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News (including Broadcast News)

journalism school news major drake university

Program Overview

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!

News Faculty

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.

Associate 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.

News Organizations

Times-Delphic editors Adam Rogan, Jess Lynk and Jake Bullington visit the Newseum in Washington D.C., in October 2016.

Times-Delphic editors Adam Rogan, Jess Lynk and Jake Bullington visit the Newseum in Washington D.C., in October 2016.

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.

News Internships

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.

News Notable Alums

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,, 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