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Two SJMC summer classes start July 5

It's not too late to sign up for a summer class. The SJMC is offering two classes that start today (and you can still join). Email the instructors if you need help getting into the classes.

JMC 059 Intro to Visual Communication taught by Lakshmi Tirumala starts July 5 and ends Aug. 7.

JMC 065 Social Media Strategies taught by Chris Snider starts July 5 and ends July 31. This class counts as a replacement for JMC 055 in the SJMC core. Students can work at their own pace to finish this course.

You can register for summer classes through MyDrake.

If you have questions about either class, please reach out to the instructors.

Welcome to a delayed holiday week edition of the Monday Memo — and welcome to Drake SJMC’s new dean, Dr. Catherine Staub, who began her duties July 1!

Drake SJMC hosting summer camp this week

After a two-year Covid sabbatical, SJMC is once again hosting in person Media Now Drake, its summer camp for high school journalism students. More than 70 students and advisers from around the nation will be on campus July 6-9 to have fun and study photography, videography, writing, design, political and sports journalism and more. Classes are taught by the nation’s top journalism teachers and professionals, including Drake faculty. Welcome to campus!

Alumni news

Amy Duncan, JO’88, GR’94, and her husband, Mark Davitt, have purchased the Indianola, Iowa, Record-Herald newspaper. They are currently the publishers of the online news source Indianola Independent Advocate. Duncan and Davitt were both previously employed by the Record-Herald. The Independent Advocate will continue to publish daily and the Record-Herald will publish weekly.

Have a news item for the Memo?

The SJMC Monday Memo (and other days of the week as needed) is a newsletter to keep members of the wider SJMC community updated on School news, achievements, events and opportunities. If you have an item for the Memo, please send it to SJMC webmaster and multimedia professor Chris Snider ( SJMC alums and other professionals can also subscribe to the Monday Memo via email here:

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