Home School of Journalism and Mass Communication SJMC Monday Memo | June 4, 2018

SJMC Monday Memo | June 4, 2018

Welcome to summer break. We will continue to publish weekly, so long as there is enough “breaking news”!

Networking event for D.C. interns, alums

The Drake alumni chapter in Washington, D.C., is hosting its annual networking event for alums and for students interning in the nation’s capital. This year’s social is Tuesday, June 19, 6-8 p.m. at Sudhouse DC. See the University Advancement website to register and for more information.

Road closures around campus

Part of 31st Street, which runs on the west side of Drake campus, will be closed this summer for construction (http://maps.dmgov.org/apps/mapcenter/roadclosure.aspx), as will part of Forest Avenue west of Drake, so be aware and plan alternative routes to campus.

Enter your work in Social Media Club contest

The Social Media Club Des Moines’ annual Hashie awards are open for entries. There are both professional and student categories. Students can enter either, and there is a special student discount. Deadline for entries is July 15. 



  • Best Non-­Profit
  • Best Business


  • Best Non­-Profit
  • Best Business


  • Best Non-Profit
  • Best Business


  • Best Use of Live Video – NEW!
  • Best Use of Video
  • Best YouTube Channel


  • Best Personal Blog
  • Best Business Blog

Other Social Media Platforms

  • Best Use of Instagram
  • Best Use of Pinterest
  • Best Use of Snapchat


  • Excellence in Social Media by a Student

Note: students may submit to any category, but this award is solely in recognition of student work


  • Best Overall Social Media Presence
  • Best Social Media Customer Service
  • Social Media Campaign of the Year – NEW!
  • Social Media Professional of the Year 
  • Trailblazer Award

Volunteers sought for Des Moines Arts Festival

During this year’s Arts Festival in Des Moines (June 22-24), the Iowa International Center will run an art activity based on recognizing cultural diversity and appreciating one’s own identity, through self-portraiture. At the event, volunteers will be: 

  • Explaining the project and welcoming guests to participate in creating self-portraiture through various media (markers, paint, stickers, crayons, and textiles) 
  • Giving participants prompts to help reflect on identity and family history that they can integrate into their self-portrait (prompt card will be available) 
  • Creating self-portraiture or helping others with their portraits

The center is seeking  four volunteers to fill each shift (in three-hour blocks). The hours of the Arts Festival are: 

  • Friday, June 22, 11 a.m.-10 p.m
  • Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 
  • Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Please sign up if you are interested: http://signup.com/go/KzfiGTP

Move your documents from Career bluePrint

Drake has partnered with Handshake – a modern career development platform – to replace our current Career bluePrint system this summer and be your one-stop-shop for job searching. Handshake offers a user friendly system, enabling you to:

  • Access personalized job recommendations based on your major and interests
  • Browse job postings from top companies from around the country
  • Register for Career Fairs
  • Manage on-campus interviews

Your Handshake student profile will be preloaded.  For those of you who currently have Career bluePrint profiles here is what you need to do before June 15: If you currently have documents (resumes, cover letters, etc.) in your Career bluePrint profile, please log in and save them to your device. Due to the volume of students in the system, we will not be able to transition documents to Handshake.

For more information on getting started with Handshake, click here and stay tuned for an email invitation to access your new Handshake account! Should you have any questions, please contact Annette Watson (annette.watson@drake.edu).

Have a news item for the Memo?

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.