SJMC Monday Memo

Drake finishes in top 10 in Hearst writing contest

Drake finished seventh in the 2020-21 national Hearst Intercollegiate Writing Contest. The contest is a series of five writing competitions, and work by three Drake students was recognized. Drake was by far the smallest program to place in the top tier. The top 10 point earners in order were: Syracuse University, Indiana University, Arizona State University, University of Florida, University of Oklahoma, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Drake University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Brigham Young University and Pennsylvania State University.

Drake SJMC professor’s paper wins global equity award

Dr. Eric Kwame Adae and a colleague from the University of Oregon won the Doug Newsom Award for Global Ethics and Diversity in the public relations division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. Adae and Dr. Donnalyn Pompper will present their paper, “Public Relations and Sustainability across the African Continent: Using Afro-Centric Philosophies to Remember What’s Been ‘Forgotten or Lost’,” at the AEJMC virtual conference in August.

Alumni news

Ethan Turner, JO’16, has launched a new Phoenix-based business called Maison Ethan Turner. His Moi Fragrances provides luxury bespoke fragrances on subscription. Ethan studied electronic media, writing and entrepreneurship at Drake.

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