Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our innovative programs and real-world opportunities.

There is no better time to consider a career in journalism or professional communications. Our industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation – a communications “revolution.” Newspapers are moving to the Web, broadcasts are being podcast, advertisers are using social media to target their messages, and the media consumer is in the driver’s seat. No longer passive observers, readers and viewers are engaged in creating content and shaping the public dialogue around issues that matter to them.

Dean Maryanne Reed Change is always scary. And no doubt, this is an uncertain and unsettling time. But it is also a time of great opportunity – an opportunity to help chart the future direction of our industry and redefine the role of communications in the digital age.

The WVU Reed College of Media is leading the way with a new journalism curriculum, designed to teach students how to write, report and produce stories across media platforms. Hands-on projects like “West Virginia Uncovered” are sending our students into the field to work side-by-side with professional journalists, to develop new models for Internet reporting, multimedia storytelling and citizen engagement.

Our highly qualified and dedicated faculty are also leading the change. Through research and practice, faculty are developing new ideas about how to make journalism relevant and profitable.

While no one can predict the future, we firmly believe our students have the skills and creative abilities to succeed in a dynamic professional environment. Our graduates work for top news organizations and strategic communications agencies and at major corporations and non-profits.

We recognize that when it comes to selecting a college and an academic program, today’s students have a variety of options. But the WVU Reed College of Media offers something special. We are preparing our students to be industry professionals and leaders of the communications revolution.

Join us and become a part of the future.

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Maryanne Reed
Dean