Media College eNews

WVU Reed College of Media receives Benedum grant to support strong and sustainable local journalism

Maryanne Reed and Don Smith

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has received a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to help strengthen local journalism in West Virginia and preserve it for the future by creating a new ownership pipeline. 

The $125,000 grant will support a partnership between the College of Media and the West Virginia Press Association (WVPA) to recruit, develop and train the next generation of independent community newspaper owners.  The program anticipates that a number of West Virginia’s small-market newspaper owners and publishers will be ready to retire and sell their news operations over the next several years, creating potential news “deserts” in their local communities.

Read Full Article

WVU Reed College of Media to host ‘hackathon’ on diversifying news

The U.S. is becoming an increasingly diverse country, but news coverage hasn’t caught up with the changing demographics. One factor may be the lack of diversity of newsroom personnel.

In 2017, the American Society of News Editors’ annual Newsroom Diversity Survey found that minority journalists accounted for just 16 percent of the workforce in U.S. newsrooms. In 2018, the survey had to be extended because not enough newsroom editors participated in the review.

West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media has partnered with Morgan State University’s College of Global Journalism and Communication and the American Press Institute to host a collaborative "social hackathon" to come up with solutions for the lack of diversity in newsrooms and news coverage. 

Read Full Article