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College of Media celebrates May 2017 Commencement

Last week, Pulitzer-Prize winning College of Media alumna Margie Mason (BSJ, 1997)  shared words  of wisdom and inspiration with students at this year’s May Commencement Ceremony. Mason, a reporter for the Associated Press, acted as the event’s keynote speaker. She addressed nearly 300 College of Media graduates on May 12 at the WVU Coliseum.

During the ceremony, Mason was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for her achievement of international preeminence in her field and distinguished contributions to society.

Mason drew on personal experience to provide advice to the 2017 graduating class and encouraged students to take pride in their new alma mater.

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WVU commencement ceremonies to take place this weekend

West Virginia University will send more than 4,500 graduates into the world this weekend as commencement ceremonies take place in three venues for all 17 colleges and schools.

Of those 4,500 graduates, 3,083 will receive their undergraduate degrees or certificates, 915 their master’s degrees and 531 have earned their doctorates.

Reed College of Media’s graduates will be the first to turn their tassels Friday (May 12) at 9 a.m. in the WVU Coliseum.

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Finals Week G2 computer lab hours

The G2 computer lab will be open during the following times the week of finals (5/1-5/5).

Monday, 5/1, 8:30 am – 9 pm
Tuesday, 5/2, 8:30 am – 9 pm
Wednesday, 5/3, 9:30 am – 9 pm
Thursday, 5/4, 11 am – 6 pm
Friday, 5/5, NONE – Visit the main office if you need access to G2.

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Pulitzer Prize winner among West Virginia University commencement speakers

West Virginia University released the official list of 2017 May Commencement keynote speakers. Topping the list was WVU Reed College of Media Alumna Margie Mason (BSJ,1997) who will deliver the keynote address for her alma mater.

Mason delved into the unseemly world of Indonesian slavery and brought home a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a Grammy winning Mountain State native whose music has been covered by legends of the industry and sung at presidential inaugurations top the ranks of speakers at the University’s commencement ceremonies this year.

Margie Mason, (‘97) was part of a four-member team of female Associated Press reporters who won more than 30 journalism awards, including a Pulitzer, for groundbreaking work that exposed a slave island in a remote part of Indonesia where migrant fishermen were being held in a cage and forced to work against their will for years. The series of stories used satellite technology, Customs data and shoe-leather journalism to meticulously trace seafood caught by the enslaved men from Indonesia to Thailand and all the way to the United States. The work revealed that supply chains at some of America’s largest grocery stores and pet food brands were tainted by the slave-caught fish. The stories led to laws being passed, companies shut down, perpetrators being jailed and more than 2,000 slaves freed and sent home.

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Undergraduate INTEGRATE West Virginia Career Kickoff June 2

Marshall University, in partnership with West Virginia University, will hold a “Career Kickoff” event designed for undergraduate students prior to our INTEGRATE West Virginia conference on Friday, June 2 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

The Career Kickoff will take place on Marshall’s campus in Huntington and feature mock interviews, resume reviews, networking opportunities, professional headshots and more. This event is free and open to all undergraduate students and their accompanying advisors/faculty, and includes a lunch directly following the event.

For questions, or to RSVP, please email Megan Bayles by Monday, May 15.

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College of Media partners with Morgan State University to explore food justice in rural and urban communities

Rural Market

Journalism students at West Virginia University Reed College of Media and Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication partnered to investigate the inequities in food access in both urban Baltimore and rural West Virginia.

The experimental class was part of the College of Media’s Knight-funded Innovator-in-Residence program, which is designed to bring in industry experts to work with students on experimental projects that push the boundaries of traditional journalism.

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WVU Reed College of Media receives Benedum grant to serve growing interest in rural culture

Rural Grant

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media recently received a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation that will help students gain valuable media skills while sharing the stories of Appalachia.

The grant, worth $97,000, will support a media enterprise that experiments in new distribution models for digital publishing while offering a solutions-based approach for reporting and cultural analysis of the region.

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McNeil, Pressgrove honored with Heebink Awards for Distinguished Service


Two West Virginia University faculty members who embody WVU’s land-grant mission of teaching, research and service are the recipients of WVU’s 2017 Heebink Awards for Distinguished Service to the state of West Virginia.

Daniel McNeil is a Distinguished Eberly Family Professor of Public Service, a professor in the Department of Psychology in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and a clinical professor of dental practice and rural health in the School of Dentistry. His service activities in West Virginia span multiple disciplines—and decades.

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"Engage! Using Audience Engagement to Report on Social Justice Issues" on April 28

Injustice Issues

Join us for “Engage! Using Audience Engagement to Report on Social Justice Issues” on April 28 from 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m at the WVU Media Innovation Center. This daylong workshop on audience engagement will try to answer some of these tough questions facing our industry. A ground-breaking partnership between the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication and the West Virginia University Reed College of Media experimented with these concepts last fall in an immersive food justice reporting project that paired students and faculty from both programs to collaborate on an in-depth food access reporting project that will be screened at this event. Through the Knight Innovator-in-Residence program, the project also created an audience listening tool that collects data on how people across America access food. Participants in the program will walk guests through the process of creating an application that puts audiences at the forefront storytelling.

This free and open workshop takes participants behind the scenes of an innovative investigative reporting project with hands-on training in audience engagement, community data sourcing, and use of social media video by industry leaders. Professionals from newsrooms across the country, including ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity, NowThis, NPR and others will walk guests through how they utilize different audience engagement strategies every day to reach consumers of their content. Experts will also share strategies for using data resources, data visualization, community-based resources for covering food insecurity, as well as insights for effective community engagement in social justice reporting.

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