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Pulitzer Prize winner, Yahoo! News reporter highlight Journalism Week at WVU

West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism will welcome a 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, a Yahoo! News journalist, and Associated Press and independent multimedia journalists for Journalism Week 2007 March 5-9.

“Beyond Convergence: The New Media Landscape” will explore the trends and innovations in journalism and new media and the future of mass communications.

“Journalism is no longer just print and broadcast news. News is being reported and produced across media platforms using multimedia technologies,” said Dean Maryanne Reed. “We want our students, our faculty and the University community to learn from and be inspired by what professionals are doing to reach an increasingly diverse and sophisticated media audience.”

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WVU J-School reporter wins national award

West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism senior Sean Merinar recently won a first place award in the Broadcast Education Association’s annual “Festival of Media Arts” competition.

Merinar, a senior in the broadcast news sequence from Sand Hill, W.Va., placed first in the Broadcast News Sports Reporting Category of the BEA Festival for his profile piece on longtime West Virginia sports writer Mickey Furfari.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts competition is one of the top academic, juried competitions in the country for university faculty and students. The news division continues to attract a large number of entries (242) in the competition.

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WVU School of Journalism to host talk by Yahoo sports columnist Feb. 28

Dan Wetzel, national columnist for Yahoo Sports, will speak to West Virginia University journalism students and the public about his experiences as a sports writer at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in 205 Martin Hall on the Downtown Campus.

Wetzel has covered almost every major sporting event, including two Olympics. In addition, he has co-authored four books, including the national bestseller, “Glory Road,” which was turned into a movie by Disney.

Wetzel has been awarded numerous accolades for his writing, both as a columnist and an author. In 2006, he was named “The Best Sports Writer in America” by He has also been cited numerous times by the anthology, “The Best American Sports Writing.”

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WVU PRSSA Joins With Three Organizations To Promote Family Caregiving... it's not all up to you!

Bateman Team Develops Campaign for Caregiving Education

West Virginia University’s Public Relations Student Society of America’s Bateman Team is producing a campaign for Family Caregiving?it’s not all up to you!—a public education program for family caregivers.

With over 50 million Americans providing care to older adults, this program will encourage these people to view their role as family caregivers and seek help. Most of these caregivers slack in the other roles they must fulfill throughout the day. By seeking assistance, their life will be more balanced and have less stress.

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WVU J-School Katrina project faculty receive BEA awards

A multimedia Web site developed by West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism documenting the stories of those displaced by Hurricane Katrina continues to receive national recognition.

Three SOJ faculty members were awarded a combined “Best of Festival Award” in the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) annual Festival of Media Arts competition. They were recognized for their roles in the production of the interactive Web site, “Starting Over: Loss and Renewal in Katrina’s Aftermath,” and its “Dialogues on Race and Poverty” segment.

While portions of the site were reviewed individually in the main competition, judges decided that the “Best of Festival Award” for Faculty Interactive Multimedia should be shared by the three faculty members who co-directed the project: assistant professors Joel Beeson, Dana Coester and Bonnie Stewart.

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WVU J-School announces $5,000 competition for advertising students

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West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism has kicked off its IMCY Award Competition, with a grand prize of $5,000.

Underwritten by School of Journalism alumni Jim Blair and his wife Marsha and developed by School of Journalism faculty, the competition provides journalism students with the opportunity to design an Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) campaign for a real-world client.

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