Journalist Lisa Ling to deliver Bucksbaum Lecture

Broadcast journalist Lisa Ling will be the Bucksbaum lecturer, speaking at 7 p.m. on April 11 at the Knapp Center:

Ling is currently the host of CNN’s “This is Life,” and previously worked for the Oprah Winfrey Network, ABC and National Geographic. The event is free and open to the public.

Prospective students explore their futures at Drake

Two dozen prospective SJMC students and their parents participated in a special daylong event, “Create Your Future at Drake University,” on Sunday. Participants learned about podcasting, 360 video, drones, virtual reality, Snapchat Spectacles and the TV studio; heard from alumni and current students, and participated in a PR “crisis simulation,” before heading to a Drake men’s basketball game. Thanks to all the students and alums who helped with the event!

2015 Drake alum makes splash in D.C.

SJMC alum Meagan Flynn, JO’15, is making her name as a reporter at the Washington Post. One of her latest stories involved a newspaper in Kentucky that caught heat after it censored an anti-Trump comment in an 87-year-old woman’s obituary. Meagan previously worked for newspapers in Houston.

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.

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