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College of Media students receive top awards from PRSA West Virginia Chapter

College of Media students won three Crystal awards and three honorable mentions at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) West Virginia Chapter Awards Gala in Charleston on June 14. The Crystal Award is the top prize in each of the Association’s award categories.

Here is a complete list of awards won by the WVU Reed College of Media and its students:

WVU chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

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WVU team achieves fourth place finish in year three of EcoCAR 3 competition

EcoCarWith one year left to go in the four-year EcoCAR 3 competition, the team from West Virginia University finds itself in some pretty good company. After a two-week stint that featured stops in Michigan and Washington, D.C., the team from WVU placed fourth overall, joining Ohio State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Tech at the top. 

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, EcoCAR 3 is an advanced vehicle technology competition that gives teams from 16 universities across the nation four years to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.

“One of the great things about the EcoCAR competition is that the student team members are faced with real-world situations and problems,” said four-time WVU graduate Bill Cawthorne, senior manager for advanced engineering in global transmission and electrification at General Motors and WVU EcoCAR team mentor. “They follow a vehicle development process similar to what is used in industry and use many of the same software design tools as industry professionals. They have to learn how to become leaders, to delegate, and to work as a team.”  

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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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