SJMC Monday Memo

SJMC students win leadership awards

Congratulations to all of the SJMC students who were recognized last week in the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute’s annual awards. Among the honorees:

Outstanding First Year Student Leader: Annie Peterson, magazine media
Outstanding Sophomore Student Leader: Becca Clair, public relations
Outstanding Junior Student Leader: Kasey Springsteen, strategic political communication
Outstanding Residence Hall Leader: Sophie Christensen, strategic political communication and public relations

SJMC merchandise market open until May 17

The SJMC’s 100th birthday celebration was postponed, but one centennial project has launched: SJMC merch! SJMC- and centennial-branded clothing, mugs, beer glasses and journalism-themed notebooks are available for purchase at until May 17. The project was conceived, designed and executed by SJMC students and members of the SJMC National Advisory Council to celebrate the School. The T-shirts for sale are fundraisers for the Times-Delphic and Drake PRSSA.

Centennial website refreshed to honor the Class of 2020

The SJMC centennial website has been refreshed with new alumni testimonials and a special section featuring our seniors. Check out the celebration of our SJMC stories at! If you are a senior and haven’t submitted your SJMC story yet, contact professor Chris Snider at

Apply for a Fulbright Scholarship

Drake is a national leader in producing students who receive post-graduate Fulbright Scholarships, and SJMC students have been Fulbright scholars for five of the past six years! The scholarships are open to graduating seniors and recent graduates; applications are due in September. Contact professor Eleanor Zeff for more information.

New career development resource launched

Drake Professional and Career Development Services has created a web page that includes resources for students, as well as upcoming and archived virtual career events:

SJMC students respond to community need, find internships

Five SJMC students and one CBPA student have been selected as interns by local nonprofit EMBARC to assist in gathering and disseminating news to the organization’s constituents across the state this summer, a need that grew immensely and quickly due to the coronavirus pandemic. Based in Des Moines, EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center) serves refugees from many countries (most of whom are not fluent in English) through empowerment programs, some of which help in training for and securing employment. Many of their constituents are employed in meatpacking plants across the state.

The students will assist in writing daily news scripts in English and editing video, which is then translated into 10 different languages before being disseminated. They will also assist in developing strategy for EMBARC to raise awareness of the organization’s mission across Iowa.

Student interns are Katelyn Farebrother, Sophie Strong, Alondra Carrillo, Juan Louis, Marie Nalan and Louis Luong. They had their first orientation to EMBARC last week and will officially start the week after finals.

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The SJMC Monday Memo is a 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 subscribe to the Monday Memo via email here:

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.