SJMC Monday Memo

Apply for Dotdash Meredith Apprenticeships

You can work for the largest magazine media company in America. The DotDash Meredith Apprenticeship Program allows ambitious journalists and graphic designers the opportunity to earn both academic credit and gain professional, portfolio-level work experience.   

Selected students commit to working 15-20 hours per week at DotDash Meredith both semesters of either their junior or senior year. Apprentices earn a minimum of $10 an hour as well as up to three credits per semester. In the 2022-23 academic year there will be seven editorial positions and three design positions. 

To apply either share a Google Drive link or send an email to containing a cover letter, resume and (if applicable) up to five work samples all contained in one PDF by 5 p.m. Friday, March 25. Interviews will be held Friday, April 8 between 8-10:30 a.m. For more information contact Professor Inman at the above email address.  

Micro Career Fair held this week 

Network with employers seeking interns and/or full-time candidates in a variety of industries. Six different employers each day will be in the Olmsted breezeway from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. There is no dress code for this event. Feel free to bring your resume and be ready to learn more about opportunities. No RSVP needed. The employers attending:

Monday, Feb. 14: BKD CPAs and Advisors, Cumulus Media, Flynn Wright, LS2 Group, Pella Corp., REM Iowa
Tuesday, Feb. 15: CO-OP Financial, Farm Bureau Financial, FoodCorps, Iowa Utilities Board, Uplift Delivery, Zirous
Wednesday, Feb. 16: College of St. Mary, DART, F&G, Freedom for Youth, Palmer Group, TalentBridge
Thursday, Feb. 17: ARAG North America, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, MidAmerican Energy, Renewable Energy Group, Senior Benefit Services, U of Iowa College of Law
Friday, Feb. 18: Balance Autism, 5th Judicial Dept. of Corrections, Four Oaks Family & Children, MRIGlobal, Optimae LifeServices, Respite Connection

2022-23 scholarship applications due this week

A variety of SJMC scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year are available. Applications are on the table outside Mer. 119 or you can obtain one by emailing administrative assistant Denise Ganpat ( Deadline for submission is Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Volunteer opportunity to serve blind Iowans

Grab a cup of coffee and the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil because Drake IRIS needs your help! Dip your toes into communications and disability services by volunteering to read the newspaper to a Council Bluffs citizen through Drake’s IRIS program. The Iowa Radio Reading Information Service serves our neighbors who experience blindness or print barriers. Volunteering is easy: Sign up for a 20-minute training session, then sign up for one of the daily reading slots. If you have questions or want to learn more, contact

Training Sign-Up *must complete prior to reading:

Reading Sign-Up Sheet:

Alumni notes

Crystal Everett, JO’10, has written a children’s book, “Mari and Mommy Move It!” Everett is the Real World Learning Coordinator for the Kansas City public schools. See an interview with her about her book here.

Lauren Kollauf, JO’13, has been named executive director of the Avenues of Ingersoll and Grand. She previously worked at Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, The Des Moines Register and CNN.

Fulbright Germany offers full scholarships to learn abroad

Fulbright Germany is offering its Berlin Capital Program for early-career American journalists and journalism students in September 2022. It affords an opportunity to delve into transatlantic issues, gain valuable cultural insights, expand professional networks and develop skills for better “translating” the news of Europe to a U.S. audience. Full scholarships are offered. Applications are welcome until March 21, 2022.

Drake Speaking Center opens

Drake University’s Speaking Center supports students, faculty and staff in efforts to develop and advance crucial oral communication skills. Students can book appointments to meet with a tutor for help in preparing, composing and delivering speeches and presentations — or even to get advice for initiating difficult conversations and participating in interactive discussions.

The Speaking Center will be holding appointments online through Blackboard and also in the tutoring space downstairs in Cowles Library. Tutoring appointments are available Monday-Wednesday in the afternoons and evenings.

Visit to schedule a personal meeting with a tutor. Please enter a note specifying whether you prefer a virtual or campus appointment. Virtual tutoring sessions are held on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra at the following link:

Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes each, and students are encouraged to schedule multiple times while preparing for a single event if they wish. Any questions or concerns should be directed to

Be a student media leader: Apply for 2022-23 positions

The Board of Student Communications is looking for next year’s media leaders. The BSC oversees Drake’s campus media: Drake Broadcasting System, Drake Magazine, Drake Political Review, DUiN, Periphery and The Times-Delphic. Students interested in serving as editor-in-chief of a BSC publication or president of DBS must apply for their desired position by March 11. To apply, send your resume and cover letter addressing your vision for the organization to Associate Professor Jeff Inman ( and SJMC Student Senator Madeleine Leigh ( Interviews will be held March 25.  

In addition, help the Board of Student Communications rethink advertising across student media. The BSC will be hiring its first BSC Ad Director for the 2022-23 academic year. This position will oversee the creation and execution of a plan to sell advertising across BSC publications that accept advertising. Students interested in the position must apply by March 11. To apply, send your resume and cover letter addressing your vision for the organization to Inman ( and Leigh ( Interviews will be held March 25. 

“Back to Class” with the Denver Post editor

The Drake alumni office is hosting a virtual “Back to Class” session featuring a Q&A with Lee Ann Colacioppo, JO’86, editor of the Denver Post ,on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Students and alums can sign up to attend the Teams event —,ZYmxFSidZkWXSgbZUhozIQ,G49VOMk2GE2GLAxH034L-g,VBHcKI103UOUYLPF_Hgf9w,JckT0NpPakS3KTrd6MDCGQ,FkuPEcjEf0yJzbRRocfi7w?mode=read&tenantId=6f028129-009c-4b33-b633-bbfc58bbd960

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