SJMC Monday Memo

Apply for Drake Political Review staff

Drake Political Review is hiring staff editors for the 2020-21 school year. The deadline is Friday, May 1 by midnight. Any questions can be directed to Emilyn Crabbe, incoming editor-in-chief, at The link to the application and more information can be found here:

Reminder: Applications for 2020-21 Drake Magazine positions are now available here. Contact Cheyann Neades, 2020-21 editor-in-chief, at with any questions. The deadline is today, Monday, April 27 by 7 p.m.

Two career development events this week

Professional panel video conference:

Tonight (Monday, April 27) at 6 p.m. a panel of media and communications professionals will discuss what’s on the horizon for jobs and internships, how to prepare, how to apply, how to stand out, what to do when you get an internship and more.  Q&A included. All SJMC students invited to attend. The panel includes:

Tina Potthoff, Senior Vice President for Communications, Hy-Vee, Inc.
Allison Smith (JO’00), News Director, KCCI-TV
Raquel Rivera (JO’15), Human Resources Business Partner, Amazon
Suzanne Behnke, Editor,, and Executive Director, The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism

Join Zoom Meeting:

How to work effectively remotely:

Drake Professional and Career Development Services will host a virtual event featuring Drake CBPA alum Jill Sandberg who will present ways you can effectively work remotely.  The event will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. CDT.  Sandberg is the Director of HCM Services at Intecrowd, a completely virtual company (  She is responsible for leading the practice in developing new business and delivery excellence.  She also has over 25 years in senior level human resources experience in areas such as recruiting, operations and technology.  Click here to join the event.

Reminder: Drake’s Professional and Career Development Services office is pleased to offer a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for a job interview. Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.

Go to and click “Register.” Enter your school email address, name and password, and click “Create my Account.” Here is a short video if you need help with registration.

Public relations seniors create strategic plans for Al Exito

Congratulations to the Public Relations capstone class for creating and delivering comprehensive strategic plans for their community partner, Al Exito. The students partnered with the nonprofit organization to enhance their existing program and suggest new ideas to build the leadership potential of Latino/a youth through college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support and celebration of culture.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas journalism students featured

A weekend story on NPR focused on the senior year of the yearbook staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The students’ high school career has been disrupted not only by the coronavirus shutdown, but by a 2018 mass shooting at the school. The SJMC hosted some of these students and their adviser, Sarah Lerner, in February 2019 when they came to Iowa to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tinker v. Des Moines student free speech case.

Enjoy free Wall Street Journal access

Drake provides all its students, faculty and staff with complimentary access to The Wall Street Journal. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for your school-sponsored membership at

End-of-the year and commencement updates

Students will be able to move out of their residence halls from May 8-24. And if you are graduating this spring, submit your commencement photo or video by May 4. Details were in the most recent issue of OnCampus.

Drake hiring student ambassadors

Each year Drake Admissions hires eight to 10 student ambassadors join the team to represent Drake to prospective students.  The goal is to ensure the student ambassadors are exceptional in their role and, as a group, represent the Drake student body in its academic pursuits, campus engagements, diversity and home communities. All application materials including job description and application can be found at The deadline for submission is Friday, May 1.

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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, gender, 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.