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Journalism professor Paul Atkins passes away at 95

Paul Atkins

Paul Atkins, a loyal WVU alumnus and revered journalism professor died on Tuesday, February 19, at the age of 95.

Atkins was beloved by students who describe his teaching style as “tough but fair.” During his 33 years teaching in the P.I. Reed School of Journalism, now the Reed College of Media, Atkins was promoted to assistant professor, then associate professor and finally full professor before he retired as a WVU professor emeritus in 1986. His focus on precision and accuracy is often cited by many alumni as key to their success in journalism and communications careers.

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Spring 2019 'WVU News' anchors announced

main anchors of WVU News at a news desk

Left to right: Shayla Klein, data visualization anchor; Carly Vaniver, social square anchor; Christine Robinson, main anchor; Claudia Sessa, main anchor; Brooke Hawthorne, social square anchor; Chris Marzullo, ESPN sports reporter. 


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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor talks threats and opportunities in new journalism landscape

David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2003 to 2019, will present "Threats and Opportunities in the New Journalism Landscape" on Friday, February 1, at 11 a.m. in the Media Innovation Center at Evansdale Crossing.

Shribman, executive editor of the Post-Gazette from 2003 to 2019, writes a nationally syndicated column in the United States; prepares a separate column on Americans affairs for the Globe and Mail, the national newspaper of Canada; and is scholar in residence at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to the Post-Gazette, he was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief at The Boston Globe.

He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He did graduate work in European and African history at Cambridge University, England, as a Reynolds Scholar.

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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.

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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. 

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College of Media partners with PolitiFact

The 24-hour news cycle, coupled with a high-stakes political climate, has made for a ripe environment for “fake news.” In response, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media is partnering with PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization, to help train student journalists how to properly fact-check politicians.

Bob Britten, a teaching associate professor in the College of Media, is leading a class that has been working with Lou Jacobson, senior correspondent at PolitiFact, to cover events like Donald Trump’s rally in Charleston, West Virginia, on August 21. The students researched and investigated Trump’s claims and, depending on their findings, recommended a “Truth-O-Meter” ruling of “True”, “Mostly True,” “Half True,” “Mostly False,” "False” or “Pants on Fire,” in line with PolitiFact’s standards.

The students will continue to closely follow West Virginia politicians and government officials leading up to, and following, the mid-term elections on November 6. Once stories are approved by the editors at PolitiFact, the fact-checks will be published on PolitiFact’s website .

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WVU Reed College of Media honors outstanding alumni

An Academy-Award nominated filmmaker, an award-winning veteran journalist, a former corporate communications executive, and a nonprofit marketing communications professional were all recently honored by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media at its annual Alumni and Donor Recognition Ceremony. Originated by the College’s local alumni chapter, the outstanding alumni awards acknowledge exceptional professional achievements as well as commitment and service to the College of Media.  

Dean Maryanne Reed welcomed alumni, donors and guests to the ceremony and reception, which was held at the Media Innovation Center on September 21. 

The 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award winners included:

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College of Media holds "Patriotism, Politics and the Playing Field" panel

National sports journalists, commentators and athletes will discuss the intersection of sports, race and media during a time of intense political division and partisanship. A variety of timely issues will be addressed, including the recent decision by the NFL to ban players from kneeling during the national anthem.  Sports is not just a national pastime, it's also a reflection of our cultural values, norms and society.  How should the media respond to current issues that go beyond game coverage and bring to light deep divisions and unresolved tensions within our larger society?

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