About the Center

The E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies is a resource for the Drake community, encouraging the study of current as well as historical issues through the Center’s Resource Room and through campus visitors and speakers.

The Center is an extension of Drake University’s Magazine Journalism Program, which has a tradition of producing leaders in magazine publishing.

Through Drake’s accredited School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the program enjoys a partnership with Meredith Corporation, publisher of top national magazines, including one of the country’s circulation leaders, Better Homes and Gardens, and popular titles like Family Circle, Midwest Living, Traditional Home, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Parents, and more.


The E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies works hard to provide students with a variety of opportunities to network, learn from industry professionals, and learn new skills outside of class throughout the year.

In the past we have hosted magazine editors from around the country, authors, student panels and social branding workshops among other things. Students always look forward to the annual Journalism Days events in the fall and the New York trip, open to junior and senior magazine majors, in the spring.

New York City trip

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. Office on the star-studded schedule include: Babble, Siempre Mujer, Daily Candy, Glamour, Fast Company, Vogue, Self, Sound & Vision, Popular Mechanics, Esquire, and Men’s Journal.

Most of the stops are arranged with the help of our fabulous family of Drake University alumni. Students will catch up on the latest news in magazine and online publishing, meet the movers and shakers about town, and even have a few summer internship interviews. Those who can keep pace with their fearless leader, Professor Jeff Inman, for the two-day blitz receive a day off Saturday to explore the city.

Drake Journalism Days

Journalism Days take place each fall and include:

  • Lunch with SJMC Mentors
  • Guest speakers
  • A professional panel
  • Mock interviews and resume reviews


Learn more about the history of the Center and publications created by students that are supported by the center and the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication.