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24 Oct

WVU News won two MarCom Awards for the Spring 2016 semester. The team won a News Program Gold Award for their Newscast “Substance Abuse: A West Virginia Epidemic” and the team received an honorable mention for the newscast “Evolution of Diversity in the Mountain State”.

MarCom Awards is a creative international competition for any individual or company involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The MarCom competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world with about 6,000 entries per year. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individuals to media conglomerates and Fortune 50 companies. The competition is so well thought of in the industry that national public relations organizations, local ad clubs, and local business communicator chapters are entrants.

24 Oct

The WVU Chapter of The Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) presents Celina Pompeani host of PensTV on Thursday November 3 at 6 pm in the Media Innovation Center. Pompeani will discuss her work for the Pittsburgh Penguins and how she established herself in the sports industry.

See the attached flyer for additional information.

21 Oct

Wellness Workshop Series

October 21, 2016

Though finding romantic connection is a big part of the college experience, forming and maintaining healthy relationships can often be hard work. Do you feel comfortable asking for what you need from your partner? How do you know if things are moving too fast? How do you move beyond “Netflix and Chill?” And sometimes when relationships end, we find ourselves overwhelmed with intense emotions and feeling unsure of how to move on. As part of the Wellness Workshop Series, The Carruth Center will be offering a free Workshop designed to help students learn to recognize and form healthy relationships, and cope with the hurt of breaking up. The workshop will be on Tuesday, 11/1 from 6:30-7:30 in CPASS Room 101 and is open to all students.

See the attached flyer for additional information.

5 Oct

The WVU Reed College of Media ’s online programs department will host a panel discussion regarding the College’s online minors and Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) major on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4:30pm, in the Media Innovation Center’s Forum. Students will learn more about the College of Media’s seven online minors—Advertising, Entertainment Media, Event Planning, Health Promotion, Public Relations, Sport Communications and Strategic Social Media— as well as its MDS program.

“This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in online minors to hear from other students about their experiences in these programs,” said Aaron Hawley, program developer for the Reed College of Media’s online programs.

The discussion will feature both student and administrative representatives from the College’s online minors and MDS degree program. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of both their peers and the programs’ administrators.
MDS Program Coordinator Casey Liston stresses the importance of this event for those considering the MDS degree program.

“From this event, students will learn how the MDS program can help them customize their degree to best serve their specific interests and individual career goals.”

For more information about the event, the Reed College of Media’s online minors or its MDS degree program, please contact Aaron Hawley or Casey Liston.

30 Sep

Author and photojournalist Alysia Burton Steele spent nine months and traveled 2000 miles to capture the stories in her latest book, “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom.” In September, Steele shared those stories, a written collection of oral histories of the Mississippi Delta’s beloved “church mothers,” with a packed audience at the College’s Media Innovation Center.

Steele set out on her journey with a desire to feel more connected to her own grandmother by meeting some of her contemporaries, listening to them and sharing their stories.
Steele’s presentation was an incredible journey of civil rights, humor, love and loss, as told through the eyes of the women in her book.

“Their voices are much more powerful than mine,” said Steele of the women she interviewed. “That’s the power of audio. You can hear these women tell their stories. Their families can have a piece of them when they have gone. It’s a powerful tool and every single one of you should use it.”

Steele’s ability to connect with her subjects allowed her to not only share their stories, but also to connect with the people in the audience during her presentation. She encouraged attendees to listen to the stories of their elders. She said there are stories to be heard in every community, and she stressed the importance of respecting their wisdom and the lessons they have to offer.

“Journalists and photographers usually like to stay behind the camera; but to be able to share the Mississippi Delta’s oral histories with West Virginia University is an honor,” said Steele. “For the journalism students out there, I want to tell you the importance of following your gut and following your passion. You’ve got to like what you do. You spend so much time at work that it has to matter.”

Copies of “Delta Jewels” were available for purchase at the event, and Steele remained after her presentation to discuss her work and sign each copy of her book. Some of Steele’s photos form the book are also on display at the Center and will remain there through December.

Steele spent more than 12 years as a photojournalist at The Columbus Dispatch and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she worked as a picture editor and deputy director of photo. In 2006, she served as one of the picture editors on The Dallas Morning Star team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for their Hurricane Katrina coverage.

