West Virginia University
29 Aug

This week’s opportunity alert has some really fascinating leads for you! Note the important deadlines and other important dates for Mentorship and the Brazil capstone experience!Remember, these opportunities aren’t just “resume builders.” They’re a chance for you to get real-world experience that will supplement your classroom learning. Learn it today, use it tomorrow! Click here for a downloadable version of this week’s opportunity alert.

28 Aug

Martin-Hall Agency is the first student-led and student-run Integrated Marketing Communications agency at WVU. Agency members obtain real-world IMC experience through working with paying clients. We are seeking new members for the fall 2014 semester with the preferred majors but not limited: Advertising, Public Relations, Strategic Communications, Communications, Marketing, Graphic Design, Finance, Accounting and Business.

We are having an introduction meeting on Wednesday, September 3, at 6 p.m. in room 101 Martin Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. Let Martin-Hall Agency help you go from being an IMC student to an IMC professional.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at martinhallagency@gmail.com

28 Aug

Would you like an opportunity to listen to and meet with individuals who are committed to innovation in and around the Morgantown community? Here’s your chance! WVU’s Vice President of Research, Dr. Fred King, is inviting students to attend WVU’s Second Annual Innovation Awards Ceremony. The event is Monday, September 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Waterfront Place Hotel. The keynote speaker is Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman. Bush is a West Virginia native with a remarkable career from a systems engineer to his current role as CEO. In addition, President Gee, Provost McConnell, Health Sciences Vice President Dillon and Dr. King will be active participants. For planning purposes, be sure to RSVP.

27 Aug
bennett Strategic Communications senior Valerie Bennett is using her classroom experience and campus connections to become a successful brand manager for the world’s largest online retailer—Amazon.com, Inc. After applying and interviewing for a spot in the Amazon Student Brand Ambassador Program, Bennett was selected to travel to Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and take part in the company’s training program. The Masontown, West Virginia, native says the experience was “eye-opening” and that it has changed her approach to tackling a job search.

Interview by Christa Currey

Christa Currey: What does an Amazon Student Brand Ambassador do?

Valerie Bennett: My partner, marketing junior Deonna Gandy, and I will promote the Amazon brand on campus—particularly Amazon Student. Amazon Student is similar to Amazon Prime, but students can join at a discounted rate, and the deals are geared specifically toward students.

CC: What was the application process like?

VB: Students from colleges all over the county applied. There were over 33 students just from WVU who interviewed for the Amazon Brand Ambassador Program, but only two were chosen. The application process was unique because we had to create a marketing strategy to promote an event. My idea was to use guerrilla marketing approaches, such as placing the iconic Amazon boxes around campus, similar to a scavenger hunt. Each box would include fun facts and information about Amazon Student as well as freebies. I’m also a very hands-on person so I suggested interactive pop-up stations including Kindles and laptops so that people can experience Amazon music and movies.

CC: Where did you get the ideas for your application submission?

VB: I pulled a lot of my campaign ideas from my public relations and marketing class, my advertising research class and my media buying class. Because of those classes, I was able to look at it as a realistic campaign.

CC: What was it like to visit the Amazon headquarters?

VB: We got to walk through their offices and see how they work—it’s very laid back. You have to be self-motivated to work there because the training is fast and to the point. Then it’s up to each individual to find a mentor within Amazon. I’m definitely a self-starter so I like the idea of having the freedom to find your own mentor.

CC: What was the training for the Ambassador Program like?

VB: * There were 108 students from 54 colleges and universities across the country that participated in the training, and it was very intense. We started at 7:45 a.m. and didn’t finish until 6:30 p.m. It was a mixture of getting to know Amazon – the back story of it – and learning about the company’s plans for the future. They gave each of the brand ambassadors a Kindle Fire HDX, so the training experience was very hands-on and interactive.

CC:* What will you do with your training now that you’re back on campus?

VB: This is the first year that students from WVU have participated in the Amazon Student Brand Ambassador Program, so my partner and I are paving the way by building connections and understanding our boundaries. Amazon gave us a goal of putting on two to three small events each month and one large event by May. We have a campus manager located in Seattle who will approve our campaign ideas, but basically it’s up to us to plan, promote and implement the events. After we have an event, Amazon will monitor our Twitter account and our referrals to Amazon Student to measure our success.

CC: How have you benefitted from this experience so far?

VB: I have definitely gained more experience and a better understanding of brand management, which is a field of interest for me after graduation. It has really helped me prepare for life after graduation in May because I got to sit in on brand specific training for a large company. This experience has also given me a confidence boost. Now I won’t be hesitant to apply for jobs at larger, well-known corporations.

27 Aug

Full-time admitted College of Media students are now able to print using your student ID card at the printers outside of G4 Martin. Students receive $35 toward printing for the semester, which has been placed on your card. Costs to print remain the same as last year and appear below:

  • each standard sized B&W copy costs 6 cents;
  • each standard color copy, 25 cents;
  • each legal sized B&W, 8 cents;
  • each legal sized color, 32 cents;
  • each 11×17 B&W, 12 cents;
  • each 11×17 color, 50 cents.

Please note that when your printing balance gets below 6 cents, you will need to call OIT (3-4444) to clear (zero out) this balance before you can continue to print using your own “Mountie Bounty” funds.

There was a problem with the swipe card technology unit we received for the new 201 classroom, so printing is not yet available there. However, we are hopeful we will receive the replacement part soon! We will alert room 201 instructors when printing is again available on the second floor. Until then, you may use the student lounge and open labs to send your work to the G4 printers.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience!

26 Aug

The first informational meeting for the WVU Ad Club, a chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) will be Wednesday, September 3 at 5:00 pm in Room 205 Martin Hall. FREE PIZZA! All majors welcome. Come meet new friends and learn more about AAF membership!

For questions, please contact Ad Club/AAF Advisor Catherine Mezera at catherine.mezera@mail.wvu.edu

26 Aug

The WVU Reed College of Media is now accepting applications for its Professional Mentorship Program. The program matches juniors, seniors and graduate students with industry leaders from the College’s network of alumni and friends. Professional mentors provide guidance, coaching and support for students in journalism and strategic communications as they prepare to enter the workforce. The application period is now open, and the program continues through the end of the academic year. Applications are available online .

25 Aug

WVVA TV, a dominant NBC affiliate in Bluefield, WV is searching for the following positions:

  • Promotions Manager: Candidate will oversee the daily writing, shooting, editing and graphic challenges of marketing our content on multiple platforms.
  • Content Manager: Working with the News Director and Internet Director, this person will help supervise desk operations, newscast producers, anchors/reporters/multimedia journalists and photographers in our award-winning news department.
  • Multimedia Journalist: Candidate must work on a multitude of platforms including TV, Web, Mobile and Social networks. Position may include some anchoring.
  • Producer: Candidate must be capable of producing a visually-exciting and highly-informative newscast every day.
  • Account Executive: Candidate will work directly with local business to achieve marketing goals through our multi-media outlets WVVA TV, The Two Virginias’ CW, MeTV and wvva.com.

Click here for more information and to apply.

25 Aug

Fall semester computer lab hours

Angela | August 25, 2014

Fall semester computer lab hours in Martin Hall are as follows:

Room G1
Friday, 1 pm – 5 pm (mainly for JRL 225 students)

Room G2
Monday/Wednesday 8:30 am – 9 pm
Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 am – 9 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Room G3

Room G4
tentative hours for this room – will be posted on the door if we open it up
Monday 8:30 am – 10 am
Wednesday 8:30 am – 11 am
Friday 9:30 am – 11 am

Room 201
Monday 4 pm – 6 pm
Tuesday/Thursday 2:30 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday 2 pm – 6 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 11 am, 1 pm – 6 pm

Occasionally, a lab will be closed during the stated time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

20 Aug

The newly named WVU Reed College of Media (formerly the P.I. Reed School of Journalism) begins its 75th year on WVU campus with a new name, upgraded facilities and new curriculum.

On Monday, August 18, College of Media students were the first to use the new Alexis and Jim Pugh Media Innovation Lab on the second floor of Martin Hall. Built this summer, the lab is an open, flexible environment that offers students access to the latest media technology and fosters creativity, ideation and product development. Lab interior 4

The lab houses a customized teaching wall, collaboration tables and a digital media bridge. The multi-screen system features streaming data, multimedia and social media content that faculty can integrate into their teaching.

In addition to a classroom space, the lab will serve as an incubator where students and faculty will develop, test and deploy new media applications, platforms and strategies.

