SJMC Monday Memo

SJMC student wins top national feature writing award

Allaire Nuss, JO’21, has won a national Pacemaker award for Feature Story of the Year. Nuss’ story, “The Light Side of the Moon,” appeared in the Winter 2021 edition of Drake Mag. It told about a soldier’s use of hallucinogens to battle PTSD. The annual National Student Press Association Pacemaker Awards recognize excellence in student media work and are considered the top honors in scholastic journalism. Nuss, a magazine media and writing double major, currently is a performance content writer for Meredith Corporation in Des Moines.

Learn how to land your dream internship

Come hear about unique intern experiences and how fellow Drake students made it to places like an influencer agency, a giant magazine corporation and Cartoon Network. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Meredith 106 for an interactive discussion that can help you make steps towards success. Sponsored by the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies.

Come to the T-D Writer’s Workshop 

Have an idea for a story but have yet to put it on the page? Stuck on what angle you should take? Struggling to find sources? Just need some general critiques?  The Times-Delphic is hosting a Writer’s Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in Meredith 102. Get feedback on your story from T-D editors and get to know other members of the Times-Delphic staff. Bring a hard copy of your article if possible and visit to sign up! 

Save the date for SJMC Days 2021

The annual SJMC Days celebration of our School and our professions will be Nov. 2-4. Themes are First Amendment Day, Professionalism Day and Networking Day. Events will include celebration of First Amendment values; job application preparation such as professional headshots and resume critiques, and “mocktails and mingling” with area professionals. There will be on-campus and online components. Details to come.

Sign up for annual Sussman Leadership Conference

Each year, the Sussman Leadership Conference brings together undergraduate student leaders from across Drake’s campus to share their experiences, exchange ideas and gain skills that can be applied to their personal lives, student leadership roles, academic projects and professional goals.

This year’s Sussman Conference, “Leading Back in Action,” will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Olmsted Center (Parents Hall). Conference registration, keynote speaker and buffet brunch are provided at no cost to students thanks to alumni giving to the Adams Leadership Institute.

Space is limited! Visit to reserve your seat by Oct. 31. 

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