Media College eNews

Beeson receives major awards for diversity research

Associate Professor Joel Beeson is receiving international recognition for his diversity research.

This month the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) announced that Beeson is the 2016 recipient of the Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award. 
Created in 2009, the award recognizes outstanding individual accomplishment and leadership in diversity efforts within the journalism and mass communication discipline. AEJMC (then AEJ) established the award to honor Dr. Lee Barrow who fought to diversify the association and the media industry following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Beeson will receive the Barrow Award at AEJMC’s national conference in August.

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Nationally syndicated columnist to keynote May Commencement

Schultz writes about current issues and politics in her column for Creators Syndicate, and she has a feature column in Parade Magazine. She also hosts a popular Facebook page that fosters civil discussion and debate about a variety of controversial topics.

On May 13, Schultz will serve as the College’s 2016 May Commencement keynote speaker. Dean Maryanne Reed says Schultz is guaranteed to deliver an inspiring address to media graduates.

“Connie Schultz is an amazing writer and journalist with a strong independent voice,” said Dean Reed. “But she’s also able to bring people together across political lines to grapple with controversial issues and find common ground.”

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WVU journalism alumna wins Pulitzer for public service

She describes herself on Twitter as “Asia medical writer and Indonesia bureau chief for The Associated Press. Proud Mountain Mama.” Now West Virginia University Reed College of Media alumna Margie Mason can add Pulitzer Prize-winner.

Mason and three AP colleagues have earned the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for their 18-month investigation of slavery and severe labor abuses tied to the supply of seafood to American supermarkets and restaurants. As a result of their work, more than 2,000 slaves have been freed, dozens of alleged perpetrators have been arrested and new legislation has been formed in the U.S. barring imports of slave-produced goods.

President Gordon Gee Mason’s brave reporting embodies the Mountaineer spirit of helping others.

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Morgantown Poets Meeting-April 21

The Morgantown Poets Meeting will host West Virginia writers Marie Manilla, Beverly Bisbee, and Ginger Hamilton on Thursday April 21 at 11:00 a.m. in the Forum of the Media Innovation Center and again from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the MAC (High Street, downtown Morgantown). Each of the authors has written an emotionally powerful short story told in the second person. One evokes laughter, another tears, and yet another shock. Beverly Bisbee’s essay “Holding Memories” and Ginger Hamilton’s “Bringing Home the Bacon” appear in Fed from the Blade, and Marie Manilla’s “Grooming” appears in her Still Life with Plums. This event is free and open to the public.

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Support "Envisioning Our Future": The Summer Documentary Institute at AMI

Apply: 2016 is a pivotal year for Appalachia as we transition from the extraction of fossil fuels towards the building of a new regional economy. AMI’s 2016 Summer Documentary Institute will build upon a tradition of innovative media training with Envisioning Our Future: an 8-week program that utilizes documentary storytelling as a means to explore, produce and share youth-led visions for Appalachia’s future. Youth interns will experience a broad range of workshops on media production, including podcasting, media campaign strategy, digital filmmaking, photography and web-based storytelling.

Envisioning Our Future will offer 12 central Appalachian youth the opportunity to share the stories, struggles and successes of their communities and develop their civic and creative engagement through documentary media making. Through a partnership with Carnegie Museum of Art, AMI participants will collaborate with youth from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to develop stories about place and identity. We’re also thrilled to be partnering with artists Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon to produce a youth-led media story for national publication through an Economic Hardship Reporting Project grant.

We are currently seeking applications from central Appalachian youth aged 14-22. Please encourage the young folks in your life to apply here!

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School of Public Health looking for assistance editing video footage

The School of Public Health is looking for assistance editing video footage. The footage will be from an event in Charleston and it needs to be converted into a 20-25 minute video. The footage should be available for editing prior to May 1st and the deadline to finish is before the July 13 conference. The student will be compensated with a stipend. Interested students should contact Lauri Andress.

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Last-minute graduation regalia orders

Although the deadline to place your order online for store pickup has now passed… no need to worry. Simply visit the WVU Bookstores at your convenience during regular store hours to purchase the cap ans gown set, or choose to buy the piece(s) you need. Our Booksellers are ready to assist you.

Distance learners and other interested students can still place “Home Ship” orders for an additional affordable shipping charge at www.herffjones.com/college/wvu through April 15.

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Award-winning photographer to speak for WVU Festival of Ideas, Nath Lecture

In “Fractured Spaces: Deconstructing Photo Narratives from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan,” West Virginia University Reed College of Media Shott Chair of Journalism Lois Raimondo will discuss her work as a photojournalist and how her photos invite the viewers to enter the frame and recognize some piece of themselves within the safe space her lens has found.

On Tuesday, April 12, Raimondo will discuss her work as a photojournalist as part of the David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas and the Nath Lecture Series. This free public event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Milano Room of WVU’s Downtown Campus Library.

Raimondo has collected and curated some of her most powerful photographs in “Fractured Spaces,” which is currently on display in the Downtown Campus Library. The photographs provide a glimpse into four different communities disrupted and displaced by war or political conflict.

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College of Media social justice reporting project wins first place regional award, qualifies for national competition

Last spring, journalism students from West Virginia University Reed College of Media and Morgan State University, a historically black university, traveled together to Selma, Alabama, to collaboratively confront issues of race and representation. Now their social justice reporting project is up for a national award.

Bridging Selma won first place in the Best Use of Multimedia category at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards. SPJ recognized its 2015 winners at the spring conference April 2 in Cincinnati.

Using Selma as their classroom, and guided by faculty from both universities, student journalists used text, photos, video and virtual reality to tell revealing stories from the town’s past, present and future.

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