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WVU journalism students selected for GolinHarris internships

Washington, D.C., public affairs firm GolinHarris has selected two West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism students to join its team as part of its ongoing Mountaineer in D.C. internship program.

Katelyn Culver of Point Pleasant and Nicole Fernandes of Charleston are each receiving a $2,500 stipend and a weekly salary to work at GolinHarris during the 2009 spring and summer sessions, respectively.

GolinHarris, one of the world’s leading public relations and government affairs firms, began the program in 2004 to provide School of Journalism students hands-on experience in public relations and marketing.

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WVU broadcast news students, faculty honored for excellence

West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism’s broadcast news program has earned four national and international awards for student and faculty work.

Former broadcast news student Steve Butera of Bridgeport won ninth place in the television feature category of the annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Butera, a 2008 journalism graduate and current master’s degree student, received a $500 cash prize and a matching grant for the School of Journalism. The selected package included two stories featuring a family’s approach to memorializing a fallen Marine and behind-the-scenes coverage of an ABC “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode featuring a Fairmont family. Both stories ran on “WVU News” and are available on WVU iTunesU at

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Award-winning photojournalist named WVU Visiting Shott Chair of Journalism

An award-winning photojournalist and professor has returned to his alma mater to join the West Virginia University faculty as the Visiting Shott Chair of Journalism.

Bill Kuykendall, a 1966 alumnus, brings a wealth of photojournalism and multimedia experience to the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism for the spring semester. He was chair of the renowned photojournalism sequence at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he directed the annual Pictures of the Year contest, co-directed the Missouri Photo Workshop and taught photojournalism and newspaper management courses.

After leaving the University of Missouri, Kuykendall served as Libra Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and director of new media at the University of Maine from 2000-04. He is currently on sabbatical from the University of Maine, where he serves as senior lecturer in new media and cooperating professor of communication and journalism.

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