Urban Plains wins Broadcast Education Association award

Urban Plains is being honored in the international Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts contest. The senior capstone for the News, Magazine Media and Digital Media Production students placed third in the website category of the interactive multimedia competition.

Parkland, FL, journalism students to visit Drake

Journalism students and their advisers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, will be on campus to meet with Drake students and faculty on Saturday, Feb. 23, 9-11 a.m. in Mer. 2. They will be accompanied by journalism students from Prosper, TX.

The students are in Des Moines to attend events associated with the 50th anniversary of the Tinker v. Des Moines student free speech case. They have created an initiative called The Schoolhouse Gate Project, a curated website of high school journalism related to student speech. Everyone is invited to come talk with them and welcome them to Drake.

Two of the Parkland teachers have written books about last year’s mass shooting at the high school: “We Say #NeverAgain” and “Parkland Speaks.” There will be book signings at Mars Cafe on Friday, Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m., and at RAYGUN on Saturday, Feb. 23, 4-6 p.m.

SJMC to host Tinker v. D.M. event; volunteer to help

“Stand Up, Speak Up! Tinker v. Des Moines Turns 50″ will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. Mary Beth and John Tinker, plaintiffs in the case, along with Drake students, will lead a conversation on the values and challenges of freedom of expression. The event is co-sponsored by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Drake Law School, Cowles Library, the Drake School of Education and the Drake Department of Political Science.

A few student volunteers are needed to help with an interactive piece of the event. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Dean Kathleen Richardson at kathleen.richardson@drake.edu.

Pizza party to celebrate exhibit on black history

The Drake art department, in collaboration with the Coalition of Black Students, is hosting a pizza party in honor of Black History Month at Drake’s Anderson Gallery today (Monday, Feb. 18),  5-7:30 p.m. The Anderson Gallery is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Center (FAC) at the south end near the box office.

The exhibit, “Our Town: Reclaiming the Narrative,” curated by Professor Lenore Metrick-Chen and the 2018 class Black Americans and Photography, is an exhibition that centers on the idea of individual agency and how it can lead to social change.

The exhibition features short video interviews of Dwana Bradley, whose initiative started the Des Moines magazine Urban Experience; Laural Clinton, advocate against racial profiling; Elaine Estes, former head of the Des Moines Public Library, who, as a Drake student at the age of 16, desegregated the women’s dorm;  Ayinde Ashford, third-year student at Drake Law; and seniors Maleigha Williams and Bailey Mosely, members of the Coalition of the Black Students. The exhibition also showcases the contributions of Joeanne Cheatom and Katherine Bryson, both activists from the 1960s.

Scholarship, apprenticeship applications due this week

Applications for 2019-20 scholarships and awards are available outside Mer. 119 and are due Wednesday, Feb. 20. Applications for next year’s Meredith Apprenticeship program are due by email to Professor Jeff Inman by Friday, Feb. 22.

Sign up for World Information Architecture Day

Drake Design and Drake SJMC will host World Information Architecture Day on Saturday, Feb. 23, in rooms throughout Meredith Hall. It’s a free event that brings together a community of like-minded professionals and enthusiasts who share the common goal of practicing, learning, teaching and shaping the future of information architecture and user experience. Everyone is welcome. Sessions and panels run from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. A free lunch is included with registration. To register, click here: https://www.worldiaday.org/events/des-moines/2019

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 (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, 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.