Currently, Steele is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media in Oxford, Mississippi.

30 Sep

West Virginia University journalism students are playing their part in the state’s flood relief efforts by helping one community rebuild its high school journalism program.

This summer’s floods devastated Richwood High School in Nicholas County, and its award-winning journalism program is now struggling to get back on its feet.

Richwood is the only high school journalism program in the state to have a partnership with Public Broadcasting Service’s NewsHour. But all of their cameras, microphones and other video equipment were destroyed in the flood.

To help Richwood’s journalism students continue to tell stories and produce news packages, the WVU Reed College of Media donated used video cameras, and other needed items, such as memory cards, storage containers and office supplies collected by students and faculty.

Richwood senior Kendra Amick says WVU’s support gives her renewed hope for the future.

“It was humbling to see the new cameras and equipment fill the empty shelves,” Amick said. “We are passionate about the stories we tell and can’t explain how thankful we are to the students and faculty at the College of Media who are working so hard to help our program survive.”

The College of Media is also leading a series of training workshops to help Richwood students develop their skills in interviewing, writing, news judgment and photojournalism. The first workshop was held earlier this month, at the College’s Media Innovation Center.

WVU Journalism senior Kristen Tuell of Weirton provided students with training for the new cameras.

“For me, it was incredible to see how genuinely interested these kids were as I showed them how to work the new cameras,” said Tuell. “I wasn’t a high school student that long ago, and I know getting some students to pay attention or ask questions is nearly impossible, but that wasn’t the case with them. I think they appreciated our gifts just as much as we enjoyed giving them.”

College of Media Dean Maryanne Reed says the College has an obligation to do its part.

“The scope of this disaster is staggering, and many of these communities are still in survival mode,” Reed said. “But this is something tangible that our students and faculty can do to help one community and provide a positive experience for aspiring journalism students.

WVU faculty will travel to Richwood later this semester to help students capture and share their stories of recovery and resilience. Those stories and photos will be shared with the public at a later date.

29 Sep

WVU alumna Margie Mason (BSJ, 1997) was on a seven-hour flight from Jakarta to a small city called Tual near the eastern edge of the Indonesian islands. When she arrived, the Associated Press Asia regional writer would meet hundreds of men, mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, who were so driven to earn their livelihood that they followed recruiters — who claimed to offer decent pay — onto Thai boats where they were enslaved. She wanted to change that. So she and her team told their story and by now more than 2,000 fishermen have been freed. Read the incredible true story of investigative journalism that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize at WVU Magazine online.

Margie Mason and her colleagues will discuss the project during their presentation, “Seafood from Slaves: From Investigation to Pulitzer Prize” on Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

28 Sep

In keeping with the growing interest in sports, we now have a new student organization on campus: Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM). The AWSM news release about our chapter may be found at .

Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Oppe, who was approached by students to begin and lead the new chapter as its first faculty advisor. According to Elizabeth, they already have plans to bring a number of women professionals to campus.

28 Sep

For a year-and-a-half, alumna Margie Mason (BSJ, 1997) and three of her Associated Press (AP) colleagues fearlessly documented the harsh treatment of enslaved fishermen working on a remote Indonesian island.

Together they uncovered the stories of more than a thousand men who were locked in cages and abused to supply seafood to supermarkets and restaurants in the U.S. and around the world.

In 2015, the AP released the findings in the series “Seafood from Slaves.” The feature led to the arrests of dozens of alleged perpetrators, new U.S. legislation barring imports of slave-produced goods and the release of more than 2000 slaves.

For their investigation, Mason and her colleagues were awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service, as well as more than 30 additional journalism awards, including the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights International Journalism Award.

On Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms, Mason will return to West Virginia University along with fellow reporters, Esther Htusan, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza to present, “Seafood from Slaves: From Investigation to Pulitzer Prize.” The panelists will give a first-hand account of how their investigation unfolded, discuss their reporting tactics and what’s next for the investigation.

