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D.C. area alumni chapter's generous donations support WVU students

Students of West Virginia University will be reaping the benefits of generous gifts provided by the National Capital Area Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association.

The NCAC announced gifts to the University totaling more than $25,000 during the Association’s annual Alumni Luncheon on Capitol Hill on Wednesday (June 26).

“Members of our chapter believe it is important to support our alma mater by giving back to the university that has given them so much. We want these contributions to honor our university and provide new opportunities to help our students succeed,” said Holly Metz, WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors and member of the NCAC.

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Award-winning journalist returns to SOJ to develop new opportunities for students

The 18-year veteran of television news oversees the School’s internship and practicum programs, which seek to complement a student’s classroom experience with critical real-world experiential learning at some of the world’s leading strategic communication agencies, news outlets and media companies. Minor also assists with the School’s mentorship program and provides career placement assistance to students looking for their first job.

His reporting career has taken him from the White House press room to the sidelines of the Super Bowl. He regularly grilled state, local and federal lawmakers and newsmakers on the public affairs program “One on One with Eric Minor” and was the principal anchor for WTOV-TV’s noon and evening newscasts.

His interview with Vice President Joe Biden went viral after Minor asked the Vice President why he thought an imprisoned felon defeated the Obama-Biden ticket in the West Virginia Primary.

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Local church seeks video production intern

Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown, W.Va. is looking for a video production intern.

The successful candidate will have experience in Premiere and After Effects and be available for 10-15 hours of work per week. Some compensation is available. The internship lasts for 9 months, starting in August 2013. Submission of previous or current work required. Interested students should contact Karen Haring at or 304.594.0548.

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PR internship with WVU School of Pharmacy - Deadline July 2!

The WVU School of Pharmacy is seeking a Public Relations intern. This is a paid position for an undergraduate student where the intern will gain valuable experience in public relations and communications while learning to produce information to promote the School of Pharmacy. This position reports to the School’s Director of Public Relations and Alumni Affairs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Interview students, faculty, and staff in order to write content for publications and press releases

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Professor Coester featured in WVU Alumni Magazine

School of Journalism Assistant Professor Dana Coester is featured in the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of WVU Magazine. The issue is called “Spotlight on Innovation” and it takes an intimate look at the innovators at WVU who are blazing unmarked paths to discovery. Coester’s feature focuses on her desire to help rural communities take a leap of faith over the digital divide using mobile technology.

Read Coester’s story and watch a video online at

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China partnership expands with summer program

This summer, Harrison/Omnicom Visiting Professor of IMC Jim Ebel led a group of students to China, where they interned at Chinese corporations and learned about branding in China with their Chinese peers in a course Ebel taught at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS).

Signed in 2011, the memorandum of understanding between WVU and GDUFS also includes a student-exchange agreement, giving School of Journalism students the opportunity to study alongside their Chinese peers at Guangdong University’s School of Journalism and Communication. In exchange, students from China can study at WVU’s School of Journalism.

Zhao Hong and Zicheng Gao were the first students from Guangdong University to study at WVU through the partnership during the 2011-2012 academic year. This past year, Ye Liying and Xu Kexuan attended courses at the School of Journalism and WVU.

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WVU PR students receive top honors from PRSA state chapter

Congratulations to Dr. Rita Colistra and WVU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)! They won three Crystal Awards at the WV PRSA Awards Banquet on Wednesday, June 19.

WVU PRSSA won best student chapter in the state, and two of Dr. Colistra’s Spring 2012 capstone class campaigns won Crystal Awards: the Buy Local Fairmont campaign took the prize in the community relations category, while the Center for Civic Engagement campaign captured the social media category.

The Crystal Award is the top prize in each award category.

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IMC Graduate Assistant position available

Graduate Assistant Job Description

The online Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) graduate program in the P.I. Reed 
School of Journalism is looking for a graduate assistant. The GA will be responsible for assisting 
team members with overall program communications and marketing duties for both the online 
master’s degree, graduate certificate programs, annual INTEGRATE conference, local and 
regional events, professional development courses and other special projects as needed.

Candidate should have a general knowledge of the WVU IMC graduate program and prior 
experience working on an integrated marketing team. Preference will also be given to candidates 
possessing skills in video shooting and editing as well as advanced knowledge of Microsoft 
Excel. Candidate must be admitted to a degree program and registered as a full-time graduate 
student (at least 9 credit hours per semester) in order to receive the assistantship. Graduate 
students in Journalism, Communication Studies, Professional Writing and Editing, and related 
disciplines may apply. Priority will be given to an Integrated Marketing Communications 

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Audio/Visual service company seeks new hires

PSAV Presentation Service – a leader in providing in-house audiovisual services to the hospitality industry – is looking to fill several entry-level positions in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.

Candidates interested in positions domestically or internationally (outside of the Mid-Atlantic and NYC/Northern NJ areas), are encouraged to apply and send a copy of their resume to directly to SOJ alum Prentice Pollard. Candidates
interested in the production/operations side of PSAV (video production, digital services, etc.), are also encouraged to apply.

Learn more about PSAV and job opportunities at

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WVU School of Journalism to launch online strategic social media minor this fall

The West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism will offer a new online minor in strategic social media this fall, which will give WVU students a competitive edge in the marketplace after graduation.

The new minor will benefit students by teaching them how to use social media strategically to communicate to, engage with and influence a variety of audiences. As consumers continue to rely more on social media for news and information, companies have started to call on recent college graduates to tackle these communication challenges.

WVU students will earn the new online minor by successfully completing five three-hour courses, including three new online social media courses: social media strategy, social media applications and social media campaigns.

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