Thank you to everyone who joined us for the SJMC Relays Reunion on Saturday night. See more photos on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Jill Van Wyke retirement gift

Many on-campus colleagues weren’t able to make it to Jill Van Wyke’s retirement party during Relays this weekend to sign her going-away gift — a print of Meredith Hall. We’ll display her gift in the SJMC Dean’s Office (MER 118) for folks to sign over the next two weeks.

Message to SJMC seniors

Seniors – schedule your exit interview with Associate Dean Kelly Bruhn, pick up your SJMC coffee mug in Meredith 118 and complete this form to be featured on SJMC social channels as we approach graduation. 

Library of Congress visitor

Nicole Saylor from the Library of Congress will visit the Drake SJMC on May 1. The event is in Meredith 106 from 4-5 p.m.

Students win SPJ awards

Society for Professional Journalists Region 7 announced student award winners.

Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: Provost says eliminating programs and faculty positions is ‘unavoidable’ — by Andrew Kennard, Times-Delphic, Drake University

General News Reporting (Small)
Winner: President Martin explains higher pay during year of faculty salary cuts — by Lia Reichmann, Mackenzie Swenson, Andrew Kennard, Times-Delphic, Drake University

In-Depth Reporting (Small)
Winner: The anti-suburbia — by McCade Gowdy, Urban Plains, Drake University

Feature Writing (Small)
Winner: When the cameras leave — by Lincoln Roch, Drake Mag, Drake University
Finalist: We can bring back the stars — by CJ Younger, Urban Plains, Drake University

Sports Writing (Small)
Winner: For the Dogs — by CJ Younger, Urban Plains, Drake University

Corbin Gwaltney Award for Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small)
Winner: Times-Delphic — by Staff, Times-Delphic, Drake University

Best Ongoing Student Magazine
Winner: Drake Political Review — by Staff, Drake Political Review, Drake University

Finalist: Drake Mag — by Staff, Drake Mag, Drake University

SJMC Refresh is May 16

Join us May 16 for the SJMC Refresh, a unique event for communications professionals where SJMC professors will be sharing what is new and noteworthy in their fields. Join us for sessions on debunking misinformation, video editing fundamentals, social media trends, corporate communication, AI and more. Sign up here.

Buy Meredith Hall gear

Today’s the last day to order your Meredith Hall t-shirt, hooded sweatshirt or crewneck sweatshirt. A portion of every purchase will benefit Drake SJMC Students.

Donate to SJMC Emerging Media Fund

Longtime SJMC professor and alumna Sandy Henry and retired professor Todd Evans have devoted their lives to nurturing generations of multimedia professionals. Their family — which includes Todd’s wife, Cathy, who is Sandy’s sister and also a Drake alumna — is generously donating seed money to create the new SJMC Emerging Media Fund.

This gift honors the legacy of Cathy’s and Sandy’s beloved mother, Anne McCrimmon, and her support of her daughters, Drake and the power of lifelong learning. The ongoing fund will support technology and initiatives to keep Drake SJMC at the forefront of media innovation across all majors. Donate here.

Sign up for summer classes

Taking summer classes is a great way to catch up or get ahead on your degree. The SJMC is offering the following classes this summer:

  • JMC 30 – Mass Media in a Global Society
  • JMC 54 – Reporting and Writing Principles
  • JMC 059 – Visual Communication Methods
  • JMC 065 – Social Media Strategies
  • JMC 085 – Public Relations Principles
  • JMC 105 – Web Content and Development