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SOJ alumnus to work at fifth largest television market in the country

SOJ: What originally led you to WVU?

Russell: Well, it [Morgantown] is my hometown. Actually, I had no intention of majoring in journalism. I had it in my head that I was going to be a lawyer. I intended to major in political science, but when I showed up at freshmen orientation, my name was not at the political science table—it was at the journalism table. I don’t remember who I talked to, but they said if I stayed with journalism I would learn to write, research, present myself—things along those lines. I tell people that I kind of “Forrest Gumped” my way into journalism school because I don’t know if it was anything I did, I was just there at the right time and then it happened.

When did you realize journalism was right for you?

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WVU ABJ and CBC&R to host 'Race and Sports in America'

Keith Reed, senior editor for ESPN The Magazine; Oliver Luck, WVU athletic director; and Dana Brooks, CPASS dean, will discuss the role of race in sports, especially the treatment of minorities by sports media.

All students and faculty are welcome to attend. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building, room G-15.

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Reporters Without Borders and CNN launch video contest

Reporters Without Borders USA and CNN have launched a nationwide contest, challenging American university students to create a video PSA that will air on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2012.

The PSA will seek to answer the question “Why should we care about freedom of information?” The PSA will air on CNN.

Students at more than 100 universities are expected to participate in the contest. A student may enter alone or partner with up to two other students, and submit their PSA no later than March 19, 2012 . An international jury of journalists and human rights defenders will select the winning video. On May 3rd, 2012, the winners may attend a press conference in New York and see their video go live, running several times that day on CNN and online.

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The Daily Athenaeum is looking for an Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Daily Athenaeum is currently seeking applications for an Arts & Entertainment Editor. The A&E Editor heads a staff of A&E writers, organizes section content and designs the daily section pages.

Applicants should have experience in editing, Adobe InDesign and a knowledge or interest in arts and entertainment.

How to apply:
Pick up an application at 284 Prospect St. or email for an electronic copy. Turn in applications to 284 Prospect St.

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WTKR-TV seeks graphic artist

WTKR-TV News Channel 3 in Norfolk, Va., is looking for a full-time graphic artist. The primary focus of the graphic artist is to create, coordinate, and maintain on air graphics for News, Production and Promotion Departments.

Core Job Functions:

• Ability to spell, type and use a range of computer and production equipment.
• Design and implementation of television graphics for news and promotions.
• Design and layout of newspaper ads, forms, etc. using desktop publishing software as well as conventional tools.
• Assists with design and creation of props for commercials, promos, and displays.
• Assists with design and creation of visual aids for studio sets.
• Keeps inventory of all graphic work material, both print and electronic.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

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Washington, Pa., newspaper seeks multimedia journalist

The Observer-Reporter in Washington, Pa., is looking to hire a full-time photojournalist with a solid background in multimedia. The applicant should have the ability to write copy for both online and print, shoot and edit video and photograph general news, features and sports. The applicant must have computer skills, and be proficient in Photoshop, iMovie and Final Cut Pro. There is a significant amount of night and weekend work involved. Experience is strongly preferred, whether it be at the Daily Antheneum, a website or an internship. The applicant must have his or her own transportation and be able to carry equipment up to 25 pounds.

Please send resume and work samples to Editor Liz Rogers, Observer-Reporter, 122 S. Main St., Washington, PA 15301, or e-mail to

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Stinespring named Ms. Mountaineer finalist

Stinespring, a native of Hurricane, W.Va., is sponsored by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She serves as the vice president of public relations and membership for the organization.

Stinespring is also a Gold and Blue Student Ambassador and a member of the Mountaineer Marching Band.

The five female finalists will interview in front of the Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer voting committee. The winner will be announced at the Nov. 5 WVU football game vs. Louisville.

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Seminar offered for students to learn more about Semester at Sea study abroad program

The West Virginia University Geography Program and the International Studies Program are offering a seminar on study abroad at sea with the Semester at Sea. Interested students should attend a presentation on the 2012-2013 programs by Dr. Robert W. Smith, retired, US Department of State, and geographic consultant and instructor for the Semester at Sea. The event is on Tuesday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m., in room 325 Brooks Hall. All undergraduate student majors are welcome to attend.

The Semester at Sea visits numerous international locations in spring, summer and fall semesters. Participants travel on the MV Explorer, a modern and safe passenger ship that circumnavigates the globe and explores the world. The ship is both a traveling university and residential home to more than 2,000 participants each year; complete with a student union, wireless Internet, 8,000-volume library, and many of the amenities you’d find on a land-based campus. Credits for the semester are awarded by the University of Virginia.

For more information, visit or contact Professor Ken Martis at

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CNN top executive to visit SOJ, address future of journalism

But the hunger for information has only grown. Now, consumers want their news to be instant, mobile and interactive.

As a result, CNN is forced to redefine itself in the television and digital news realms. CNN Worldwide’s vice president and managing editor Mark Whitaker is facing that challenge on a daily basis.

Whitaker, who joined CNN Worldwide in 2011, will share his experiences and expertise with students at “West Virginia University”: on Monday, Nov. 14. His presentation, “Covering the World 24/7: CNN’s Role in a Changing Media Industry,” is sponsored by the P.I. Reed School of Journalism’s Emory “Pete” Sasser Lectureship in Journalism. WVU’s Center for Black Culture and Research is also sponsoring the event. The public lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. in 202 Brooks Hall.

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SOJ begins student exchange program with China

“As a student majoring in journalism, it’s easier to interview people in the U.S.,” said Hong. “If you are a student doing homework in China, people ignore you. They don’t want to talk to you unless you have an I.D. that says where you work.”

Students from WVU’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism and the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China, will recognize many differences—and similarities—between their schools as they participate in a newly established exchange program.

The five-year agreement between WVU and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies will give five School of Journalism students the opportunity to study alongside their Chinese peers at Guangdong University’s School of Journalism and Communication. In exchange, five students from China will study at WVU’s School of Journalism.

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