Awards Update

Last week we announced the 2023 nominees for Outstanding Achievement in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Upper Midwest Foundation Student Production Awards. We regretfully omitted Kristen Arias and Hannah Gromen who were also producers of “Type A,” nominated in the Fiction category. Congratulations to Kristen Arias, Hannah Grommen, Miles Fritz, and Abby Schindel for their production “Type A.”

Sign up for SJMC Refresh May 10

Tickets are now available for our May 10 SJMC Refresh event.

Join Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication professors for a day of refreshing your skills, seeing what is new on and around campus, and networking with SJMC alumni and friends.

This event is open to the public (no need to be a Drake University grad).

Apply for The Harkin Institute’s D.C. Experience Scholarships

Applications for The Harkin Institute’s D.C. Experience Scholarships are now open! These awards are available to Drake University students with an internship for a non-profit organization, congressional office, or government agency in Washington D.C. The scholarship covers housing accommodations from May to August 2023, a non-refundable room deposit, and up to $500 in travel expenses.

The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship is open to undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.75 who have secured a summer internship in Washington D.C.

The Robert J. Waters and Patricia J. Beneke Endowed Washington, D.C. Experience Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students (including law students) with a minimum GPA of 3.25 and an internship in the areas outlined on The Harkin Institute website.

Questions? Contact

Q&A with legendary reporter and Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecturer, Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward has graciously agreed to do a Q&A with students, faculty, and staff from 4 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 in the Cowles Library Reading Room. Capacity is limited to 150 people for this event, so please contact Lindsay Gilbert at to register if you wish to attend.

Sign up for Short-Form Video for Business workshop April 12

In this one-day workshop, you will learn to create short-form videos on TikTok, Reels and Shorts from a creator with more than 7 million followers and a social media professor at Drake University.

Make 2023 the year you start taking short-form video seriously. TikTok has changed social media. It’s no longer about who can build the biggest following, but rather who can create the best content on a consistent basis.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how TikTok, Reels and Shorts work and leave with proven strategies to create great content (no dancing required).

The workshop is taught by Chris Snider and Brad Podray. Use the code DRAKE to save $50. Sign up here.

RTDNA Scholarships available

Scholarships are open to college students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Click here to learn more about eligibility. 

Application deadline: March 31. Apply here.

Mark your calendar: Teja Bell to present on April 12 at 7 p.m.

Teja Bell, a guitarist, New Age musician, and Zen master, will be the final speaker in a series of events that the SJMC is hosting to explore human inspiration and innovation. Bell graduated from North High, attended Drake, and teaches meditation for mental and physical health. He will be on campus Wednesday, April 12, with a public event at 7:00 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room sponsored by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Slay Fund for Social Justice, and The Comparison Project.

Mark your calendar: Bucksbaum Lecture to feature legendary Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward

Former investigative reporter for The Washington Post Bob Woodward will deliver the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. on April 4 at the Knapp Center.

Ambassador Branstad talks political communication, long-time public service

Terry E. Branstad, former U.S. ambassador to China and governor of Iowa, spoke to Intro to Strategic Political Communication students on Thursday, March 23. Branstad discussed political outreach and the impacts of social media on campaigning and political discourse. He signed and gifted students copies of his memoir “Iowa’s Record Setting Governor: The Terry Branstad Story.” Branstad is serving as ambassador-in-residence at Drake. He graduated from Drake University Law School in 1974.


Isabel Neibergall, friend of the SJMC, has died. Isabel is the widow of the late Des Moines Register photographer Larry Neibergall, for whom our Neibergall scholarship is named. That scholarship, the Larry E. and Isabel T. Neibergall Memorial Scholarship fund at Drake University, is listed among the suggested memorial donations. Condolences to the family and friends of Isabel.

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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: