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RSVP for SOJ December Graduate Open House

The SOJ December Graduate Open House will begin with a short ceremony in 205 Martin Hall. In addition to acknowledging the graduating class, Dean Maryanne Reed will recognize top graduating seniors and students graduating with Latin Honors. Latin Honor cords will be presented at the event and should be worn during the WVU December Convocation ceremony. MSJ and MS-IMC graduates will also be recognized. Students receiving special honors will be notified individually prior to the event.

Friday, December 20, 2013
10:00 am – 11:30 am
205 Martin Hall
RSVP required

All prospective December graduates and their guests are invited to attend. A light reception will follow in 101-102 Martin Hall.

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MTV searching for a real "Modern Family"

MTV is conducting a talent search for a new reality venture. See below for details, and email mymodernfamily@mtv.com for more information or to nominate your family.

Do you live in a real-life Modern Family? Are your parents and siblings the anti-1950s nuclear family? Do you have same-sex parents? An internationally adopted cousin? A hot, young, new step-mom or dad? Is your clan multigenerational, multicultural, and multiplying? Perhaps your brood is made up of a recently blended family or an ever-expanding and hilarious, random group. If your family is fun, dynamic, diverse, and the new normal, we would love to hear from you!
If you appear between the ages of 16 and 25 and believe your household is totally modern, please email us at mymodernfamily@mtv.com. Don’t forget to include your name, phone number, email and a photo of your family!

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WVU journalism alumna to screen interactive documentary during Mountaineer Week

The film focuses on McDowell County, W.Va., which was once known for its bustling coal industry and is now an economically depressed area struggling to maintain its identity.

McMillion, who is a native of southern West Virginia, wanted to capture the unique stories of the people in this area and finds particular significance in showing her film at WVU.

“For me, this screening is important not only because I’m an alumna but also because the film aligns with WVU’s land-grant mission to serve the people of the state,” she said. ”’Hollow’ is about helping to amplify a West Virginia community’s voice.”

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News Corp executive to speak at SOJ

The need for great and relevant journalism is a given, but great content is no longer enough for newspapers to stay profitable. A prominent media executive is coming to West Virginia University to discuss how today’s news consumers expect an interactive experience on multiple platforms. In addition to text and photos, people want videos, slide shows, charts and interactive graphics.

News Corp’s senior vice president and deputy head of strategy Raju Narisetti will present “Creating the NEW News Experience,” on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in 205 Martin Hall as part of the P.I. Reed School of Journalism’s “The Future of Media–NOW!” series, which explores current and emerging forms of media being practiced by journalists, professional communicators and non-traditional storytellers. The event is sponsored by the Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series and is free and open to the public.

Dean Maryanne Reed says Narisetti’s talk will help students better understand how technology and storytelling come together in today’s modern media environment.

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Marketing researcher to speak at J-School

Ron Nelson has nearly 50 years of experience as a marketing researcher, with the past 30 spent as founder and owner of Nelson Research, Inc. Ron will share his wealth of knowledge with WVU students on Oct.24th at seven p.m in room 205 in Martin Hall. His presentation will be about “the use and abuse of Marketing Research.”

Ron has developed a one-of-a-kind research practice that goes well beyond reporting statistically significant results to providing marketing based on significant knowledge. Ron’s clients include Novartis, Kimberly-Clark, Hasbro, and Abbott Labs, providing custom research design and analysis for national and global new products, positioning, creative, and innovation initiatives.

He is the former executive vice president of the Consumer Response Corporation, and he was the Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Marschalk Advertising Agency.

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Intern with the WV Legislature--representatives to visit Monday, Oct. 21 and Tuesday, Oct. 22

Representatives from the West Virginia Legislature will visit the School on Monday, Oct. 21, and Tuesday, Oct. 22, to inform, promote, and help recruit students for the longstanding Spring 2014 WV Legislature Internship. Each year, students from both WVU and Marshall (approximately two from each) work closely with assigned delegates throughout the legislative session and write columns, newsletter articles, and other public relations pieces on behalf of their representatives. The students are truly immersed in the session and spend long (but rewarding) hours on the floor working with their delegates.

The paid internship (each Legislative Information intern will receive $1,300 per month—a total of $5,200) targets public relations students. We are especially targeting those students who have already taken or are currently enrolled in PR 324: Public Relations Writing and Applications. Students who have not yet taken the class will likely not possess the writing skills needed for the internship. Although the position would be of particular interest to students interested in public or governmental affairs or political communication, any dedicated public relations student would benefit from this experience. Students are required to spend the spring semester in Charleston, W.Va. They are responsible for their own living expenses; however, students may choose to live together in an apartment to cut down on costs. Charleston has several affordable housing opportunities, and the representatives can help with this aspect. They are in the process of sending more information regarding the stipend and application deadline.

Students may earn course credit, with prior written approval, for their internship. In the past, one of the primary concerns for students has been the fact that taking the internship would cause them to delay graduation because they would be away from campus for a semester. If the students are truly interested and this is the only reason for their apprehension, kindly send them to Oliver Street and/or Eric Minor. For all other questions, such as earning internship, independent study, or political science credits, please send them to Oliver Street.

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WVU PRSSA to host tailgate for National competition

The West Virginia University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host a tailgate for the WVU vs. Texas Tech football game on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Light Blue Lot near pole F2 as part of their participation in the 2013 Duck Brand Challenge.

The Duck Brand Challenge is a competitive event among PRSSA Chapters from several universities that includes building awareness for the Duck Brand duct tape on campus and communicating the brand values of friendliness, imagination and fun. Each team is given 18 rolls of their university brand duct tape to create unique products and apparel. The team with the most outreach, creativeness and attendance at the tailgate will be awarded $1,000 for their PRSSA chapter.

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WVU School of Journalism's innovative efforts receive first major gift

The Alexis and Jim Pugh Media Innovation Lab in Martin Hall will be an open, flexible environment that offers students access to the latest media technology and fosters creativity, ideation and product development. Students and faculty across disciplines will work in teams to develop, test and deploy new media applications, platforms and strategies, with the goal of re-envisioning rural and hyper-local communities using emergent digital and mobile media tools.

School of Journalism Dean Maryanne Reed says this gift will help the School strengthen its position as a leader in modern media education.

“This gift from Alexis and Jim Pugh is truly transformational, “said Reed. “It will provide our students with the latest media tools and technology and help them develop the creative problem-solving skills and entrepreneurial mindset they need to be successful in the changing media industry.”

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