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SOJ student to report live for ESPN during Saturday men's basketball game

The broadcast news senior from York, Pa., is scheduled to appear three times during ESPN’s coverage of the game. Fontanazza will appear on-air pre-game and then once during each half. He is still talking to ESPNproducers about content but says they plan to give him a Flip video camcorder to do a behind-the-scenes look at student fans and traditions.

Fontanazza’s appearance on ESPN is part of the network’s Campus Connection Week. Students from more than 40 schools, representing 15 conferences and 21 states, plus Washington, D.C., will have the opportunity to serve in various roles during games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

The P.I. Reed School of Journalism has had an official partnership with ESPN since the fall of 2008. The student-generated content initiative, designed to provide college journalists hands-on experience with the network broadcasts, also crosses over to the website and other ESPN Inc. platforms, including ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN radio.

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SOJ professor discusses book on C-SPAN

John Temple’s book, “The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates” is getting national exposure. Temple, an associate professor and associate dean at the WVU Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, was interviewed when the C-SPAN bus visited campus in October and the piece aired earlier this month.

During the interview discussed the book’s main characters, the challenges he faced while writing it and his views on the death penalty. (Watch the interview at .)

“The Last Lawyer” is a non-fiction account of attorney Ken Rose’s decade-long defense of Bo Jones, a North Carolina farmhand convicted of a 1987 murder. Temple says there have been many books written about the death penalty but his book is unique because it narrates a lawyer’s perspective.

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Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reporter to speak to J-School students Feb. 2

Jon Schmitz, SOJ alum and staff writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will speak to J-School students on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Schmitz will speak to Professor Bonnie Stewart’s Public Affairs Reporting class.

Schmitz started his career at the Intelligencer in Wheeling, W.Va. He was later hired as a staff writer for The Pittsburgh Press. There he covered local government, politics and the courts for 14 years. He also served brief stints as a columnist and editorial writer. When the Press closed in 1992, he moved to the Post-Gazette as bureau chief for local government and courts. After several years in that role, he became an editor on the local news desk. In January, eager to return to the front lines, he took on the transportation beat.

He has won and shared in several news writing and editing awards, most recently for participating in coverage of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.

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Apply now for Poynter's 2010 College Fellowship

The Poynter Institute is a school and resource for journalism located in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was founded in May 1975 by Nelson Poynter, chairman of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly. Poynter’s 2010 College Fellowship (May 16-28) is an intensive, two-week program in which students work in a classroom and on a beat to report and produce stories about the local community. Students will have countless opportunities for one-on-one coaching with Poynter faculty and professional journalists.

To Apply, you will need to send:

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The Institute on Political Journalism seeks interns

June 6 – July 31, 2010
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University, the Institute combines substantive internships, courses for academic credit, career development activities, site briefings and lectures led by working journalists. This fast-paced, eight-week residential program provides students from around the world with opportunities to gain the edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.

Last summer our students interned with NBC Nightly News, the, The Washington Examiner, Edelman Public Relations, The World Wildlife Fund, Telemundo, the Washington Times along with many other top notch outlets and organizations.

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Do you need help with your grammar?

Jean Dailey, writing specialist at the WVU College of Law, will be in Martin Hall to answer your grammar related questions on Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 107. Dailey teaches the online grammar component to the School’s introductory media writing class.

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Five thousand dollar scholarship available to journalism students of Greek American heritage

Journalism and communications majors at the graduate and undergraduate level who are of Greek American heritage may apply for annual scholarships given in the amount of $5,000 in memory of Peter Agris, the late founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle.

The non-renewable grants have been offered by the Alpha Omega Council of New England and the Agris family for the last 18 years.

Criteria for candidates includes: * Greek American heritage. * Current full-time enrollment as a journalism or communications major at the graduate or undergraduate level in an accredited college or university in the United States. * Active participation in school, community, church organizations. * A minimum of a 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.

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Pharmaceutical Sales Position

Pharmaceutical company looking to hire a representative to cover their Morgantown, Fairmont, and Clarksburg territory.

Business to business sales experience desired (copiers, uniforms, payroll, advertising, etc.) with stellar sales numbers on resume. 
Client prefers more than 2 years outside sales experience, with strong accomplishments. This client wants to interview strong B2B reps whose career goals are to get into pharmaceutical sales.

• $70 to 80K first year; salary, bonuses plus car.
• Bonus program for these primary care reps is stronger than what other companies pay their specialty reps! 
• Rapid promotion track to specialty rep, trainer and sales manager. 
• Company remains in multiple product launch mode and has had NO LAYOFFS like the Big Pharma companies. 
• Company has top rankings in many pharmaceutical industry and sales publications. 
• Reps are selling exciting pipeline of pharma products treating today’s disease states and health concerns. 
• Company is top rated in the areas of growth, R&D pipeline and revenues; 
• Career Stability: we have placed 200 plus people with the company in the last five years. To date, 94% of those hires are still there.

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