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WV Press Association Foundation internships and scholarships

The West Virginia Press Association Foundation is accepting applications for 2013 Summer Internships and 2013-14 Scholarships. If awarded, the WVPAF provides both funded and unfunded internships at newspapers across West Virginia and scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000.

The programs are open to journalism majors and students in related fields such as business management, human resources, advertising, social media and marketing. Preference will be given to students in at least their sophomore year of college.

Application deadline is May 1, 2013, but the WVPAF may accept applications a few days after the deadline. Downloaded the application now!

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Multimedia sports reporter wanted

The Times West Virginian, a seven-day, award-winning newspaper named West Virginia Press Association’s Newspaper of the Year for the past six consecutive years in Fairmont, W.Va., has an immediate opening for a full-time multimedia sports reporter.

The reporter will be responsible for covering youth, high school and some college sporting events, writing feature stories, as well as laying out daily sports pages. The candidate should have multimedia experience, including basic photography and videography, social media and be able to make simple updates to a website. The candidate should have a journalism background with a degree in journalism or a related field. Experience is preferred. Benefits include paid vacation, health and dental insurance and 401(k). Salary is based on experience.
Please email a cover letter, resume and clips relevant to the position to: Misty Poe, Managing Editor, at

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Graduating seniors invited to Zero-Year Reunion!

Before leaving the University, seniors are invited to celebrate one last time as part of the Senior Send-off: A Zero-Year Reunion—a special event for graduates hosted by the WVU Alumni Association and the WVU Division of Student Affairs at The Erickson Alumni Center on April 25 (5-8 p.m.)

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Free interviewing webinar for PR students

The Plank Center is sponsoring a free Webinar for PR students on Tuesday, April 23, from noon until 1 p.m. EDT, on how to build a brand and find that first job.

The presenters will be Gary McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA, and director of partnership development at HGTV; and Kevin Saghy, public relations and marketing specialist with the Chicago Cubs. They will be talking about what employers are really looking for, how to tailor a cover letter and resume to get past HR, and how to build a public persona online.

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WVU students use talents to help communities in West Virginia

Students in West Virginia University’s School of Journalism are taking their talents beyond the classroom.

Four public relations students – Kelsey Bignell, Shanin Buchowski, Lindsey Doebler and Megan Higgins, have lent their know-how to the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority (EDA) in Southern West Virginia.

The students, who are also members of WVU’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America, are tasked with branding and marketing a new and developing Barker’s Creek Industrial Park in Wyoming County.

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Women in Sports, Media and Entertainment Symposium coming to WVU

Kathy Killian, the Vice President of Human Resources for the Philadelphia Phillies and Jaclyn Vocell, the life coach on popular MTV’s hit show “MADE” will temporarily trade the video camera at MTV to speak to students at West Virginia University on Saturday, April 20, 2013 for the speaker series; “Advice from the Pros.” The event will focus on Women with Careers in Sports, Media and Entertainment. Jeanette Robertson from Underarmour and IFBB Bikini Pro Becky Clawson will join Ms. Kilian and Ms. Vocell as panelist for the event.
The event is presented by the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Office of the President and the Office of Student Affairs. The event will take place on Saturday, April 20th in the Mountainlair Ballroom from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Attendance is free and the Morgantown community is invited.
“The WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is pleased to support this event that highlights the ever advancing inclusion of women in the sports and media industry. This event is a celebration of the achievements of our distinguished panel as we learn significant lessons from their success. We are honored to participate in this event as a way to inform our University community of the great opportunities within this expanding industry.” Says David M. Fryson, Esq., the Chief Diversity Officer for the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The event will be moderated by Doctoral Student Marc Williams from the College of Education and Human Resources. Marc is the creator of “Advice From The Pro’s speaker series and the CEO of Award winning band marketing firm Williams Communications, LLC. The speakers will give advice about the industry and they will focus on topics like career paths, the importance of education, family and sports to the value of networking in the sports industry.

David Durham, Director of the WVU Career Services Center – “We are very excited to be part of the “Advice From the Pros” speaker series. Events of this nature are critical to our mission of helping our graduates become among the nation’s leaders in career readiness. Many of our graduates are interested in career fields that are difficult to break into. Sports, media and entertainment are perfect examples. Graduates planning for careers in any of these areas will need to understand these challenges and recognize what is required to be successful in them. Events like this will provide our grads with a key advantage and are becoming a more significant part of our programming at the WVU Career Services Center.” 
The event is co-sponsored by: the Office of Residence Life, WVU Television, the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, U92 FM, the Career Services Center, The Student Government Association, The Mountaineer Maniacs, and Williams Communications, LLC.

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WVU School of Journalism launches new Strategic Communications major

A new WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism major will provide students the professional skills needed in today’s integrated communications industry.

Set to launch in Fall 2013, new students interested in advertising and public relations will enroll in the School’s new Strategic Communications major. The program will teach students how to develop and produce persuasive messages and integrated communications campaigns that employ both public relations and advertising tactics.

Developed in response to the changing industry, the new major will provide students with a breadth of knowledge in strategic communications practices and prepare them to work across media platforms. In addition to learning these broader skills, students in the new major will select an area of emphasis – advertising or public relations – and be able to specialize in particular areas of interest, such as social media strategy, advertising design, event planning, or publicity and promotion.

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WVU Public Relations Professor Dr. Ivan Pinnell to retire

Dr. Ivan Pinnell, an associate professor at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism, has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 15.

Dr. Pinnell has been a central figure in the school’s public relations program for nearly 25 years. He chaired the program from 1989-2010. He also served as associate dean (1991-2007) and director of graduate studies (2001-2007).

Beloved by colleagues and students alike, Pinnell recently received the School’s 2013 Golden Quill Teaching Award – an award based solely on student nominations.

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