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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.

Call to Action

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.

Student projects


Women Behind Bars

Women Beyond Bars

A two-year grant-funded project in the WVU Reed College of Media explores the causes and effects of the high incarceration rate of women in West Virginia.

Kayla Gagnon

Introduction to the Queens of Quarantine 

Kayla Gagnon's (BSJ, 2021) dragumentary takes a look at how the community has been coping with COVID-19.

MHA poverty simulation

Martin Hall Agency Poverty Simulation  

Capstone students in Martin Hall Agency, the College’s student-run advertising and public relations firm, collaborated with students from the WVU School of Public Health to demonstrate how social determinants of health can contribute to widespread inequality.  

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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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