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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We emphasize a shared responsibility for fostering a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals of all races, genders, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic status, geographical origin and physical abilities, and to express their culture, experience and perspectives through the art and science of journalistic storytelling.

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The Reed College of Media believes in and takes action to further the University’s commitment to excellence in equity, inclusion and diversity in recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff. As members of a land-grant institution that seeks to extend knowledge and to serve the people of West Virginia, we in the Reed College of Media actively embrace and propound inclusive excellence to strengthen and diversify our teaching, scholarship, and community engagement.

Through its curriculum, service, faculty and student scholarship and media, the College is committed to presenting diverse viewpoints to a general audience and to seeking and maintaining ties to a range of diverse sources. In public relations and advertising, the college considers excellence in campaigns to representing and communicating with diverse clients and audiences. In news storytelling, excellence is equated with the ability to produce stories for and about a wide range of communities and audiences, and exploring new forms of media technology that empower and drive inclusion and equity for under-represented groups.

Participants:

 Jonathan-Stoltman

Jonathan J.K.  Stoltman

Co-Director of Reporting on Addiction and Director of the Opioid Policy Institute

In 2019, Stoltman completed his doctorate in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University and has worked as a researcher focusing on opioid addiction treatment and recovery since 2013. Stoltman's academic work has appeared in leading journals and national conferences. His current work focuses on addiction stigma, the media, and digital approaches to addiction treatment.

Ashton Marra

Ashton Marra

Co-Director of Reporting on Addiction, Executive Editor of 100 Days in Appalachia and Teaching Assistant Professor in the WVU Reed College of Media


Marra co-founded Reporting on Addiction, a collaborative project of nonprofit media outlet 100 Days in Appalachia and the Opioid Policy Institute. 100 Days in Appalachia is a 2021 national Edward R. Murrow award-winning publication and as its executive editor, she oversees the work of a team of editors, contributors and reporters across Appalachia to create content by Appalachians for Appalachians. Marra is also a teaching assistant professor in the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, where she teaches news writing, video storytelling and community-focused journalism. She’s spent more than a decade working as a professional journalist for both public media and commercial news outlets, on local, statewide and national platforms, including NPR and ABC News.

Laura

Laura Lander

Associate Professor, Social Work Section Chief and Addiction Therapist at WVU Medicine

Lander graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 1994, and currently holds licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker under the West Virginia Board of Social Work Licensure. Lander has more than 25 years of clinical experience in the field of mental health and substance abuse and has worked to develop a nationally recognized innovative model of group-based (MAT) with buprenorphine for individuals with opioid use disorders (OUD), and an integrated MAT Centering model specifically for the treatment of pregnant women. Lander’s primary research focus is clinical translational research in the area of OUD and developing effective ways to measure and improve clinical outcomes. Lander is a Co-Investigator in the NIDA Clinical Trials Network Appalachian Node. Her research over the last 15 years has primarily focused on developing effective therapeutic interventions for the treatment of substance use disorders among both men and women, pregnant women, and adolescents. Through her research efforts she strives to develop ways to develop evidence-based treatments for patients struggling with substance use disorders.

Distanced Immersion

Distanced Immersion  

More than 3,800 miles separate two sets of musicians. Although an ocean divides them, students in the College of Media and the University of Seville create a virtual performance of them playing together with the help of augmented reality (AR) technology. 

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Bodice

The Bodice Project 

The Bodice Project is an immersive walking tour of an exhibit of handcrafted sculptures that represent breast cancer survivors’ stories. 

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Kayla Starcher

To Reach Worshippers During the Coronavirus Pandemic WV Churches Get Creative 

This pod cast by Kayla Starcher explores the ways religious organizations continued services after being deemed “non-essential” by state officials. 

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Project o

Opioid’s Effect on West Virginia Children, Published in Washington Post 

College of Media faculty member Emily Corio and student journalist Douglas Soule are co-authors on a Washington Post story that tracks the state’s nearly 20-year history of lawsuits against drug companies and exposes the opioid epidemic’s effect on children in West Virginia. 

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Faculty Projects


hidden voices

Hidden Voices. Buried History. 

College of Media journalism professor Joel Beeson brings forgotten stories to a worldwide audience through new technology. 

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Soldiers of the coalfields

Soldiers of the Coalfields: The Hidden Stories of Black Appalachians in WWI 

Professor Joel Beeson created the an online gallery that chronicles the stories of African Americans who migrated to McDowell County in the early 1900s to work in the coal mines and then went on to serve in the U.S. military. 

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Conferences, Experiences & Internships 


plank center dei summit

Plank Center DEI Summit

College of Media seniors Lana Aboushaar and Jordan Stosic were among 10 scholarship recipients from across the country to attend the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations 2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Summit in Chicago.

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post reentry

Post-Incarceration Reentry Simulation

Martin Hall Agency hosted a Reentry Simulation that drew students from nearly a dozen units on campus. During this interactive event, attendees had to navigate different post-incarceration scenarios to better understand the struggles people face upon release from prison.

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poverty and the pandemic

Poverty and the Pandemic: A National Reporting Initiative

Maxwell Shavers (BSJ, 2020), a current student in the Digital Marketing Communications master’s program, was selected for the Carnegie-Knight News21 Program, a nationwide reporting project headquartered at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Through the program, he and other fellows from across the country will explore the topic of “Poverty and the Pandemic.”

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Alumni


from wv to the red carpet

From West Virginia to the Red Carpet

With an overdose death rate 10 times the national average, news about the Mountain State has been bleak, but a West Virginia filmmaker chose to tell a story of resilience and hope.

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Chelsea Fuller

Where Media Meets Social Justice

Chelsea Fuller (BSJ, 2011) was twelve years old when she met civil rights icon John Lewis at Paschal’s restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, the unofficial headquarters of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Since then, she has been sharing the stories of Black America and advocating for marginalized populations

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Mental health amid pandemic

Mental Health Amid Pandemic

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five Americans live with a mental health condition, and with the current global crisis, they face additional challenges, making communicating about mental health more important than ever. Chuck Harman (BSJ, 1981; MSJ, 1984) leads NAMI’s Strategic Alliances & Development team, and when the COVID-19 virus outbreak occurred, he and his team, including Director of External Relations Jessica Edwards (BSJ, 2011), had to quickly analyze their outreach efforts and adapt their strategy.

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