SJMC Monday Memo

First Amendment trial being held at Drake

Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri is scheduled to go on trial starting today, Monday, March 8, at the Drake Legal Clinic. Her trial will be livestreamed at Sahouri was arrested last summer while covering the Black Lives Matter protests in Des Moines. Andrea’s alma mater, Columbia Journalism School, is organizing a social media campaign to draw attention to her case and to support her. Learn more about her case and how to support her at

Webinar helps with navigating virtual learning

Do you have trouble staying focused in the virtual environment? Do you want help staying engaged online? Could you use tips for being more organized? Drake’s office of Access and Success is offering a 45-minute webinar to help you have a great semester:

Tuesday, March 9, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 10, 4:30 p.m.

Drake launching micro-internship program

Drake University has a new partnership with Parker Dewey, a company that facilitates micro-internships with employers across the country. Micro-internships are short-term, professional, paid work experiences, many of which can be completed remotely. Micro-internships allow students to demonstrate their skills while working on professional projects with employers in a wide range of industries. These paid opportunities range from five to 40 hours of work, and students can be selected for multiple micro-internships. 

New micro-internship opportunities are being posted daily.  If you are interested, here’s how to get started:

Create an account at   

Fill out your profile as completely as possible. Students with complete profiles are more likely to be selected.

Upload your resume, a link to your LinkedIn profile and samples of your work.

The application process involves completing one or more short-answer questions.  These questions are the interview.  Answer each question thoroughly and be sure to check and fix spelling and grammar errors.

Review current micro-internship projects available.

Apply to projects of interest.

Continue to check the platform regularly for new opportunities.  The most successful students log into the platform frequently to see what is new and apply to projects that interest them.

Click here to watch this 7 minute video overview about how the Parker Dewey Micro-Internship platform works.  

If you have any questions, contact or Professional and Career Development Services.

Local publisher recognized as national leader

Business Publications, which publishes the Des Moines Business Record, dsm magazine and other digital and print publications, has been recognized by Editor & Publisher magazine as a top 10 media company that is “doing it right.” SJMC alum and National Advisory Council member Christine Riccelli, MA’97, is editor of dsm. Chairman Connie Wimer has been a member of the SJMC NAC, a visitor to SJMC classes and is a supporter of the School. And SJMC students Sarah Bogaards and Caitlin Clement have served as interns at the Business Record this year.

SJMC emeritus faculty member honored by ISU

SJMC emeritus faculty member Gary Wade was recently honored by Iowa State University upon his retirement after 42 years announcing ISU men’s basketball.

Alumni news

Randy Beamer, JO’81, discussed his broadcast career as he retires after 30 years as anchor and photojournalist at WOIA-TV in San Antonio, Texas.

Apply for Scripps Howard Internship Scholarship 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.”

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