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WVU Reed College of Media honors outstanding alumni

A public relations veteran, a former newspaper editor, a magazine publishing rising star and a high-level health communications executive were all recently honored by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media at its annual Alumni and Donor Recognition Ceremony.  Originated by the College’s local alumni chapter, the outstanding alumni awards acknowledge exceptional professional achievements as well as commitment and service to the College of Media.  

Dean Maryanne Reed welcomed alumni, donors and guests to the ceremony, which was held at the Media Innovation Center on October 27, before presenting the awards.

“The alumni and donor awards program recognizes both our successful graduates and our friends and supporters whose dedication to the College has made a significant impact on the quality of our academic programs and the student experience,” said Dean Reed.  “This year’s awards recipients are no exception.  They are top professionals who make our College proud.”

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Have your donation to the College of Media doubled or tripled November 8

West Virginia University is holding its first-ever Day of Giving on November 8, and you have the opportunity to give back to the College of Media and help us tackle our greatest needs.

Have your gift to the College of Media doubled or tripled by making a donation to the College on November 8th.  Alexis (BSJ 73) and Jim Pugh have generously proposed a Global Challenge to the University on the Day of Giving by matching donations made to any scholarship fund up to $25,000. We want to bring as many of those match funds home to the College of Media as we can. The match begins at 8 a.m. ET, and will run until the funds are depleted, so make your gift early to ensure your funds are matched and go directly to our College. 

Alumnus Scott Widmeyer (BSJ 1974) has also set a match challenge exclusively for the College of Media. He is matching donations to any College fund up to $20,000.

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WVU Reed College of Media to host a women’s hackathon on artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a serious diversity problem. Algorithms that increasingly influence much of our daily lives are created by technologists who aren’t necessarily doing the best job representing gender, racial, or economic diversity.

That’s why the College of Media has teamed up with MediaShift to co-host “Hack the Gender Gap: A Women’s Hackathon on Diversifying AI," which will bring together college-age women from around the country to add their voices to the emerging artificial intelligence market.

The three-day event will kick off at the College’s Media Innovation Center on Thursday, November 9 with a special guest symposium, featuring women at the forefront of tackling AI’s diversity problem. Guest speakers include; Cyber-bullying expert Michelle Ferrier, founder of TrollBusters; human rights attorney and social entrepreneur Flynn Coleman who writes about humanity’s future in AI; and Susan Etlinger, a global expert in AI, data and digital ethics who works with the technology futurist company Altimeter.

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Reed College of Media launches new Sports and Adventure Media major

The Reed College of Media has developed the only known undergraduate major in the country to focus on sports and adventure media.

With its big-time college sports programs and beautiful natural setting, the Mountain State is a mecca for sports and adventure enthusiasts, and also the perfect setting for the new major designed to prepare students for careers in sports journalism and adventure media communications.

Both the College of Media and the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences will offer courses in the Sports and Adventure Media major set to launch in Fall 2018.

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Student Wins Best Director Award at Sundance Film Festival

This is a picture of Sam standing behind a camera man, directing a film.

Multidisciplinary studies senior Sam Thompson aspires to be the best writer and director in Hollywood, and with a Sundance Film Festival award under his belt, he’s on the right track. 

In January, Thompson, along with two former WVU students, wrote, directed and filmed the musical, “The SunDANCE,” a coming-of-age story that pits the indie film industry against Hollywood. The five-minute short film earned him the “Creative Mind Best Director Award” at the renowned Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  

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Journalists discuss how to cover diversity during challenging times

Hot-button issues such as immigration, police shootings, and voter ID laws have helped divide and polarize the nation. Covering such divisive topics has also created challenges for journalists.

To learn how journalists can best cover these issues, the College of Media hosted a panel discussion, “Diversity Matters: Ensuring Multiple Voices Count in the Media Narrative,” on October 3. The panel included print and broadcast journalists from diverse backgrounds who shared their experiences and offered advice about how to report on sensitive issues in an era of growing intolerance and fear.

Panelists included Malena Cunningham Anderson of NBC TV; Neal Justin of the Minneapolis Star Tribune; Sudeep Reddy of POLITICO; and Mizell Stewart III, of USA Today. College of Media assistant professor Alison Bass moderated the discussion.

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Hack the Gender Gap: A Women's Hackathon on Diversifying AI

Kick-Off Symposium : 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Eastern Time at WVU Reed College of Media on  Thursday November 9, 2017.
Hackathon : 8:00 am Eastern Time at WVU Reed College of Media on  Friday November 10, 2017, until 2 pm  Saturday, November 11, 2017.

WVU Reed College of Media
Media Innovation Center
Evansdale Crossing Building, 4th Floor
62 Morrill Way
Morgantown, WV 26506

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SPJ-Google News Lab Training Session

The Media Innovation Center will be hosting an SPJ-Google News Lab Training Session next Friday, September 29, 2017 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and we’d like to invite you to attend! 

This is a FREE hands-on training workshop offered by the national SPJ organization in partnership with Google News Lab. The trainings are intended to help journalists (and aspiring journalists!) learn to use Google News Lab tools in their news gathering, reporting and storytelling. 

It’s a great opportunity for students and faculty alike to gain very relevant skills within a day’s time.

During our training, Mike Reilley, our experienced SPJ-Google News Lab trainer, will provide an overview of useful Google tools such as Google Fusion Tables, MyMaps, Google Earth Pro, Google Trends and Google Reverse Image Search.

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College of Media seeks Director of Marketing and Communications

The WVU Reed College of Media is looking for a strong writer and passionate communicator to tell and share our story. The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for leading the College's strategic marketing and communications efforts. This position reports directly to the dean and will work with her to promote the College's innovative efforts in teaching, scholarship and engaged outreach to local communities. Apply here:

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