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Prof. Coester wins award for multimedia documentary

Dana Coester, an assistant professor in West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism, has created an award-winning documentary that isn’t your typical love story.

“Pretty,” which recently won an Award of Excellence in Narrative in the Faculty Video Competition at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, is a documentary love story using elements of photography, typography and design. The story, which follows a non-linear narrative, intertwines three generations of women in Coester’s family.

“On one level it explores the cultural desire to document experience and how we map the forensics of memory through photographs and artifacts,” said Coester. “But on the most basic level, it is the reconstruction of a private love story – a story unearthed when my grandfather, a photographer, died in 1989. This story was just one of many that began to emerge, revealing the hidden, ‘in-between’ stories that had haunted and transformed a half century of women in my family.”

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STS International, Inc. seeks technical writer/editor in Clarksburg, W.Va.

Job Description:
STS International, an innovative systems engineering and integration firm, is seeking a Technical Writer/ Editor to support the Biometrics Task Force (BTF), which is charged with coordinating biometrics activities amongst the services, standardizing application of biometrics across the department, identifying and evaluating new technologies, establishing biometrics policy, and sustaining the DoD’s central biometrics repository. This position is based in Clarksburg, WV.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities will include:

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B/E Aerospace seeks marketing intern for Summer 2010

B/E Aerospace has an EXCELLENT marketing internship opportunity for the Summer of 2010. As a Marketing student, you’ll perform assignments. You’ll be involved with a broad spectrum of opportunities to put your knowledge to work and obtain valuable skills.

The position pays $16/hr and provides a fully furnished apartment.

In order to qualify for the Marketing Internship Program, you must have a minimum of two years of marketing and/or advertising coursework towards a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university. You must also possess a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

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Public Relations Specialist position available at WVU Hospitals

West Virginia University Hospitals is looking for a public relations specialist. They are looking for a strong writer who knows how to use FontPage software and has event-planning skills. The public relations specialist is also responsible for paying bills and handling day-to-day operational duties. If you are interested, follow this link:

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Applications being accepted for the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Capital Semester in Washington, DC programs--Early deadline March 1

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University, Capital Semester combines substantive internships, courses for academic credit, professional development activities, site briefings and lectures led by prominent policy experts. Students choose between two tracks – public policy and political journalism.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of June 1, 2010 for Fall 2010; however, the early deadline for 5% off the tuition balance and priority consideration for acceptance and internship placement is March 1, 2010. The early deadline for Spring 2011 is October 1, 2010. There is a substantial amount of scholarship funding available, and awards are made based on financial need and merit.

Capital Semester combines hands-on professional experience for 25 hours a week with a challenging academic experience. This fast-paced, residential program provides students from around the world with the opportunities to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.

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Filmmaking grant opportunity – March 19 deadline

SOJ alumnus and GolinHarris Executive Vice President Mike Fulton has shared an exciting opportunity for students interested in filmmaking.

GolinHarris, an international public relations firm, is working with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to identify candidates for a filmmaking grant opportunity. 
NCBA will be awarding film-making grants to three students who will each create their own documentary about how beef gets from our pastures to consumer plates. The videos will be used by NCBA to educate key audiences about how beef is raised.

The program is not open to the general public, so the team is looking for the strongest candidates. The deadline to submit applications is March 19.

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Bridgestone Americas video contest

The Bridgestone Americas Safety Scholars Video Contest is a great way to have fun, be creative and win money for college, all at the same time.

To enter, make a short video (25 or 55 seconds in length) about auto safety. Students who produce videos that most creatively and effectively address safety auto topics will win a $5,000 college scholarship and a set of Bridgestone tires. The Safety Scholars video contest is open to young drivers ages 16 to 21. The deadline is July 1. To learn more, visit

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