SJMC Monday Memo

Professor Staub nominated for Teacher of Year

Congratulations to associate professor Catherine Staub, who has been nominated for the annual Levitt Teacher of the Year award. Staub is the Fisher-Stelter Chair of Magazine Journalism and runs the E.T. Center for Magazine Journalism. She teaches undergraduate magazine media and SJMC core classes, and also in the Master of Arts in Communication program.

DMP senior chosen for radio-TV future leader series

Digital Media Production senior Bailey Coronis was chosen to participate in the highly selective International Radio and Television Society Fellowship Program! Unfortunately, the fellowship program was canceled this summer because of the pandemic. Instead, Bailey will be a member of the inaugural IRTS Future Media Leader Accelerator Series​, which will include two virtual sessions every week with media executives and one-on-one mentoring. Students who complete the program receive a spotlight on the IRTS website, a certificate, future mentoring, networking and guidance, and will be named a 2020 IRTS Future Media Industry All Star.

Bailey is also working with the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau as a video production intern.

Interested in working in Chicago?

Four members of Drake’s regional alumni board in Chicago have volunteered to share tips on living, working, and networking in the Chicagoland area. “Living, Working, and Networking in Chicago” will be held Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 pm CDT.

Panelists include:

Aaron Brunello, BN’02, Manager, Category and Shopper Analytics, Tyson Foods

Laurel Rundle, JO’91, Founder and CEO, Aha! Marketing

Seejo Valacheril, BN’12, Client Account Executive, Morningstar, Inc.

Courtney Fishman, JO’16, Senior Strategist, Ogilvy

Click here to submit questions for the panel.

Click  here to join the event.

Keep up to date with career development events and job-hunting tips through the Drake SJMC Careers and Internship Group. Drake Professional and Career Development Services offers resources here:

K.C. ad groups hosting career webinar

American Advertising Federation Kansas City (AAF-KC) and Ad 2 KC are partnering to host “Career Advice During COVID,” a webinar for soon-to-be and recently graduated students, on Thursday, June 4 at 5 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to ask AAF-KC partner recruiters questions in a live Q&A-style discussion. They’ll cover tips on networking to nailing the job interview, and everything in between.

Admission is free, but spots are limited, so early registration is encouraged. You can register here: Career Advice During COVID-19.

SJMC summer classes still available

You can still register for these SJMC classes; they run July 6-24:
JMC 41 Financial Fundamentals for Communication Professionals (1 credit) Required SJMC course, CRN 9325
JMC 76 Advertising Principles (3 credits) Critical Thinking AOI, CRN 7440

1984 alum launches effort to save Chicago media

Tracy Baim, JO’84, was recently profiled in an article in Chicago’s Newcity magazine. Baim is a longtime Chicago journalist and LGBTQ activist, publisher of Windy City Times and Chicago Reader, filmmaker and book author. She is also organizing an effort to save Chicago’s independent media.

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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