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SJMC Monday Memo – Feb. 26, 2024

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Journalist Ernie Suggs on campus

The Slay Fund for Social Justice is hosting an evening of civil rights history and social justice featuring Ambassador Andrew Young and Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist Ernie Suggs.

This special event, held on Monday, February 26 at 7 pm, will offer an in-person presentation complementing the ‘Many Lives of Andrew Young’ exhibit featured at Drake University during Black History Month. The event, free and open to all Drake students, faculty, and staff and the general public, will begin at 7 pm in Olmsted Center (Parents Hall, upper level) and will also be live-streamed and can be accessed through Sign up here.

Apply for DotDash Meredith Apprenticeship

You can work for the largest magazine media company in America. The DotDash Meredith Apprenticeship Program allows ambitious journalists and graphic designers the opportunity to earn both academic credit and gain professional, portfolio-level work experience.   

Selected students commit to working 15-20 hours per week at DotDash Meredith both semesters of either their junior or senior year. Apprentices earn a minimum of $15 an hour as well as up to three credits per semester.  

To apply either share a Google Drive link or send an email to containing a cover letter, resume, and (if applicable) up to five work samples in one PDF by 5 p.m. Fri., March 8. Interviews will be held the last week of March. For more info contact Prof. Inman at the above email address.   

 For more info, you can attend a Q&A session with Prof. Inman on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. in Mere 124C. 

Student Media Applications 

You could oversee one of Drake’s six award-winning student media organizations: Drake Broadcasting System, Drake Mag, Drake Political Review, DUiN, Periphery and the Times-Delphic. Send a resume and cover letter, as well as up to five work samples, to BSC co-chairs Prof. Lakshmi Tirumala ( and SJMC Sen. Eva Kellen ( by 5 p.m. March 8. Interviews for the positions will be held post-Spring Break. For more information, contact Prof. Tirumala or Sen. Kellen. 

PRSA Iowa Chapter Scholarships

Every year, the PRSA Iowa Chapter offers three scholarships to help students and professionals in the pursuit of public relations education.  

1. Ferne Bonomi and Dr. Henry Milam Undergraduate Scholarship is a $1,500 for current PRSSA members. 

2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for a public relations or communications student. 

3. Advanced Degree and Professional Development Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for a PRSA member pursuing an advance degree or a professional development program. 

Deadline to apply is March 15.  

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Support SJMC innovation

Here’s your chance to donate to an ongoing fund that will support technology and initiatives to keep the Drake SJMC at the forefront of media innovation across all majors.

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.

To give online, click on Make a Gift – Drake University. In the “Give To” pulldown menu, choose “Other.” Then in the “Other” box, type “SJMC Emerging Media Fund.

High School summer camp registration open

Registration is open for our Media Now high school journalism summer camp. The camp runs July 8-11, 2024.

Media Now at Drake University gives students and advisers a single-track to immerse themselves in the three-night, four-day overnight camp experience. Participate in hands-on projects and showcase them in a campus-wide awards ceremony to cap off our time together. It’s an awesome opportunity to deep dive into that area of interest and hone your skills. No matter what level you arrive with, we’ll push you, encourage and train you to move to the next.