The College also launched its revamped Journalism major this fall. The updated major replaces the current areas of emphasis (AOE) in print, television and visual journalism with a more flexible and adaptive course of study that empowers each student to design an individualized career path.

Rather than taking a prescribed list of courses in a single AOE, journalism students will have a wider selection of courses to take among three the “skill areas” of writing, media creation and audience engagement, as well as a converged capstone course and at least one major elective. The College’s in-house advising team will provide students with suggested coursework based on professional tracks, such as Reporting and Editing, Television Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Media Design, Sports Reporting, Documentary Journalism and more.

Students will also be able to design a professional track of their own making based on their career goals and interests. In all cases, students will gain the knowledge and skills to be professional communicators across a variety of modern media platforms.

Announced in spring, the new minor in Interactive Design Minor is now available for students in the College of Media and the College of Creative Arts. The minor allows students to acquire skills in interactive design, visual narrative and new technologies that will enable them to compete in an increasingly digital and visual medial environment.

Students may take courses such as Game Design and Digital Narrative, which use game theory to build interactive stories; and Designing for Multimedia, which emphasizes visual design for digital and multimedia platforms.

Throughout the year, the College of Media will host a series of activities to commemorate its 75th anniversary, beginning with a celebratory event on September 30 from 4-6 p.m. in Woodburn Circle. More details will be provided at a later date.

18 Aug

WVU’s Commission for LGBTQ Equity is seeking one or more student interns (undergraduate or graduate) for the fall semester. Interns will earn 1 – 3 academic credits in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST 491), based on approximately 3 hours per week per academic credit, from September through December. Duties will include, but may not be limited to, the following:

1) Develop and communicate information about events and activities associated with the Commission through their website and social media

2) Help coordinate and promote Commission meetings, events and programs

3) Design brochures, announcements and other publicity for events and activities

4) Promote the Commission and its mission through effective organization skills and communication with University administrators, faculty, staff and students.

The Commission for LGBTQ Equity seeks to assess and improve the climate for diversity, equity and inclusion within the WVU community by highlighting the contributions and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students, faculty and staff. This is accomplished through review of climate, policies, programs and procedures and through the development, promotion, and advocacy of collaborative partnerships and programs with other campus and community offices and affinity groups. The Commission is committed to fostering diversity and an inclusive culture at West Virginia University in which all Mountaineers are visible, safe, supported, and have equitable access to all University programs, services and policies, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

For additional information contact Brian Jara, Co-chair, Commission for LGBTQ Equity at brian.jara@mail.wvu.edu. Application deadline is 4pm on Thursday, August 28. The online application is available at http://tinyurl.com/wvulgbtq.

18 Aug

There is an immediate position at The Western News in Libby, Montana. The position is for reporting but also includes other aspects, including editing and design. Candidate will write both quick turns and features. Libby is full of stories that need to be told and the newspaper is the main source of information for its citizens. The position is very hands-on and is full of potential for developing skills.
Libby is a small town, formerly a mining and timber area, and the community is very close-knit. The area is close to the Cabinet Mountains, the Kootenai National Forest, Idaho, Canada and many, many rivers, creeks, reservoirs and lakes.
Recreational opportunities include: hiking, running, climbing, water sports, skiing (downhill and cross-country), hunting, fishing, etc.

The position is immediate.

Please contact mbunk@thewesternnews.com for more information or call 406-293-4124 and ask for Matt Bunk.

18 Aug

Trek bicycles is hiring

Angela | August 18, 2014

Trek bicycles has several open positions, including a copywriter and marketing project manager in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and digital marketing specialist in the United Kingdom.
View open positions and apply here.

About the company:
World-class on-site fitness center & fitness classes
We pay you to ride your bike to work
VIP parking for carpoolers
Tuition reimbursement program
Company-matched 401k
Company-contributed ESOP Plan
Passionate, committed coworkers who love cycling just as much as you do
Lunch rides on the best cycling roads in America
Awesome employee purchase program
Dress code? What’s that?
First WI company to be 100% powered by renewable energy
Minutes from Madison, WI, one of America’s best places to live
Midday mountain bike rides on 11 miles of sweet singletrack, right outside our door
On-site cafeteria with full-service coffee shop
Corporate commitment to advocacy and community service

18 Aug

The Green Team is looking for a volunteer to take on a significant role in an effort to expand Morgantown’s recycling program in the commercial business sector by working with a Green Team committee of citizens, businesspeople and city officials. This internship is being offered for one semester but may be extended up to a full calendar year. It will require a commitment of approximately 5 to 7 hours per week.

