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Upcoming events: SJMC Days are here!

  • Monday, October 24, 7 p.m., SJMC Days kicks off with the presentation “Journalism, Jazz & the Roots of Creativity” by alumnus Dartanyan Brown, JO ’75, in Sheslow Auditorium (Old Main).
  • Tuesday, October 25, 5-7 p.m., SJMC Table Tennis Tournament of Champions in Meredith East (aka the SJMC offices, 1213 25th Street).
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4-5 p.m., Internship/employer panel, in the 25th Street TV studio (1205 25th Street).
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Bucksbaum lecture featuring Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, in the Knapp Center. 
  • Friday, Oct. 28, PRSSA Star Day, agency tours for PR students. RSVP to PRSSA event coordinator Lindsey Herazy
  • Monday, October 31, 12 – 1 p.m. – SJMC Trick or Treating in Meredith East.
  • November – Exact Date TBA, Thanksgiving Lunch at the dining center.
  • Friday, December 2, 1 – 2 p.m. – Winter Hot Cocoa Bar and Ping Pong Tournament.

American Advertising Federation of Des Moines

Until Oct. 28, students can still register for the AAF Fall “Agency Crawl” taking place on Friday, November 4 in Des Moines. The cost for students is $15 which covers lunch. The day will include opportunities to meet with professionals and tour Flynn Wright, Lessing Flynn, and Two Rivers Marketing. Students will spend one hour at each agency, with lunch provided at the second agency. AAF will divide students into three groups and schedule travel time to visit the three locations.

Sign Up for Reggie’s Sleepout on Oct. 29

Reggie’s Sleepout is back at the Drake Stadium on Oct. 29! Reggie’s Sleepout is an annual event hosted by the Iowa Homeless Youth Center (IHYC) to raise awareness for local youth homelessness. It is held in honor of Reggie Kelsey, a young man found dead in the Des Moines river at the age of 22, four years after aging out of the foster care system.

Now, participants annually build cardboard shelters and camp out on Drake’s field to honor his legacy while fighting to end youth homelessness. All donations raised directly benefit programming for transition aged youth at IHYC and other Iowa homeless youth organizations. 
Register for the event using your Drake email address here. There is no fee for registration.

Early bird registration for broadcast symposium in Beloit

Students interested a broadcast-based career may want to register for the 2023 Broadcast Symposium, January 6-8, 2023, in Beloit, Wisconsin. Details and registration can be found at  An early bird code to save $50 is valid through October 31st and that code is “WISCONSIN”.

This event includes an optional Dream Job Competition. The winner of the competition will receive a PAID 2023 sports broadcasting position with Studer Entertainment, owners of the Beloit Sky Carp (High-A Miami Marlins) and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double A Miami Marlins).

Registration for spring classes begins October 31

A complete list of registration times is available here.

SJMC trivia

The late October trivia question is, “The SJMC 3+3 Program combines a journalism/mass communication degree with what other degree?”

Click here to respond and enter a drawing for an SJMC prize.

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