Media College eNews

SOJ honors 2012 December graduates

The SOJ held its annual December Graduate Open House on Sunday, December 9. Family, friends and SOJ faculty gathered in Martin Hall to acknowledge the graduating class and to recognize top graduating seniors and students graduating with Latin Honors. Candidates graduating in the School’s Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ) and Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications (MS-IMC) programs were also recognized. Undergraduate students earning the highest GPA in their major received special awards. Those students included Rebecca Rich (advertising), Chelsi Baker (journalism) and Stephanie Murphy (public relations). Baker and Murphy both earned an overall 4.0 GPA, making them both recipients of the SOJ’s Top Overall Scholar award for December 2012.

View more photos on the SOJ’s Facebook page!

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Innovation through storytelling

At the 17th annual Capital Classic Luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 5 in Charleston, WVU President Jim Clements introduced three Mountaineers who share a drive to better the lives of all and contribute to a better West Virginia.

One of those Mountaineers was SOJ alumna Elaine McMillion (BSJ, 2009), a documentary storyteller, who is currently completing graduate studies at Emerson College in Boston.

McMillion’s love for the state is clear through her award-winning, community-based project called “Hollow: An Interactive Documentary,” which chronicles the beauty and struggle that rural residents face in McDowell County. The project was awarded a $65,000 New Media Grant from Tribeca Film Institute, and last week received a $20,000 grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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Student reminder: turn in SOJ equipment!

SOJ students should return any School equipment to Anan Wan during her hours this week. If students need to keep the equipment longer, they should notify Anan Wan and Mary Kay McFarland.

Equipment GA: Anan Wan
Office: G2

Anan’s Hours will be as follows:
Monday 10 -12 and 3-5 
Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00 and 5-8:30 
Wednesday 10:00-12:00 and 3-5 
Thursday 1-5 
Friday 9-11:30

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GolinHarris seeks graduates to intern in D.C.

The GolinHarris Washington, D.C. office is looking for two, full-time, paid interns to assist corporate and public affairs client teams. The internship, which is 40 hours a week, is open to public relations graduates only. Applicants need to be able to commit at least four months to the program, which starts January 2013.

The intern will research and develop media lists, assist in event planning and execution, compile media audits and track legislation, among other duties.

Interns are required to hold a bachelor’s degree. The preferred candidates will also have some communications or public relations experience.

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Interns wanted to report on issues in Africa

Oceans Campus is looking for student journalists, both print and broadcast, interested in environmental journalism to intern in Africa and report on issues in the Garden Route region of the continent. Interns will travel to reserves, sanctuaries, cultural sites and game parks, among other places to research and write their stories.

To apply and learn more go to

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review seeks summer interns

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is accepting applications for paid internships during summer 2013 in Pittsburgh and at affiliated papers.

Internships last 13 weeks and pay $350 a week. Interns will be treated as full-time staffers. A car and valid driver’s license are required.

Most internships are based at the newsroom on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, between PNC Park and Heinz Field. A few are with the Tribune-Review in Greensburg and the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum. The Tribune-Review is accepting applications for internships in news reporting, sports reporting, photography, and copy editing.

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