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. There are about 72 students in this major, which means your class size will typically be 15 students. 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: Jeff Inman and Catherine M. Staub serve as the lead faculty for magazine media majors. Both have extensive professional experience and connections.
ACADEMIC PREPARATION: All SJMC students take classes in communications history, law and ethics from a multicultural perspective, reporting and writing, multimedia basics, career development and financial literacy workshops, and a course in emerging and evolving media.
Magazine media majors also will take classes in magazine writing, editing, web design, and video and audio production for journalists. You can then select from a menu of classes that supports your area of specialization, such as entrepreneurship, mobile applications, advanced social media strategies, documentary film, studio production, sports producing, and public affairs reporting.
During your senior year, you'll collaborate with students in news and digital media production to create a multidisciplinary Capstone project: an award-winning website that showcases rich multimedia content.
For specific class descriptions, visit the SJMC web page.
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 Texas Monthly, Paste, New York Magazine, AARP Missouri, The Principal Financial Group, Beautiful Savage Magazine, Seventeen, GQ, Good Housekeeping, Vitae Design Collective, Goodsmiths.com, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, and Indianapolis Monthly, among others. 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: Magazine media majors often win awards, including Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards; Society of Professional Journalists national 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 Art Directors Association of Iowa 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.
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