SJMC Monday Memo

SJMC networking initiative

The SJMC, in partnership with Drake Professional and Career Development Services, would like to facilitate connections between recent graduates and other alums who are job hunting, and alumni and professionals who are willing to provide feedback, advice, connections and networking. Let’s leverage the power of the Drake SJMC Nation! If you are an alum or SJMC friend who is interested in providing mentorship or a graduate who is job hunting, please contact SJMC Dean Kathleen Richardson ( to express your interest in being involved.

In addition: Job-hunting graduates, please provide input for our efforts. What sorts of support do you need? We want to focus our efforts on initiatives that you need and will use. Let us know how we can best be of help to you.

Media Now journalism camp moves online

This summer marks the fifth year that Drake SJMC has partnered with Media Now to host a summer camp for high school journalists and their advisers. Many of our current SJMC students are with us today because of the great experience they had in camp! This year, Media Now has moved online. As of last week, 225 students nationwide were signed up for the virtual experience. In addition, more than 700 people have viewed free “mini lessons” taught by Drake SJMC faculty!

Deadline extended for internship application

The IT Communications Assistant, in close consultation with the IT Communications Manager, will create communication plans using social media, print, the OnCampus e-newsletter, and other avenues to promote ITS services to their fellow students. They will also develop and execute the departmental student phishing quiz communications plan to educate students about the dangers of phishing and other online fraud. This internship position will provide a journalism or marketing student the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about technology
  • Collaborate with ITS staff
  • Develop communication plans
  • Work with organizational social media
  • Enhance their professional writing skills
  • Translate technical information for a broader audience

The IT Communications Assistant will also gain valuable knowledge working in a professional setting and will gain real-world experience applying the communication skills they learned in the classroom. The job will pay $9/hour and will be able to work 300 hours over the school year beginning in late August. Preference given to students in SJMC or Marketing majors who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Apply on Handshake by July 31.


Share your Drake story: University Communications and Marketing is still looking for students to contribute to its OnPaintedStreet Instagram account this summer. UCM seeks a diverse group of students to help share their Drake stories. And it would be a nice addition to your resume! The application can be found here:

Mentor a first-year: We are seeking current SJMC students to serve as mentors for our incoming students. We’ll assign small groups of a few incoming students and a few current students to help build community — and maybe even help someone meet their new “SJMC Besties”! Please email Associate Dean Kelly Bruhn ( if you’re interested.

SJMC summer classes: You can still register for these SJMC classes, which 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.

Have a news item for the Memo?

The SJMC Monday Memo (and other days of the week as needed) 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.