About the Moderator

Emily Corio is a teaching assistant professor at the WVU Reed College of Media who teaches courses in video and multimedia reporting. Before joining the staff in August 2011, Corio spent a decade working in journalism. She was Assistant News Director for the statewide public television and radio network in West Virginia. There she reported and produced stories for radio, television and the web, including award-winning pieces on environmental issues and breaking news. She was awarded a Knight Center for Environmental Journalism Fellowship in 2008 and traveled to Alaska to study impacts of climate change. Her radio reporting and stories have aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” WNYC’s and PRI’s “The Takeaway,” and the CBC. In 2014, Corio won a “Best of Festival” award from the Broadcast Education Association for a story she produced on the recovery of the Cheat River due to mining pollution.

About the Panelists
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(Featured from left to right: Esther Htusan, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason)

For more than a decade, Margie Mason has covered some of the biggest stories in the Asia-Pacific. Though she specializes in medical writing, including reporting from the front lines of SARS and bird flu, much of her enterprise work has focused on poverty and human rights abuses, often involving women and children in remote areas. Her interest in pursuing migrant fishermen forced to work on boats in Indonesia surfaced while reporting on the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Mason joined the AP in 1997 in Charleston, West Virginia, and was later based in San Francisco and Vietnam before her current posting in Indonesia. She has reported from more than 20 countries on four continents and co-authored an award-winning series on global drug resistance. She was a Nieman Global Health fellow at Harvard University and an Asian studies fellow at the University of Hawaii. She started working at her hometown newspaper, The Dominion Post, when she was 19 years old. She has a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

Since joining The Associated Press two years ago, Esther Htusan has relentlessly pursued stories about human rights abuses in Myanmar following a half-century of dictatorship. Her interest in covering Rohingya Muslims was almost unheard of in a country where much of the population—including local journalists—looked upon members of the long-persecuted minority with disdain. When Htusan joined the investigation into forced labor in Southeast Asia’s fishing industry, her compassion and resourcefulness in reporting led to some of the most powerful images the world has seen about modern day slavery: Men in a cage on a remote Indonesian island and interviews with men calling out over the side of their trawler. Some spoke of abuses at the hands of their captains and others begged The AP to tell families back home they were still alive.

The slave-fishing project was especially personal for Robin McDowell because it tied together the very countries she covered during her two-decade career in Southeast Asia. In Thailand, where for many poor men the brutal human trafficking trade began, she helped launch The Associated Press’ first regional editing desk. In Cambodia and Myanmar, home to most of the victims, she reported on the difficulties young democracies face after emerging from military rule, civil strife and horrific rights abuses. And in Indonesia, where men were trapped for years, sometimes decades, she oversaw a busy bureau as it responded to everything from earthquakes and tsunamis to terrorist attacks. McDowell went to Washington University in St. Louis and, after a few years in book publishing, to Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Martha Mendoza is an Associated Press writer whose reports have won numerous awards and prompted Congressional hearings, Pentagon investigations and White House responses. She is part of the Asia-based team that wrote the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Seafood from Slaves” reports, prompting the release of more than 2000 enslaved fishermen. She was also part of a team that won a 2000 Pulitzer Prize for reports that revealed the decades-old secret of how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of civilians at the No Gun Ri Bridge. Mendoza is the recipient of numerous state, regional, national and international journalism awards. She has reported for the AP since 1997, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, New York, the Silicon Valley and Mexico City. She was a 2001 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a 2007 Ferris Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. In 2013 she was named a Champion of Freedom by the Electronic Privacy Information Center and is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently based in Bangkok.

This free, public event is co-sponsored by the WVU Reed College of Media, Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series, David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas and WVU’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

28 Sep

Wellness Workshop Series

September 28, 2016

With mid-terms fast approaching, it is normal for students to experience increased stress and anxiety. As part of the Wellness Workshop Series, The Carruth Center will be offering a free Workshop designed to help students manage these feelings in healthy, effective ways. The workshop will be on Tuesday, 10/4 from 6:30-7:30 in CPASS Room 101 and is open to all students. Students will learn about evidence-based strategies to help control worry, relieve tension, and reduce the overall impact of stress on their lives. For more information, please contact The Carruth Center at 304-293-4431. Additional seminars will be offered throughout the semester, so please visit the website for the full schedule!

See the attached flyer for more information.

21 Sep
4a0cc71b-9bd8-4f4b-a1ff-62f04e8a1426 When West Virginia University alumnus Frank Ahrens traded the newsroom for the boardroom, he was in for more than a career change. In 2010, Ahrens married a U.S. Diplomat and moved to Seoul, South Korea. While living there, he became a top executive at Hyundai Motor’s headquarters, a father and a reluctant internationalist.

