The Drake University journalism school will receive a major facelift thanks to a $3 million donation from Meredith. Rendering provided

The E.T. Meredith Foundation and the Meredith Corporation Foundation donated a combined $3 million to Drake University to revitalize its journalism school, the university announced Thursday. Meredith Hall, which houses the Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will get a major facelift. The Meredith family will donate $2 million and the Meredith Corporation Foundation — the charitable arm of Meredith Corporation — will donate $1 million. Plans include a lower-level addition and technology upgrades throughout the building. An expanded digital media production studio will give students tools to practice storytelling using modern techniques. More collaboration spaces will be created where Drake students can work together with professional and community partners on meaningful projects. "This gift enables so many possibilities to enhance the education of students in our school," said Kathleen Richardson, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. "We are so thankful to have the continued support of the Meredith family and Meredith Corporation, who have helped us train generations of communication leaders."