Good luck on finals and have a restful winter break! 

The faculty and staff of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Apply to run OnPaintedStreet

The application is now open to run the student-led OnPaintedStreet Instagram account during the spring semester:

Broadcast, digital journalism scholarships available

The application window for Radio Television Digital News Association/Foundation scholarships for students interested in broadcast or digital journalism is open. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 18. RTDNA offers nine scholarship opportunities for students, ranging from $1,000-$10,000. Scholarship recipients will also have the opportunity to attend the 2019 Excellence in Journalism conference in San Antonio. See for more information and to apply.

Upper Midwest Emmy contest, scholarships open

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to helping media students go to college. The foundation offer $2,000 scholarships for high school and college media students.

Contest: Deadline is Feb. 6, 2019. Awards are open to high school and college media students in the Upper Midwest Emmy® Region, which includes Iowa. There are 20+ categories for various student created videos, newscasts, news stories, arts and entertainment, fiction (student-written productions), non-fiction (documentaries, real-life stories), music video, public affairs – community service (local issues), PSAs, commercials, sports and more. There are even craft categories for writers, photographers, editors, talent and graphics/animation/special effects. Entries must have been produced for class or for school media platform between Jan. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2018

Rules and categories can be found at 2019 College Student Awards Call for Entries Rules & Categories

Before entering, read:

Nominations will be announced in March 2019 and the annual student awards ceremony will be on Friday, April 13, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza AiRE MSP/MOA in Bloomington, MN.


Scholarships: Deadline is Feb. 6. More information and how to apply can be found at

Meredith Hall building hours

Meredith Hall is unlocked during the following hours when classes are in session:

Sunday: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Students with SJMC majors can swipe into the building with a Drake ID even when the building is locked from 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday-Thursday. Students who are already in the building when it is automatically locked are allowed to stay in the building. Students who need 24/7 access to swipe into the building should talk to their faculty member or adviser about how to obtain all-hours access.

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 ( or SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider ( 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, political views, 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.