Applications open for 2019-20 student media positions

The Board of Student Communications is currently taking applications for leaders of Drake’s student media. You could be the editor-in-chief (EIC) of Drake Political Review during caucus season or the president of the Drake Broadcasting System, directing the content of KDRA 94.1 The Dog, coverage of the Drake Relays, and more. Applications for all BSC leadership positions—EIC of The Times-Delphic, Drake Mag, Drake Political Review, DUiN and Periphery, as well as president of Drake Broadcasting System—are due by 5 p.m. March 15. Please include a resume and cover letter discussing why you are suited to the position. Applications should be emailed to Professor Jeff Inman ( and Journalism Senator Jessica Spangler ( If you have questions regarding the positions, feel free to email as well.

Student copy editor needed for sport psychology journal

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) needs a student copy editor for Frontiers in Psychology of Sport, Exercise, and Performance. The copy editor will perform the following tasks:

  • Copy editing
  • Professional article formatting (with provided Adobe InDesign template)
  • Sending formatted articles to Drake Cowles Library
  • Social media promotion of published works via Twitter

AASP, through its Foundation, will cover the student copy editor scholarship funds for the length of this contract.  Student copy editors will receive $1,250 per one-year contract. The contract runs from September 2019-September 2020.

To apply for the position please send a resume and cover letter to by Friday, March 15.

Interested in supporting sexual assault victims?

VIP: Violence Intervention Partners on Drake’s campus is organizing Denim Day. On April 24, VIP is hoping to have Drake departments and organizations commit to collecting and displaying 37 pairs of jeans. This is a statement of support and solidarity with the 37 victims of sexual assault every hour.

The story behind this event began in the 1990s in Italy, after a sexual assault conviction was overturned due to the clothing the victim was wearing.  Find more information here:

Are enough members of SJMC interested in contributing jeans for this event? If you or your organization are interested, contact Dean Richardson ( by March 15.

SJMC’s commitment will include:

  • Collecting 37 pairs of jeans, clean and in good condition by April 24 (when they will be displayed). These will be donated after the event.
  • Putting up and taking down a display (up by 9 a.m. and down at 9 p.m.).
  • Each group will be given a designated location on campus.  Each location will include a sign explaining the display, a helpful tip to support survivors, and recognition of our department and you or your organization.

Harkin Institute offers free lunch, scholarships

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement is offering two opportunities for students.

The first is  Tuesday, March 12. The Harkin Institute will host a free lunch for students with Provost Sue Mattison. This hour-long lunch is an opportunity for students to meet with Provost Mattison in a small-group setting for an informal discussion about her career. Provost Mattison will also answer questions and provide advice to students about how to prepare themselves for what comes next after graduation. More details about the event are available here:

Second, the D.C. Experience Scholarship helps cover the cost of travel and housing for Drake University undergraduates interning in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity to help defray the cost of internships that often come with little or no pay. Since 2015, The Harkin Institute has given out eight scholarships to students interning on Capitol Hill, for federal agencies, news outlets, and nonprofits. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, March 15. Additional information is available here:

SJMC alum named Young Professional of Year

Danielle Rogers, JO’08, has been named the Des Moines Young Professional of the Year, in the community service category. Danielle is the community marketing manager for the city of Newton, Iowa.

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.