SJMC Monday Memo

SJMC student places in national writing contest

A Times-Delphic story by sophomore Andrew Kennard placed in the top 20 of the national Hearst Awards investigative writing contest. Kennard, who is news editor of the Times-Delphic, placed 14th for his story on the history of Native American boarding schools in Iowa. Kennard was an intern for Native News Online last summer after his first year at Drake.

SJMC student scholarship and award winners recognized

For the past few weeks, we have been recognizing the SJMC students who have earned scholarships, awards or honors this spring.

Kappa Tau Alpha national journalism honor society: Recognizes students who rank in the top 10 percent of their classes —

Undergraduate: Corinne Beltrame, Kate Franke, Rebecca Clair, Sabina Idriz, Savanna Bous

Graduate: Tanner Bernhard, Lexi Brandon, Shelene Codner, Talya Culbertson, Kate Harper, Kent Hartwig, Danna Tabachnik

Top scholars in the undergraduate class of 2022Corinne Beltrame and Kate Franke (tied)

Public Relations Student of the Year — Corinne Beltrame

Strategic Political Communication Student of the Year — Kyle Tekautz

Master of Arts in Communication Student of the Year — Shelly Codner

Public Relations Alum of the Year — Ryan Johnson, strategic communications manager, Two Rivers Marketing

Strategic Political Communication Alum of the Year — Alyson Sorensen, University of Iowa College of Law

Fausch Awards for excellence in public relations research — Emily Dodds, Justine Drake, Allyssa Ley, Quinn Moore, Anna Niedermeier, Clark Sutfin, Liza Vinyon

Professor Stoldt wins international research award

Assistant professor of advertising Ryan Stoldt‘s Ph.D. dissertation was named the best in the International Communication Association’s Global Communication and Social Change competition. The judges said that Stoldt’s work is “highly relevant to the study of global communication” and applauded the “strength of the evidence, soundness of methodology and quality of writing.” The title of Stoldt’s dissertation was “Imagining the World: Personalization Algorithms and Global Media Flows on Netflix” (defended at The University of Iowa, 2021).

Retirement reception for Dean Richardson rescheduled

The rescheduled retirement reception for Dean Kathleen Richardson will be held Friday, May 20, 3-5 p.m. in the north lobby of Meredith Hall near the atrium.

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