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Capital Semester in Washington, DC – political journalism track

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University, Capital Semester – Political Journalism Track combines substantive journalism internships, courses for academic credit, professional development activities, site briefings and lectures led by working journalists. Capital Semester combines hands-on professional experience in the journalism or communications field for 25 hours a week with a challenging academic experience. This fast-paced, residential program provides students from around the world with the opportunities to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.

Here are some of the highlights:

The session dates are:

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Documentary filmmaking scholarship opportunity

The winner of the scholarship will be flown to Ecuador from their country of residence. They will join their mentor and team from Gap Adventures to explore the Amazonian jungle and homestay with the Quichua community. The winner’s mission is to document how sustainable tourism has impacted the small indigenous community.

Applicants for the scholarship must compile a 3 minute (or less) video documentary in English based around the theme ‘Local Encounters’.

All interested students should visit Scholarships for full application details. The deadline for entries is August 1, 2010.

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International marketing and communications expert to address SOJ May graduates

West Virginia University alumnus Thomas L. Harrison studied science as an undergrad but that didn’t limit his career choices. In fact, he used his advanced degree in cell biology and physiology to differentiate himself and establish his own niche in the health care communications industry.

Now, Harrison is chairman and chief executive officer of Diversified Agency Services, the world’s largest group of marketing services companies. A division of the Omnicom Group, DAS has more than 5,000 worldwide clients and annual revenues of almost $5 billion.

On Sunday, May 16, Harrison will address graduates as the keynote speaker during the P.I. Reed School of Journalism’s 2010 May Commencement ceremony at WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

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IMC graduate to attend Commencement despite setbacks

In 2008, AJ Chorbak of Philadelphia was preparing to attend graduation and receive his master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism.

But after a routine doctor’s appointment, Chorbak’s plans changed. His doctor discovered a heart murmur, the result of a hereditary heart defect that required immediate valve replacement surgery.

Chorbak’s doctors gave him a good prognosis and said to expect a short recovery.

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National organizations recognize SOJ student clubs

Community service, late-night brainstorming sessions and creative thinking have paid off for members of two WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism student organizations.

Last month, the WVU Ad Club took second place at the American Advertising Federation’s regional competition. In addition, WVU’s chapter of Ed on Campus, a group that focuses on magazine writing, was recently named Best Established Chapter by its parent organization, Ed2010.

“We’re very proud of our student organizations for their efforts in professional development and community service,” said Maryanne Reed, Dean of the School of Journalism. “These awards are a testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment to furthering the profession.”

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National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium seeks graduate assistant for communications department

This position will report directly to the Assistant Director – Communications at the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) headquarters, located at Ridgeview Business Park in Morgantown, W.Va.

Primary responsibilities will be to assist the Communications Department with all activities, including database development and maintenance, writing, copywriting, newsletter publications, proofreading/editing, web site development, the design and development of brochures and other printed collateral pieces, special events and many other special projects. Other responsibilities include assisting with any administrative functions of the NAFTC Headquarters. There will also be assignments on occasion made from the other Assistant Directors, as well as the Executive Director.

Required Qualifications

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JQE to be offered May 12

Another Journalism Qualifying Exam testing attempt will be offered Wednesday, May 12. For more information and test registration, contact the WVU Carruth Center at 304-293-4431. On the exam date, you must present your photo ID and No. 2 pencils. Additional information about the test is available on the SOJ website.

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Application deadline: May 10th, 2010

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