SJMC Monday Memo

Happy winter solstice! This is the last Monday Memo of 2020. We hope you enjoy peaceful and restful holidays, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in 2021!

The faculty and staff of the Drake SJMC

SJMC master’s program ranked best in Plains region, a website that provides a database of information about graduate programs, has recognized the Drake SJMC’s online Master’s of Communication as the top program in two categories:

First in Best Communication and Journalism Master’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region
First in Best Communication and Media Studies Master’s Degree Schools in Plains States Region

Tell your story #OnPaintedStreet

University Communications and Marketing is looking for students to take over OnPaintedStreet, the student-led Instagram account that documents the Drake student experience, for J Term and the spring semester. Find the application here:

RTNDF scholarships, fellowships open

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation invites journalism students to apply for RTNDF scholarships and professionals in the first 10 years of their careers to apply for fellowships. Click on the links for more information and to apply. Deadline for applications in March 1.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists offers career fest

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is offering a career fest on Saturday, Feb. 6, 10-11:30 a.m. PT. The event will provide advice on resume-writing and organizing your materials. Participants can also sign up for a one-on-one coaching session with a journalism professional in January. The event is free and open to all journalists and journalism students. NAHJ Los Angeles’ mission is to help all journalists of color up their game in 2021, but especially students preparing to graduate. To register, see 

Emmy award contest, scholarships open to entries

The 2021 Upper Midwest Emmy awards are now open for entries, with a deadline of Feb. 1. Categories include best newscast, news stories, non-fiction, music video, public affairs, public service announcements, commercials, sports and more. There are also categories for writers, photographers, editors, talent and graphics. Entries must have been produced for a class or school media platform during 2020. For more information, see

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter is also offering scholarships. The deadline for applications is also Feb. 1. For more information, see

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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: