Dean’s Welcome

We live in a time of dizzying change in
the communications industry – and of
great opportunity for people with the
intelligence, skills, creativity and moxie
to thrive in this evolving media

At the Drake School of Journalism and
Mass Communication
, we pride
ourselves on preparing our students for
whatever the professional world throws
at them. We are fully embracing the
multiplatform, multimedia ecosystem.
We are progressing with mobile creation and delivery. And we are
acknowledging the essential role of marketing, promotion and social media
in finding and attracting an audience.

Our undergraduate students master the essential communications toolkit of
excellent research, writing and speaking by launching into their JMC
coursework and extracurricular activities from Day One. Our graduate
students prepare to boost their careers to the next level by polishing their
leadership skills and adding increased business acumen to their
professional portfolios. We push all of our students out of their comfort
zones to build their confidence, creativity and strategic thinking with
challenging projects for real-world non-profit clients and businesses.

About Us

Our location in Des Moines, Iowa – the state capital, a thriving media
center and the epicenter of the American political universe every four years
with the Iowa Caucuses also provides our students with a wealth of

Our faculty all have extensive professional experience, have a host of
professional connections and strive to stay not just on the cutting edge of
their industries but ahead of them. And they take very seriously their role as
their students’ “mentors for life.”

The result? A slew of national awards for student work, undergraduate
internship rates in the high 90 percents every year and a post-graduate
“accomplishment” rate to match. Our graduate students use their degrees
to build their professional networks and advance or change their careers.
We are very proud of our little “nirvana” of journalism and mass
communication education in the heartland!

I recently conducted focus groups with current students to get their
feedback. Here’s what one told me about his Drake experience:

“We look out for each other – we’re family.”

So, welcome to the SJMC family!

Catherine Staub
Dean and professor School of Journalism and Mass Communication Drake

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