Ahrens started at Hyundai as the company’s director of global communications and was later promoted to vice president of global corporate communications. Out of thousands of Korean employees at company headquarters, he was one of fewer than 10 non-Koreans and the only American.

In his book, “Seoul Man: A Memoir of Cars, Culture, Crisis, and Unintended Hilarity Inside a Corporate Titan,” Ahrens recounts the three years he spent at Hyundai — traveling to auto shows and press conferences around the world, and pitching his company to former colleagues while trying to navigate cultural differences at home and at work.

On Tuesday, October 4, at 6 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms, Ahrens will give a public lecture on his book and his experiences as the highest-ranking non-Korean executive at Hyundai and working abroad in an international corporation.

The event is co-sponsored by the WVU College of Business and Economics Distinguished Speaker Series and the WVU Reed College of Media Gruine Robinson Lectureship in Journalism Series. The B&E Distinguished Speaker Series is presented in part by Wells Fargo. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

College of Media Dean Maryanne Reed is a long-time friend of Ahrens,’ and says his exceptional gift for storytelling will keep the audience entertained.

“Journalists are great storytellers, and Frank is no exception. His unique fish-out-of-water tale is guaranteed to make people laugh and perhaps, shed a tear or two,” said Reed. “Our students will learn from his story how to adapt to new situations and challenges.”

Ahrens is currently a vice president at BGR Public Relations in Washington, D.C., and a member of the WVU Reed College of Media’s Visiting Committee.

At Hyundai, Ahrens promoted the brand to media members around the world, traveling to every continent except Africa and Antarctica. His travels took him to Sao Paulo, Paris, Frankfurt, Muscat, Singapore, Beijing, Monaco, Dubai, and Delhi. At Hyundai HQ, he created the company’s first English-language corporate media site, hired the company’s first English editor, helped establish the company’s first PR operation in the Middle East in Dubai, and won numerous positive newspaper front-page and magazine-cover articles.

“We are delighted to welcome a pioneering businessman like Frank Ahrens to speak to the students at WVU,” said Javier Reyes, Milan Puskar Dean at the College of Business and Economics. “His background in journalism coupled with outstanding accomplishments in the business world will empower our students to set goals and inspire them to reach new heights.”

Ahrens previously worked for 18 years as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post. He covered the global financial crisis of 2008-2010 as well as the media and entertainment industries, interviewing heads of television networks and movie studios, and even William Shatner (twice). Ahrens appeared frequently as a media industry expert on CNBC, MSNBC, PBS and other networks.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1987 and was editor of The Daily Athenaeum.

Read more about Frank Ahrens lecture online.

20 Sep

Barbara Fleischauer, the long-time House of Delegates representative from Monongalia County, is speaking to students about the 2016 election in West Virginia as well as how journalists should cover elections and state politics on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 11:30 am in Martin Hall 201. This event is free and open to WVU students. For more information contact Assistant Professor Alison Bass.

20 Sep

Are you a graduate student interested in entrepreneurship?
Have you ever wanted to learn more about technology transfer at universities?
Do you want to establish connections with industry partners?

If so, then please join us for lunch on October 6th from 12-1 in Room 201 Erma Byrd, Health Sciences, for the inaugural meeting of the “the WVU TEC” (Technology and Entrepreneurship Club).

The WVU TEC is a group dedicated to helping graduate students learn about entrepreneurship, technology transfer in an academic setting, and alternative approaches to traditional academic funding. Along with monthly discussion and informational meetings, the group intends to help initiate several programs including industry externship experiences, assistance programs for developing entrepreneurs, and collaborative work groups for research and business development. We are looking for graduate students who are interested in technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and working with others to improve business and research collaborations.

During the inaugural meeting we will discuss
– How West Virginia University can help graduate students pursue opportunities in entrepreneurship and industry collaborations
– Monthly meeting content
– Guest speakers
– Externships and other experiences that would be applicable to the goals of this group

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend and help launch this group! Questions contact Debra Beery.

16 Sep

Dr. S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, will present “Media Effects In the Age Of Interactivity: Affordances that shape the way we think and act” on Friday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. at the Media Innovation Center (Evansdale Crossing, 4th Floor).

Dr. Sundar is founder of the Media Effects Research Lab at Penn State and a world-renowned researcher in social and psychological effects of online communication technology and human-computer interaction (HCI). His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, Korea Science and EngineeringFoundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services, among others. In recognition of his latest research, Dr. Sundar will outline his groundbreaking Theory of Interactive Media Effects (TIME) and interact with the audience.

A brief reception will follow. RSVP strongly encouraged (seats may be limited).

This lecture is hosted by Public Interest Communications Lab, WVU Reed College of Media and WVU Media Innovation Center.

Download the flyer for more information.

8 Sep

WV Flood Relief Food Drive

September 8, 2016

On June 23, a devastating flood hit West Virginia. Richwood High School was one of the schools destroyed, and students will be mobile for the next three to four years while the school is rebuilt.

Requested supplies: canned goods, microwavable mac and cheese, ramen noodles, crackers, baby food, other non-perishable food items, and gift cards to Wal-mart and Lowe’s.

Deliver supplies to Whitney Godwin in Martin Hall room 104, or Brianna Robinson at the Media Innovation Center.

The collection deadline is Thursday, September 15.

Interested in donating other items? You can contact Whitney.

For a complete list of supplies and information click here for a downloadable flyer .

7 Sep

The Fall 2016 WVU News anchors have been announced!
The main “WVU News” anchors for fall 2016 are (from front to back) Taylor Deer of Charleston, West Virginia, Kristen Tuell of Weirton, West Virginia, and Hannah Goetz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The social square anchors are
Aaliyah Brown of Odenton, Maryland and
Morgan Mularski of Irwin, Pennsylvania.

The ESPNU sports reporters (from left to right) Reghan Bailey of Fairmont, West Virginia, Nikki Kaye of Brick, New
Jersey, Jonah Marcum of Weston, West Virginia, and Ashley Rogers of Baltimore, Maryland.

View a full list of anchors, reporters and producers here .

“WVU News” won a platinum and gold award from the 2016 AVA Digital Awards. The “WVU News’” Go Green episode won a platinum award, and “The Many Dimensions of Diversity” episode won a gold award. In spring 2015, “WVU News” won a first place national Emmy Award for “Best College Newscast” in the Country. Also, “WVU News,” was recognized in 2011 by the Broadcast Education Association as the “Best Student-Produced Newscast” in the country.

The television newscasts are produced by journalism students at the WVU Reed College of Media. “WVU News” reporters cover events on the University campus, and in the Morgantown community. Students report, write, shoot and edit television news stories for the program. They also serve as on-air anchors, producers, directors and technical crew during newscast tapings at WVU’s professional television studio.

The award-winning program provides students with hands-on experience and access to professional, state-of-the-art digital equipment. Students who enroll in the “WVU News” course are well prepared for careers in television journalism after they graduate.

“WVU News” airs statewide on West Virginia PBS as part of “Campus Connection” and on Time Warner Cable in North Central West Virginia. The production is available on YouTube. You can also follow “WVU News” on Twitter or visit the team’s website.

7 Sep
steele When photojournalist Alysia Burton Steele moved to Mississippi, she saw images that reminded her of childhood visits with her grandmother in South Carolina. She longed for a connection with her late grandmother and set out to meet and record the oral histories of her contemporaries — the Mississippi Delta’s beloved “church mothers.”

Steele spent nine months and logged 6,000 miles along the back roads and highways of Mississippi. The labor of love resulted in her book, “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom.”

“Delta Jewels” is a collection of formal portraits and oral histories including civil rights activist Mrs. Myrlie Evers — widow of NAACP leader Medgar Evers. The women featured in “Delta Jewels” share poignant highlights about life during the Jim Crow era in Mississippi, including stories about the Civil Rights Movement, voting, fighting to receive an education and working on plantations.

On Thursday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m., Steele will give a presentation of her work at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media Innovation Center. “Delta Jewels: Black Women, Wit and Wisdom from the Mississippi Delta” will include excerpts from Steele’s book and a discussion about her photography.

Steele says she is eager to share her stories about the “church mothers” with residents of the Mountain State.

