hear your thoughts! Please participate in one of two focus groups that the architects will be holding:

  • Friday, Feb. 10 at 9-10:30 a.m. in Mer. 104: Focus group with any students
  • Friday, Feb. 10 at 1-2:30 in Mer. 104: Focus group for SJMC students

If you can’t make either focus group, there will be an opportunity to submit comments electronically OR you can contact Dean Kathleen Richardson with your thoughts.

Spring workshops planned

Professor Chris Snider will be teaching three digital media workshops this spring that are free to Drake students. They include:

  • 2017 Social Media Strategy workshop – Saturday, Feb. 11 — 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Smartphone Video + Premiere Workshop – Saturday, March 4 — 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • 360-Degree Photography and Video Workshop – Wednesday, April 5 — 6-9 p.m.

Get more details on the digital media workshops.

Take a survey on leadership

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Student Leadership Development Series (SLDS) has developed a campus-wide survey for current Drake students regarding perceived leadership. To take the survey, click on the link below:


University career fair set for Feb. 9

Get out your interview outfit and polish up your resume: The Drake University Career Fair is scheduled for Feb. 9 in the Olmsted Center. The 3-30:30 p.m. timeslot is reserved for seniors only; the event will be open to all students from 3:30-6 p.m. Access the Career Fair guidebook mobile app at: https://guidebook.com/g/drakecareerfair2017/ Tap the “download” button to get the free Guidebook app. Open the Guidebook and look for the guide: Drake University Career Fair 2017.

Project Vote Smart seeks interns

Project Vote Smart, a nonpartisan resource of political data to help voters make informed decisions, is relocating to Drake and is looking for interns. Interns are required to commit about 10 hours a week during the semester and will conduct research, and will collect, analyze and disseminate political data. For more information, contact Vote Smart’s Drake internship coordinator, professor Jennifer Glover Konfrst (jennifer.gloverkonfrst@drake.edu) and see the Vote Smart post on Drake Media Gigs.