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Mobile Main Street feature in Daily Yonder

The School of Journalism’s Mobile Main Street Project is featured in the July 31 edition of the Daily Yonder. The project, lead by Assistant Professor Dana Coester, is an initiative to engage small-community organizations, businesses and media in mobile app development and marketing to help fuel economic development in local communities.

You can read the feature about Mobile Mainstreet online.

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WVU public relations students receive top honors from PRSA state chapter

At the West Virginia PRSA Chapter Crystal Awards Gala on June 19, WVU PRSSA won a Crystal Award for Outstanding PRSSA Chapter. Faculty advisor Dr. Rita Colistra, winner of the 2012 Crystal Award for PR Educator of the Year, leads WVU PRSSA.

“These awards are a true testament of the quality of our program and students,” said Colistra. “They’re not only setting the bar for their peers who will follow in their footsteps, but they’re also earning respect and accolades from industry professionals throughout the state, which may help with future employment opportunities.”

Two of Dr. Colistra’s spring 2012 capstone class campaigns also earned Crystal Awards. The Buy Local Fairmont campaign won in the Community Relations – Student category. Six public relations seniors worked throughout the spring 2012 semester to raise awareness of the importance and economic value of shopping at local businesses in Fairmont, W.Va. The campaign used an integrated approach to securing extensive media coverage, executing social media efforts, launching the city’s first Buy Local Day, and producing promotional materials with key campaign messages.

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Al Jazeera seeking freelancers in multiple states

The digital side of Al Jazeera America is looking for freelancers who can pitch local stories and be available for local breaking news in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. They need general news and features folks but if you have a specialty that we’re interested in (environment/climate change, economy, immigration, racial diversity among others) they’re also interested.

To be considered send resume and clips to

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Journalism students gain global career experience in China

This summer, a group of students from the P.I. Reed School of Journalism set out for adventure halfway around the globe. They prepared throughout the spring semester with language classes and lessons on culture. But after almost a month abroad, the consensus was you can never truly be prepared for everything China has to offer.

In short, “It was amazing!” according to Chelsea Sams, an advertising senior from Parkersburg, W.Va.

Harrison/Omnicom Visiting Professor Jim Ebel led the exchange trip, which was part of an expanding relationship between the School of Journalism (SOJ) and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.

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On-call breaking news writer: Accepted writers commit to writing at least twice a week within a time frame agreed upon in advance. During that time, an editor will send a story topic based on the writer’s interests and he/she will craft a 400- to 500-word news analysis piece. We set the on-call deadlines in advance so the writer will know when to expect a story and we know where we can assign stories when news breaks. University students may receive credit for this position.

How to Apply:

Please send an email to Caira Conner ( with the following:

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VITAC in Canonsburg, Pa., seeks production coordinator

Our production coordinators are responsible for research, script preparation, setup, and on-air continuity of closed captioning for more than 220,000 hours of programming per year for CNN, HLN, MSNBC, CNBC, NHK, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The CBS Early Show, the Weather Channel, about 20 national and regional sports networks, and many others.

Excellent grammar and proofreading skills. Moderate typing ability (35 wpm). Knowledge of PC necessary, and experience with video equipment is helpful, but not required.

Ability to work independently and effectively under strict deadlines, but also to work cooperatively as a member of a team.
Willingness to work early morning, late evening, occasional weekends and holidays.
College degree and/or relevant experience in English, Journalism, Communications, or related degree.

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Adore, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa., has entry level positions available in marketing, advertising and pr

ENTRY LEVEL- Marketing. Advertising. Public Relations

What Matters Most To You In Your Next Position? * Opportunity for Advancement? * Continual Growth and Development? * Comprehensive Training and Mentoring?

ADORE, Inc. is looking for Competitive Individuals to fill Entry Level positions in marketing, advertising, and public relations for our expanding firm. The right individual will thrive in a fast paced professional environment and find motivation and fulfillment in the exciting challenges of a growing company.

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SOJ students help with community service initiative

Five students from the School of Journalism served as communications interns this month for the nation’s largest community service project of its kind in U.S. history.

The Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative brought together thousands of Boy Scouts, members of the WVU Football team, AmeriCorps and other volunteer organizations to complete some 350 service projects in nine West Virginia counties.

SOJ students assisted with promoting the five-day event via social media blasts, Instagram photos, press releases and other media. Students who attended were all senior public relations majors and included Brittany Lavenski, Daniel Edwards, Phalyn Burr, Elayna Conard, and Jordan Pack.

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