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SJMC Monday Memo – March 4, 2024

Monday, March 4th, 2024

With almost 20 students working in all parts of the legislative process – clerks, interns, advocates – at the state Capitol this legislative session, students have an opportunity to experience every aspect of the Iowa State Legislature. This week, several enjoyed the first late night of debate and paused to take a picture between rules suspension votes and points of order. These students are all in JMC110, The State Capitol Experience, which provides statehouse interns a chance to get the most out of their time at the Capitol.

From left to right – Michael Mitchell, Will Blevins, Grace Pender, Campbell Stepan, and Tess Dorman.

Last Call for Tickets: Spring 2024 Sussman Lecture

There is still time to get tickets for this Spring’s Sussman Lecture, “Pain and Politics in the Heart of America” with Dr. Jennifer Silva, on March 6. Dr. Silva will discuss the economic, social, and cultural challenges currently facing America’s working class and how those challenges have impacted the ability of the working class to achieve the American Dream.

Meredith Apprenticeship Program 

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.   

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 Scholarships

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.  

Learn More at: 

Alumni news

Noah Kenoyer, JO’22, received the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Rookie of the Year in Nebraska.

Jan Jensen, JO’91, GR’96, and Jane Burns, JO’83, discussed University of Iowa basketball star Caitlin Clark and women’s sports during a recent episode of Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa” show. Jensen, a former Drake Bulldog standout, is associate head women’s basketball coach at U of I. Burns has covered women’s sports for The Des Moines Register and national publications. She also has worked as a reporter and editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Capital Times of Madison, WI, and the Wisconsin State Journal. She is currently an editor for VOA (Voice of America).

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.

Office of Community Engaged Learning is hiring

The Office of Community Engaged Learning is hiring for one summer position and several positions for next academic year. Visit Handshake for more information about each of these positions. Reach out to with questions.