SJMC Monday Memo

International students hosting market this week

The international students association is sponsoring an international market with food on Helmick Commons on Saturday, April 3 at 6 p.m.

Record your stories for All In

Be on the lookout for Drake’s All-In event, happening April 8-9:  During this 24-hour campaign for Drake we will have two alumni challenge matches for SJMC. Suzanne BeDell, JO’ 81, will be matching all gifts to our Meredith Hall renovation up to $5,000.  And Lynn and Phyllis Matson, JO ’69, LA ’69, will be matching all gifts to our SJMC annual fund up to $2,500.

The theme this year is “All In for Each Other” and the University is seeking stories to recognize “moments of triumph, perseverance, kindness, transformation, and strength that you’ve seen in other Bulldogs” that will be used in a video to promote All In among alumni and other donors. To record your short story about a fellow student or Drake staff or faculty member, see

Drake law symposium examines constitutional interpretation

The Drake Law School’s 2021 constitutional law symposium focuses on “Re-examining Pragmatism in Constitutional Interpretation” on Saturday, April 17, 8:40 a.m.-noon, via Zoom. The program includes presentations by professors from University of North Carolina at Asheville; University of California, Berkeley; Boston University, and Drake Law School. Topics include a pluralistic society, abortion, the presidency and feminism. Register at

Lehigh University seeks help with visualization study

Lehigh University’s Laboratory for Design, Algorithms, and Society (DAS Lab) is looking for volunteers to participate in a research project. You will get the chance to use some novel data driven visualizations. They want to see how useful these visualizations are in helping you identify journalistically interesting stories out of data and models.

Individuals who choose to participate in this study will be asked to respond to a quick (under 5 minutes) pre-survey.  Then, they will be asked to participate in a Zoom interview with one of the researchers in which you would work through questions about a provided data visualization.  This Zoom interview should not take more than 45 minutes.

You will be compensated for your participation in the Zoom interview portion of this study.  This compensation will take the form of a $15 Amazon gift card.

To be eligible for this study, you must be (a) at least 18 years old, (b) currently live in the United States, and (c) have declared a Journalism or Communications major.

If you are interested in participating, a link to the pre-survey is here:

If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to reach out to Nick Owens ( ) or Professor Eric P. S. Baumer at

Reminders . . .

Pathways for Civic Action and Social Change: The Community Engaged Learning Office has partnered with Stanford University’s working group, Pathways for Civic Action and Social Change. This is a great way for Drake students to find their path toward creating social change, discover community organizations, and learn about community engagement. 

1) Take the Pathways survey here.  Save your results!
2) Reach out to a Community Engagement Peer to book a one-on-one Pathways session here.   

Additionally, Drake is celebrating Civic Action Week from April 5-10. There will be several events in-person and virtual to participate in. Find out more here.  

Professor Snider teaching two new workshops for community

Drake SJMC associate professor Chris Snider will be teaching two workshops for members of the community in late-March and April. He will teach a two-week Virtual Social Media Workshop starting March 30. This workshop will meet for 90 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Snider will teach a three-week Virtual Smartphone Video Workshop starting April 13. This workshop will meet for 90 minutes on Tuesdays with homework in-between.

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