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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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College of Media to host MDS and online minors panel discussion

The WVU Reed College of Media will host a panel discussion regarding the College’s online minors and Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) major on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 4:30pm, in the forum of the Media Innovation Center. Students in attendance will learn more about the College of Media’s seven online minors—Advertising, Entertainment Media, Event Planning, Health Promotion, Public Relations, Sport Communications and Strategic Social Media— as well as its MDS program. 

“This is a great opportunity for students interested in online minors to hear from other students about their experiences in these programs,” said Aaron Hawley, MDS & Minors Coordinator for the WVU Reed College of Media. “Students will also learn how the MDS program can help them to customize their degree to best serve their specific interested and career goals.”

The discussion will feature both student and administrative representatives from the College’s online minors and MDS degree program. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of both their peers and the programs’ administrators.

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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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