Go play in traffic

“I tell people, just show up, get in the game, go play in traffic. Something good will come of it.” — Joseph Palmieri, vice chairman of First Data, as told to The New York Times

Alumni event in Denver this week

Denver area alums and parents are invited to attend a reception in Denver on Friday evening, Jan. 17. The event will be hosted by the Board of Trustees and President Marty Martin, and Drake administration and staff will be in attendance, including SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson. For more information and to RSVP, see https://alumni.drake.edu/denverreceptionbot

As part of the SJMC’s centennial celebration, we are encouraging alums to share their “SJMC Stories” https://drakesjmc100.com/sjmc-stories/ . If you would like to be involved with this project, email kathleen.richardson@drake.edu. Better yet, just shoot a video telling us about your memories of the Drake SJMC and send that our way. We’ll also accept written memories to post.

The SJMC centennial celebration will culminate in an alumni reception during Drake Relays weekend 2020: Saturday, April 25, 5-8 p.m. in Meredith Hall. Get your friends together and return to campus for a fun-filled evening.

Send your best wishes to Professor Evans

At the April party we will also be celebrating the “matriculation” of electronic media Professor Todd Evans after 36 years at Drake! Evans is getting off the full-time-job hamster wheel to spend more well-deserved time with his wife and daughter. Send your thoughts, tears, memories and best wishes for Todd to Dean Kathleen Richardson (kathleen.richardson@drake.edu) for compilation.

SJMC alums among Business Record’s ’40 Under 40′ most influential

SJMC graduates were among those recently featured as the “most influential” honorees of the past 20 years of Des Moines Business Record’s “40 Under 40” awards. Those recognized included Emily Abbas, JO’97, GR’09, chief marketing and communication officer for Bankers Trust; Deidre Dejear, JO’08, entrepreneur and political activist; Erin Kiernan, JO’96, WHO-TV anchor; Nikki Syverson, JO’03, communications consultant and former director of Capital Crossroads, and Tiffany Tauscheck, JO’01, chief strategy officer, the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

2011 grad recognized as top marketer

Yoni Solomon, JO’11, was recently named one of the world’s 50 most influential product marketers by the Product Marketing Alliance. Solomon is head of product marketing for G2, a Chicago startup, which was listed alongside such giants as Apple, Google, Facebook, Nintendo, Adobe and Samsung.

Drake partner in Chile offers summer programs

Universidad de los Andes, a Drake partner institution in Santiago, Chile, is offering three updated versions of its most popular summer programs. The programs focus on environmental, economic and social cooperation and challenges. For more information and to sign up, see https://www.uandes.cl/internacional/english-version/international-programs/ongoing-programs-2/. The David Wright Scholarship through Drake International supports study abroad  for SJMC students.

Last call: January opportunities and deadlines

Report for America — a philanthropically funded, nonprofit national initiative to improve community journalism — is looking for emerging journalists to be placed with local news organizations in paid one-year positions. Applications are open through Jan. 31, with selection this spring and RFA Corps jobs starting in summer 2020. For more information and to apply, see https://www.reportforamerica.org/application/

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmy) Awards are open to high school and college media students in the Upper Midwest Region, including Iowa. The deadline for entries is Jan. 31. CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR OFFICIAL STUDENT PRODUCTION AWARDS WEBPAGE WITH ENTRY LINKS.

Radio Television Digital News Association’s Student Murrow Awards are also open for entries. The deadline is Feb. 6 for early bird entries.Submit your best individual or team work in the categories of audio newscast, audio reporting, video newscast, video reporting or digital reporting. See https://awards.rtdna.org/?_zs=PHaDW&_zl=Xw3s1 for more information and to create an award entry account.

Radio Television Digital News Foundation offers a  and post-graduate . Applications will be accepted through Jan. 17.

Orientation leader 2020 information session is Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Olmsted TMR 132.

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.