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The Drake SJMC Podcast

The Drake SJMC Podcast

By SJMC Podcast
The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communications teaches students how to tell stories and over the years it has been filled with stories itself. In this podcast, Chris Snider and Taylor Vos talk to everyone, from current students to alumni to professors, to share their stories about the SJMC.

In this first season, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the School of Journalism. We will listen to stories of traditions and changes.

Join us every Wednesday as we open up the SJMC storybook and share some of those tales with you.
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S2E4 - Jazlin Coley-Smith - PR grad working at Drake University
Jazlin Coley-Smith (JO ’19) in Public Relations is the director of Equity and Inclusion at Drake University. Listen to her story how she navigated difficult conversations and the Americorps role through Community and Engage Learning to land her position as the director of Equity and Inclusion in Des Moines.
December 03, 2021
S2E3 - Katie Martin - Advertising grad working at 72 and Sunny
Katie Martin (JO ’10) in Advertising is the brand director for the NFL account at 72 and Sunny. Listen to her story to learn how she began at an agency in Des Moines and moved to a larger agency in Los Angeles.
November 23, 2021
S2E2 - Paul LeFort - Radio/TV grad working at Nielsen
Paul LeFort (JO ’91) in Radio and TV is the director of Sales and Development for Nielsen. Listen to his presentation on “The Audience is Everything” and how to apply data to all aspects of storytelling. Paul lives near Los Angeles.
November 18, 2021
S2E1 - Raquel Rivera - PR grad working at Amazon
Raquel Rivera (JO ’15) in Public Relations is a human relations manager at Amazon. Listen to her story how she worked with her Drake University adviser to develop a major in PR and concentration in Human Relations to find her perfect fit to launch into her positions at Amazon in Phoenix.
November 10, 2021
What is Design Thinking?
You've heard a lot about design thinking, so let's learn about it! If you're a Drake student, keep your eyes on the SJMC social media for more information about signing up the future of journalism meeting. It will be on February 22nd at 10 am in Meredith. (And they'll feed you)
February 12, 2020
The Iowa Caucus Project!
Did you know that there's a class on campus that covers the Iowa caucuses? Well, you do now! Join us this week with John Hirl and Avery Van Den Berg, two students from the class, as they talk about how Drake is pretty much the best place in the country to learn about politics and political communication. Find out more about the project and see their work at Are you an SJMC alum interested in being on the show? Feel free to email us at We'd love to have you join us in the studio.
November 21, 2019
Risen from the Res Halls with John August
Award-winning screenwriter, John August, sits down with the SJMC Podcast to talk about his time at Drake, what's changed, and what it's like to make movies. 
October 30, 2019
Back to the Feud-ture with Rachel James and Adam Heater
Join us this week as we talk to Rachel James, the editor-in-chief of the Times-Delphic, and Adam Heater, the president of Drake Broadcasting System, both current students in the SJMC. We ask questions like "Is there a feud between the TD and DBS?", "Is there a future for Drake's SJMC students?", and "Are the dorm showers as gross as you think?". The answers may surprise you. 
October 02, 2019
From Bike Rides to Brand Launch with Emily Steele
When Emily's senior year came along, she didn't know quite where to go. But after a cross-country bike ride, Emily found her footing. She went working with Ameri-corps to starting POP UP YOGA DSM to building up FemCity Des Moines and now on to creating a new company called Brand Launch. Emily has built up her nest of Hummingbirds to help businesses blossom in Des Moines. If you want to learn more about her work, visit her website 
September 25, 2019
Newscasts and New Fields with Eduardo Zamarripa
Chris and Taylor talk to Eduardo Zamarripa, a News Internet major who graduated in 2012. Eduardo began his career by putting together a weekly newscast and recording Oskalooska City government meetings. He has since worked his way up through Musco Lighting into his current position in soccer marketing development. Listen as Eduardo calms Taylor's fears about Capstone, gives advice about how to not be "That Guy", and introduces us to a major company no one has heard of.
September 18, 2019
Better Homes and Body Art with Allison Vancura
Allison Vancura joins Chris Snider and Taylor Vos to talk about her career working with the Meredith Corporation. Having graduated from the SMJC in 2011 with degrees in Magazine Journalism and Graphic Design, Allison has worked at Meredith for 9 years in multiple roles. Listen as she talks about some of her favorite projects, relives her Personal Experience Essay, and gives advice to those interested in a magazine career. 
September 11, 2019
A Year in Preview with Kathleen Richardson
Dean of the SJMC, Kathleen Richardson, shares some of the many upcoming events for the 2019-2020 school, including details of the Centennial Celebration (just remember Meredith Hall Pub Crawl). Plus KR tells one her favorite stories of working on the Times-Delphic that includes the old tradition of streaking down Forest Ave. 
September 04, 2019
SJMC Podcast: The Trailer
After a hundred years of the School of Journalism, there are so many stories to tell. This trailer is a brief introduction into what the SJMC Podcast is all about. Make sure to subscribe on your favorite listening platform to get notifications for when we upload every week.
August 28, 2019