Media College eNews

Former USA Today design editor, WVU alum to share experiences with students

J. Ford Huffman

J. Ford Huffman, a legend in newspaper design and one of the architects of USA Today, will visit classes at West Virginia University March 3-4 as part of the P.I. Reed School of Journalism’s Journalist in Residence program.

Huffman, USA Today’s former deputy managing editor in the design department and a WVU alumnus, will share his experiences with students in magazine production, visual journalism and publication classes at the School of Journalism and the College of Creative Arts.

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WVU student wins Rotary scholarship, will spend year in Scotland

A West Virginia University student will spend a year in Scotland, working on a graduate degree and sharing his knowledge of human rights after winning a Rotary International Foundation scholarship.

Joshua Austin, a senior political science and journalism major from Grafton, has been awarded the 2008-09 Rotary International District 7530 Ambassadorial Scholarship.

Valued at up to $23,000, the scholarship provides funding for tuition and fees, room and board, transportation and educational supplies for one year of study abroad. Austin plans to use the opportunity to work on his master’s degree in international politics at the University of Glascow beginning in September.

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WVU School of Journalism professor earns BEA award, governor's recognition

West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism professor Gina Martino Dahlia has earned a national Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts Award and special recognition from the governor for her documentary about the 1907 Monongah Mine disaster.

The 30-minute documentary, “The Monongah Heroine,” originally aired statewide in December on West Virginia Public Television.

Dahlia, acting chairman of the School of Journalism broadcast news sequence, won Best in Category for the Faculty Documentary Competition for Short Film. She will receive her award at the BEA 52nd Annual Convention April 16-19 in Las Vegas, Nev. A portion of her documentary will be aired during the BEA awards ceremony.

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USA Today editor to speak at WVU

Bob Dubill

Bob Dubill, the legendary editor who helped build USA Today into a national newspaper that revolutionized journalism, will speak to West Virginia University journalism students next week on new media and the challenges it faces today. All sessions are in Martin Hall and open to the public.

Dubill will address a media law class from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 20) in Room 205. At 6 p.m., in the same room, he will talk to a History of American Journalism class about how USA Today evolved and changed the way news, photos and graphics are used, developing a model for scores of other newspapers.

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WVU School of Journalism holds reporting contest in honor of former Pennsylvania editor

Students at the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism can win awards for their published stories thanks to a new reporting competition named after a beloved Southwestern Pennsylvania newspaperman.

The public affairs writing awards are named in honor of Walter J. “Buzz” Storey, a reporter and editor who worked at the Uniontown Herald-Standard for 47 years. The competition was established by an anonymous donor.

Storey is remembered in Fayette County and surrounding areas as a dedicated journalist and civic leader. He began his journalism career in 1940 when he joined the news staff of The Daily News Standard, now the Herald-Standard.

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Omnicom advertising professionals to speak to WVU journalism classes

The West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism will feature three speakers from high-profile advertising and research companies this month to give students an opportunity to learn first-hand about branding communications and advertising research.

“These professionals bring a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge to our students,” said Harrison/Omnicom Professor of Advertising Elizabeth Quilliam. “Their insights will add a new dimension to the classroom and provide students with the latest thinking about new communications models.”

Two New York City advertising professionals from Hall & Partners, a research company of Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services (DAS), will speak to students Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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WVU journalism student's photography featured in local art show

Kendal Montgomery

A West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism student’s photography from a study-abroad trip last summer to Southeast Asia is currently being featured at Zenclay Galleries in Morgantown.

Junior Kendal Montgomery went to Vietnam to document the country’s culture, society and life.

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3 WVU School of Journalism students win Hearst awards

Three West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism broadcast news students recently won national awards from the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards Program, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Among college participants, the WVU School of Journalism placed third overall in the Intercollegiate Broadcast News Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the radio and television competitions.

Justin Weaver of Fairview, a May graduate, won fourth place in the semifinal Television Broadcast News Feature Competition out of 65 students from 38 journalism schools across the country. His parents are Valerie and Michael Weaver.

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