SJMC offices reopening

Welcome back for the spring semester. The “Meredith East” SJMC faculty and staff offices at 1213 25th Street are open again on weekdays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sidewalk closed

The sidewalk along the east side of 25th Street will be closed just south of Carpenter Avenue while the building that formerly housed Drake Public Safety is torn down.

SJMC Students Win ADDY Awards

Drake SJMC students have again won ADDY Awards in the American Advertising Federation of Des Moines ADDY Award Competition!

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Kendall Hunt, Lydia White, and Kim Bates for their Food Share App
  • Kendall Hunt, and Amelia Sims for their Blank Park Zoo Interactive Mailer
  • Aaron Khan-Gumm, McCade Gowdy, Abby King, and Dylan DeAngelo for Real-life Advocacy
  • Kaili JiMei for Magazine Design
  • Grace Long for Portrait from a Magazine Story

The awards will be presented at the ADDY Awards Banquet on February 18. Until then, these talented students will have to remain in suspense about whether they won a Silver ADDY or a Gold ADDY.

Any Gold ADDY entries will automatically be forwarded to the next level of the National ADDY Competition—the AAF District Competition—later this spring.

Even MORE Student Awards: Iowa College Media Association

Congratulations to the following students for their Iowa College Media Association wins:

  • Sarah Jamil
  • Sam Rothbardt
  • Anna Amos
  • Candace Carr
  • Meghan Holloran
  • Rachel Jalloway
  • Grace Altenhofen

The awards will be presented at the Iowa College Media Association awards ceremony on February 2. Like the ADDY awards, honorees will find out at the ceremony their specific honors, ranging from honorable mention to first place.

Spring Activities Fair

The Spring Activities Fair will be hosted from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on February 1st.

Spring and summer opportunities

Spring and summer opportunities are available; see details below. If you are in the internship search process, Timm Pilcher, assistant director, professional & career development services, can help guide you.

Scripps Howard Journalism Internships with the Institute for Nonprofit News

Nine newsrooms across the country are seeking interns for 10- and 20-week paid positions. Internships pay a minimum of $15 per hour and feature weekly training sessions with fellow interns and one-on-one coaching from newsroom leaders. Applications due February 20, 2023. Apply here.

Legislative internship

The Iowa Health Care Association, a non-profit trade association for post-acute care providers, is looking for a Spring paid legislative intern. This position includes bill tracking, grassroots campaign outreach, online advocacy, and data entry. Pay is $15 per hour for approximately 15 hours per week, with the potential for summer work. The person who fills this position will have the opportunity to participate in strategic policy work with an organization that has a strong lobbying/advocacy presence at the Iowa Capitol. (Contact

Community journalism internships

Summer 2023 PAID community journalism internships for university students

  • 40 hours per week @ $12 per hour for 8 weeks
  • Hands-on experience in a variety of newspaper jobs
  • See your work in print on a weekly basis
  • Learn from experienced practitioners
  • Get to know a different part of the country
  • Leave with a rich portfolio of stories and experiences

Internships available at:
The Woodstock Independent, Woodstock, Illinois
Bourbon County Citizen, Paris, Kentucky
Reporter & Farmer, Webster, South Dakota
Monroe County Herald, Sparta, Wisconsin

See for details. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2023

Iowa Broadcasters Association Virtual Job Fair

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., February 13-17

Available positions include news, promotions, advertising sales, and more.

Student short film entries for Arts Festival

The Des Moines Arts Festival® takes place June 23-25, 2023 in Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines. A component of the festival is the annual Interrobang Film Festival for both cinema enthusiasts as well as curious festival guests. Over the three days, films are shown from around the globe, including student shorts.
Students films can be submitted on Film Freeway – learn more about the program on our website.
 February 12, 2023: Regular Deadline
 March 12, 2023: Late Deadline
 April 2, 2023: Extended AND Final Deadline
 May 12, 2023: Notification Date
Along with in-person film screenings, the festival also will be hosting 2-3 film panel discussions/workshops for the 2023 Interrobang program. Please contact Daphne Dickens at or at 515-416-6104 with questions.

SJMC scholarship applications available

Numerous scholarships and awards are available to continuing SJMC students. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic are now open and available here. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. February 1, 2023.

Have a news item for the Memo?

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 SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider ( SJMC alums and other professionals can also subscribe to the Monday Memo via email here: