Two WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism students were hired as freelance producers for Good Morning America and ABC and asked to coordinate coverage of the Sago Mine disaster for two days this week.
ABC News hired undergraduate broadcast student Justin Weaver and graduate student Ivy Smith Guiler to find and interview mine disaster victims’ family members and to provide the network information on the condition of the sole surviving miner, who was treated at West Virginia University’s Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Assistant Professor Bonnie Stewart accompanied Weaver to Upshur County and served as a faculty mentor. Stewart worked as an investigative reporter before coming to WVU this fall to teach public affairs reporting and other upper-level writing courses.