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Job Opening: Communications Manager of Online Programs

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The Reed College of Media at West Virginia University is seeking applicants for the position of Communications Manager of Online Programs (Communications Specialist.1). Current online programs include undergraduate minors in Advertising, Entertainment Media, Event Planning, Health Promotion, Journalism, Public Relations, Sport Communication and Strategic Social Media, a master’s degree program in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) and graduate certificates in IMC and Digital Marketing Communications.

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WVU Journalism professor nominated for an Edgar Award

From The Washington Post to Hollywood, West Virginia University Reed College of Media Associate Professor John Temple’s latest nonfiction book, “American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic,” has received a lot of national attention. Now it is up for one of the most prestigious awards that a writer can receive—an Edgar.

This week “American Pain” was nominated for Best Fact Crime book for the 2016 Edgar Allen Poe Awards. The award, known as the Edgar, is presented by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and honors the best in mystery and crime fiction, nonfiction, television, film and theater published or produced in the previous year.

Since its release by Lyons Press last September, Temple’s book has received favorable reviews from USA Today and The Washington Post and was named a New York Post Favorite Book of 2015. In addition, Warner Bros. is developing a movie script based on the book. Melisa Wallack, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated movie “Dallas Buyers Club,” has written the screenplay.

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Women of WVU- Grant Opportunities

Proposals are now being taken for the third round of grants through an enrichment fund established by the Women of WVU organization.

The group was established by the WVU Foundation in 2014 to provide women who love the University another way to become involved using educational activities, networking opportunities and philanthropy.

The Women of WVU Enrichment Fund was established by the group’s leadership council to provide support funding for female students and programs affecting women at WVU. Individual grants of $2,500 and program grants of $5,000 are available. One each is awarded annually.

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Come check out the new Media Innovation Center on Jan. 29!

Join the WVU Reed College of Media as we officially “open” our new Media Innovation Center on the 4th floor of the Evansdale Crossing building. If you haven’t visited the new building click the “Evansdale Crossing” link for a map. Our Open House event will be from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, January 29.

The event will include tours of the space and interactive stations featuring virtual reality, augmented reality, community media, and digital storytelling. Come experiment with 360-degree cameras, brainwave sensors, 3D avatars and MORE.

This is a hands-on event designed for YOU! Come see what we’re all about – and bring a friend.

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WVU College of Media dean named finalist for national journalism/mass communication education award

Based on her record of excellence as dean of the West Virginia University Reed College of MediaMaryanne Reed has been named one of the top media administrators in the country.

This month, Reed was named one of three finalists in the national Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism & Mass Communication Administrator of the Year Award. The competition is co-sponsored by Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. It recognizes an administrator who has provided vision and leadership for the discipline through creativity and excellence. It is the only award offered to administrators of journalism and mass communications programs.

During Reed’s 11-year tenure as dean, the College of Media has experienced record enrollment in its graduate and undergraduate programs including its master’s degree program in Integrated Marketing Communications, the nation’s first online IMC graduate program. She has led major curriculum and programmatic changes, transformed the program from a school to a college, and paved the way for the development of a new Media Innovation Center.

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"American Pain" author John Temple to speak at January's Connect with Clay

American Pain Clinic was the king of the Florida pill mills. From 2008-2010, the clinic’s physicians distributed massive quantities of oxycodone to addicts posing as patients—giving rise to a new drug industry that tipped the current opioid crisis. Temple chronicles the rise and fall of this game-changing pill mill in his latest book, “American Pain: How a Young Felon and his Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic.”

West Virginia University Reed College of Media Associate Professor and author of “American Pain” John Temple will join WVU Health Sciences vice president and executive Dean, Clay Marsh, M.D., in January’s Connect with Clay to discuss the painkiller epidemic and what is being done in West Virginia to combat the addiction problem.

Connect with Clay, Dr. Marsh’s monthly public forum where participants bring their lunch and questions, will be held at noon on January 28 in Health Sciences room 1909. This event is free and open to the public with a book signing immediately following the discussion. WVU Health Sciences Bookstore staff will be on site selling copies of the book.

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Target Case Study Competition January 20

Put your business and marketing skills to the test in the second annual Target Case Study. Teams of 2-4 undergraduate students will work to solve a business problem revealed during the kick-off event. The case study is open to students of all majors. Last year, at the inaugural Target Case Study competition, Reed College of Media seniors Megan Woods and Amber Ravenscroft won $1,250 for their idea to create an augmented reality to allow customers to create a virtual “dream room.” Another team from the College comprised of freshmen Erika Baxa,Melanie Smith and Emma Wess placed third in the competition with their campaign made of display rooms, street team marketing and a new social media plan.The kick-off event is from 6-7 p.m. on January 20 at the Mountainlair’s Shenandoah Room. Register by January 19!

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WVU Mountaineer Media Camp for interested High School Students

Mountaineer Media Camp is designed for High School students who are interested in journalism, media, and strategic communications. Students will participate in workshops to enhance their communication,photography and journalism skills, as well as improve their understanding of media in the modern world. The camp will be held from July 27-29 at West Virginia University. The cost is $125 and includes two nights’ lodging. Interested students can register online . The pre-registration postmark deadline for Mountaineer Media Camp is Wednesday, July 1. Camp registration is 12:30-1:30 p.m.on July 27; camp closes on July 29 at 12:30 p.m.

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WVU College of Media, Matterport collaborate to expand 3D/VR storytelling capabilities for students

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media and its students will be delving even deeper into 3D and Virtual Reality (VR) storytelling as spring semester begins.

The College is partnering with Mountain View, California, tech company Matterport to make immersive 3D and VR storytelling a more accessible part of the College’s journalism curriculum and to experiment with new forms of storytelling.

The Matterport Pro cameras will be used by students in an experimental storytelling class and will be introduced to more students through presentations and special projects in other courses. The specialized cameras, which will be on loan to the College, will enable students to scan and photograph spaces to automatically create a three-dimensional representations of them. Viewers can then “walk” through the space on their computers, mobile devices or VR headsets.

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