2 free tickets available to dinner, talk by Pulitzer-winning author

Two free tickets have been donated to SJMC students for a dinner and talk tomorrow night (Tuesday, Oct. 1).  The Iowa Author Awards dinner will be held at the Iowa Events Center with a reception and silent auction from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and dinner and program 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The speaker is John Sandford, a New York Times best-selling author of 52 books and a Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism. He will be “in conversation” with Courtney Crowder, Iowa columnist for The Des Moines Register.

Interested? Contact Dean Kathleen Richardson (kathleen.richardson@drake.edu).

New York Times rep to be on campus Oct. 8

Megan Heckerman, the newsroom talent and inclusion partner at The New York Times, will be on campus to meet students and discuss internship and post-graduate opportunities at The Times. She will be speaking with three journalism classes on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 12:30-2:20 p.m. in Mer. 101. However, all interested students in any major are invited to stop in for the discussion.

Special events for SJMC grad students, alums

Des Moines-area SJMC graduate students and alums: Mark your calendars for two fun events! Join us for the Drake homecoming football game, Drake v. Valparaiso, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. Students get in free with their Drake ID. Or purchase tickets for $12 for adults and $6 for youths. We’ll sit together in Section U.

We’re also planning a happy hour at Juniper Moon on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 4:30-6 p.m.

Drake Mag online is looking for writers

Drake Mag online is looking for more writers to join the staff. If you’re interested in writing for an award-winning, student-produced publication, now’s your chance! Feel free to pitch your ideas or select from a pool of drafted story ideas. For more information, email the Online Executive Editor Cheyann Neades at: Cheyann.neades@drake.edu

Learn data journalism and visualization with free tools

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering a six-week online course where participants can “learn about an array of free tools that can help improve your work in data journalism and visualization.” The course runs from Oct. 14 to Nov. 24.

Centennial website devoted to SJMC history, alums

Did you know that one of the first leaders of journalism education at Drake was pollster George Gallup? Do you remember Bulldog Tales, the all-campus variety show that SJMC students organized for years? A new website has been created to showcase the distinguished history and alumni of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Check out https://drakesjmc100.com for information about Our People, Places and Student Organizations. Listen to several alums’ SJMC Stories and contribute your own! The site will be updated throughout the year with news, events, testimonials and information about our centennial party on April 25 during Drake Relays 2020.

Meredith Hall building hours

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

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