DotDash Meredith Apprentices Announced

The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communications is proud to announce the 2023-2024 DotDash Meredith Apprentices.  

  • Madeline Cisneros, Entertainment Weekly
  • Sarah Jamil, Commerce Team 
  • Lia Reichmann, Midwest Living  
  • Cassandra Schoene, The Spruce  
  • Tori Soliz, AllRecipes  
  • Mackenzie Swenson, Southern Living  

DDM Apprentices are imbedded with a team for a full academic year, working and learning alongside seasoned writers, editors, and designers. They get hands-on experience ideating and creating for the largest digital and print publisher in the country, resulting in nationally distributed portfolio-level work.

Congratulations Associate Professor Lakshmi Tirumala

Drake’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to approve Lakshmi for tenure and promotion to associate professor, recognizing his hard work and passion as an educator and researcher; his service to the school, university, and industry; and his essential role in our SJMC family.

Multiple openings for entry-level reporters

Check out the details here:

Volunteers needed to assist with Latinos in Action:

The School of Education is co-sponsoring a student leadership conference for middle and high school students on Friday, May 12 with the national organization Latinos in Action. LIA’s mission is to empower Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness. The conference will include an inspiring keynote speaker, informative workshops, cultural performances, and student competition awards. We welcome Drake faculty, staff, and student volunteers. Please click here to sign up.

Drake Mag looking for 2023-24 staffers

Nate Eisenmann is looking for staffers for next year’s Drake Mag team. You can check out the requirements here. Email your application to Questions? Contact Nate.

Tuesday, May 2: DBS 48-Hour Film Fest

DBS will be screening this spring’s 48-Hour Film Fest entries on May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Sussman Theater.

Prof. Jolliffe’s Retirement Celebration: Mark your calendars

Please stop Collier-Scripps room 308 on Wednesday, May 10 between 3:15 – 5:30 p.m. to honor and celebrate Prof. Jolliffe. See you there!

Immediate work opportunity in the SJMC Dean’s office

The SJMC Dean’s office has an immediate need for student workers to assist with scanning and organizing files and packing items for our move back to Meredith Hall. Days and hours are flexible with the possibility of additional summer hours in May.

Interested students should send an email of interest to Mallory Quinn (

SJMC Seniors: Mark your calendars for the SJMC Senior Send-Off Celebration

Seniors: After you stop by Prof. Jolliffe’s retirement celebration, please join us at the Iowa Taproom (215 East 3rd St., Suite 100, DSM 50309) between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. No program or agenda—just a chance to celebrate our seniors during finals week. Hope to see you there!

SJMC Student Spotlight: Ethan Williams

SJMC sophomore Ethan Williams will be interning this summer in Congresswoman Ashley Hinson’s Washington D.C. office. Hinson represents Ethan’s hometown of Cedar Rapids in Congress, and he’s excited to help represent his fellow Iowans on Capitol Hill. Congratulations and best of luck to you, Ethan!

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