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WVU School of Journalism announces new endowed scholarships and student enhancement fund

The late Dr. George Esper was world renowned for reporting on some of the biggest news stories in history, but by his own admission, one of his greatest achievements was mentoring young journalists.

Now Esper’s legacy as a foreign correspondent will live on at the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism thanks to the generosity of another distinguished WVU alumnus, Joe Steranka. Steranka, CEO of The Professional Golfers’ Association of America and a 1979 graduate of the School of Journalism, endowed the George Esper International Student Enhancement Fund in June. The Fund will support students participating in study-abroad or faculty-led international trips.

Steranka, who has helped lead the international development of golf while at the PGA, views the fund as a catalyst for SOJ students to gain global professional experience.

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WV Public Broadcasting seeks news and public affairs reporter/producer

News and Public Affairs Reporter/Producer
Charleston, West Virginia 
(2 positions)

West Virginia Public Broadcasting seeks two (2) full-time Reporters for its Charleston newsroom.

The successful candidates must have excellent reporting, interviewing, writing and electronic news gathering skills to produce substantive radio/television stories for a statewide and regional audience. The candidates also must be able to maintain high journalistic standards of fairness under deadline pressure and must work collaboratively with others in a multimedia newsroom. Two years’ reporting experience required. Previous experience with posting to the web and using social media is highly desirable. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or an appropriate combination of education and experience. These positions require working irregular hours, extended days, weekends and holidays.

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WVU Pre-Semester Employment Event

Do you want a job at WVU this fall? Join the Office of Student Employment for a Pre-Semester Hiring Event!

When: August 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Who: All students who would like a job for the Fall 2012 Semester
Where: WVU Mountainlair Ballrooms. Call (304) 293-9270 to request a virtual “Skype” appointment. 
What: An opportunity for students to begin the hiring process for on and off campus jobs during the Fall 2012 Semester.

What to bring:

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'Voices of Appalachia' Writing Contest now taking submissions

The Mountaineer Week Literary Publication Committee is accepting writing submissions through Aug. 31 for a chance to be a part of the first Mountaineer Week Appalachian Literary Publication: Voices of Appalachia Writing Contest.

The contest is open to all WVU students, staff, faculty and alumni and entries should focus on the joys of being a Mountaineer.

Suggested categories/genres are: short stories, fiction/non-fiction, poetry/prose, anecdotes, memories, simple pleasures, history, traditions, folklore/ghost stories, romance, or just simply being a Mountaineer. The winners will be used in an anthology of Appalachian writing that affirms Appalachian culture, life, art, and its people.

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Award-winning journalist joins WVU journalism faculty

Award-winning journalist Alison Bass has joined the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism as an assistant professor of journalism. Bass, who is the author of a critically acclaimed book about the pharmaceutical industry, will teach reporting and writing courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs this fall.Alison Bass

Bass’s book, Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, won the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award in 2009. In 2007, she was awarded an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to research Side Effects. The book tells the true story of two women who exposed the deception behind the making of a best-selling drug. Bass currently blogs about public health and healthcare issues at and is working on her next book.

Before joining the School of Journalism, Bass taught at Mount Holyoke College, Brandeis University and Boston University. She was a long-time medical and science writer for The Boston Globe and in 1996 received the Top Media Award from the National Mental Health Association. Her work has also appeared in such publications as The Chicago Tribune and Psychology Today.

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OUR TIME seeks interns for fall

OUR TIME is an organization with more than 400,000 members that encourages young Americans to drive their future as active voters and thoughtful consumers. We are approaching this mission by leveraging pop-culture, online brands, and retail partnerships toward attracting audience as opposed to assuming our generation is already interested in the public policy process.

Once members join, we:

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USA Today seeks Collegiate Correspondents

USA TODAY’s Collegiate Correspondent Program is one of the nation’s premier journalism opportunities for undergraduate students. Relevant writing experience combines with professional training and advice from seasoned journalists.

Correspondent writing is the backbone of USA TODAY College. Participants in the program have had their work published in USA TODAY’s print edition as well as outlets across Gannett.

There are spring, fall and summer versions of the program.

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SOJ alumna returns to WVU to discuss interactive documentary

Award-winning documentary storyteller and SOJ alumna Elaine McMillion (BSJ, 2009) visited Morgantown this month to share her experience with community-driven media and interactive documentaries. McMillion is the creator of “Hollow”, an interactive documentary on rural life in McDowell County, W.Va. McMillion believes West Virginia often has a negative reputation, especially the rural southern areas, so her goal is to redefine this perspective.

McMillion and another guest documentary filmmaker, Jigar Mehta, discussed how interactive documentaries are more than just films—they are living histories. Mehta is the co-creator of “18 Days in Egypt”, a documentary project about the Egyptian revolution. Read the full story online in The Daily Athenaeum.

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REPS International seeks interns with PR, Advertising and Marketing experience

REPS International is a high-tech company in Morgantown, W.Va., created to meet a market demand for information security and data protection. REPS is currently seeking highly motivated, well-spoken and creative public relations, advertising and marketing majors for the 2012-2013 school year. Internship responsibilities will include data entry, assisting with current and future government related projects, reviewing articles, participating in brainstorming sessions and research. Intern must have U.S. citizenship and be able to pass a thorough background check. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Submit a resume, references and cover letter to Jessica Jurcevich:

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Internship opportunities at the National Journalism Center

Since 1977, the National Journalism Center, a project of Young America’s Foundation, has provided aspiring conservative and libertarian journalists with the premier opportunity to learn the principles and practice of responsible reporting. The National Journalism Center combines 12 weeks of on-the-job training at a Washington, D.C.-based media outlet with once-weekly training seminars led by prominent journalists, policy experts, and NJC faculty.

The program matches interns with print, broadcast, or online media outlets based on their interests and experience. Interns spend 30 hours/week gaining practical, hands-on journalism experience. Potential placements include The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, CNN, Fox News Channel, and more.

Students attend the NJC seminar one day a week sharpening their writing and investigative reporting skills. In addition to their work at their media placements, interns complete research, reporting, and writing assignments for the NJC and participate in weekly discussions about current events and issues led by successful Washington, D.C. journalists and media experts and the NJC faculty. Over the course of the summer, interns gain a more sharpened understanding of media, society, and public policy, and the intersection between the three in Washington, D.C.

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