SJMC Monday Memo

The countdown to fall semester begins!

We can’t wait to meet our first-year SJMC students and greet our returning Bulldogs, both in person and virtually, in a few short weeks!

Wanted: Mentors for SJMC students, grads

Are you an SJMC alum who has always wanted to reconnect with your alma mater, talk to a Drake class or share your hard-earned insights with a recent grad? Virtual connection is easier than ever. Contact Dean Kathleen Richardson ( to find out how you can encourage and support the next generation of SJMC communication professionals.

Alumna Bannister’s book available Aug. 17

SJMC grad Megan Bannister’s book Iowa Supper Clubs will be available to purchase on Aug. 17. In Iowa, hundreds of supper clubs once dotted the state’s rural highways and byways, serving as havens for hungry travelers and community gathering places for small towns. Bannister also writes the travel blog Olio in Iowa.


Parking tags available: Campus parking tags are available for purchase through the parking registration link of MyDrake.

Journal seeks student copy editor: The Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research, a student-centered and peer-reviewed scientific journal, is continuing to seek applications for a student copy editor. A $1,250 scholarship will be awarded to the chosen candidate for their service term. Please submit questions and/or expressions of interest to: Stacy Gnacinski, Ph.D., Managing Editor, Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research,

Online student magazine seeks writers: College Magazine’s professional writing program is a four-month commitment that includes a seven-week intensive training where you’ll uncover your voice, interview dream sources and write meaningful articles that readers love. It’s a volunteer, intensive and challenging writing experience. Send your resume and writing sample to by August 17, 2020 by 6 p.m. EST with the subject line College Magazine Writer Application.

Professor Snider offers social media training: Do you know someone who runs social media for a small business or organization? Drake SJMC associate professor Chris Snider launched an online social media course to help professionals create better social media content.

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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.