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"Engage! Using Audience Engagement to Report on Social Justice Issues" on April 28

Injustice Issues

Join us for “Engage! Using Audience Engagement to Report on Social Justice Issues” on April 28 from 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m at the WVU Media Innovation Center. This daylong workshop on audience engagement will try to answer some of these tough questions facing our industry. A ground-breaking partnership between the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication and the West Virginia University Reed College of Media experimented with these concepts last fall in an immersive food justice reporting project that paired students and faculty from both programs to collaborate on an in-depth food access reporting project that will be screened at this event. Through the Knight Innovator-in-Residence program, the project also created an audience listening tool that collects data on how people across America access food. Participants in the program will walk guests through the process of creating an application that puts audiences at the forefront storytelling.

This free and open workshop takes participants behind the scenes of an innovative investigative reporting project with hands-on training in audience engagement, community data sourcing, and use of social media video by industry leaders. Professionals from newsrooms across the country, including ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity, NowThis, NPR and others will walk guests through how they utilize different audience engagement strategies every day to reach consumers of their content. Experts will also share strategies for using data resources, data visualization, community-based resources for covering food insecurity, as well as insights for effective community engagement in social justice reporting.

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WVU students experiment with artificial intelligence to detect fake news

Artificial Intelligence

Students and faculty at West Virginia University aren’t waiting for internet giants like Google and Facebook to provide solutions to fake news.

The WVU Reed College of Media, in collaboration with computer science students and faculty at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, is hosting an artificial intelligence course at its Media Innovation Center that includes two projects focused on using AI to detect and combat fake news articles.

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Meeting of the Minds: Appalachian Poverty panel event March 29

The Mountaineer Health Initiative is hosting a multidisciplinary panel on Appalachian poverty and its impact on health outcomes on Wednesday March 29 4:00-6:00 p.m. at The Erickson Alumni Center A-B. The panel will be moderated by WVU Provost Joyce McConnell.
Objectives are to examine the issue from different perspectives and determine the role WVU can play in providing meaningful solutions. Panelists include:

•Valarie Blake, J.D., WVU College of Law
• Rita Colistra, Ph.D., WVU Reed College of Media
• Lynne Cossman, Ph.D., WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology)
• John Deskins, Ph.D., WVU College of Business and Economics
• Clay Marsh, M.D., WVU School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center
• Travis Stimeling, Ph.D., WVU College of Creative Arts (Music)
• David Weissman, M.D., WVU School of Medicine and National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Time for Q&A and networking will follow the panel presentation.

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WVU and Marshall team up to host INTEGRATE marketing communications conference

West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media and Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication are partnering to present INTEGRATE West Virginia, a two-day conference for marketing communications students and professionals.

WVU-Marshall

INTEGRATE WV will be held June 2-3 at Marshall University’s new Visual Arts Center in downtown Huntington. Conference attendees will learn valuable techniques and strategies they can apply immediately to jobs in the marketing communications industry.

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Award-winning photojournalist Peter Essick presents "Can photographs help guide us through environmental crisis?" March 28

For the past twenty-five years, freelance photojournalist Peter Essick has traveled across all seven continents exploring some of the earth’s most beautiful and captivating landscapes. Essick has earned a spot as one of the forty most influential nature photographers in the world. 

Essick will give his presentation, “Can Photographs Help Guide Us Through Environmental Crisis?” at West Virginia University Reed College of Media’sInnovation Center on March 28 at 7:00 p.m. During this event, he will speak to students about visually illustrating environmental topics such as climate change, nuclear waste and ecosystem restoration. Also, he will discuss his career as an environmental photojournalist for National Geographic.

He started at National Geographic as a summer intern while attending graduate school at the University of Missouri. Since then, he has published over thirty stories for the magazine.

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Reed named top media administrator in the country

Co-sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, The Scripps Howard Administrator of the Year award 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.

Since Reed was first appointed dean 13 years ago, The College of Media has achieved record student enrollment, gained a reputation for excellence in online education and cultivated a number of award-winning programs and projects.

“I’m thrilled about the award, not just for me, but for the College and the University,” said Reed. “This award recognizes the hard work and success of our entire faculty and administrative team.”

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