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Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record seeks news reporter

The Hickory Daily Record seeks a hard-charging, enterprising reporter to join its award-winning staff.

The HDR, a 15,000-circulation daily (20K on Sundays), needs a reporter who can cover breaking news, while also digging deeper into enterprise and investigative stories that affect the community.

The ideal candidate will have experience at a daily newspaper, but candidates with extensive college experience (school newspaper/internships) or reporters looking to make the jump from a smaller community newspaper are encouraged to apply.

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About the SOJ's May 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Below is an e-mail from Assistant Dean for Student Services Oliver Street.

Dear SOJ seniors and graduate students:

Many of you will be heading home for the Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with family and friends. This is often a time when families begin making plans for graduation. Please refer to the following information as you discuss spring plans.

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Dean Reed published in PBS Mediashift

With more and more people consuming news digitally, the future of journalism has never been brighter. But journalists of the future will face a number of challenges, according to Raju Narisetti, senior vice president and deputy head of strategy at the new News Corporation.

Narisetti recently shared his predictions about the future of media with SOJ students as part of the School’s “Future of Media — Now!” series.

You can view Dean Reed’s piece, “Raju Narisetti’s Top 9 Challenges Facing Journalism,” online.

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Wall Street Journal senior graphics editor selected as first Innovator in Residence

A Wall Street Journal innovator is leading an interactive project at the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism as part of the school’s growing emphasis on modern media education.

The multidisciplinary project will bring together students and faculty from across campus to collaborate at the intersection of journalism, technology and media and create a rich, interactive news experience.

School of Journalism Dean Maryanne Reed said this project gives students the opportunity to solve real-world problems with journalistic tools and technology.

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WVU SOJ, others receive multiple top-tier communication awards

The School of Journalism’s student-produced newscast, WVU News, has won a platinum and two gold awards from MarCom, an international competition that recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. WVU News received the platinum award for its Twitter site in the Mobile & Web-Based Technology/Twitter Site category. It also received two gold awards for the newscast website and the “College Campus Special Edition” newscast.

WVU News is a television newscast produced by journalism students at WVU. Students, report, write, shoot and edit television news stories for the program. They also serve as on-air anchors, producers, directors and technical crew during newscast tapings at WVU’s professional television studio. The award-winning program provides students with hands-on experience and access to faculty with professional, real-world experience. “WVU News” airs statewide on West Virginia Public Television and on Time Warner Cable in North Central West Virginia. The production is also available on YouTube.

MarCom receives about 6,000 entries per year from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers all over the world.

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WV Uncovered students use Google Glass for reporting

WV Uncovered students have begun using Google Glass to enhance their documentary storytelling style. So far, they have taken viewers on a trip through a WVU Marching Band show and a corn maze.

Two SOJ faculty, Dana Coester and MaryKay McFarland, received Google Glass through Twitter’s #ifihadglass campaign. McFarland’s WV Uncovered students use the device to enhance their documentary-style storytelling, and Coester’s Mobile Main St. students have developed an app for their Glass. Read more.

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PRSSA Hosts Fundraising Event for Shriners Hospitals for Children

The “Beads for Needs” event hosted by WVU PRSSA, The Morgantown Shrine Club and Mountaineer Maniacs, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bennett Tower Blue and Gold Room.

Student organizations will gather to spend time making bracelets to sell on campus. Each bracelet will be sold for $3, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. The hosts encourage all student and Greek organizations to take part in this event and give back to the community. Students looking to fill community service hours can use this event as an opportunity to earn iServe volunteer hours. The sign up is located on the iServe website.

The entire project was created and inspired by Emily Mellish, a 7–year–old girl who was born with Spina Bifida and Scoliosis. These conditions gave her severe curvature of the spine and caused one of her legs to be 8 inches shorter than the other. These conditions made it nearly impossible for Emily to walk. Fortunately, Emily entered Shriner’s Hospital for Children and has received help that has changed her life remarkably.

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WVU PRSSA chapter earns national recognition

West Virginia University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the winner of this year’s prestigious PRSSA Star Chapter award. WVU was one of only 27 chapters to win, chosen from among the 300 chapters at colleges and universities nationwide.

The award recognizes chapters that achieve at least eight of 10 items from a list of goals that includes completing a community service project, devoting a chapter meeting to a discussion of ethics and implementing a national initiative.

Several P.I. Reed School of Journalism students were on hand to receive the award at a ceremony during the recent National PRSSA Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Media Shift features Coester piece on Mobile Main St. project

Assistant Professor Dana Coester recently published a piece detailing the Mobile Main St. project on PBS’ Media Shift. 
“We took a leap into mobile in 2008 at the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism as part of a rural mobile early adoption initiative to help address West Virginia’s digital divide,” said Assistant Professor Dana Coester of the beginnings of the Mobile Main St. project. Her piece details the project and it’s “build and break” journey through the sometimes-rough waters of rapidly advancing technology.

Read the piece in its entirety on Media Shift.

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