“I have never been to West Virginia University, so I’m very excited to see the campus and meet students, members of the community and faculty,” said Steele. “There are important oral histories to collect in every community, and to be able to share the Mississippi Delta’s with West Virginia University is an honor.”

delta-jewels_cover “Delta Jewels” has been featured in various national publications including: The New York Times, National Public Radio, Southern Living,, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Garden & Gun, and the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.In addition, “Delta Jewels” has been accepted into the Library of Congress.

Steele spent more than 12 years as a photojournalist at The Columbus Dispatch and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she worked as a picture editor and deputy director of photo. In 2006, she served as one of the picture editors on The Dallas Morning Star team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for their Hurricane Katrina coverage.

Currently, Steele is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media in Oxford, Mississippi.

“Delta Jewels: Black Women, Wit and Wisdom from the Mississippi Delta” is co-sponsored by the WVU Reed College of Media, the WVU English Department, and the WVU History Department. The event is free and open to the public. The Media Innovation Center is located on the fourth floor of the Evansdale Crossing building.

1 Sep

Welcome to the 11th annual West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition , hosted by BrickStreet Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. The competition affords college students around the state the unique opportunity to make a business idea come to life with the support of state institutions of higher education and seasoned business professionals from around the country.

Goal: To provide students with the education, skills, contacts, and motivation necessary to create a viable, start-up company in West Virginia. Three grand prize packages consisting of $10,000 cash prize, accounting, legal, and virtual or physical incubator space are awarded to the top team in each category:

Lifestyle and Innovation – These can be products or services that are part of daily life or new innovations. They can be the introduction of new products or services, or new methods or techniques on existing products or services.

Hospitality and Tourism – Products or services with relevance to hospitality, restaurants, hotels, tourism or related fields.

STEM – Products or services with an emphasis in engineering, technology, energy, and healthcare

Eligibility: Any full-time college student attending a four-year, degree-granting West Virginia institution OR a full-time community college student at a West Virginia degree granting institution. Open to all majors! Full time status will be verified. Students participating in university-approved co-op programs are considered to be full-time students for the purpose of this competition. Students that graduate in December 2016 are eligible to compete, but MUST attend all mandatory functions related to the competition during the spring of 2017.

The deadline to enter is October 14, 2016 at noon ET.

31 Aug

Your digital footprint follows you everywhere — from online, to the grocery store, even to the gym. Companies are constantly collecting valuable data about our spending and lifestyle choices, and they’re using that data to customize and target their marketing messages to consumers.

In response to the critical industry need for data-savvy communicators, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media is now offering the nation’s first online master’s degree in Data Marketing Communications (DMC).

This fall semester, the program enrolled its first cohort of students. Among them is alumnus Alex McPherson, director of analytics and insights at FleishmanHillard, a global communications firm located in Dallas, Texas. McPherson, a 2011 public relations graduate, says the new DMC program will greatly expand his skillset.

“In looking for a graduate program, I wanted something grounded in the convergence of data analysis and the marketing/journalism industry, but I needed the flexibility of an online program,” McPherson said. “I never thought I’d be going back to WVU so it’s a thrill to once again be a student Mountaineer.”

Students in the DMC program will learn how to “read” and use audience data to drive marketing communications messaging and campaigns for clients in the public and private sectors. DMC Instructor Cyndi Greenglass, founding partner of Diamond Marketing Solutions, says graduates of the program will be in high demand”

“Graduates of this degree will stand out in the marketing field not only being able to understand the data and what it means, but they will also know how to use it effectively for better decision-making,” said Greenglass.

The 33-credit hour DMC program is designed to be completed in 16 months. Enrollment for the next cohort begins in fall 2017 and will continue on a rolling basis. For more information about DMC, visit

30 Aug

On June 23, a devastating flood hit West Virginia. Richwood High School was one of the schools destroyed, and students will be mobile for the next three to four years while the school is rebuilt.

Requested supplies: Files, rolling files & totes, collapsible carts, plastic storage totes, SD cards, gift cards to Walmart, Target and Office Depot, Staples.

Deliver supplies to Whitney Godwin in Martin Hall room 104, or Brianna Robinson at the Media Innovation Center.

The Student Ambassadors team will deliver the supplies to Richwood High School on Friday, September 2.

Interested in donating other items? You can contact Whitney.

For a complete list of supplies and information click here for a downloadable flyer.

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