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SOJ faculty and students to launch exhibit honoring WWI African-American soldiers

Forgotten Legacy: Soldiers of the Coalfields

The WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism is sharing the forgotten story of African American soldiers who fought in World War I.

Associate Professor Joel Beeson and his students will unveil the exhibit, Forgotten Legacy: Soldiers of the Coalfields, which examines the story of African-Americans who migrated to McDowell County, W.Va., from the rural South in the early 1900s to work in the coal mines and who served in the U.S. military during wartime.

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You're invited! "Forgotten Legacy: Soldiers of the Coalfields"

Learn more about the “Forgotten Legacy: Soldiers of the Coalfields” interactive exhibit—a project by Professor Joel Beeson, Dana Coester and students. The WVU Student Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is hosting the event to share details of the project on October 28, 2010 from 7-8pm in room 205 Martin Hall. Refreshments will be served. Download this PDF for more information.

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5th annual $5,000 scholarship for outstanding aspiring journalists

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania is taking applications for its fifth annual $5,000 scholarship awarded to aspiring journalists.

The award is designed to encourage outstanding collegiate journalism students in print and broadcasting.

The scholarship will be awarded in May 2011 in Pittsburgh at the annual Golden Quills Awards Dinner sponsored by The Press Club.

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Institute for Human Studies Journalism Internship Program

Interested in journalism and passionate about liberty? The Institute for Human Studies (IHS) Journalism Internship Program offers paid internships in print, broadcast, new media, or investigative journalism. Hosts range from major news networks to independent, non-profit newsrooms. Program includes a week long journalism workshop on reporting techniques and classical liberal ideas, such as freedom of the press. Stipend and housing assistance. Students may also apply for funding for internships secured on their own. Spring, summer, and fall placements. Apply for a spring internship by November 15, and for summer by January 31. Visit

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WCHS & FOX 11-TV in Charleston, W.Va., seeks news editor

Job Description:
WCHS ABC-8 and WVAH FOX-11 – the area’s Number 1 Eyewitness News Source – have an excellent full-time opportunity for an experienced News Editor.

Job responsibilities include:

• Editing video for daily news coverage, special projects, and sweep period pieces. 
• Taking in news feeds from news bureaus and various news organizations. 
• Collaborating with anchors, reporters, and producers on video elements of newscasts. 
• Meeting daily deadlines in a high-energy working environment 
• Dependability 
• Punctuality

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Google executive speaks to SOJ students

WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism students recently learned about the “Changing World of Advertising” from an executive at one of the most recognizable companies in the World.

Google executive David Pavelko visited the School last Friday to speak with students about the evolution of digital advertising.

Pavelko, a Morgantown native, is the Head of Travel for the Eastern Region at Google and manages marketing and advertising campaigns for travel businesses including airlines, hotel chains, cruise lines and car rental companies across Google search, display, YouTube and television advertising platforms.

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Two SOJ professors connect students to communities through LINK grant

Two WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism faculty members have received additional support to reach out to communities around the state through the courses they teach. Six WVU faculty members in total have been given the funding needed to create service-learning requirements in their courses, and in turn are helping communities across the state to address problems.

Associate Professor Joel Beeson and his students will be working in McDowell County, W.Va., with the African-American Veterans Association. Assistant Professor Rita Colistra and her students will be working with the “Buy Local” campaign in Ritchie County, W.Va.

All of this is being made possible with the help of the Campus-Community LINK grant valued at $30,000 awarded to WVUs Center for Civic Engagement through the West Virginia Campus Compact. This Campus Compact pilot program is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and completed in partnership with the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

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WV Uncovered workshop to help train citizen journalists

Beginning this fall, the West Virginia Uncovered team will hold a series of community photography workshops with participating newspapers around the state. The first workshop, co-sponsored by the Hampshire Review, will be held Friday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hampshire County Public Library in Romney.

The photography workshops are designed to teach community members how to take better photos with their personal cameras. Attendees will also learn what makes a good photo, what types of photos newspapers are looking for and how to use free software to edit them prior to submission.

West Virginia Uncovered project coordinator, Mary Kay McFarland, says online newspapers are giving citizens a voice like never before.

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