SJMC students earn top honors in major competitions

A Racial Justice PSA created by Dylan Deangelo, Abby King, McCade Gowdy and Aaron Khan-Gumm won Gold at the American Advertising Federation of Des Moines competition. They will advance to the District competition later this spring.

Amelia Sims and Kendall Hunt won a silver award in direct mail.

Lydia White, Kim Bates and Kendall Hunt won a gold award for their Food Share app and the best in show award in the student division. They also will advance to the District competition later this spring.

CJ Younger placed seventh in the Hearst Feature Writing Competition. There were 150 entries from 82 schools submitted in the first writing competition of the academic year. Read CJ’s winning story here.

Drake University SJMC recognized by Hearst Journalism Awards

Drake SJMC is tied for eighth place in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition of the National Hearst Journalism Awards. University placement is based on the highest accumulated student points in the first writing competition of the year.

Electronic music pioneer, Grammy Award winner to speak at Drake Wednesday, Feb. 22

Acclaimed Los Angeles session musician and composer Dr. Michael Lehmann Boddicker will explore the roots of human creativity in the age of artificial intelligence in a multimedia presentation at Drake University.

“The Nature of Creativity: An Evening With Electronic Music Pioneer Michael Lehmann Boddicker” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Sussman Theater of the Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Slay Fund for Social Justice.

SJMC student representatives needed: Orientation Leaders

Orientation leaders provide incoming students and their families with all the information and resources necessary to ensure their transition to Drake is a smooth and enjoyable one.

You will be compensated for your time and effort and gain valuable skills in this position. Learn more about the position. For questions, contact Marina Verlengia at Applications due today, February 20!

Apply for the Naumann Women’s Leadership Scholarship by March 10th

Drake women in student leadership are invited to apply for the Deni Druehl Naumann Women’s Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Deni Druehl (JO’78) and Michael Naumann in April 2014 to recognize undergraduate women at Drake University 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 residence life, the Adams Leadership Institute, the leadership minor, 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 2023-2024 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, please submit an application here by Friday, March 10th at 5pm:

Be prepared to submit the following information in the application form linked above:

  • Name, Primary Major, Drake GPA, and anticipated graduation term (i.e. Spring 2024)
  • Essay Questions:
  • 1. Describe your most meaningful leadership experience and/or role on campus as a leader at Drake. What, specifically, did you learn as a result of this experience?
  • 2. Describe a woman-identified student whose leadership has made a positive impact on your college experience at Drake University. What have you learned from her, and how will you apply it moving forward?
  • 3. How would this scholarship assist you in making a positive impact among other women in our Drake University campus community?

Applications are due by Friday, March 10th at 5:00pm. Candidates will be notified of their selection status by early April, with the selected recipient to receive funds in the next academic school year (funds will be dispersed at the beginning of fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters, respectively).

Questions? Contact Kristin Economos, senior director of the Adams Leadership Institute, at

BSC accepting applications for 2023-2024 

The Board of Student Communications is now accepting applications. Students interested in being the leader of the Times-Delphic, Drake Mag, DUiN, Drake Broadcasting System, Periphery or Drake Political Review should submit a resumé and cover letter in PDF format to and Contact with questions. The deadline to apply is March 10 at 4:59 p.m. 

ASME Next Edit Panel open to students and early-career editors

Join ASME NEXT, Tuesday, February 28, 5:30 – 7 p.m. CT, for a panel on what hiring editors are looking for on edit tests—the do’s, the don’ts, and the best practices for print and digital. Commonly asked edit-test questions will be provided.

Use the promo code NEXTEDU when registering to attend at the ASME-member rate of $15. Register here. Details at

Next SJMC digital media workshop on 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

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) visiting Drake

Scott will visit Drake on Wednesday, February 22, at 2:00pm in the Cowles Library Reading Room. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Doors open at 1:30pm.  If you would like to attend, click here to register.  

SJMC Trivia 

Ryan Stoldt is the SJMC faculty member who is part of a Department of Defense grant researching the relationship between personalization algorithms and sociopolitical radicalization. Of those readers who submitted the correct answer, Lily Wasserman won the drawing for an SJMC prize. Lily, please stop by the 25th Street front desk to pick it up. 

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