Media College eNews

Volunteer opportunity to build Communication/Media Relations Portfolio at the Pittsburgh Marathon

Are you a public relations student that needs to give your portfolio a boost? If so, there are opportunities to gain experience at the Pittsburgh Marathon in the areas of visual communications and media relations. Volunteers will film and photograph the race as well as neighborhood festivals associated with the event for distribution via social media. There is also the chance to volunteer the day before the race at the press conference and media tent. The marathon is Sunday, May 6th and interested students may contact Jennifer May at (412) 656-8192.

For additional information please visit their website

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The Village Voice Digital Media Fellowship for minority students

The Village Voice family of companies, in conjunction with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is offering an intensive, 8-week, paid summer fellowship for minority students concentrating on web and digital media.

Digital fellows will be immersed in blogging, photography, video, audio and social media and will produce original, reported material for Village Voice online publications.

Program instructors will include top Cronkite faculty as well as the nation’s leading news, music and food writers from the Village Voice family of websites and newspapers.

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Summer Publishing Institute at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS)

Attention graduating seniors and graduate students, The Summer Publishing Institute (SPI) at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies is offering an important opportunity for talented recent college graduates to learn firsthand about the publishing industry from leaders in book, magazine, and digital media. Students selected for the program receive six graduate credits upon successful completion of the program. This may qualify participants for federal aid. In addition, students who apply and are accepted into the NYU-SCPS M.S. in Publishing program will be able to apply the six credits earned through SPI toward the graduate degree.

See the poster in room 108 Martin Hall or visit the program website for details.

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JQE dates announced for spring 2012

The Journalism Qualifying Exam (JQE) will be held in 101 Clark Hall from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, February 14th
Wednesday, February 15th

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. The testing fee is $20 and will be charged to your student account after the test. Please bring a photo ID and a #2 pencil with you. There will be a limit of 100 participants for each exam. To register for a testing date, please go to the Carruth Center’s Testing Services website. .

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Four new scholarships established at WVU School of Journalism

West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism alumna Jennifer (Rupinsky) Manton’s mother never went to college, but she knew the value of higher education – a message she instilled in her two daughters.

“I remember her telling us that if we wanted to have rewarding and meaningful careers, financial security and opportunities that we did not have growing up, a college degree was the only ticket to a good future,” said Manton (BSJ, 1991).

Manton fulfilled her mother’s dream. She is now the Chief Marketing Officer at Loeb and Loeb, LLP, a 300-attorney national law firm. Manton lives and works in New York City. Her mother, Madelyn Rupinsky, passed away in 2008 after a battle with cancer, but Rupinsky’s belief in higher education lives on.

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PR senior earns PRSA-Pittsburgh award

For the second year in a row, a WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism public relations student has won a competitive O’Gara Scholarship Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Senior Kelli Snedegar accepted the $2,000 award and a certificate at the PRSA-Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards Ceremony held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel in Pittsburgh on Thursday, January 26.

The annual Renaissance Awards ceremony celebrates the “PRogress” of the past year in public relations, honoring area practitioners and organizations for excellence in public relations campaigns and tactics.

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"WVU News" announces spring 2012 anchor team

“WVU News” reporters also received their beat assignments today.

WVU Campus Reporters: Cesar Colon and Wayne Haviland
Health/Medical Reporters: Greg Olenik and Kate Barr
Police/Fire/Crime/Court Reporters: Krista Baker and Joshua Marshall
Government and Legislative Reporters: Katiann Marshall and Caitlin Fitzgerald
Economic Development Reporters: Chelsey Corroto and Alex Koscevic
Consumer Reporters: Jacqueline Delphin and Katelyn Mattingly
Education Reporters: Megan Hudock and Matt Casasanta
No-Profit/Senior Citizen Reporters: Jessica Robey and Matt Krauza
Westover/Star City Community Reporters: Ryan Kendra and Jordan Pacella
Entertainment Reporter: Autumn Lonon

“WVU News,” which was recognized in 2011 by the Broadcast Education Association as the best student-produced newscast in the country, will begin taping new episodes in February. The television newscasts are produced by journalism students at the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism. “WVU News” reporters cover events on the university campus, as well as the Morgantown community. Students report, write, shoot and edit television news stories for the program. They also serve as on-air anchors, producers, directors and technical crew during newscast tapings at WVU’s professional television studio.

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Apply for May Graduation (Deadline Feb. 6)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not eligible to graduate in May or August or if you have already graduated please disregard this message!

Attention School of Journalism Seniors: 
Graduation season will be here soon, and the School of Journalism is already making plans for another memorable ceremony. But first, we need you to take action!


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JQE group tutoring sessions announced

JQE group tutoring sessions will be held in 101 Martin Hall on the following dates:
Monday, January 30th from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31st from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

A third group session will be scheduled once the JQE testing date is confirmed. Please keep an eye on eNews for JQE updates.

If you have any questions, concerns, or to schedule an individual tutoring appointment, please e-mail Kristen Wishon at

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Sign up for on-campus internship interviews with MARC-USA!

MARC USA will be at the School of Journalism on Friday, February 17. MARC USA is a national, full service, integrated marketing communications firm and they will be coming to the School of Journalism for the following two events.

MARC USA will interview about 10 junior and senior internship candidates in Advertising and Public Relations. Outstanding juniors, seniors and recent grads will be considered for positions in the following areas:

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