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SOJ Associate Dean Martinelli to participate in leadership academy

Diana Martinelli, SOJ associate dean and Widmeyer Professor in Public Relations, was selected to be one of 17 participants in the sixth Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and the Scripps Howard Foundation. The Academy brings together academics and professionals within the mass communications and journalism fields to provide the opportunity to learn about the challenges and rewards of leading an academic program.

“This immersive, supportive environment will help me better understand common administrative and pedagogical issues in the rapidly evolving communications field,” Martinelli said.

The participants represent a diverse combination of institutions of higher education and the professional mass communication sector. During her time in the Academy, Martinelli will meet with seasoned administrators to learn about management, discuss the future of media education and consider issues critical to those in leadership roles.

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SOJ holds 2013 May Commencement

The WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism held it’s 2013 Commencement on Saturday, May 18. Nearly 250 Master’s candidates and undergraduates crossed the stage at the WVU Creative Arts to Center to signify their accomplishments. Richard Gingras, Senior Director of News and Social Products at Google, was the keynote speaker.

Dean Maryanne Reed recognized undergraduate top scholars during the ceremony. Rachelle Purych received the Top Overall Scholar award and the Top Scholar in Advertising award, Evan Bonnstetter received the Top Scholar in Public Relations award and Frances Silva was named Top Scholar in Journalism. The awards were determined based on overall GPA.

WVU celebrated it’s 144th year of Commencement ceremonies this year. If you would like to watch a video of the SOJ’s graduation, visit

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School of Journalism students to take on large-market summer internships

As the school year ends, many WVU students will head back to their hometowns to find a summer job. But several School of Journalism students are packing their bags instead for prestigious, large-market internships, where they will gain invaluable professional experience.Bryan Bumgardner

Bryan Bumgardner, a Mt. Clare, W.Va. native, and Lauren Nickle of Elkton, Md., will spend their summers in New York City.

Bumgardner, a print journalism senior, will work as an editorial intern at Scientific American magazine, where he will report, proofread and fact-check articles and assist editors. 

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Charleston Make-A-Wish seeks Fundraising Coordinator

Make-A-Wish Southern West Virginia has an immediate opening for a dynamic self-starter for a full-time fundraising position in its Charleston office. Looking for unique individual who is bold, excellent with people and knowledgeable about community. Responsibilities include planning special events and engaging volunteers, schools and businesses to raise funds. Qualifications include excellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office and social media, as well as a BA or equivalent. Related non-profit experience a plus. Organization has an excellent benefits package and an open and rewarding work environment. Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references by May 31 to Make-A-Wish Southern West Virginia to No calls please. EOE.

Full Job Description below:

Title: Regional Development & Community Liaison – Charleston, WV
Reports to: Chief Development Officer
Summary: Make-A-Wish Community Representative at all public events & activities

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Charleston Daily mail seeks copy editor/designer

The Charleston Daily Mail is seeking a copy editor/designer.

Responsibilities include copy editing, designing inside and section front pages, and maintaining and optimizing the publication’s Web presence. Ideal candidates will have two to five years of newspaper experience, strong copy editing skills and a bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field.

The Daily Mail has won multiple General Excellence Awards from the state press association, has a hard-working staff, fosters a supportive work environment. Please e-mail resume, as well as design and writing samples, to Daily Mail News Editor Philip Maramba at Applicants can also apply online here.

Read Full Article offering $1,000 blogging scholarship is offering a $1,000 Media & Technology Blogging scholarship to a current or incoming undergraduate or graduate student
who writes and publishes a blog post describing his or her interaction with technology and how technology functions as part society in general. Recipient must be enrolled at an accredited college or university.

Applicants must publish a 300-1,000 word post on a blog, then submit their post for consideration to

Entries are due no later than 5 p.m. EST on June 1, 2013.

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Work with local legendary sportswriter this summer!

Learn from a legend: Dean of West Virginia Sportswriters Mickey Furfari seeks a journalism student for part-time writing/editing help this summer. About 4-6 hours a week. Must have good journalism skills and a great sense of humor. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Fufuri at: 304-292-2350.

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WVU journalism project ranks as national finalist

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) recently announced its 2012 Mark of Excellence national winners and finalists, including a multimedia reporting project by the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism.

After earning first place in the regional competition, West Virginia Uncovered was named a national finalist and was one of three projects recognized nationwide as Best Independent Online Student Publication for a large university.

Launched in 2008, West Virginia Uncovered is a multimedia web project that provides training and content to newspapers throughout the state and region. Created by the School of Journalism, “West Virginia Uncovered” aims to help small rural newspapers transition to the digital space by providing multimedia news-features for their websites and provide hands-on training to their journalists. Launched in Fall 2008, the project is funded by grants from the Ford Foundation, McCormick Foundation, and Benedum Foundation.

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Journalism study abroad opportunity in Oman and Dubai

The University of Arizona is sponsoring a study abroad session this winter.

Dec 27, 2013 – Jan 12, 2014
• Learn to work as a journalist in other countries.
• Understand and appreciate Arab culture in all its diversity.
• Possibility to earn college credits
• Work with students from San Jose State University and Sultan Qaboos University (Muscat, Oman).
• Five days in Dubai; Eleven in Oman.
• Led by Maggy Zanger, UA Journalism & Diane Guerrazzi, San Jose State University Journalism. 
• Cost:approx.$4000,which covers all lodging, food and ground transportation. Plus airfare. (Costs may go down with more students and if we secure university housing in Muscat) 
• Produce a documentary film or multimedia travel stories.

For more information, contact:

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