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WVU Reed College of Media students and faculty are recognized for their work in a variety of areas - journalism, broadcast, PR, advertising, new media and more. In 2020, alone, we took home 18 national and 14 regional awards.


American Advertising Awards (WV Chapter of American Advertising Federation)

  • Gold ADDY: Martin Hall Agency “Don’t Box Me In” First Amendment Day Campaign
  • Silver ADDY: Martin Hall Agency ”Don’t Box Me In” cross-platform Campaign
  • Silver ADDY: Martin Hall Agency “Don’t Box Me In” T-shirt design
  • Silver ADDY: Martin Hall Agency MHA logo, watermark, insignia and brand guideline book

AVA Awards

  • Best Newscast, Gold Award: WVU News "Inside Appalachia-A Story of Hope"

Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts

  • Interactive Reality, First place: “The Bodice Project" by Kristen Uppercue, Mark Schoenster and Savannah Schaffer
  • Television Newscast, First place: WVU News Special Edition “A Mental Health Crisis in America" by Jensen Mills
  • Television Sports Story/Feature Short, Award of Excellence: “West Virginia Roughriders” by Matt Minard

Carnegie-Knight News21 Program

Maxwell Shavers (BSJ, 2020), current Digital Marketing Communications graduate student, 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 that brings student journalists from around the country together to report and produce in-depth, multimedia projects for major media outlets. Past outlets have included The Washington Post, NBC News and USA Today.

Hearst Journalism Awards

  • Television Feature Award, Fifth Place: Bridge Day by Sarah Poteracki

National Eco Car Mobility Challenge Competition

  • Best Social Media Report: Haleigh Fields
  • Spirit of Communications: Haleigh Fields

MarCom Awards

  • Video/Audio, TV Broadcast/Cable, Gold: WVU News Special Edition Newscast, "Far Apart Together"

RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Student Award

  • Excellence in Audio Reporting: “What Happened to Weirton” podcast series by Ella Jennings

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards

  • Online In-Depth Reporting, Winner: “Rebuilding Families” by Anna Saab
  • Television, Breaking News, Winner: “Campus Shooting” by Shayla Klein
  • Collaborative Journalism, Finalist: “Generation Opioids”
  • Newspapers, General News, Finalist: “Snow Day” by Daily Athenaeum staff
  • Newspapers, Editorial Writing, Finalist: Douglas Soule, Daily Athemaeum Editor–in-Chief
  • Collaborative Journalism, Winner: “Generation Opioids” by West Virginia University and George Washington University
  • Art/Graphics, Sports Photography, Finalist: “West Virginia vs. Iowa State” by Duncan Slade
  • Television, Feature Reporting, Winner: “Bridge Day” by Sarah Poteracki
  • Television, In-Depth Reporting, Winner: “Inpatient care in the Mountain State" by Sarah Poteracki
  • Television, General News Reporting, Finalist: “Transgender discrimination in the Mountain State” by Daren Hartwell
  • Best Independent Online Student Publication, Winner: “Women Beyond Bars”

Telly Awards

  • Best Newscast, Silver Award: WVU News "Gun Control-A Nation Divided"
  • Best Newscast, Bronze Award: WVU News "Inside Appalachia - A Story of Hope"
  • Online Commercials, Silver Telly: Brand JRNY – Pineville ATV Spot
  • Online Commercials, Bronze Telly: Brand JRNY – All Trails Lead to Home Spot
  • Immersive and Mixed Reality, Bronze Telly: Bodice Project AR, David Smith’s Immersive Storytelling Class
  • Social Video, Bronze Telly: "Permit Loophole Allowing Appalachian Mines to Sit Idle" by Sean McCallister
  • Non-Broadcast General, Social Issues, Bronze Telly: 100 Days in Appalachia “Bienvenido a Pupuseria Emerita” (with editing help from Jeffery Boggess)