SJMC Monday Memo

Welcome to 2021. We hope that you all had some time to rest and recharge over winter break, and that you are as excited to see what the new year brings as we are!

The faculty and staff of the Drake SJMC

Jump into January!

Multiple departments around campus have put together a series of virtual events designed to develop, equip and connect students throughout the month. Events include leadership and social change workshops, mental health support groups and networking with alumni. Check out the co-curricular calendar for a complete listing:

Scholarships, case study competition meld media, public policy

The Washington Media Scholars Foundation offers scholarships and a strategic media plan case study competition. More information on the foundation and its programming can be found here:

IRTS Foundation offers summer fellowship

The IRTS Foundation supports access and education for diverse, aspiring young media professionals. University juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply for the foundation’s summer media industry fellowship program. The program provides paid internships, and will be held remotely in summer 2021. Applications are due Jan. 17. For more information and to apply, see

Journalism institute launches internship database

The Poynter Institute has created a database of paid journalism internships that students can search and on which news organizations can post jobs:

Save the date for February career conference

Drake Professional and Career Development Services is planning a daylong conference on Feb. 19. The program will include keynote speakers and breakout sessions to help you no matter where you are in your career journey. Stay tuned for more information.

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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