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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, district demographics and past voter turnout. The class also planned to live-blog the election results on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Drake Broadcasting System kickoff meeting

The Drake Broadcasting System (DBS) is holding its kickoff meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the TV studio in the Meredith basement.  For questions contact DBS president Leah Thompson at leah.thompson@drake.edu

Brainstorming meeting for Drake Magazine

Drake Magazine is holding its fall Brainstorming Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Meredith 104. We’re looking for writers, designers and photographers to share their ideas, help shape the magazine, and get a chance to work with this award-winning, student-run publication. Those interested can check out Drake Magazine on Facebook or email megan.mowery@drake.edu for more information.

Write for The Times-Delphic

The Times-Delphic is looking for new writers! Write for News, Opinions, Features, and Sports. Take photos, and get published. The student newspaper is a great way to start your portfolio and meet people around campus. We pay $15 per story after you write three. Simply email the Editor-in-Chief, Jessie Spangler, at jessica.spangler@drake.edu to get on our mailing lists. Or sign-up online at tinyurl.com/td-sign-up-17.

Relief effort for Hurricane Harvey victims

The Drake Student Senate, through community outreach senator Bakari Caldwell, is organizing a relief effort for Hurricane Harvey victims on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4-7:30 p.m. in Olmsted Center. Donations sought include:

  • Cases of H20 – This is less than $5
  • School supplies: unused notebooks, unopened packs of computer and loose leaf paper, writing utensils, Sharpie/Expo markers, backpacks, calculators (used and new), etc.
  • Unopened toiletries: feminine hygiene products, dental supplies, toilet paper, soaps, shampoos/conditioners, baby wipes, etc. 
  • Unopened cleaning supplies: bleach, sprays, sponges and towels, etc. 
  • First Aid Kits of any kind.

Cash donations are also welcome. If you have any questions contact Bakari Caldwell at bakari.caldwell@drake.edu .


SJMC work-study jobs available

There are still paid positions available for students to work the SJMC electronic media checkout in the basement of Meredith Hall. No electronic equipment experience is necessary. See SJMC administrative assistant Shari Tenney in Mer. 118 for more information and to apply.

Speaking center opens

The Speaking Center in Cowles Library opens this week. Students can book appointments online to see a tutor for help in preparing, composing and delivering speeches and presentations. Students, faculty and staff members can also reserve the Speaking Studio to practice and record presentations alone or in small groups.

Location and Hours: The Speaking Center is located in Room 18 of Cowles Library on the lower floor just down the stairs and through the right door of the main entrance. Hours are: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tutors are also available outside those hours on an individual basis, if scheduling allows.  

To make an appointment Visit http://library.drake.edu/speaking to schedule a personal meeting with a tutor. Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes each, and students are encouraged to visit multiple times while preparing for a single event if they wish. Any questions or concerns should be directed to speaking-help@drake.edu.

Speaking Center Services: Speaking Center tutors are students with experience and training in speech pedagogy who are prepared to assist students when selecting and narrowing topics, organizing ideas, drafting and revising an outline, preparing visual aids, and practicing delivery. The Speaking Center’s new location provides access to research and reference librarians who can help students gather resources. Our facilities feature a tutoring room and a speaking studio, where presentations can be recorded and saved by students, faculty, and staff members. 

If you have questions, please contact Joan McAlister (joan.mcalister@drake.edu), Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change, and Coordinator of Public Speaking Instruction.

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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 (kathleen.richardson@drake.edu) or  SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider (christopher.snider@drake.edu). SJMC alums and other professionals can also contact Chris to have the Memo delivered via weekly email. 

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication strives to create a community of scholars that represents the complexity of the human experience in regards to race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, economic status, gender identification, religion, age and physical abilities. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all our faculty, staff, students and visitors, and celebrating our differences through the lens of the First Amendment value of freedom of expression.