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Dow Jones News Fund 2014 Summer Internship applications now online

College juniors, seniors and graduate students are invited to apply to the Dow Jones News Fund for summer 2014 internships in digital, news and sports editing and business reporting. The application deadline is Nov. 1. More than 60 media companies hired 120 interns in 2013.

Interns will be trained at New York University, Arizona State University, the University of Missouri, Western Kentucky University, Temple University, Penn State University, the University of Nebraska and the University of Texas before reporting to work. News media are required to pay at least $350 per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.

The Fund covers travel costs to and from training then to newsrooms. Students who return to school after a successful internship will receive $1,000 college scholarships. Applicants must take a one-hour business reporting or editing exam in addition to submitting the application forms. Posters, brochures and tests have been mailed to professors on college campuses who have volunteered to serve as test monitors.

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The SOJ Is Inviting All Students "To See Who You Can Be"

The WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism will hold its first annual Student Organizations Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 26, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in room 205 Martin Hall.

Why is it important to get involved in a student organization? Because a degree isn’t enough!

Being a part of one or more of the SOJ’s student organizations guarantees that you will: * Build professional skills * Build a professional network * Build a resume * Build a career

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Sign up now for Oct. 23 workshops in news-related law

Experts in news-related law will present four workshops on important topics—libel, privacy, access to government and online legal issues – on Wednesday, October 23, in Martin Hall on WVU’s Downtown Campus.

The one-day training event is meant for anyone who works with news (broadcast, print or online) or plans to do so. Bloggers, tweeters and website operators are welcome. Workshop presenters include Robert Bastress Jr., the John W. Fisher II Professor of Law at WVU; Patrick McGinley, the Judge Charles H. Haden II Professor of Law at WVU; Sean McGinley, a member of DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons, PLLC; and Ken Ward Jr., a reporter for The Charleston Gazette. (See bios below.)

Cost is minimal: $15 for all four workshops, including lunch and continental breakfast. WVU students and members of the West Virginia Press Association receive a $5 discount. The event is co-sponsored by the West Virginia Press Association, WVU College of Law and WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism.

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WVU RTDNA to host Kearns documentary screening and panel discussion

The documentary introduces the life and award-winning work of CBS News correspondent and former School of Journalism professor Frank M. Kearns. In the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s, Kearns was the “go-to guy” at CBS News for dangerous stories in Africa and the Middle East. He returned to his alma mater in 1971 to teach at West Virginia University’s School of Journalism. He was named the distinguished Benedum Professor of Journalism, a position he held until 1983. During that time, a former CBS news executive told Congress that Kearns also worked for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency while he was reporting for CBS in the 1950s. Kearns denied this accusation until his death from cancer in 1986.

Kearns won numerous awards during his 17-year career at CBS. He risked his life doing his job in places rife with conflict and cheated death more than 100 times. Like modern reporters in Libya and Syria, Kearns secretly traveled with insurgents in the Middle East to report on their loyalties and goals. His dangerous “embedding” in Algeria in 1957 revealed to the world that the insurgents were nationalists and not communists, and his reporting from Cairo during the Pro-Arab movement helped clarify President Gamel Abdel Nasser’s position between the West and the Soviet Union. Reporting on Kearns’ death, Dan Rather described him as quiet, courageous, and a legend. “Frank Kearns: American Correspondent” brings this legend to life and explores a past that is still mysterious to many. The documentary aired on select PBS stations nationwide this past spring. It won a regional Emmy this year. The documentary was produced with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, and the WVU School of Journalism.

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WVU journalism speaker series to discuss media in the military

Some civilians may be surprised to learn that the most poignant moments of military life are captured not only by Associated Press or National Geographic photographers but also by the soldiers and sailors themselves.

Through their deployments with the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer Second Class Justin Stumberg, a photographer, and Petty Officer Second Class Benjamin Lewis, a videographer, have documented the stories of military life, war and world cultures for the general public as well as the military’s historical record.

On Tuesday, September 24, Stumberg and Lewis will bring the emotion, beauty, triumph and tragedy of the U.S. military into sharp focus in their presentation, “Combat and Conflict: Through the Lens of the Military,” at 7 p.m. in 205 Martin Hall on the West Virginia University downtown campus.

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General assignment reporter opening-Washington, Pa.

The Observer-Reporter Newspaper in Washington, Pa., is seeking a general assignment reporter capable of writing across multiple publishing platforms.

Bachelor’s degree required. Previous newspaper experience preferred but not necessary. Must be a self-starter with solid reporting and writing skills, capable of writing on deadline from remote locations. General assignments include coverage of municipal government and school boards, breaking news as well as features. Basic photography, computer and social media skills essential.

Shifts vary based on assignments. Night and weekend work included, as well as some holidays. Must have smartphone and own transportation.

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Reporter needed for Greenwood (S.C.) Index-Journal

The Greenwood (S.C.) Index-Journal, a 12,000-circulation daily newspaper, is looking for a talented, energetic and aggressive staff writer/reporter to join its award-winning team.
In the past three years, the Index-Journal collected 86 South Carolina Press Association awards. It won the President’s Cup, a points-based honor given to the best newspaper in each circulation category.

Our education reporter covers six school districts, one charter school, two four-year colleges and one technical college. Candidates should be aggressive in uncovering the truth and holding public officials accountable.

Along with covering those hard news elements, candidates will be expected to take readers inside the classroom and show trends in education. Writing will include profile pieces and features, as well as front-page content for our weekly Campus section, a 4-to-6-page Sunday section highlighting education.

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WVU Ed on Campus sets Fall 2013 meeting schedule

WVU’s Chapter of Ed on Campus will meet every Wednesday this fall at 6:15 p.m. in 101 or 102 Martin Hall.

WVU Ed on Campus is part of the outreach program of Ed2010, an organization that coordinates with aspiring magazine editors and writers at colleges nationwide to provide practical advice for finding jobs and succeeding in the magazine industry. The club acts as a liaison between students and publishing professionals, conducts workshops and job fairs, and serves as mentor to group members in order to help them achieve their professional goals. WVU Ed on Campus gives students networking opportunities with both their peers and established magazine insiders that have proven to be valuable, with several members obtaining internships at magazines like Racer X, WV Living, CosmoGirl!, InStyle and People.

Club email: wvu_ed@yahoo.com

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WVU Journalism School hosts panel event exploring whistleblowing, environment

As children, we’re told not to be tattletales. But, what if you could expose a secret that could save the environment – and potentially thousands of lives? What if it meant losing your job, your friends and your privacy?

Over the years, whistleblowers have risked it all to uncover some of the biggest environmental scandals of our time.

The West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism hosted a moderated panel discussion, “Whistleblowing and the Environment: From Climate Change to the Gulf Oil Spill” on Sept. 18, 2013. A video of the event can be viewed on YouTube.

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Help wanted to tell WVU's story

University Relations/News is seeking a student intern to help tell West Virginia University’s story using a variety of media platforms. Candidates should be at least sophomores and have strong writing skills as well as be comfortable using a variety of platforms—text, video, audio, social media, web—to tell compelling stories. In addition to providing material for wvutoday.wvu.edu and other University and external outlets, interns will participate in many UR/News operations and functions, including assisting the office administrative assistant. The position, which pays up to $8 per hour, requires the student to be available 20 hours per week, generally during normal business hours. Preference will be given to students available for at least a full academic year or more. Send resume and references to: UR/News Director John A. Bolt at 304.293.6997 or john.bolt@mail.wvu.edu.

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