SJMC Monday Memo

Welcome to Election Week, y’all! Let’s strap ourselves in for what may be a wild ride. Our SJMC community has proven itself open-hearted and open-minded; resilient under stress, and able to gracefully and thoughtfully handle difficult conversations. Please reach out to the dean’s office or our faculty if  you feel the need for guidance on how to navigate any issues that arise in the coming days.

Drake students win individual Pinnacle awards

Work by students for Drake Mag won individual awards at the recent College Media Association 2020 Pinnacle Awards. Drake winners were:

Best Portrait, Second Place: Alex Peralta Cornejo, Drake Magazine

Best Magazine Entertainment Spread, Second Place: Emma Kerr, Drake Magazine

Best Magazine Contents Page, Third Place: Katie Segler, Drake Magazine

Best Editorial Illustration, Honorable Mention: Katie Segler, Drake Magazine

SJMC professors Tirumala, Henry honored for research

Assistant professor Lakshmi Tirumala and professor Sandy Henry recently won top research paper at the Broadcast Education Association’s Virtual On-Location conference. Their paper, co-authored with Norman Youngblood of Auburn University, was entitled Autoplay, Captions, and Localization: Approaches to Local Television Online News Clip Advertisements.

The Times-Delphic is hiring

Looking to add an impressive line to your resume? The Times-Delphic is looking for a new advertising manager. This is a paid position. If you are interested, email editor-in-chief Rachel James and/or managing editor Taryn Ripple

Student HR Association hosting career development event

Drake’s Student HR Association has an upcoming event on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. about “Preparing for the Real World”. We have two talent acquisition specialists coming to talk about how to better prepare resumes, applications, and LinkedIn profiles. Questions? Contact

Calling all SJMC alums: Help inspire future Bulldogs

Please help the SJMC connect with admitted students by sharing your Drake experience and offering advice for their future careers. We hope you’ll consider hosting informal conversations or even portfolio critiques for this next generation of professionals. The Zoom link is Interested? Please contact SJMC associate dean for more information.

Drake to host Diversity Career Fair

Drake will host a career fair specifically for Drake’s diverse students who are interested in speaking with employers from multiple industries. The Virtual Diversity Career Fair will be Nov. 12, 3-6 p.m. CST. Whether you’re just starting to explore careers or looking for your next opportunity, this is a great chance to connect with companies that have specific diversity recruiting pipelines as well as companies that are seeking to increase their recruitment of diverse students. Not sure what we mean by “diverse students”? Check out

The Virtual Diversity Career Fair will be held on Handshake. You must register on Handshake to access the event.

We encourage you to engage with as many employers as you like during the event. You may do so by signing up for group or one-on-one sessions with employers. Sign up in advance to ensure you are able to speak with the maximum number of employers.


  • Register for the fair: You’ll need to register for the fair on Handshake and sign up for sessions.
  • Research: Research the companies attending ahead of time so that you can have productive conversations at the event.
  • Create and update your profile: Your Handshake profile will be your first impression on employers. Make sure you have spent time crafting your profile, so that it represents your skills and experience. School year, major and GPA, which can be found on your profile Work authorization status, which can be found on the Work Authorization page. You have the option to feature your resume/CV on your profile for public viewing by employers or to keep it private.
    • Group sessions will need the Community privacy option.
    • One-on-one sessions will need at least the Employers privacy option. (One employer representative and one student.)
    • Community privacy option covers both types of sessions.
  • Prepare your resume: It is always good practice to update your resume regularly. Include your updated resume on your Handshake account.
  • Familiarize yourself with Handshake and the event format.
  • Double check your technology in advance! You will need an internet connection, speakers and a microphone, and a supported device. Learn more about technical requirements for virtual fairs here. Use Firefox or Chrome – Internet Explorer is not a supported browser for this event. Twilio is the platform Handshake will use and provides a network test to test internet, audio, visual, etc: It only takes minutes to test to make sure you are good to go!

Registration closes when a session begins or reaches capacity. For more information or questions, contact Carlyn Crowe ( or Annette Watson (

J Term class focuses on the music business

Seats are still available in JMC 99 CRN 1841 “A Peek Behind the Curtain of the Music Business.” The course is an interdisciplinary study of the music industry, including music publishing, music promotion, music business ethics, emerging music business technologies, copyright law, and other subjects directly pertinent to understanding today’s music industry landscape. The course will include a practical look at the industry through the work of Station 1 Records, a local record label. The course includes daily guest speakers — executives from the leading companies in the music business like Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Kobalt Music Publishing and others. The class is taught by Tobi Parks, a musician and local music entrepreneur who formerly worked for Sony Music in New York.

Station 1 Records is a non-profit artist entrepreneurship program dedicated to the development and patronage of independent music artists. Station 1 provides a platform for artists and opportunities for students interested in working in the business to do hands-on work in recording, distribution, public relations, marketing, promotion, and tour support.

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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: