PROGRAM OVERVIEW: You’ll learn how to write effective articles that inform and inspire, to act ethically, to identify the needs of an audience, and to deliver reliable information in the format that best serves those needs. In addition to becoming a better writer, you’ll also learn to communicate using video, audio, photography, social media, and mobile apps. Magazine Media majors are critical thinkers and problem solvers. Upon graduating, you can be a writer, editor, or designer for a magazine, in print or on the Web. You can be in publication management or marketing; social media strategy or mobile application development; or in communications for a corporation, educational institution, or nonprofit.
FACULTY: Associate Professor Lori Blachford, the Fisher-Stelter Chair of Magazine Journalism, was managing editor of Meredith Corporation’s Country Home magazine, and editor for Meredith special interest publications. She was also a sports copy editor at The Des Moines Register. Assistant Professor Jeff Inman is a longtime freelance entertainment writer for such publications as Las Vegas CityLife, Rolling Stone, and Billboard.
ACADEMIC PREPARATION: No specific preparatory courses are required; however, students are encouraged to take writing, editing, and speaking classes in high school and to work in student media, if possible.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR: You’ll need to earn 124 credit hours for your degree, with a maximum of 44 credit hours in School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) classes. The additional credit hours must be in non-SJMC courses, including 48 hours in liberal arts studies.
INTERNSHIPS & OPPORTUNITIES: We’ll help you identify internships on campus and in the local market—as well as in the industry’s top markets— that can jump-start your career while you’re still a student. Magazine powerhouse Meredith Corporation, with headquarters in Des Moines, offers an apprenticeship program for Drake Magazine Media majors. Our powerful alumni network helps students land summer internships in New York; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and beyond. Magazine Media students have worked at GQ, People, Seventeen, Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, Dwolla, Inked Magazine, Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine, The Cooking Channel in New York City, the United Nations Association of Minnesota, and the World Food Prize. With our own full-time internship coordinator, we’ll help you find the right job.
CAREER OPTIONS: Drake alumni are working for such organizations as Seventeen; Glamour; Advertising Age; Better Homes and Gardens and other Meredith titles; RealSimple.com; AllYou.com; Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Cars.com; HBO.com; Allstate Insurance and Target communications departments; the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; Major League Baseball; Sony Music Entertainment; and Fashionetc.com.
HONORS: Kappa Tau Alpha membership is available for the top 10 percent of SJMC seniors (and some juniors) who meet all requirements for membership. The Meredith Corporation also funds specialized scholarships for Magazine Media majors. Magazine Media majors often win awards, including Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards; Society of Professional Journalists regional Mark of Excellence awards, including best magazine and national photography award; Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication top digital and print awards, including general excellence; Student Society for News Design awards; and competitive American Society of Magazine Editors internships.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES: There is a nationally recognized chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Students also can work on award-winning campus publications: The Times-Delphic, Drake Magazine, The Annual, and Drake Broadcasting System radio and TV stations. SJMC students frequently perform communications work for University Communications and Drake Athletics, and are active in student government and residence life.