SJMC Monday Memo

Celebrate student press freedom this week

Student Press Freedom Day is an annual day of celebration founded by the Student Press Law Center to raise awareness about the importance of the First Amendment and student journalism. As part of the 2022 celebration on Thursday, Feb. 24, and in coordination with the theme “Unmute Yourself,” The Times-Delphic will hold a day of events to raise awareness of the importance of student press freedom while giving Drake students the opportunity to “unmute themselves” through interactive events. 

All day – Participate in a journalism-themed scavenger hunt to earn prizes! (Meredith Hall)
9-10:30 a.m. – Enjoy FREE donuts and learn about Student Press Freedom Day (Meredith)
Noon-2 p.m. – Celebrate your First Amendment rights by making your own buttons (Innovation Studio, Mer. 124C)
3-4:30 p.m. – Test your First Amendment knowledge and win candy with our trivia game in the Meredith lobby
6:30-8 p.m. – Attend our OPEN MIC NIGHT to hear poems, speeches and songs from your fellow Bulldogs, including special guest via Zoom, Mary Beth Tinker of the Tinker vs. Des Moines Supreme Court case. Sign up to perform at Open Mic Night here. (Sussman Theater)

Professor Adae to appear in national PR webinar

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Eric Kwame Adae, who will represent Drake SJMC on a panel this week at an Institute for Public Relations webinar. The topic is “Race in the PR Classroom: The Importance of Black History in PR’s History and Future.”

Professor Snider to teach Video Workshop

Ready to learn how to make compelling videos using the camera you always have with you? This one-day Video Workshop on March 11 will teach you the basics of shooting quality video as well as how to edit that video with your smartphone. Attendees will work in teams to shoot and edit at least two videos during the day-long workshop. We will use the free app Videoshop to edit videos. Sign up here.

Tell us about your internships

SJMC students are encouraged to complete the Professional and Career Development Services’ Spring 2022 internship survey at this link:

SJMC alum sponsors scholarship for female student leaders

Undergraduate women in campus leadership roles are invited to apply for the Deni Druehl Naumann Women’s Leadership Scholarship.

The scholarship was established by Deni Druehl Naumann, JO’78, and Michael Naumann to recognize undergraduate women at Drake who inspire, have passion and positively impact the lives of others around them. Applicants to this scholarship must exhibit a commitment to contribute their leadership skills and talents to Drake activities such as (but not limited to): the Adams Leadership Institute, the LEAD concentration, recognized campus student organizations, and/or University-sponsored activities, e.g. Panhellenic Council, Residence Life, and/or Student Senate.

The selected scholarship recipient will be awarded $2,000 to be disbursed during the 2022–23 academic year. The scholarship is not automatically renewed each year, but previous recipients are eligible to apply each year following their initial award. To apply for the scholarship, submit an application at the link below by March 1 at 11:59 p.m. Candidates will be notified of their selection status by April 1:

Broadcast Education Association opportunities

The Broadcast Education Association has announced new student programs to increase undergraduate and graduate student engagement and defray costs associated with attending the 2022 BEA convention, April 23-27 in Las Vegas. The BEA weekly newsletter contains information on the three new programs: the RAB Student Scholars program, the NAB Showfloor Influencer program and opportunities for student multimedia journalists to cover the convention.

USAID public service announcement contest

The 2022 PSA contest for disaster relief is offered by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI). The PSAid contest was developed to challenge college students to produce public service materials that creatively articulate why “Cash is Best” when helping people affected by international disasters. Cash contributions allow relief organizations to purchase exactly what is most urgently needed to help survivors and eliminates extra work and resources required to sort and store tangible goods which often do not address the immediate local needs.

This year’s contest categories are:

  • Static Image – An ad that can appear in a magazine, newspaper, or on a poster or sign. Can include a digital ad, social graphic or infographic.
  • Digital Image (GIF) – a short (10 seconds or less) animated image with no sound.
  • Video – must be exactly 15 or 30 seconds in length.

The due date for submissions is Monday, March 7 (12 p.m. ET), and the winners will be announced the week of April 18. More info is available on the website, including a one-pager with additional details.


Student media leadership positions: The Board of Student Communications is accepting applications for 2022-23 campus media leaders. The BSC oversees 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. In addition, the BSC is hiring its first 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 also must apply 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.

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.  

Volunteer opportunity with IRIS: Dip your toes into communications and disability services by volunteering to read the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil newspaper to Council Bluffs citizens through Drake’s IRIS program. The Iowa Radio Reading Information Service serves Iowans 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

Denver Post editor to discuss her career

Lee Ann Colacioppo, JO’86, editor of the Denver Post, will be featured in a virtual Q&A session 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 Colacioppo will discuss the big stories she has worked on, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Aurora theater shooting, and the current state and potential future of local journalism.

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