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SOJ alumna reports on historic weekend in Washington, DC

Chelsea Fuller (BSJ, 2011)
Hometown: Ashtabula, Ohio 
Current Job: The Dominion Post

Now that inauguration weekend 2013 is in the history books, SOJ alumna Chelsea Fuller has had some time to reflect on her experiences in Washington, D.C. Fuller, a reporter and copy editor for The Dominion Post, attended both the President’s swearing in-ceremony and one of several balls held over inaugural weekend. Fuller said she had no idea how the journey would change her both professionally and personally.

SOJ: How did you get the opportunity to cover inauguration weekend?
Fuller: Someone invited me to one of the inaugural balls and, being the person I am, I started thinking of story ideas. I went to my editors [at The Dominion Post] and told them that I had done some preliminary research on ways to localize the story.What I came up with was WVU alumni who were either involved with inaugural event planning or who were planning to attend [inauguration festivities]. So I pitched it and they said yes.

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AP/Google Scholarships available -- Deadline Feb. 8!

The Associated Press and Google are seeking candidates for a scholarship program that recognizes student creativity and innovation at the intersection of journalism and technology.

Now in its second year, the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship Program is administered by the Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists.

The program will award six $20,000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year who are pursuing degrees in journalism, computer science and new media. The deadline to apply is Feb. 8, 2013.

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Emma Bowen Foundation seeking male minority students for paid internship

The Emma Bowen Foundation is actively seeking male applicants of color for its paid internship work/study program with national media companies. Any minority student (African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American) who is a rising high school senior, graduating high school senior or college freshman, has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, is interested in pursuing a career in the media industry, and plans to attend a four-year accredited college or university is eligible to apply to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation work/study program. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents of the United States, and speak and write English fluently to be considered. Your grade transcript, at least two (2) educational references from teachers and/or advisors, and a 500-to-1,000-word essay must accompany the application form.

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Scholarship for Journalism students of Greek Heritage

$5,000 Scholarships are available for Graduate and Undergraduate Journalism and Related Communications Majors of Greek American Heritage

Journalism and communications majors at the graduate and undergraduate level who are of Greek American heritage may apply for annual scholarships given in the amount of $5,000 in memory of Peter Agris, the late founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle.

The non-renewable grants have been offered by the Alpha Omega Council of New England and the Agris family for the last two decades.

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Alumni Association seeks summer/fall intern

The WVU Alumni Association is seeking a bright, creative student to assist with various marketing, public relations and outreach initiatives for the summer and fall semesters.

The position requires excellent writing skills, basic public relations knowledge, and the ability to work in team environment. This position is a great opportunity to build a portfolio of work, including the Web communications, social media initiatives and printed materials.

The Association will provide students with a unique learning experience, opportunities to attend alumni events, networking outlets and flexible hours. 
Students are asked to commit to a minimum of 3-5 hours per week. While this is not a paid internship, students may receive a stipend for their work at the end of the semester, based on performance.

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Paid intern needed for video interviews and editing

The Zero Tolerance Driving Initiative seeks two WVU Journalism students to extend help extend campaign awareness. This position is paid.

The two opportunities below must be completed by February 25, 2013 and each pays a $150 stipend.

1. Video Editing: Intern will use raw and amateur recordings taken during a DUI checkpoint where students passed out Mothers Against Drunk Driving brochures (MADD) to random drivers. The intern would use the recording to produce two separate videos intended to:

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Partnership with DINFOS increases availability of high-quality educational opportunities to military students

DINFOS, the U.S. Department of Defense’s premier center for public affairs and visual information training and a component of Defense Media Activity, has never before partnered with a major research university, although it has established several online partnerships with institutions. DMA serves as the Department of Defense’s direct line of communication for news and information to U.S. forces worldwide. Using a variety of media platforms and emerging technologies, the agency provides news, information and entertainment to millions of active, Guard and Reserve service members, civilian employees, contractors, military retirees and their families in the U.S. and abroad.

Members from all branches of the U.S. military, Department of Defense civilians and international military personnel attend DINFOS for training in such areas as public affairs, print journalism, photojournalism, photography, television and radio broadcasting, lithography, equipment maintenance and various forms of multimedia.

The MOU lays the foundation for a mutually beneficial academic partnership between DINFOS and the School of Journalism to provide professional development and programming for both institutions’ students, faculty and communications professionals.

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PR senior earns PRSA-Pittsburgh award

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

Senior Brittany Lavenski accepted the $2,000 award and a framed certificate at the PRSA-Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards Ceremony held at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday, January 24.

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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SOJ alumna builds successful television career in NYC

As a reporter for WABC-TV in New York City, Lisa Colagrossi has covered some of the biggest news stories of the past year—including Hurricane Sandy and the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Read what the SOJ alumna has to say about covering those difficult stories and what it’s like to work in the number-one television market in the country.

SOJ: Why did you choose WVU?
Colagrossi: I came for a visit and fell in love with the campus—it felt comfortable to me. It was close to home and yet it felt really different than where I grew up in Ohio, and I liked that it was different.

Why did you choose Journalism as a career?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I got to WVU. I was a General Studies major, and then I got involved with U92. I knew I didn’t want to be a DJ because I didn’t feel like I had the personality for it, but I started really getting hooked on the newscasts. So that led me to the Journalism School.

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WVU Extension Service seeks public relations intern for spring/summer 2013

West Virginia University’s Extension Service is accepting applications for its spring communications internship position.

The intern will serve primarily as a writer but will have the opportunity to assist with multimedia projects, website packages and event planning. The ideal candidate will

This position requires that the student works a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 hours per week while enrolled in classes. Students not enrolled in classes during the summer sessions may work up to 37.5 hours per week.

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