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SJMC Monday Memo | Feb. 12, 2018

Urban Plains sweeps BEA category

Student work published on the senior capstone website Urban Plains swept the “small team” category at this year’s Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. The winners were:

  • 1st Place: Matthew Gogerty, Adam Rogan and Autumn Meyer; 500 Miles on 500 Dollars”
  • 2nd Place: Autumn Meyer and Daniela Buvat; “Save the Bees, Seriously”
  • 3rd Place: Anne Marie Matte, Nate Sohn and Autumn Meyer; “Abandoned Midwest”

Please take DBS survey

Calling all Bulldogs! Please take a few moments to fill out this survey for Drake Broadcasting System. It’s very helpful for us as we move forward as an organization. Thank you!

— DBS 


Writing Workshop and Speaking Center open for business

The Writing Workshop and the Speaking Center open for the semester today. The workshops are staffed by peer tutors. The writing tutors help students identify areas of difficulty and work with them on a range of issues, including fluency, organization, development, analysis and argument. Speaking tutors assist students in selecting and narrowing topics, organizing ideas, drafting and revising an outline, preparing visual aids and practicing delivery. Students can also reserve the speaking studio to practice and record presentations.

Online registration: https://library.drake.edu/writing
Location: Cowles Library, Room 47, on the lower level

  • Monday through Friday during the day
  • Monday through Thursday during the evening
  • Saturday afternoon
  • Sunday afternoon and evening

Online registration: 
Cowles Library, Room 18, on the lower level
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Graduation applications due this week

Applications for spring and summer graduations are due on Thursday, Feb. 15. See this page on the Drake website for directions on how to apply.

SJMC grad student featured in Seattle Times article

Chantel Osahor, a student in SJMC’s master’s program and assistant coach for the Drake women’s basketball team, was the subject of a profile in the Seattle Times. Chantel, a former Washington Huskies basketball standout, was nominated for MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year.

Alumni nominated for local ad awards

Three SJMC alums have been nominated for American Advertising Federation of Des Moines awards:

  • Caleb Bailey, JO’10, digital strategist/media buyer at Strategic America, is nominated for Ad Pro of the Year.
  • Chad Baker, JO’97, MA’98, vice president/creative at Meyocks, is nominated as Silver Medalist of the year.
  • Hope Waggoner, JO’16, media planner/buyer at Two Rivers Marketing, is nominated for Rookie of the Year.

The winners will be announced at the annual dinner on Feb. 24.

Passionate speakers wanted!

The Student Activities Board and Student Alumni Association are collaborating to put on an event called the Last Lecture Series. The Last Lecture Series will bring students and alumni together to share the impactful values and experiences they have received from their time at Drake, as well as how they have used these tools to give back to the world in return. This event will feature four alumni and two senior student speakers. We are looking for motivated, passionate, excited speakers who can share their perspective.

For more information on how to apply to be a student speaker, contact Delia Koolick, SAB campus impact co-chair at delia.koolick@drake.edu.

The Last Lecture Series will be held on Tuesday, March 27, from 7-9 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room (Room 201). Guests are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. Food and drink will be provided.

To apply to be a Last Lecture Series guest, please fill out the following form prior to Feb. 22:


Scholarship application deadline looms

Applications for SJMC scholarships and awards are available on the table outside Mer. 119. There are scholarships available for the 2018-2019 academic year for all majors. The Professor Richard Tapscott Reporting Award recognizes outstanding student news reporting work in any medium and comes with a cash award. Seniors can apply for the Tapscott award. The application deadline for these scholarships and awards is Monday, Feb. 19.

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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.