SJMC Monday Memo

Sending best wishes to all of our students for a happy and restful summer!

Adventures in remote learning

Longtime SJMC adjunct faculty member Lindsay Gilbert‘s beginning reporting and writing class was featured in the University’s series about being on the front lines in teaching and learning remotely:

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Meredith Scholars

The SJMC is pleased to announce the students who have been awarded the Meredith Corporation scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year:

Karyl Van Scholarship (student will work in the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies):
Alina Dorion

Meredith Scholars:
Madi Koetting
Cheyann Neades
Savanna Bous
Kaili Miller
Kate Franke
Emily Postlethwait
Sophia Lacy
Madison Willey

Open forum for current students on May 20

The SJMC dean’s office and faculty have been fielding questions from students regarding planning for the future and what the next academic year will look like. We’re all here to help you make the decisions that are right for you. And, if you’re available, we would love for you to join us for a video SJMC Conversation on Wednesday, May 20, 1-2 p.m. CDT to further plan for Fall 2020. We want to listen to your experiences and brainstorm ways we can work together no matter where we are. We are so proud of you, and we look forward to building the future with you.

Check your Drake email for a message from the dean’s office on May 11 for instructions on how to join the meeting. If you need help or have any questions, contact Dean Kathleen Richardson at

Federal grants available for COVID-19 expenses

Drake has announced that current students are eligible for up to $6,000 in emergency funding to defray expenses incurred because of the pandemic. According to the University’s announcement, “These grants can only be used for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses.”

The application can be found here:

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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.