More than ever, the world needs excellent, ethical, multi-platform communicators. Explore the world of broadcast or multimedia journalism!
You’ll learn how to report and tell stories that serve the public good; how to gather news and information accurately, fairly and ethically; and how to produce your stories for distribution across traditional and digital media platforms.
You can be a reporter, editor or producer. You can work for online news media, a newspaper, radio or TV station, news magazine or documentary company. You can do communications for a start-up, nonprofit, corporation or government agency. This major gives you a foundation of multimedia skills, then allows you to follow your passion into radio or television, print or online, news, sports or features. You will graduate with technology and communication skills that can take you anywhere!
Associate Professor Jill Van Wyke had an 11-year career as a news reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor. She is a member of the Online News Association, Broadcast Education Association, College Media Advisers, Iowa College Media Association, and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Assistant Professor Grace Provenzano brings to Drake the experience of a long teaching career and extensive national and international professional career as a broadcast news journalist and documentary producer.
Assistant Professor Chris Snider specializes in multimedia and design. Prior to teaching, he was managing editor for digital at The Des Moines Register, where he was named top editor for digital in the Gannett company. He also worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Baltimore Sun in his 12-year news career.
There is a nationally recognized chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Students also can work on the award-winning campus publications: The Times-Delphic, Drake Magazine, The Annual, and Drake Broadcasting System radio and TV stations, including KDRA 94.1 The Dog.
SJMC students frequently do communications work for University Communications and Drake Athletics, and are active in student government and residence life. Students have the opportunity to provide content for ESPN3. SJMC students’ annual live coverage of the Drake Relays is the nation’s oldest, largest, student-run broadcast.
We’ll help you identify internships locally —and in the industry’s top markets — that can jump-start your career while you’re still a student.
Drake News alumni work or have worked at WHDH-TV Boston and ABC7 Chicago, the National Journal, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Time Out Chicago, the Science Center of Iowa and the Des Moines Art Center, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Denver Post, WSMV-TV and WTVF-TV in Nashville, ZLR Ignition advertising agency, the Center for Investigative Reporting, CNN, ESPN, Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Des Moines Partnership, the staffs of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, and the communications departments of the Omaha and Des Moines public school systems.
With our own internship coordinator, we’ll help you find the right job.
Drake News alumni work at WHDH-TV Boston and ABC7 Chicago, the National Journal, Washington Post, Time Out Chicago, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Denver Post, WSMV-TV and WTVF-TV in Nashville, ZLRIgnition advertising agency, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the National Pork Board in public relations, CNN, ESPN, the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the staffs of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, and the communications departments of the Omaha and Des Moines public school systems.
Lauren Horsch, ’14, reporter, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.
Lillian Schrock, ’14, reporter, Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune
Megan Bannister, ’13, social media manager, Des Moines Art Center
Matt Nelson, ’12, web developer, Washington Post
Matt Moran, ’12, sports statistician, STATS
Ann Schnoebelen, ’12, technical writer, Epic
Eduardo Tamez, ’12, multimedia communications specialist, CRI Weekly News
Kyair Butts, ’11, teacher, Baltimore public schools
Matt Vasilogambros, ’11, staff writer, The National Journal
Jeff Glaze, ’11, reporter, Wisconsin State Journal
Tyler O’Neil, ’11, editor/director/reporter, Blue Ocean Network, China
Evan Jurkovich, ’08, staff member, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
Julie Marra, ’08, editor/designer, Chicago Tribune
Erin Delahanty, ’07, senior digital marketing manager, Time Out North America
Kate McGinty, ’07, consumer engagement manager, Cincinnati Enquirer
Joel Sievert, ’07, post-doctoral fellow, political science, Duke University
Ian Matthews and Emily Hajduk, ’07, co-founders, PrimalFit Training
Cale Johnson, ’07, vice president of communications and creative director, GasPedal
Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, ’06, reporter, Naples (Fla.) Daily News
Katy Michael, ’03, vice president of communications, Crocs
Michael Corey, ’02, news applications developer, Center for Investigative Reporting
Jason Clayworth, ’99, political reporter/editor, Des Moines Register
Dan Finney, ’97, columnist, Des Moines Register
Lynn Hicks, ’91, opinion editor, Des Moines Register
Pat Beach, ’90, awarding-winning writer, Austin American –Statesman
Jane Schorer Meisner, ’89, features writer, Des Moines Register, Pulitzer Prize winner
Jennifer Morlan, ’89, national editor, Indianapolis Star
Amy Duncan, J’88, MA ’94, publisher, Indianola Record-Herald and Tribune
Gage Church, ’86, former assistant managing editor, Des Moines Register and formerly with The New York Times
Mia Bush, ’86, writer/editor, Voice of America
Lee Ann Colacioppo, ’85, news director, The Denver Post; member of Pulitzer Prize-winning team
Tracey Baim, ’84, founder and publisher, Windy City Media Group
Marc Topkin, ’83, sports writer, Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times
Jon Bowermaster, ’76, freelance adventure writer, National Geographic
Lucy Hoy, ’77, former copy editor, Chicago Tribune
David Bell, ’77, past president of the Illinois Press Association
Tom Hallman, ’77, Pulitzer-winning writer-reporter, the Portland Oregonian
Diane Graham, ’74, former managing editor, The Des Moines Register
Lucia Horning, ’73, former columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Margaret McCay, ’73, executive, The Associated Press, New York
Tiffany Abell,’01, VP Marketing, Des Moines Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Joe Barlow, ’10, Feature Reporter, WCIA-TV, Champaign, Il.
