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August 2015 graduation information

If you anticipate graduating in August 2015, you must complete the online graduation application by July 2, 2015. Students who have previously applied for graduation, but whose degree was not granted, must resubmit a graduation application. If you will not complete all degree requirements by August, please do not submit a graduation application at this time. Only students who will complete all requirements by the end of the summer semester will be eligible for August graduation.

Detailed below are instructions to apply for August graduation:

1. Log into your MIX account (http://mix.wvu.edu )
2. Click on the STAR tab
3. Click on the link “Click here to log into DegreeWorks” 
4. Verify major(s), minor(s), and area of emphasis (if applicable) are correct

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WVU Reed College of Media Commencement video available online

On Saturday, May 16, WVU Reed College of Media celebrated the achievements of more than 200 master’s and bachelor’s degree candidates. The College held its 146th ceremony at WVU’s Creative Arts Center. ESPN executive Rob King was the keynote speaker. King, who is senior vice president for “SportsCenter” and ESPN News, provided four pieces of advice with the 2015 graduating class.

King told graduates that making mistakes is fine – you just need to learn from them. He shared the story of how he made significant errors on the NCAA bracket at a local Illinois newspaper where he worked years ago. But, of course, now he runs “SportsCenter.” King also encouraged the graduates to have empathy for others, maintain a positive attitude and be flexible.

President E. Gordon Gee attended the ceremony as well. He gave graduates one “final test”—a selfie.

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WCHS-WVAH TV in Charleston, WV seeks news photographer

We are looking for a creative and dedicated full-time News Photographer! The candidate should have two years of ENG experience with a network affiliate news organization. You will cover day to day general, in-depth features and investigative assignments. We are shooting full HD on media cards and editing on desktops and laptops. You should have strong editing skills in non-linear edit systems, have and maintain a valid license and a good driving record, possess excellent people skills, a strong work ethic, and a great attitude. A passion for story telling is absolutely essential in this position.

Requirements:

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WJLA TV seeks full-time photographers

WJLA-TV/NewsChannel 8 has five job openings for our News Photographer position.

You should have two years of ENG experience with a network affiliate news organization. You will cover day to day general, in-depth, features and investigative assignments. We are shooting full HD on media cards and editing on desktops and laptops. You should have strong editing skills in non-linear edit systems, have and maintain a valid license and a good driving record, possess excellent people skills, a strong work ethics and have a great attitude. A passion for story telling is absolutely essential in this position.

The desired candidates must also be able to:

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May Commencement--what you need to know!

The countdown is on! Commencement is less than 24 hours away! In the meantime, here are a few reminders.

While the ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., graduates should arrive by 8:30 a.m. for line-up. When you arrive, go to the Davis Theater to check-in.

Please leave your belongings with a friend or family member because Davis Theater will not be locked during the ceremony.

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West Virginia Uncovered recognized nationally for excellence in student journalism

Criss-crossing the back roads of West Virginia to uncover unique and untold stories has paid off for students at the WVU Reed College of Media.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) recently recognized the College’s digital journalism project, West Virginia Uncovered, as a 2014 Mark of Excellence National Finalist in the Best Digital-Only Student Publication category.

“It’s very exciting for student work to be recognized at this level of achievement,” said Teaching Assistant Professor MaryKay McFarland, who coordinates the project. “I think one of the things that sets West Virginia Uncovered apart is its focus on state issues and stories that go beyond the WVU campus.”

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Johnston named finalist for international award

Congratulations to Teaching Assistant Professor April Johnston! Her multimedia project, Twin, is a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, which is one of the largest international awards for small, academic, and independent presses. The award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer. Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books.

Twin is the true story of Derris Lewis, an Ohio man imprisoned and later acquitted of his twin brother’s murder. Johnston used www.creatavist.com, an online tool for writers, publishers and other media professional to create a multimedia experience for her audience. Not only did she use text, she collaborated with her husband, College of Media lecturer David Smith, to incorporate photos and videos into the narrative.

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High School students can take Journalism 101 and other online classes for special introductory rate!

West Virginia University will offer seven online courses to high school juniors and seniors this fall at a special introductory rate of $50 per credit hour through the ACCESS WVU Early College Program.

WVU has offered blended math classes in high schools with a facilitator for more than a decade. The expansion of this program to online courses in other disciplines allows students statewide the opportunity to earn college credits. The courses are Introduction to Mass Media, Engineering Problem Solving, Engineering in History, Landmarks of World Art, Media & Society, 20th Century American Pop Music and Introduction to Native American Studies. Six of the seven courses meet general education curriculum requirements at WVUand all courses meet Quality Matters standards.

“Our goal is to better prepare students for college,” said Dr. Greg Strimel, director of K12 Initiatives in Academic Innovation. “They will interact with WVU faculty and other high school students in their courses while benefitting from the guidance of a student success coach.”

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