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SJMC Monday Memo | April 16, 2018

SJMC student wins two Midwest Emmys

Anna Steenson, digital media production senior, won two Emmys at last week’s Upper Midwest National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 2018 awards contest. She won in both the Animation/Graphics/Special Effects and Director categories of the college/university contest. Anna won awards in last year’s contest as well. 

Drake rakes in honors in regional SPJ contest

SJMC student work was recognized this weekend in the Region 7 (Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska) Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards in Ames: 


  • Urban Plains, online independent student publication
  • Matt Gogerty, JO’17, and Adam Rogan, JO’17, online sports reporting
  • Sam Fathallah, feature photography 
  • Katherine Bauer, breaking news reporting


  • Angela Ufheil, JO’17, online feature reporting 
  • Anne Matte and Nathan Sohn, best use of multimedia
  • Molly Longman, JO’17, nonfiction magazine article
  • The Annual, best student magazine
  • Adam Rogan, sports writing (small schools)
  • Jess Lynk, general news reporting 

The regional winners advance to the national competition, with those winners announced late spring/early summer. 

Portfolio advice and reviews tonight

Bruce Ganzer, vice president for creative services at Strategic America, and Tyra Washington, graphic designer at Strategic America, will give advice on compiling portfolios tonight at 6 p.m. in Meredith 104. Drop in from 6-6:30 p.m. for a presentation and advice on portfolios. From 6:30- 7:30 get your portfolio reviewed one-on-one. Don’t be shy! Stop in and get great advice from a seasoned professional and a young professional.

Save the Date!

How do you maximize your internship experience to further your career? Come hear from a panel of pros and students who’ll talk up networking, journaling, building your portfolio, professional demeanor and much more.

Making the Most of Your Summer Internship

Monday, April 30 at 6 p.m. in Mer. 101
Register for prizes

Welcome and kick off by Andy Fales of WHO-TV. What’s bugging Andy about internships? Come find out!

SJMC student recognition reception this week

The annual SJMC student awards reception will be Thursday, April 19, 4-6 p.m. in Levitt Hall of Old Main. Everyone is invited to help celebrate all scholarship and award winners from throughout the year. Plus, help us say goodbye to Professor David Wright, who is retiring after this year.

Learn results of SJMC climate survey

Earlier this semester, students in all SJMC classes completed a “climate survey” to provide feedback on whether they found the School a welcoming place. The results will be discussed at two forums: Tuesday, April 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Both sessions are in Mer. 124B. Enjoy snacks, find out the survey results, and provide feedback and recommendations for next steps. 

Take the Drake Student Survey, let us know what you think

Students should have received several invitations to participate in the Drake Student Survey, which gives you an opportunity to provide feedback about your Drake experience and learning. The results of the DSS are used by the University and by the SJMC to improve how we do things. As of last week, only 19 percent of SJMC students had participated, so dig up that email and respond today!

Harkin Institute hosts student luncheon series

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement is hosting two guests this month at its Student Lunch and Reception Series:

  • Monday, April 16, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Rowena Crosbie, founder and president of Tero International, a talent development company
  • Tuesday, April 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Elizabeth Buck, president of United Way of Central Iowa 

These are unique opportunities for students to meet Rowena Crosbie and Elizabeth Buck, to participate in intimate conversations about their careers and professional experiences, as well as to ask questions and network. 

You can register here:

Rowena Crosbie: http://harkininstitute.drake.edu/2018/02/02/april-16-2018-student-lunch-with-rowena-crosbie-founder-and-president-of-tero-international/

Elizabeth Buck: http://harkininstitute.drake.edu/2018/02/01/april-24-2018-student-lunch-with-elisabeth-buck-president-of-united-way-of-central-iowa/

Ding Darling as journalist, activist

Dennis Ryerson, former editor of The Des Moines Register, and Neil Hamilton, director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center, will discuss the journalistic and environmental legacy of famed editorial cartoonist Jay “Ding” Darling. The discussion will be held Thursday, April 19, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Cowles Reading Room. 

Weekly academic help offered

Academic Achievement Seminars will be held every Wednesday, Feb. 28-May 2, 6-7 p.m. in Cowles Library, 201. Get individualized attention to help build the skills for academic success.

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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.