Gwen Baumgardner, ’14, Reporter, Kansas First News – KSNT, Topeka
Randy Beamer, ’81, Anchor-Reporter, WOAI-TV, San Antonio
Kaitlin Berry, ’13, Reporter, Kansas First News – KSNT, Topeka
Glen Biermann, ’89, Photojournalist, KCCI, Des Moines
Erik Bilstad, ’99, Afternoon News Co-Host, WTMJ, Milwaukee
Shelby Brink, ’14, Newscast Producer, KCCI, Des Moines
Laurel Burgmaier, ’95, Documentary Producer, Iowa Public Television, Johnston
Larry Burkum, ’80, Newscast Producer, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids
Mark Carlson, ’10, Iowa City Bureau Chief, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids
Stacy Campbell, ’93, Personality, Literock107, Peoria
Nathan Delack, ’02, President, Delack Media Group, Chicago
Jack Doles, ’86, Sports Director, WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids
Joey Donia, ’07, Sports Director, KWQC (TV), Quad Cities
Katherine Fritcke, ’13, Producer-Reporter, KJZZ, Phoeniz
Karen Fuller, ’89, News Anchor, KCTV, Kansas City
John Garcia, ’86, Reporter, WLS-TV, Chicago
Adam Ghassemi, ’04, PR Director, Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office
Dorothy Gray, ’03, Producer, WFLD News, Chicago
Geoff Greenwood, ’88, Communications Director, Iowa Attorney General’s Office
Matt Haeger, ’06, Assistant Production Director and Announcer, Entercom Radio Group, Denver
Van Harden, ’73, Program Director and Morning Co-Host, WHO-AM, Des Moines
Cara Hetland, ’87, News Director, South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Melissa Hintz, ’86, Media Director, Trone Brand Energy, High Point, NC
Jess Hoffert, ’11, Staff Editor, Midwest Living magazine, Des Moines
Paige Hulsey ’11, Anchor & Multimedia Journalist, WAOW-TV, Wausau
Mike Jacobs, ’73, Anchor-Reporter, WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee
Ann (Kaatz) LoBue, ’97, IT Director, NBCUniversal, Home Entertainment & Digital Distribution, Los Angeles
Erin Kiernan, ’96, News Anchor, WHO-TV, Des Moines
Sharyljit Kaur, ’12, Journalist & Producer, News & Current Affairs, BFM 89.9, Malaysia
Alex Kuberski, ’13, Photojournalist, KCCI, Des Moines
Amanda Lewis, ’01, PR/Social Media, Des Moines Public Schools
Ciera Lundgren, ’12, News Producer, KMBC (TV), Kansas City
Tony Lorino, ’03, Program Director, 99.7 The Point, Kansas City
Jessica (Roberts) Lown, ’04, ZLR Marketing Communications, Des Moines
Carol Maloney, ’95, Sports Anchor 7 Reporter, News4, Washington, D.C.
Julie Mann, ’89, Managing Editor, WBBM-AM, Chicago
Brendan Mark, ’06, Executive Producer, WSMV (TV), Nashville
Kyle Martin, ’90, Program Manager, KFJB, Marshalltown, IA
Jen Marnowski, ’89, Producer, KMGH (TV), Denver
Maureen McKamey, ’11, 9 p.m. Anchor-Producer, KEYC/Fox, Mankato
Lee Muntz, ’78, Personality/Sports Director, KMCD/KKFD, Fairfield, Iowa
Pat Parris, ’87, Anchor-Reporter, Fox Sports Midwest, St. Louis
Chris Parrish, ’05, News Producer, WHDH (TV), Boston
Tom Rapp, ’10, Photojournalist, KXAN, Austin, Texas
Neil Rubenstein, ’81, Executive Producer, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Baltimore
Ben Sabal, ’12, Seasonal Videographer, Chicago Bears
Danielle Sauka, ’09, News Producer, WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee
Kelly Shoff, ’90, Executive Producer, KETV (TV), Omaha
Christopher Scholl, ’85, Director of News Standards, MSNBC, New York
Mark Stevens, ’10, Investigative Reporter, KWQC-DT, Davenport
Abraham Swee, ’11, News Producer, Fox-59, Indianapolis
Tony Tandeski, ’08, Executive Producer, WBAY-TV, Green Bay
Peter Taylor, ’94, Owner-Operator, PCT Productions, Chicago
Zach Tecklenburg, ’09, News Producer, KSTP-TV, St. Paul
Jaime Thies, ’10, Member Communications, Wellmark, Des Moines
Lelia Tran, ’97, Producer, Screaming Flea Productions, Seattle
Bob Uhlar, ’78, Senior Minister, Unity Church of Indianapolis
Sara Van Aernum, ’01, Executive Producer, Good Morning Washington, WTTG (TV)
Jerry Vancini, ’91, newscast director, KUSA (TV), Denver
Mary Kate Wachtel, ’14, producer, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids
John Walters, ’84, director of Broadcast Programming, Cyclones.tv, Iowa State University
Brian Weiss, ’93, Architect, Pahl Architecture, Denver
Brittany Weiss ’09, Reporter-Anchor, WBRZ (TV), Baton Rouge
Amy Yaeger ’99, Field Producer, Access Hollywood
Rachel Yancey, ’11, Senior Video Editor, Simply Michelle Productions, Van Meter, IA
Dave Zawilinski, ’05, Morning News Anchor, WOWT, Omaha
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