SJMC Monday Memo

Free tickets available for Nikole Hannah-Jones program

The Des Moines Public Library Foundation is offering Drake SJMC a free table for its annual fundraising event, the Iowa Author Awards Dinner. The guest speaker is Nikole Hannah-Jones, the former New York Times reporter who created the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The 1619 Project.” 

The dinner is Monday, Nov. 22, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown. Students who would like to attend should contact Dean Kathleen Richardson at to reserve a seat and choose a meal option. Transportation to the event can be arranged. Deadline for RSVPing is Nov. 1.

SJMC event-planning “micro internship” available this month

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is seeking a short-term “micro-intern” to plan, coordinate and execute our annual SJMC Days Nov. 2-4, 2021. The intern will think creatively to execute events, including a First Amendment celebration, a day of professional development and a day of networking. The intern will create materials for print and social media to promote events to all SJMC students. The intern should have design, photography, strong communications, organization and social media skills. Apply here:

Additional True Blue Skills Micro-Internships can be found on Handshake by connecting to Drake University On-Campus Employment and searching for TBS Micro-Internship .

Celebrate reaccreditation of Drake PR program

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Nov. 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. as PR leaders from around the globe gather in real time to honor the 2020 and 2021 Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) recipients, including the Drake University PR program! The SJMC community will meet in Mer. 124C for pizza and celebration. Drake will be featured at approximately 12:25 p.m., and we’d love to have a large crowd of students participate in the awards ceremony. Please join us to celebrate Drake’s recognition as one of the top PR programs in the world!

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The SJMC Monday Memo (and other days of the week as needed) is a newsletter to keep members of the wider SJMC community updated on School news, achievements, events and opportunities. If you have an item for the Memo, please send it to Dean Kathleen Richardson ( or SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider ( SJMC alums and other professionals can also subscribe to the Monday Memo via email here: