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SOJ students to study media in West Africa

West Africa

West Virginia University journalism professor Dr. Steve Urbanski says something about Africa “gets into your soul.”

“That’s the best way to put it,” said Urbanski. “When I leave – as soon as the plane lifts off, I start missing it [Africa] passionately.”

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Graphic/web design internship available in DC area is currently looking for a graphic/web design intern to work in the DC area this summer.


We’re a close knit group of designers doing top notch work in a fun, laid back environment. We’re a full service creative studio, meaning we do a bit of everything: branding, marketing, web design, packaging, promotional pieces, photography, video, etc. Our clients include everyone from local favorites like OYA Restaurant & Lounge and Farmers & Fishers to national and international organizations like the Art of Peace Foundation, Coca Cola, AIGA and more.

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SOJ students participate in EcoCar Challenge Finals this month

West Virginia University’s EcoCAR team is participating in the Year Two EcoCar Challenge Finals in Yuma, Ariz. and San Diego from May 17 to 27.

WVU students from the College of Engineering and the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism will compete against 15 North American universities for the Year Two title.

Over the past year, the WVU team has been re-engineering a General Motors-donated vehicle as part of EcoCAR, a three-year national competition sponsored by GM and the U.S. Department of Energy. The competition challenges university teams to make their vehicles more fuel efficient and reduce emissions while maintaining performance, reliability and consumer acceptability.

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Harrison challenges SOJ graduates to identify and embrace their "punctuation points"

Sometimes it’s the advice that people don’t want to hear that inspires them to greatness.

Harrison, who delivered the keynote address at the School of Journalism’s 2010 May Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 16, told students that this revelation “punctuated” his life and allowed him to capitalize on new opportunities. Harrison is now the chairman and chief executive officer of Diversified Agency Services, the world’s largest group of marketing services companies. A division of the Omnicom Group, DAS has more than 5,000 worldwide clients and annual revenues of almost $5 billion.

“I’m certainly not the only person who can attest to the life-changing powers of ‘punctuation points,’ ” Harrison said.

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SOJ reaccredited by national council

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications has voted unanimously to reaccredit the undergraduate programs at the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism.

ACEJMC is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. It accredits 113 programs in the United States, including one at a university outside the country.

“It’s a validation of the good work that our faculty and students are doing,” said Maryanne Reed, dean of the School of Journalism. “I’m proud of our continued success in teaching, scholarship and public services.”

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Commencement details sent via email!

May Commencement 2010


Please be sure to check your MIX and personal email accounts for details concerning the School of Journalism’s May Commencement ceremony this Sunday.

If you plan to attend the ceremony and have not received communications, please contact Kimberly Brown at 304-293-3505 ext. 5403 immediately.

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The editor at The Courier in Findlay, Ohio, is hiring and online editor. The position will be responsible for The ideal candidate will advance the current Website, with particular emphasis on routinely adding video.

The opening is immediate. The starting salary is expected to be in the low $30s.

To apply, contact:
Peter Mattiace, editor 
The Courier /
701 West Sandusky St., P.O. Box 609
Findlay, OH 45840-0609
No phone calls, please.

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Springfield Business Journal seeks page designer/photographer

Springfield Business Journal, an award-winning weekly niche publication in southwest Missouri, is seeking an editorial photographer and page designer. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and expertise in typography is preferred. Quality of subject photography is emphasized. The position offers competitive pay and benefits, including health, life and 401(k). Send résumé and photo/design samples by May 14 to Eric Olson, editor, or PO Box 1365, Springfield, MO 65801.

Laying out the paper and taking photographs for stories are the chief concerns. This involves: creating dummies each week for the paper, thus determining page count and general ad placement; filing press run orders with the printer; typesetting and placing images; scheduling, photographing, and preparing images for stories; producing other graphics (charts, graphs, illustrations); correcting proofed pages; creating concepts and mock pages to improve the aesthetics of the paper each week; and working with the editors and reporters to create and hone coverage ideas. The bulk of these processes is impacted by the suggestions and criticism of the rest of the staff, just as the rest of the staff expects the same for the designer/photographer. Additionally, the designer/photographer archives text and images and supplies the online reporter with the text and images sized for the Web site.

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