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Communications internship in Washington, D.C.

The Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives (CAO) seeks a dynamic, self-starter to intern with his communications team. The primary responsibility of the communications intern will be to assist in media relations and in various web development projects. The intern, or communications specialist, will also be responsible for writing stories focusing on the inner workings of the CAO and Congress in a broader sense.

While the internship is unpaid, college credit will be offered.

Candidates must:

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Society for Marketing Professional Services Foundation scholarship opportunity

The Society for Marketing Professional Services Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2010 Ron Garikes Scholarship, which provides $1,500 to one student who is majoring in marketing, communications, or public relations and planning a career in professional services marketing.

Students applying for the scholarship must:

In its second year, the Ron Garikes Scholarship fund was created by the SMPS Foundation in partnership with Karlsberger where Garikes spent most of his 27-year career, most recently leading the firm’s national Laboratory and Technology Group, and as COO of its Birmingham, AL, office.

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Student volunteers needed for May Commencement ceremony--Sunday, May 16

Every May, individual WVU colleges and schools host their own commencement ceremonies. The School of Journalism’s May Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at the College of Creative Arts on WVU’s Evansdale Campus. We are currently looking for student volunteers to help with this year’s event. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Christa Vincent via email at or by phone (304) 293-3505 ext. 5439. To learn more about May Commencement 2010 visit

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Update regarding J293 1-hour technology modules

Attention SOJ students: important information regarding J293 1-hour technology modules

It has come to our attention that students have had trouble registering for the J293 1-hour Technology Modules in fall. Please note that restrictions have been lifted and interested SOJ majors in all sequences can now register for those courses.

For those who are still considering whether or not to register, we wanted to share the course information and to recommend that for those working on building portfolios, these courses offer essential skills.

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MSJ grad wins international award for mutlimedia thesis

Andrew Barnes, a 2009 graduate of West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism master’s program, will receive the Innovative Electronic Theses and Dissertation award from the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations consortium this summer.

The NDLTD bestows the award annually to students who have written exemplary electronic theses or dissertations. Barnes submitted a multimedia project entitled “Humans for Sale: Using Multimedia to Spread Social Awareness of Human Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia.”

As a graduate student, Barnes traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia to interview sex-trade workers and non-governmental organization representatives who are working to establish long-term economic alternatives to reduce human exploitation.

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Writer wanted for Summer internship in D.C.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is seeking a college junior, graduating senior, or graduate student for a paid summer writing internship in its Communications Division in Washington. 
Intern Tasks:
Write for an array of outlets including:
• AASHTO Journal (online transportation newsweekly); 
• Transportation TV News Update (weekly online video newscast); 
• Marketing Transportation E-News (monthly online newsbrief); 
• AASHTO’s website,; and 
• Other publications about critical issues in the transportation public-policy realm.

Applicant Requirements:
• Must be skilled in news reporting, research, and journalistic writing for articles, press releases, and policy reports (experience writing video scripts, marketing materials, and/or Web content a plus); 
• Undergraduate or graduate studies in journalism, communications, public relations, or marketing (experience writing for a student newspaper and/or previous professional internships in a related field a plus); 
• Knowledge of federal legislative process essential (experience with and/or interest in surface transportation issues and/or state governments a plus); and 
• Ability to work full time for 10-12 weeks between mid-May and mid-August.

AASHTO is the “Voice of Transportation” representing state transportation departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association serving as a catalyst for excellence in transportation. Our office is located on the north side of Capitol Hill near Union Station. 
Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their qualifications and their interest in the internship, resume, college transcript, and a dozen writing samples to Lucas Wall, Senior Editor, AASHTO Journal, Suite 249, 444 N. Capitol St., Washington, DC 20001-1539. E-mail submissions should be directed to lwall@aashto.orgThe application deadline is Friday, April 23, 2010.

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The National Association of Black Journalists accepts WVU's application

The National Association of Black Journalists has accepted WVU’s application to begin an NABJ student chapter. The chapter is applying to become an official student organization and plans to organize membership drives and community service in the fall. NABJ is an association of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides services year-round to benefit black journalists worldwide. The idea was the brain child of Visiting Assistant Professor Tori Arthur.

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Associated Press scholarships available for collegiate sports journalists

The Associated Press Sports Editors are sponsoring four $1,500 scholarships for collegiate sports journalists.

The Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE,) a national organization of sports editors, is awarding four $1500 scholarships to help motivate talented students to pursue a career in sports journalism. Collegiate sports journalists entering their sophomore, junior or senior years are eligible for the scholarships which will be awarded based on the students’ journalistic work, their academic record, financial need, and geography. The scholarships will be given to students from four
different regions of the United States. The winners will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee, which is chaired by Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe and includes editors from all sections of the United States.

Deadline is June 1.

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The Exponent Telegram seeks reporter and sports writer

The Exponent Telegram, an award winning newspaper in North Central West Virginia, has two openings.

Reporter: Looking for a strong writer who likes to be challenged. Competitive salary and benefits offered.

Sports Writer: The preferred candidate will be versed in all sports with the ability to deliver to readers more than just the scores and stats. Layout skills also preferred.

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