SJMC Monday Memo

Drake hosts first career conference this week

Drake University has created its first Career Conference with you in mind. And with SJMC alums ready to help enhance your career journey.

A positive impact of operating in a virtual environment is the ability to connect in new ways and with experts who in the past were unreachable. Drake has capitalized on this by creating our first Career Conference, which will be held virtually on Friday, Feb. 19. Register here.

Speakers will not only cover practical tips, but key in on topics that are beyond the obvious, such as how to increase the quality of our conversations by increasing the quality of our relationships, enabling you to have the impact you really want!

Five conference speakers are SJMC alums with varying and fascinating work in journalism and mass communication fields and beyond. Those alums include:

Elizabeth Grace Saunders, 2004 Magazine Media
Crystal Everett, 2010 Public Relations
Lindsay Ladd, 2013 Magazine Media
Alexis Davis, 2013 Public Relations and 2017 Master of Communication Leadership
Raquel Rivera, 2015 Public Relations

They will be sharing their stories and expertise and are sure to give you insight on what it takes to be flexible and fearless, whether you are a first year who is still considering your fields of study or a senior getting ready to enter the workforce.

After the career conference watch for SJMC’s Cool Jobs Series to kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. with Greg Swan, JO’03, Director of Digital, Social, PR and Innovation at Fallon Marketing and Advertising in Minneapolis.

Pitch story ideas to the Drake Political Review

Drake Political Review is accepting story ideas for its spring 2021 issue. An online form will be open through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 for students to pitch a story idea they’d like to write, and story assignments will go out the next day. Send any questions to (pitch/query) (sign up for email list)

Meet Drake’s business fraternities

Alpha Kappa Psi is the premier developer of principled business leaders. The co-ed professional business fraternity is open to all majors, minors and concentrations. It values brotherhood, service and professionalism and looks forward to growing its community. Come meet all four business fraternities on Monday, Feb. 15 from 7-9:30 p.m. on Zoom. The link is available on the Drake University CBPA Business Fraternities Facebook page. 

Deadline extended for broadcast news, sports contest

The Iowa Broadcast News Association has extended the deadline for submissions for its news and sports broadcast awards. Submissions are now due by Friday, Feb. 19 at midnight. There is a student category. See for information on how to compete.

Drake writing and speaking centers open for spring

The University’s writing and speaking centers are open for virtual business for the spring semester:

Writing Workshop: The online address for student sign-up is This site is also linked to the English website. The website itself will give students directions on how to proceed. Typically, an appointment is for one half hour. Students can sign up for more than one session. They may also request that a tutor keep a regular time slot available for them if they would like to come in each week.  Email Professor Jody Swilky with any questions or concerns (

Speaking Center: Students can book appointments online with a tutor for help in preparing, composing and delivering speeches and presentations. Visit to schedule a personal online meeting with a tutor. You will then be emailed a link for your Blackboard tutoring session. Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes each, and students are encouraged to schedule multiple times while preparing for a single event. Any questions or concerns should be directed to

Alumni news

Deidre DeJear, JO’13, a small business owner and community leader, has been appointed to the Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission.The commission will gather input from Iowans about new maps that will be drawn for legislative and Congressional districts later this year, based on updated information from the U.S. Census Bureau. DeJear in 2018 became the first African American nominated by a major political party for statewide office in Iowa. 

Scholarships for students of Greek heritage

The Alpha Omega Council of New England offers $5,000 non-renewable grants for graduate and undergraduate students of Greek-American heritage studying journalism and mass communication. Deadline for the Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarship is March 31. The application can be found on the council’s website.


Meredith Apprenticeships: You can work for the largest magazine media company in America. The Meredith Apprenticeship Program brings together ambitious journalists, graphic designers and data analysts to give them both academic credit and professional, portfolio-level work experience. Selected students commit to working 15-20 hours per week at Meredith Corporation both semesters of either their junior or senior year. Apprentices earn $10 an hour as well as academic credit. This year there will be six editorial positions, three design positions and one data analyst. To apply either share a Google Drive link or send an email to containing a cover letter, resume, and (if applicable) up to five work samples all contained in one PDF by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Interviews will be held Friday, March 12 between 9-11 a.m. For more info contact Professor Inman at the above email address.  

Meredith Hall hours for the spring

Meredith Hall is unlocked during the following hours when classes are in session:

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (card access 4:30-11 p.m.)
Saturday-Sunday: Card access only (8 a.m.-8 p.m.)

Students and employees can swipe into the building with a Drake ID when the building is locked from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please do not enter the buildings outside of these hours, as that time is used to sanitize and prepare the building for the following day. Students who need 24/7 access to swipe into the building should talk to their faculty member or adviser about how to obtain all-hours access. Podcast rooms should be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for IRIS reading. 

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