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Fall 2014 'WVU News' anchors announced

(From left) sports anchor Jimmy Zito; main anchor Kiley Putnam; co-anchors James Scott and Whitley Rose; and sports anchor Brandon Vansickel.

The 2014 Fall “WVU News” anchors have been announced. They are (from left) sports anchor Jimmy Zito of Glenelg, Maryland; main anchor Kiley Putnam of Cromwell, Connecticut; co-anchors James Scott and Whitley Rose, both of Morgantown, West Virginia; and sports anchor Brandon Vansickel of Wilmington, Delaware.

View a full list of anchors, reporters and producers here.

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STCM 459 will offer a unique semester capstone class with a one-week study abroad opportunity in Brazil during Spring Break. Partners in this exciting project include a non-profit organization concerned with breast cancer, Porter Novelli and one of Brazil’s top hospitals. Preference given to seniors enrolling in STCM 459, but graduate students and juniors also will be considered.

For more information, please contact the instructor, charles.harman@mail.wvu.eduRead more.

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Former student wins national SPJ award for television sports photography

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is honoring Michael Ploger (BSJ, 2013) for his outstanding work in television sports photography. Ploger won first place in the national competition for his story, WVU Gymnastics Success. Winners were announced this past weekend during the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Ploger’s story aired on “WVU News” during the spring 2013 semester.

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Campaign celebration

Join the WVU and the WVU Foundation Wednesday, Sept. 10, as we express our gratitude to faculty, staff and students who have supported the State of Minds Campaign, celebrate its success, and the decision to “climb higher,” with a new goal of $1 billion!

Stop by the main foyer of Martin Hall from 1:30 – 2:30 pm to have a sweet treat and sign the Thank You banner.

Read the latest news about the campaign on WVU Today.

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New Innovator-in-Residence teaches data-driven approach to reporting

Students in Assistant Professor Alison Bass’ Investigative Reporting class and Assistant Professor Bob Britten’s Interactive Design and Data Visualization class will collaborate with New York Times reporter Derek Willis to collect data about West Virginia voter behavior and compare it to the campaign messages residents receive. The goal is to provide a more nuanced understanding of what influences voter behavior over time at the hyper-local level.

Willis is the WVU Reed College of Media’s newest Ogden Newspapers Innovator-in-Residence. He writes about congressional behavior, campaign finance and other topics for The Upshot, a New York Times politics and policy site and was a member of The Times’ Interactive News desk, where he built and maintained political databases used in web applications. He will spend the fall semester working with students to analyze micro-level data in the West Virginia Senate race between Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant.

Throughout the semester, the students will gain a critical and highly marketable reporting skill – the ability to parse data and use it to inform their elections reporting. The project is designed as a hyper-local model that can be used to provide a big-picture analysis of an entire election.

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Celebrate Homecoming with the College of Media!

Alumni and friends are invited to celebrate WVU Homecoming 2014 with WVU Reed College of Media faculty and staff at our Annual Homecoming Tailgate. Plenty of food and fun provided!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Time: Two hours before kick-off
Location: The Erickson Alumni Center Courtyard (1 Alumni Dr., Morgantown)

Look for the big, blue helmet with the flying WV, and join us in cheering on the Mountaineers!

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Lynchburg, VA, station seeks anchor/reporter

POSITION SUMMARY:The Anchor/Reporter position will be primarily responsible for anchoring news programs, assisting with the production of the program as determined by the show’s Producer(s), setting up, producing, and reporting segments for news programs, and participating in the community activities and promotion efforts of the station. This individual will also participate in the public affairs activities of the station and must be a good communicator, work well with others, and be able to take direction from management regarding job performance and on-air appearance.

ESSENTIAL JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Advanced Education in the field of Broadcast Journalism or equivalent broadcasting work experience, which has prepared the applicant to perform the required functions of the job. Demonstration of skills by performance in audition or aircheck, supported by references and pre-employment interviews. Available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and for extended periods of overtime, if needed. Able to control high stress periods and heavy workload. Valid Virginia Driver’s license within 30 days of employment. Knowledge of journalistic standards as they relate to on-air presentation of news stories. Accurate and comprehensive writing skills. Ability to act and react appropriately on camera. Ability to maintain professional personal appearance. Ability to lift and transport standard camera equipment. Available to travel overnight to off-site locations, including foreign destinations, for extended periods of time, if needed. Access to an automobile if needed for transportation.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please apply in writing to Director of Human Resources, WSET-TV, P. O. Box 11588, Lynchburg, VA 24506-1588. No phone calls please! EEO/M/F.

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