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Journalism Week 2011 to highlight young professionals who are redefining the industry

No longer just training students for careers in traditional media, West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism is preparing students to be leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in a constantly changing and increasingly young industry.

To inspire students to become the next generation of game-changers and decision makers, the School’s Journalism Week 2011: Game Changers Under 40 will bring to campus young professionals who are helping to redefine journalism and strategic communications in the digital age.

The four-day event runs from Monday, April 4, through Thursday, April 7, and will feature public presentations and classroom discussions led by prominent media professionals ranging from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to a public relations specialist who is rallying a nation through social media to help rebuild Japan.

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Monongahela Valley Association of Health Centers seeks intern

Monongahela Valley Association of Health Centers, Inc. (MVA), is a private, non-profit West Virginia Corporation that has been providing quality health care to the residents of Marion, Monongalia, Harrison, Taylor, and Wetzel counties since 1958. MVAowns and operates Fairmont Clinic, Shinnston Medical Center, the East Fairmont and North Marion High School Wellness Centers, and a Medicare-certified Home Health Agency. The mission of MVA is to provide quality health care, at a reasonable cost, to all residents of its service area. The vision of MVA is to be the area’s top quality provider of comprehensive primary health care services. MVA strives to provide the highest quality patient care possible, provide services to meet all the health care needs of the service area residents, and redesign the delivery of health care to provide quality health care in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible.

Internship Relevance:

This internship is relevant to marketing and public relations in that it is an opportunity to apply knowledge in many areas of marketing and public relations. The internship will give you an opportunity to apply some of the skills that you have already learned in previous classes and programs. Projects that will be provided to you in the internship will give you a chance to observe many areas of marketing first-hand, including internal and external relations at the clinic. By viewing how our healthcare system operates will provide you with the opportunity to tailor a marketing strategy for our organization to better serve our patients and community, as well as extend our outreach to potential patients in our service area.

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WVU Sports Communications Office hiring student assistants

The West Virginia University Sports Communications Office is now accepting applications to fill student assistant positions for the 2011-2012 school year.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: public relations coverage of assigned WVU varsity sports, feature writing, press release writing, acting as a liaison between WVU athletics and media, working closely with the Big East conference office, working closely with assigned sport’s head coach, sport game day operations, pre and post even operations, Internet writing and assisting with Mountaineer football and men’s basketball game-day operations.

Applicants must possess excellent writing ability, demonstrate the knack for meeting deadlines, be well-organized, maintain a high level of time management skills, be willing to work weekends and some late evenings and must be comfortable working in a team-oriented environment. A background in sports is preferred but not required.

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SOJ provides awards for internships and study abroad programs--Deadline April 30!


Each spring, the SOJ also offers a limited number of Student Enhancement Awards, cash awards to students who have secured major-market journalism internships or have been accepted in a journalism study-abroad programs. Awards typically range from $500 to $1,000.

To be eligible, an applicant must:
– be a full-time student in the School of Journalism;
– be an undergraduate during the study or internship program; 
– have completed at least 6 hours of journalism coursework; 
– have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher;
– have already been accepted for and made a commitment to participate in a study abroad program or an internship that requires traveling or living away from home and working in a metropolitan market.

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WVU School of Journalism's mobile app signals change, opportunity for rural area

Don’t tell that to the students at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism or the Parsons Advocate, which is the beneficiary of a new mobile application that represents much more than a technological advance or a chance to boost advertising sales.

In piloting the app with the Advocate, a weekly newspaper that serves the area, WVU hopes to create an economic opportunity for an entire community that may also serve as a model to help bolster the flagging newspaper industry.

The new technology comes to the Advocate courtesy of School of Journalism Assistant Professor Dana Coester, who is using a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to lead an experiment in rural mobile media. The Ford grant will enable Coester and the School of Journalism to deploy the mobile app and research its impact on several rural communities throughout West Virginia.

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Student merges passion for fashion and social media

Bailey, a public relations senior from Charleston, W.Va., started blogging and tweeting last October. A month later, her blog, Accessory Obsession: and other fashionable addictions by Lindsay Bailey, caught the attention of boutique public relations firm Dream Cartel – landing Bailey a virtual internship and eventually a front-row seat for Fashion Week 2011 in New York City.

“At first I thought, ‘Why are these people reaching out to me?’ I thought it was too good to be true,” said Bailey. “But then I talked to one of the owners on the phone?and they hired me.”

Prior to Fashion Week, Bailey worked diligently from her computer in Morgantown, helping Dream Cartel prepare for a networking party. She crafted and sent email invitations to guests – many of them fashion journalists and bloggers – and wrote press releases about the firm’s clients who represent stylists and independent designers.

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Celebrated Argentinean author to read and lecture at WVU

Argentinean author Mempo Giardinelli will read from his book “Luna Caliente” (Sultry Moon) and other works on Friday April 1, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in 130 Colson Hall. The reading will be in English.
A lecture and discussion of his presented work will follow in Spanish at 3:30 p.m. in 107 Oglebay Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Mempo Giardinelli was born in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina in 1947. He studied law at Universidad Nacional del Nordeste in Argentina. From 1976 to 1983, he lived in exile in Mexico. He returned to make his home in Resistencia in 1985.

His literary works have been translated into 20 languages and have earned him several prominent awards, including the National Award for Best Novel (Mexico), the Rómulo Gallegos Award (Venezuela) and the Grandes Viajeros Award (Spain). His best known works include the novels “Luna Caliente” and “Santo Oficio de la Memoria.”

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Martek Biosciences Corporation Internship – Corporate Communications

Martek Biosciences Corporation

Job Title: Public Relations Intern 
Department: Corporate Communications
Location: Columbia, MD
Reports To: Manager, Corporate Communications – Tony Martin
FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Job Summary:
The successful candidate will assist the corporate communications manager in many areas within the communications department. The public relations intern will assist in a national campaign as well as help plan international public relations outreach. The intern will prioritize tasks and focus on multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

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The Bridgestone Americas Safety Scholars Video Contest--Deadline June 24!

Contest Details:

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.
It’s easy to enter. Just 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. Want a chance to win a scholarship? Grab your camera and get going! The Safety Scholars video contest is open to young drivers ages 16 to 21.

To learn more, visit

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