SJMC Wednesday Memo | April 15, 2020

Congratulations to our scholarship and award winners!

We can’t celebrate on campus this spring, but we’d like to offer virtual applause all this week to the winners of the annual SJMC awards and scholarships. Each day, we will publish the names of the students who have been recognized for their academic achievements, hard work, skills and enthusiasm for the craft of communication.  Today we recognize:

Woodward Award for Public Affairs Reporting – Sarah Bogaards, Lorien MacEnulty, Shannon Rabotski
Established by gifts from SJMC alumni to honor Robert D. Woodward, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt distinguished professor of journalism, upon his retirement to recognize excellence in public affairs reporting

Meredith Apprentices (2019-20) – Editorial: JD Pelegrino, Emily Larson, Samantha Jones, Carson Reichardt, Caitlin Clement, Madi Koetting. Design: Nick Ellis, Katie Segler, Madison Kelly. Data Marketing: Julia Lanzel

Karyl Van Scholarship (2019-20) – Madison Kelly
Named after a longtime employee of the Meredith Corp. who devoted his working life to magazine publishing, the recipient of this award works in the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies

Meredith Corporation Scholars (2019-20) – Cheyann Neades, Madi Koetting, Ashley Flaws, Fatima Calderon Ceron, Kaili Miller, Emily Larson
These endowed scholarships support magazine majors in their studies

Patricia Prijatel Storyteller Award – Lorien MacEnulty
Named for a former SJMC director and founder of the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies, this award recognizes the student who best displays the ability to find, report, write, and publish stories that both inform and inspire

Alumni news

Tracy Baim, JO’84, has been named one of Chicago’s most powerful women by Chicago magazine. As the article says, “As a cofounder of Windy City Times, the veteran journalist has long been revered as a leading voice and tireless organizer in the city’s LGBTQ community. But when she took over as publisher of the [Chicago] Reader in late 2018, Baim added another designation to her public profile: the face of independent media in the city.”

Get paid to write for the T-D this spring

The Drake Times-Delphic  is still running online! Stories and campus updates can be found at The newspaper also needs writers! Writers will be paid $14.50 for each story contributed. If you are interested, please reach out to T-D editor Rachel James at

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