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School of Journalism & Mass Communication

In the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), students are well-prepared for careers in a rapidly evolving media landscape. Despite the physical distance, students and faculty are using technology and ingenuity to stay connected. From the beginning of the pandemic, students have produced multimedia publications, created audio and video projects, ran campaigns, and even operated the Meredith Hall studio control room—all remotely.

 

With six majors and 11 full-time faculty, students are exposed to a variety of communication methods. Students learn the intricacies of digital media, social media platforms, and design thinking. Learning doesn’t stop when students leave the classroom. Students participate in campus media activities, such as The Times-Delphic, Drake Mag, Drake Political Review, and the Drake Broadcasting System. Students can also join organizations such as Public Relations Student Society of America and Ad Club.

 

With the help of our dedicated faculty and staff, SJMC students have recently won awards in the Hearst Writing Competition, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication competition, and the College Media Association contest. Your support helps keep SJMC on the cutting edge of technology and effective communication.

 

Matching Gift Opportunity

 

In celebration of more than a century of journalism excellence at Drake, we have two alumni challenge matches for SJMC. Suzanne BeDell, JO’ 81, will match all gifts to our Meredith Hall renovation up to $5,000.  And Lynn and Phyllis Matson, JO ’69, LA ’69, will match all gifts to our SJMC annual fund up to $2,500.

 

Meredith Hall Renovations

 

Designed by world-renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Meredith Hall originally opened in 1965 and received international attention. With its signature atrium, Meredith Hall continues to capture the interest and imagination of architects, students, faculty, and community members.    

 

Meredith Hall sits at the heart of campus and is one of the most widely used academic buildings at Drake. Home to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Meredith is also the creative heart of campus and houses the offices for all student publications.   

 

Your donation to the Meredith Hall Renovation Fund during All In helps us create learning spaces that meet the needs of today’s students, while retaining the key features that have made the building famous.

Where Bulldogs are Going All In
Rank State Gifts
1 IA 27
2 MN 11
3 IL 9
$65,000
Meet The Moment Challenge
1,250 donors helped Drake University Meet The Moment and unlocked $65,000 for the University from Doug Zinser, AS’96, John August, JO’92, and Cindy, LA’70 and Dennis Lesher! Thank you!
1,250 / 1,250 Gifts
Completed
Leaderboard
Who is Meeting The Moment?
The entire Drake community of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends coming together. Let's see who's going All In and meeting the moment!
What is your affiliation to Drake?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Alumni 762
2 Faculty/Staff 189
3 Student 180
4 Parent 140
5 Friend 84
6 Other 52
Ended
Leaderboard
Meeting The Moment by Decade
Which decade's graduates are the most All In?
What decade did you graduate?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2010 - 2020 191
2 1990 - 1999 165
3 2000 - 2009 162
4 Current Student 151
5 1980 - 1989 128
6 1970 - 1979 96
7 1960 - 1969 44
8 1959 and before 8
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Match
SJMC Empower the Future Match
Thank you for going All In for the next generation of journalists and mass communication professionals! The match from alumnus and voice of the Phoenix Suns NBA team, Al McCoy, FA'54 has been completed.
$1,740 MATCHED
Ended
2
Match
Parents Challenge
Thank you for going All In for Drake students and helping unlock the $2,500 match from Jill, JO’91 and John, AS’92 Farmer!
$2,500 MATCHED
Completed
2
Match
Caldbeck Challenge
Students, thank you for going All In for each other and helping unlock the $3,000 match from Kelly Caldbeck, PH’01, Peter Caldbeck, JO’03, and Megan Caldbeck, JO’05, in honor of their mother, longtime Drake employee and alumna Diane Anagnos Caldbeck, ED’72!
$3,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
Match
First Time Gift Challenge
Thank you for making your first gift to Drake and helping unlock the $5,000 match from Drake Drake President Marty Martin! Welcome to the Bulldog Pack!
$5,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
Match
School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Thank you for going All In for SJMC and for helping unlock the $2,500 match from Lynn, JO’69 and Phyllis, LA’69 Matson!
$2,500 MATCHED
Completed
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