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SJMC Monday Memo – 12/4/2023

Monday, December 4th, 2023

Sign up for J-term classes

There is still time to sign up for three January term classes being offered by the Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The classes:

  • JMC 065 Social Media Strategies (Information Literacy AOI) taught by Chris Snider
  • JMC 085 Public Relations Principles (Engaged Citizen AOI) taught by Kelly Bruhn
  • JMC 199 Influencers and Personal Branding taught by Ryan Stoldt

If you have questions about any of the classes, please reach out to the instructors. J-term classes are listed with Spring 2024 classes for registration purposes.

Hot cocoa bar is Wednesday

The annual SJMC Hot Cocoa Bar on Wednesday, December 6, from noon to 1 p.m. outside of Meredith 106 in the back breezeway.

Free holiday-themed AI workshop

Join SJMC professor Chris Snider and AI professor Chris Porter for a free, holiday-themed virtual event to learn how you can use generative AI in your daily life. The event takes place noon-12:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. Sign up here.

Video workshop Dec. 14

Looking to add more video skills to your resume before the start of the new year?

Sign up for a one-day Smartphone Video workshop at Drake University to learn the basics of shooting great video with quality audio using just your smartphone. The workshop is taught by Drake SJMC professor Chris Snider.

Sign up for NYC trip

This April we’ll offer up another edition of the New York Field Trip, a five-day barnstorming of both NYC’s media staples and its newbie brands just for SJMC students. In the past, the trip has visited places like Cosmopolitan, NBC News, Edelman, New York magazine and The New York Times.

The trip runs April 3-7 and will cost about $1,200 for hotel, airfare, and other expenses (we’ll know more as things get closer). If you’re interested, let Jeff Inman know that you’re on board because spots are limited to 12 students. Email him at with the subject line “NYC or Bust!”