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WVU Constitution Day program September 18 will address freedom of the press

West Virginia University’s annual observance of Constitution Day this year will focus on the role of a free press in a democratic society.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will join WVU communications, journalism and law professors to address the erosion of the First Amendment, fake news, and why a free press is necessary for a strong democracy.

“Freedom of the Press: Constitutionally Enshrined Guardians of Democracy” takes place September 18 at 4 p.m. in the Event Hall at the WVU College of Law.

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Education abroad faculty workshops and fair

Next week the Office of Global Affairs will host Workshops on Education Abroad on September 18 and 19 in the Laurel Room of the Mountainlair located on the Downtown Campus

These sessions change annually and are geared towards both new and experienced faculty leaders. Participants will review new items to consider for this year’s programming while taking part in opportunities to network and discuss best practices and past experiences. Faculty are invited to drop in and out as available. (See schedule below.)

Additionally, the Office of Global Affairs will host the Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 20 from 10am – 4pm  in the Mountainlair Ballrooms located on the Downtown Campus. The Education Abroad Fair will feature faculty-led education abroad programs, exchange programs, international internships, and global service-learning programs. 

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College receives a $150,000 grant to expand community-based reporting aimed at bridging America’s divides

Martin Hall in the summer with students walking by to class

A foundation launched by the founder of eBay is supporting the efforts of West Virginia University’sReed College of Media to better tell the stories of Appalachian communities and to help bridge America’s political and cultural divides.

The Democracy Fund recently awarded the College of Media $150,000 to combine and advance three of its successful programs: the Innovator-in-Residence program, currently funded by the Knight Foundation; the start-up digital publication “100 Days in Appalachia,” and the social justice reporting collaboration between the College of Media and Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Apply for December Graduation--Deadline October 6!

The online application to graduate in December 2017 is now open - if you anticipate graduating in December 2017, you must complete the online graduation application by October 6th, 2017.  Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Please note, if you applied to graduate in a prior term but your degree was not granted, you MUST submit a new graduation application for December 2017.

If you will not complete all degree requirements by the conclusion of the fall term, please do not submit a graduation application at this time. Only students who will complete all requirements by that time will be eligible for December graduation.

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Journalism on the Frontlines: Covering the Trump Administration

September 13, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Mountainlair Ballrooms

Every administration has had its run-ins with the press, but the Trump Administration’s relationship with the media has been particularly rocky. President Trump has called the media “fake news”, and journalism, the “enemy of the American people”. His administration has restricted access to the White House press briefings and limited the flow of information to the journalists.

During our moderated-panel event, we will get to the heart of what it’s like as a media professional to cover the Trump Administration. We’ll also discuss why it is important, now more than ever, for journalists to ask the tough questions and to be the watchdogs of our democracy.

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WVU’s IMC graduate program awards first scholarships from new fund

Two West Virginia University Reed College of Media online graduate students have been awarded scholarships from the College's newly-established General IMC Scholarship Fund.

The competitive scholarship, established in 2017 by College of Media alumni and employees Catherine and Chad Mezera, is for students enrolled in the College’s Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) and Data Marketing Communications (DMC) graduate programs. The Fund is the first and only scholarship dedicated to online graduate students in the College of Media.

“The College is near and dear to our hearts as Cathy and I met in Martin Hall while working together on the American Advertising Federation (AAF) competition team,” said Chad Mezera (’00, ’02), who also serves as the College’s assistant dean of online programs. “Our graduate students are typically young professionals just starting out in their careers – and any financial support can be extremely meaningful.”

Adelyn Nottingham of Gaffney, South Carolina, and Amanda Schneider of Omaha, Nebraska are the inaugural recipients of the IMC scholarships.

Nottingham is a program coordinator with AmeriCorps VISTA, working with United Way of the Piedmont to alleviate poverty in Cherokee County, South Carolina. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, she lives at the poverty line in order to empathize with her clients and makes only a small living stipend.

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