Media College eNews

SOJ students help redefine journalism in innovative blogging course

Students and faculty at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism aren’t just talking about the future of their profession – they’re helping to redefine it.

A new class, Blogging and Interactive Journalism, is giving students the opportunity to explore and experience the impact of Web 2.0 and user-generated content on journalism. Using a variety of social media tools and web-based applications, students will learn to become effective online journalists, facilitating news as a two-way conversation rather than a one-way transmission.

“Once you write a blog post, it doesn’t end there,” said Dr. Bob Britten, assistant professor of visual journalism. “Others respond, you respond to them and information grows. Students will realize the work they are doing is just a starting point for that conversation. They will build a web of information with their blogging and social media work as the connective tissue.”

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SOJ produces top-10 Hearst award winner for third year straight

West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism students continue to shine in national competitions.

Kasey Hott, a December, 2009 broadcast news graduate is the third School of Journalism student in as many years to break the top 10 in the annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Hott placed eighth in the broadcast news features category of the 2009-2010 competition, which includes students from 40 journalism schools across the country.

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WVU McNair Scholars Program still accepting applications for summer internship

WVU students have a chance to perform research, learn about graduate school and receive financial assistance as part of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Students in the program will be given a $2,500 annual stipend, graduate school placement assistance and professional development opportunities to help them gain admission into masters and doctoral degree programs. To be eligible for the program, students must have completed their sophomore year of study by May 2010, be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program full-time, have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applications will be accepted until all vacancies in the program are
filled. Students are encouraged to get their application in as soon as possible. For more information on the program or to download an application, visit

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WVU to host study abroad fair Jan. 20

West Virginia University will host its annual Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Mountainlair’s Blue and Gold Ballrooms. The Study Abroad Fair provides students with the initial contacts and information to pursue an educational experience in another country.

The Office of International Programs has a Study Abroad Resource Room on the downtown campus at 336 Stansbury Hall (third floor) that offers an array of resources. Visit for more information or contact the office at or 304-293-6955.

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May & August Graduates: Workshops scheduled, application and RSVP deadlines set

Students planning to graduate in May or August 2010 must complete an application packet by Feb. 1, 2010.

Undergraduate students can download the application packet and find details about the May Commencement ceremony on the SOJ May Commencement web page.

Master’s degree candidates should visit the website for details about ceremony. MSJ candidates should contact Dr. Steve Urbanski about the application process. MS-IMC candidates should contact Shelly Stump.

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Lab hours announced for Martin Hall Spring semester 2010

These are the lab hours for Martin Hall Spring semester 2010:

Lab G1:
Monday – 11:30-1:00; 2:30-4:30
Tuesday – 11:00-1:00
Wednesday – 2:30-4:30
Thursday – 11:00-1:00
Friday – 8:30-11:00; 1:30-4:00

Lab G2:
Monday – 8:30-1:00; 1:30-4:30
Tuesday – 8:30-8:00
Wednesday – 8:30-10:00; 10:30-12:30; 1:30-8:00
Thursday – 8:30-1:30; 3:30-8:00
Friday – 8:30-3:30

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Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Seminar set for Feb. 15

The WVU Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Task Force, in conjunction with the Provost’s Graduate Student Professional Development Workshop series, will conduct a campus-wide ETD Seminar on Monday, Feb. 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the National Resource Center for Coal and Energy. The seminar is open to all WVU graduate students, faculty and staff. Please register by email at or call 304-293-7173. Additional details are available at . Additionally, a deadline for ETD submission has been set for Friday, April 30, 2009 at 4 p.m. for Spring 2010 graduation. This includes final submission of approved ETDformat as well as receipt of the required fee(s) and forms by the University Libraries. For ETD Submission Checklists see For more details see

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Dominion Post seeks freelance writers and a "Campus Buzz" columnist

The Dominion Post is currently seeking freelance writers for all sections of the newspaper. Interested individuals can contact Michael Janney at Please include a resume and at least three writing samples. Deadline for applicants is Jan. 31.

The Dominion Post is currently seeking a Campus Buzz columnist for its Campus Life page. WVU students interested in applying can contact Michael Janney at Please include a resume and three writing samples that showcase an ability to construct commentary. Applicants will be accepted until the position is filled.

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