SJMC scholarship applications due Wednesday

Numerous scholarships and awards are available to continuing SJMC students. Apply here. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. February 1, 2023.

Spring Activities Fair

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

Opportunities to Cover BEA and NAB Conferences in Las Vegas!

The application for BEA2023 Student MMJ’s is open. This is an amazing opportunity for you to work and network at BEA and NAB – and get some financial support for it. Students chosen to be part of the BEA2023 Student MMJ team receive press passes, have access to the NAB Show Newsroom, and receive convention registration, housing, round-trip airfare up to $500 to BEA2023, and a stipend for food and incidentals. Apply now. Application deadline 2/15/23

Interested in joining Drake Broadcasting System?

The first Drake Broadcasting System General Member Meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7:45 p.m. in DBS Lounge (located in East Meredith on 25th St). If you are interested in live studio shows, photography, podcasts, TikToks, film fests, and anything in digital content creation, then come see what DBS is about. If you have questions, you can reach out to DBS president Liz Hatch at   

Register for PR North conference and career fair 

Registration is open for PR North, a conference and career fair hosted by Minnesota PRSA. You’ll enjoy panel presentations, resume reviews, mock interviews, networking and a mini career fair at the Padilla headquarters in Minneapolis from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. Cost is $15 for PRSSA members and $20 for non-members. 

Apply for PRSA Iowa Scholarships 

PRSA Iowa scholarship applications are now open through February 26.

Student scholarship 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship 

$1,500 scholarship for a public relations or communications student that is part of an under-represented race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, culture, age, gender, gender identity in the public relations profession. PRSSA membership is not required.  Apply here.

Ferne Bonomi & Dr. Henry Milam Scholarship 

$1,500 scholarship for a current PRSSA member for use toward an undergraduate degree in public relations or communications. Apply here.

Awards timeline 
Open applications: January 16 
Close applications: Feb 26 
Select winners: March 1 – 15 
Announce winners: Early April, exact date TBD based on PRSA programming calendar. If timing isn’t ideal, will announce virtually and get checks distributed before spring semester wraps up and celebrate winners at the next program. 

Voyager Scholarship for Public Service

The Obama Foundation is accepting applications for their 2023 Voyager Scholarship for Public Service. Rising juniors are eligible to apply. Applications are due at 3:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, March 22. Apply here.

Resumé critiques on Thursday 

PCDS will be holding resumé critiques with professionals and PCDS staff next Thursday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Olmsted Center. SJMC students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information contact Timm Pilcher, assistant director, professional & career development services. 

BSC Town Hall

BSC is seeking input from students who currently contribute to BSC organizations about pay. If you currently contribute to a BSC organization, please attend a BSC Town Hall Monday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Harkin Institute auditorium.

SJMC Digital Media Workshops

Feb. 22 Des Moines Smartphone Video Workshop: Join Professor Snider in this one-day workshop to learn to shoot and edit video using your smartphone. Get more details and sign up here.

April 12 Learn to Create TikToks and Reels for Business: Snider will teach this workshop with Des Moines creator Brad Podray. Podray has more than 7 million followers on social media, and he will show you how to think like a creator to create viral content on short-form-video networks. Get more details and sign up here.

Student Spotlight: Grace Long

Congratulations to Grace Long for being named a Fulbright semi-finalist for the Vietnam English Teaching Assistant award (ETA). Being recommended as a Fulbright semi-finalist is a big achievement. It means Grace’s application succeeded in convincing the US-based selection committees that Grace is equipped for the challenges of completing her proposed project and representing the US abroad.  Now her application will be forwarded to the host country for the next level of decision-making. The final decision will be communicated between March and May.

Student Spotlight: Adelaide Kuehn

Adelaide Kuehn has been named the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy representative to the National Theatre. This award was given for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She will be going to Washington DC and be going against the other top recipients in the country for a spot to work with the New York Times for a week during the summer. 

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: