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SJMC Monday Memo: Sept. 12, 2022

Monday, September 12th, 2022

SJMC Office Door Open for Business Hours

When accessing the SJMC offices at 1213 25th Street, students, faculty, and staff no longer need to swipe a Drake ID or press the green button during business hours. The main door will be unlocked 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Users still need to swipe ID cards and use the green button for the studio and computer lab doors.

Students: Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Scholarships

BEA administers scholarships annually, to honor broadcasters and the entire electronic media profession. Scholarship applications for the 2023-2024 school year are due October 14. Please see the BEA website for scholarship descriptions, directions, and applications. Drake is a BEA member institution, so undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for various scholarships in any electronic media, as well as specific broadcast and radio/audio areas. The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the premier international academic media organization, promoting insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. 

Students: FREE luncheon featuring journalist Laura Ling

SJMC students can still email Denise Ganpat to receive an invitation from Deputy Provost Cramer to attend the Chrysalis Inspired luncheon as her guest. Laura Ling, this year’s keynote speaker, is an investigative journalist, documentarian, and producer. When reporting on trafficking of North Korean women in 2009, Ling and her colleague were arrested and spent 140 days imprisoned. Event details: Tuesday, October 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton West Des Moines.

SJMC faculty spotlight

Jennifer Wilson joined the SJMC team as the Peggy Fisher and Larry Stelter Chair of Magazine and Brand Media. To learn more about Wilson, see the profile in the August 31 issue of The Times-Delphic

SJMC news

The Strategic Political Communications (SPC) and PR Faculty have selected the following class clients for the Fall 2022 semester. This hands-on experience working for clients is just one of the ways Drake SJMC prepares our students to be leaders in their fields.

JMC 138: Public Affairs and Advocacy – DART (McCoy)

JMC 123: PR Writing – Drake Relays (Adae)

JMC 143: PR Planning & Management – Wesley Life/Meals on Wheels (Adae)

JMC 136/146: PR Capstone – National Balloon Classic (Bruhn)

Alumni news

Kayli Kunkel, JO’15, is the founder of Earth & Me, a zero-waste home goods and personal care store in NYC. Previously Kunkel worked as a marketing director for various organizations including Postlight.

SJMC scavenger hunt winners

Thank you to everyone who has visited our new 25th Street location over the past two weeks. The winners of the scavenger hunt are Andrew Kennard and Grace Altenhofen. Their strong showings are no surprise as they are two of our most frequent visitors. Andrew and Grace, please stop by the office during business hours to pick up your SJMC swag from the front desk.

SJMC trivia question

What SJMC staff member is a past Iowa High School Journalism Teacher of the Year?
Click here to respond and enter a drawing for an SJMC prize.

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