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Graduate, professor earn top award for paper

Elizabeth Kwolek, a 2012 MSJ graduate; SOJ assistant professor Hongmin Ahn and WVU Department of Communication Studies assistant professor Nick Bowman earned top honors in the National Communication Association’s 2013 Top Paper Panel. Their paper, “Generally concerned but not specifically: General and situational influences of vulnerable narcissism on social network privacy concerns,” earned the award in the association’s Human Communication and Technology Division.

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Deadline to RSVP for SOJ December Graduate Open House-Today!

The SOJ December Graduate Open House will begin with a short ceremony in 205 Martin Hall. In addition to acknowledging the graduating class, Dean Maryanne Reed will recognize top graduating seniors and students graduating with Latin Honors. Latin Honor cords will be presented at the event and should be worn during the WVU December Convocation ceremony. MSJ and MS-IMC graduates will also be recognized. Students receiving special honors will be notified individually prior to the event.

Friday, December 20, 2013
10:00 am – 11:30 am
205 Martin Hall
RSVP required

All prospective December graduates and their guests are invited to attend. A light reception will follow in 101-102 Martin Hall.

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Times West Virginian seeks multi-media journalist

The Times West Virginian, the seven-time West Virginia Press Association Newspaper of the Year in Fairmont, W.Va., has an immediate opening for a full-time multi-media journalist. This person will be responsible for covering meetings, breaking news and general assignments. 
The candidate should have strong writing and photography skills, and be adept at posting through social media and simple updates to a website. Knowing how to shoot and edit video is a major plus.
The candidate should have a journalism background with a degree in journalism or a related field. Experience is preferred.
Benefits include paid vacation, health and dental insurance and 401(k). Salary is based on experience.
Candidates should live in North Central West Virginia or be willing to relocate.
Please email a cover letter, resume and clips relevant to the position to Misty Poe, Managing Editor, at

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Win an international reporting trip with The New York Times

Students currently enrolled in an American college or university, either as an undergraduate or graduate, are encouraged to enter the win-a-trip contest held by The New York Times. The winner will travel with Times reporter Nicholas Kristof to the developing world, write for Kristof’s blog, On the Ground, and be featured in some of the videos produced on the trip. 
The contest was started in 2006 as a way to shed light on global poverty. For some of the winners, it has been life-changing, and HBO did a documentary called “Reporter” based on Kristof’s 2007 trip; it’s on Amazon if you want to see what you’re getting yourself in for.

To enter, you will need to submit an essay explaining why Kristof should pick you. You can watch a short video about the trip and enter the contest online.

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Now accepting applications for The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship

The Walter J. Travis Society, Inc awards The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship in recognition of the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of Walter J. Travis in the game of golf. In his pioneering career, he was a champion amateur golfer, esteemed golf course architect, innovative turf grass expert, and prolific golf journalist. Travis was founder and editor of one of the most influential golf magazines of his time, The American Golfer. We encourage applicants to learn more about the man in whose honor this scholarship has been established. Go to: or

The Travis Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a career in one of the following professions: landscape design/golf course architecture; golf course turf grass management/golf course superintendent; professional golf management, club professional, or sports journalism with a special interest in golf.

In addition, as part of our effort to promote amateur golf, outstanding amateur college/university golfers are eligible for our scholarship awards, based on their competitive record as an amateur golf, and criteria listed below. Amateur golfer applicants are not restricted to any particular college program or career goal.

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Multiple openings for staff editors at The New York Times

The News Presentation Department at The New York Times has multiple openings for staff editors on the copy desks and in digital production, based in New York.
Ideal candidates for these jobs should have at least five years of experience editing news articles on deadline in a daily newsroom. All candidates must pass a Times editing test and a newsroom tryout. Candidates must be proficient in grammar and usage, understand the application of house style, have a strong grasp of current events, be able to identify material that may need to be checked for accuracy and know how to make the checks, and demonstrate creativity in the writing of headlines and other display type. You should know how to fix a troubled story with skill and diplomacy, with no damage to the writer’s voice. We expect a deep understanding of sound journalistic practice and ethics.

Applicants should have experience using publishing systems for all platforms, and candidates for digital production jobs should have technical proficiency beyond the basics. Experience editing multimedia, such as audio and video, and experience using social media for journalism is preferred.

While reporting and writing experience is advantageous, it is not a replacement for the required editing and production experience. Note that these positions do not typically lead to reporting or writing jobs. Staff editors do move on to editing positions on the home page and on assigning desks.

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WVJC Admission Recruiter/Presenter

Would you like a competitive salary and great working environment? West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown offers a friendly, small college atmosphere where people and their opinions are respected. They work together on a first name basis to help people achieve their personal and career goals. Currently, they are accepting applications for full-time admissions representatives to recruit for our growing program offerings.


• Associate’s degree or higher
• Strong computer skills
• Ability to multi-task
• Strong customer service skills

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Spring 2014 Class: Sports-focused Media Reporting

Attention aspiring sportswriters! The School of Journalism is offering a sports-focused section of JRL 318 (Media Reporting) in Spring 2014. The course (CRN 11327) will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:45 a.m. It will be taught by Mike Casazza, who covers WVU sports for the Charleston Daily Mail. Among other subjects, the course will cover: * sports beat source development * game coverage * in-depth features and issue stories * interviewing * social media techniques

Talk to your advisor today!

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