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Lori Blachford  // Posts published by Lori Blachford

07 Mar Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

Prof. Inman Picks Top 5 at SXSW

By Jeff Inman, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Drake University AUSTIN, TEXAS – They call it Nerd Spring Break for a reason. Every March social media junkies, venture capital gurus, scruffy bearded programmers and would-be Mark Zuckerbergs all converge on downtown Austin for South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive. While the annual SXSW convention covers more that […]


12 Aug Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

Seven magazine awards for Drake students

Drake University students claimed seven awards in a magazine contest conducted by the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The awards were handed out Saturday at the national AEJMC convention in Washington, D.C. Drake students won first place in two categories. Man Up won the Single Issue Magazine Editorial award and Rachel Weeks […]


07 Jun Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

Summer Internships: Magazine Majors Get to Work

Drake’s magazine majors will have plenty of stories to tell about how they spent their summers. From Des Moines to New York to Dallas to Kansas City, to name a few, students are putting their communication skills to work in magazine journalism, e-commerce, social media, public relations, marketing, and human resources. See the list below. […]


16 May Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

SJMC Reunion Photos

Check out the photos from the SJMC Alumni Reunion that took place over Drake Relays weekend, April 26-27. Friday, alums gathered in Meredith Hall. Saturday, the party shifted to Jasper Winery. Thanks to the university’s Office of Alumni Relations for organizing the events.                  


16 May Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

Blachford Judge for National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards were handed out earlier this month in New York City. Among the highlights: New York was named magazine of the year; National Geographic captured four awards, including the prize for top tablet magazine; Vogue won its first general excellence award in the service and fashion magazine category; and the online music magazine […]


30 Apr Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

Drake Magazine named best student magazine

Drake Magazine grabbed the title of best student magazine in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards announced Monday. Drake University also had two winners in individual categories. Meagan Flynn won the newspaper feature writing category with her article titled “Crew’s Biggest Supporter, 101-year-old,” which ran in the Times-Delphic last spring. […]


09 May Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

Pinterest takes student blog around the world

Rachel Weeks ran away with the blog traffic race in Professor Blachford’s magazine staff writing course this semester. Her blog Dollars, Sense & More reached a worldwide audience (one day’s tally included visits from Canada, England, Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Australia, Spain and the U.S.), thanks to Pinterest and an old purple T-shirt. Read more about […]


22 Apr Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

SJMC students celebrated at Experiential Learning Showcase

Six journalism courses were invited to present their service-learning success stories on Thursday, April 19, at Drake University’s first Experiential Learning Showcase. The showcase, which included 19 entries, was held in the Olmsted Center. Students put together posters and PowerPoint presentations explaining their work with organizations and their service to communities through their classwork. Organizations […]


03 Apr Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

Magazine majors take Manhattan

Each spring a small group of junior and senior magazine majors travels to New York City for a two-day whirlwind tour of publishing offices. On the star-studded schedule this year (check out the map!): are Babble, Siempre Mujer, Daily Candy, Glamour, Fast Company, Vogue, Self, Sound & Vision, Popular Mechanics, Esquire, and Men’s Journal. Most […]