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Center for Women's & Gender Studies seeks publicity intern

The West Virginia University Center for Women’s & Gender Studies is advertising a position for an intern who will help publicize and coordinate activities for the Center during the 2013/2014 academic year. This person should be currently enrolled as a WVU student with a background in women’s & gender studies and/or a commitment to social justice issues. The position is part-time (15-20 hours per week depending on need and availability) with a pay rate of $12 per hour and will start during the spring 2014 semester. The intern will be responsible for the following tasks:

1) Develop and communicate information about events and activities associated with the program through the Center’s website and other social media 
• Maintain the Center’s social media presence (such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) to communicate with alumni, students, faculty and other supporters 
• Take photographs and video recordings and organize documents associated with the program’s activities to post on social media and the Center’s website
• Update calendar of events and assist in communication about activities with university and community members

2) Design brochures, announcements, and other publicity for events and activities 
• Utilize graphic design skills 
• Help schedule activities organized by the Center on campus
• Write press releases and work with news and information office to advertise events
• Assist in developing a strategic marketing plan to identify and recruit students via electronic and printed materials, e. g., postcards, letters, and social media

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Important Information for SOJ May & August 2014 Graduates

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not eligible to graduate in May or August or if you have already graduated please disregard this e-mail.

Dear School of Journalism Senior:

Graduation season will be here before you know it, and the School of Journalism is already making plans! But first, we need you to take action! You will need to RSVP for the ceremony (if you plan to attend) and submit an official application for graduation (if applicable). See below for specific instructions.

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SOJ student covers state chemical spill for major media

Print journalism senior Bryan Bumgardner recently traveled to Charleston, W.Va., to cover the Elk River chemical spill that contaminated water supplies to an estimated 300,000 residents in nine West Virginia counties. Bumgardner contributed a story and photos to Scientific American magazine, where he interned last summer, and appeared on HuffPost Live.

Bumgardner said a former SOJ professor contacted him on Friday, January 10 – the day after the story broke – and urged him to offer a freelance piece to the national publication. Scientific American accepted his offer, and Bumgardner was off to Charleston – his car packed with cases of water – the following morning. He was in the Capital City for about 36 hours.

Lindley: What was it like, as a student, to cover this story for a national publication?

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Learn how to produce an interactive documentary

Do you have questions about producing an interactive documentary? The makers behind Hollow, and award-winning interactive documentary about small-town America, are holding a live discussion to help you kick off your interactive projects in 2014.

The team will be available to answer questions about Hollow’s fundraising and community building model, as well as design and development.

The session will be held on Google Hangouts: On Air on January 21. For more information, visit

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Paid Summer internship at Charleston Daily Mail

Charleston Daily Mail assistant city editor Billy Wolfe will conduct in-person interviews with SOJ students Friday, Jan. 31, for a summer internship.

The intern will work as a general assignment reporter in the Daily Mail’s dynamic, digital-first newsroom. The Daily Mail offers pay of $350 a week for 10-12 weeks following the spring semester.

The winning candidate also typically receives a Gianodis scholarship of $1,000 for the following academic year.

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Journalism School to host award-winning multimedia producer

In her documentary,The Last Clinic, award-winning photographer and multimedia producer Maisie Crow documents the Jackson Women’s Health Organization’s fight to stay open despite a new law that could shut it down.

On Monday, January 27, the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism will host Crow as she screens her film, The Last Clinic, in addition to meeting students in their visual journalism classes. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building, Room G11. It is free and open to the public.

Crow is a photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York and Austin, Texas. She has worked with numerous publications and organizations including The Boston Globe, MediaStorm, The New York Times, ProPublica and Reel Peak Films. Crow has taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

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SOJ student collaborates with fellow Mountaineer to develop urban clothing line

Day One is an urban clothing brand that aims to inspire those who wear it. But Gillis wants people to know that their brand isn’t just about the clothes. “We want to inspire people to do what they love,” explained Gillis, a Wheeling, W.Va., native. “We want them to like the style, and then be inspired.”

Gillis and Yurisko want people to be the “same old kids from day one” and to pursue the things they’ve always loved doing. This also led the duo to turn their company from just a clothing brand to a lifestyle brand.

The Day One website, set to launch later this month, will feature the clothes, but will also focus equally on music videos and mini documentaries produced by Yurisko and a blog that will tell the stories of people who wear their clothes and are inspired to do what they love.

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