Responsibilities Include:
– Attend and record minutes of all meetings arranged with representatives from the Green Team, City officials, local business owners, and the local collection company
– Document the current status of commercial business recycling. i.e., what businesses are recycling, what items they are recycling, what businesses want to recycle but cannot, etc.
– Provide informal weekly report to the City Engineering Office
– Present oral and written report to the Green Team at its monthly meeting
– Possibly draft/contribute to oral and written reports to the Morgantown City Council if the project warrants it

– Ability to work well with citizens, business owners, and city officials
– Strong writing abilities
– Reliable and consistent worker

Benefits include:
– Experience in building government / private sector collaborations
– Experience in public relations
– Opportunity to network and build professional relationships in both the local government and private sectors
– Opportunity for a letter of recommendation from the City Manager
– City Engineering Department is willing to work with faculty to arrange academic credit

E-mail, mail, or drop off a resume or letter of interest to:
Trevor Lloyd, P.E., CFM
Engineering Department
389 Spruce St.
Morgantown WV, 26505

- Deadline for application is 5:00pm September 2nd 2014.
– Interviews will take place on September 4th and 5th. Specific time to be arranged via phone or email.

18 Aug

This year, WVU will participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for graduate students, which helps veterans pay their tuition. At the graduate-school level, the program is optional for universities, and this is the first year that all of WVU’s schools and colleges have opted to participate. Read more at WVU Today.

18 Aug

Be sure to check your 'Gee Mail'

Christa | August 18, 2014

A new academic year is here.

Morgantown is back to experiencing the daily hustle and bustle of a robust college town. Fall weather and football are just around the corner. And a new freshman class will be taking those important first steps toward achieving the American dream of a college education.

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee is here to welcome everyone back — or to welcome you for the first time — to this beautiful campus we call home.

In his welcome back message, Dr. Gee tells you about his summer — and takes questions from students — a la David Letterman — in a lighthearted segment called “Gee Mail.”

Doesn’t he know that Letterman already found a replacement?

More importantly, President Gee shares a heartfelt message with the Mountaineer community as we all enter a new academic year: Work hard, study hard, and don’t forget to have a little fun along the way.

18 Aug

The WVU Reed College of Media’s Internship Connection is a blog run by the College’s Director of Student Careers and Opportunities, Eric Minor. In it, Eric provides relevant, timely information on building your resume, finding internships and getting your first job out of college. Read more here and follow it for regular updates.

13 Aug

PRT will resume normal operations Aug. 13

Christa | August 13, 2014

With the major influx of thousands of parents and students descending upon campus, the Transportation and Parking office is gearing up for their return this week during the move-in process. In an effort to support the transportation needs to commute between campuses and minimize congestion, the PRT will resume operations a few days earlier than planned. The PRT will begin normal operations starting Wednesday (Aug. 13) for the fall semester. For more information on the PRT schedule during weekdays, weekends and special events, click here.

13 Aug
Esper The late Dr. George Esper will be inducted into the Uniontown Area High School Hall of Fame next month. The induction ceremony is on Saturday, September 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the Uniontown High School Cafeteria and Auditorium.

Esper, a renowned journalist and beloved professor, was born and raised in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Esper, a 1953 WVU alumnus, began his journalism career as a student writing for The Daily Athenaeum and his hometown newspaper, the Morning Herald. He went on to spend 42 years with the Associated Press (AP), spending 10 of those years covering the Vietnam War. After retiring from the AP, Esper returned to his alma mater to teach in the WVU Reed College of Media in the spring semester of 2000.

Esper passed away in February 2012, but those who knew and loved him are welcome to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony to honor his legacy. Click here for more information on the Hall of Fame Weekend at Uniontown Area High School.

7 Aug
April_Johnston_02-copy Teaching Assistant Professor April Johnston’s latest project is getting national attention. Her story, Twin, was published on Creatavist and is available at twin.creatavist.com. It is also the featured story of the week on the Creatavist app. Twin is the true story of a boy falsely charged and imprisoned for the murder of his twin brother, and focuses on his trial, exoneration and the repercussions of it all. Johnston’s husband, and WVU Reed College of Media lecturer, David Smith did the photos and the videos for the project.

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