SJMC Monday Memo

Scripps Howard Internship Scholarship available for summer 2021

The Drake SJMC has been chosen as a partner institution for the Scripps Howard Foundation summer journalism internship program, joining about 20 other universities around the country. The foundation seeks to help students obtain real-life industry experience, and is especially interested in helping to diversify the journalism field. As a Scripps Howard partner, Drake SJMC will receive $3,500 to support a student who has an internship in summer 2021. The Scripps Howard Scholar will receive $3,000 to help with living expenses and, upon successful completion of the internship, a $500 grant. Scholarship requirements are:

  • Applicants must have obtained an acceptable internship for summer 2021, OR the SJMC will help them find an internship.
  • The internship must be journalism-oriented, but can be print, digital, multimedia, broadcast, social media or entrepreneurial.
  • The internship must be at least 35 hours/week for 10 weeks.
  • The scholarship grant will be considered taxable income and the student must pay any applicable taxes.
  • If the internship is not completed, the student must return all or a portion of the grant.
  • The Scripps Howard summer journalism internship program is open to both returning students and graduating seniors who obtain post-graduate internships.

Students who are interested in applying for the summer 2021 scholarship should email your current resume and a Word document with the following information to SJMC administrative assistant Denise Ganpat ( by Friday, March 19.

  • Your name
  • Your year, major and adviser
  • Whether you already have an internship for summer 2021 (if so, where that internship is and what the position entails) OR whether you will need help finding an internship
  • A statement that explains how choosing you as the Scripps Howard Scholar will help advance the goal of increasing diversity in the field of journalism. The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s diversity and inclusion mission statement reads:

“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, 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.”

SJMC Cool Jobs series continues

The Be Unstoppable Cool Jobs Series continues this week with:

Martha Carrigan of Big Shoes Midwest
Monday, March 1 at 6 p.m. CST

As CEO of Big Shoes Network, Martha Carrigan constantly has her focus on the job market for marketing communications positions in the Midwest.  Martha will share her insight on which companies are hiring, starting salaries, what employers are looking for and how to make yourself stand out.

She will have advice for seniors entering the job market, students looking for internships and anyone curious about the current job market.

Register and find the Zoom link on Handshake

Samantha Thorpe, JO’95, of Shriver House Media and former editor at Meredith
Wednesday, March 3 at 4 p.m. 

Samantha is an experienced magazine editor with a focus on interior design and landscape design. She was Senior Editor at Better Homes and Gardens before starting her own freelance business as a writer. 

Samantha will offer insight on a day in the life of a Meredith editor, as well as advice on freelancing.

Register and find the Zoom link on Handshake

Mark your calendar for these Cool Jobs 2021 presentations:

March 8 at 5 p.m. Nicole Trembley, JO’97, of FleishmanHillard, Kansas City
March 11 at 4 p.m. Matt Vasilogambros, JO’11, Stateline news service and former White House correspondent 
March 15 at 5 p.m. Danny Akright, JO’10, of Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

SJMC alumni named to 40 Under 40

Two SJMC alums have been named to the Des Moines Business Record’s annual 40 Under 40 recognition:

Alexis Davis, JO’13, MCL ’17, communications project manager, United Way of Central Iowa and managing director, Pyramid Theatre Company
Goizane Esain Mullin, JO’11, partner, creative strategy, RBI Marketing

The 40 Under 40 honorees will be recognized in the March 20 edition of the Business Record.

SJMC online student moderates candidate forum

Tony King, who is among the students from around the country enrolled in SJMC’s new online BAJMC program, recently was chosen to moderate a congressional candidates forum in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tony has built a career in broadcasting and as an actor and comedian.

Join professors in the Meredith Hall Innovation Studio

Join professors Chris Porter and Chris Snider for Innovation Hours in the Innovation Studio (Mer. 124C) every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up here!

Porter and Snider will show you how to use the studio gear, including 3D printer, Carvey wood/tile carving machine, button maker, sticker maker and heat-press T-shirt maker. Sign up alone or in pairs to help with social distancing.


The Board of Student Communications is looking for next year’s media leaders. The BSC oversees Drake’s campus media: Drake Broadcasting System, Drake Magazine,, Drake Political ReviewDUiNPeriphery and The Times-Delphic. Students interested in serving as editor-in-chief of a BSC publication or president of DBS must apply for their desired position by March 12. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Professor Jeff Inman ( and SJMC Student Senator Carson S.J. Reichardt ( Interviews will be held Friday, March 26.   

And finally . . .

How has the pandemic shaped who we are . . . and who we will be? This question was addressed by bioethicist Jacob Appel in an NPR interview this weekend. Appel ponders how other society-shifting world events — the 1918 flu, the Great Depression, World War II — affected the generations that lived through them. Will we become more altruistic — or more tribal? Let’s decide.

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