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$1,500 scholarships available for college sports journalists

The Associated Press Sports Editors is sponsoring four $1,500 scholarship for collegiate sports journalists.

APSE, a national organization of sports editors, is awarding four scholarships to help motivate talented students to pursue a career in sports journalism. Collegiate sports journalists entering their sophomore, junior or senior years are eligible for the scholarships, which will be awarded based on the students’ journalistic work, their academic record, financial need, and geography. The scholarships will be awarded to students from four different regions of the United States. The winners will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee, which is chaired by Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe and includes editors from all sections of the United States. Deadline is June 1.

Students should include the following information in their letter of application:

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SOJ student invites you to follow her NASA experience

Journalism student Kristen Basham is participating in NASA’s first #NASASocial today (Feb. 27). The event, hosted at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is an opportunity for attendees to meet, photograph and interact with NASA scientists, engineers, technicians and other team members. Basham will be sharing her experience on Twitter and Instagram if you would like to follow along at Kbasham1.

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WVU Foundation seeks communications intern

The West Virginia University Foundation has a paid internship ($9 per hour) available for summer 2014 and the 2014-15 academic year. The intern must be a West Virginia University student who is able to work 15-20 hours this summer and 10-15 hours during the academic year. We will work around the intern’s class schedule.

The intern will assist with the communications and marketing efforts of the Foundation. This includes, but is not limited to, writing news releases and articles for media, newsletters and other publications; writing for the Web; assisting with internal communications; and helping with content development, design and layout for electronic communication, social/digital media and advertisements.

Strong writing skills are a must. Knowledge of digital photography and design software is a plus.

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SOJ to host panel on Charleston chemical spill

On Jan. 9, some 300,000 residents of the Charleston, W.Va. area feared for their safety when thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical leaked into the Elk River, contaminating the water supply. Journalists covered the story relying on traditional “boots-on-the-ground” reporting and using social media. Through their reporting and engagement, they held industry and government officials accountable, provided immediate updates on the developing story, and gathered information from people affected by the disaster.

On March 24, the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism will present, “From Beats to Tweets: Media Coverage of the Elk River Spill,” a moderated panel to address local and national coverage of the event and to examine how crisis coverage has changed in today’s 24/7 digital media environment. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. It is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series and is part of the School’s The Future of Media—NOW! series, which brings to campus professionals who are reinventing journalism, media and 21st century communications.

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Journalism student's short film is on the short list

West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism senior and documentary filmmaker Tyler Channell is headed for Hollywood. Channell’s short film, “Enough is Enough,” has advanced to the final round in the Social Justice category of the Campus MovieFest, which bills itself as the world’s largest student film festival.

“The hardest part of making this film was deciding what to cut,” Channell said. “I have three hours of great footage from my interview with Brewster.”

The contest rules are strict: Films can be no longer than five minutes and must be filmed in only one week. Channell says he did seven different edits before he landed on a version he thought was perfect.

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Apply now for Student Enhancement awards

The P.I. Reed School of Journalism offers a limited number of cash awards to students who have secured major-market journalism or mass communications internships or have been accepted to a major-related study abroad program in 2014. This includes all areas of emphasis – advertising, journalism (print, TVJ and VISJ), and public relations. The awards typically range from $500 to $1,000. To apply for a student enhancement award, download theapplication packet , complete it and return it to Eric Minor, Director of Student Careers and Opportunities, Room 104B Martin Hall. The application period closes at 5 p.m. March 21, 2014.

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Open session with Dean Reed

SOJ students are invited to an open discussion with Dean Reed on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 4 pm in 205 Martin Hall to ask questions about the school’s recent announcement regarding the name change.

Effective July 1, the school will be known as the WVU Reed College of Media. For a complete explanation of the school’s renaming process, please read the official press release on WVU Today.

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WVU journalism school to change name to Reed College of Media

To better represent the diversity of its academic programs and its focus on preparing students for the changing media environment, the West Virginia University Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism will soon be known as the Reed College of Media.

The name change for the 75-year-old school, founded in 1939 by Perley Isaac Reed, a professor, was presented today (Feb. 21) to the WVU Board of Governors. It becomes official July 1.

“The name ‘Reed College of Media’ reflects the current and future direction of our college as we prepare students for careers in modern media communications,” said Dean Maryanne Reed (no relation). “In addition to being skilled in the basics of writing, reporting and content production, today’s graduates must also be able to engage with audiences across both traditional and emerging media platforms.”

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Paid Intern Wanted for Mountainlair Programs and Special Events (WVUp All Night/Mountaineer Week)

West Virginia University
Paid Internship for Mountainlair Programs and Special Events
(WVUp All Night and Mountaineer Week)

Internship Description:

• Help plan, promote, and advertise WVUp All Night & Mountaineer Week (and other events upon request).
• Create weekly flyers, posters, and advertisements for WVUp All Night and Mountaineer Week.
• Update all social media outlets and creatively think of ways to promote our social media websites.
• Must be willing to lead a weekly WVUp All Night meeting with student interns. Serves as the liaison between the Mountainlair Programming and Special Events’ Office and the WVUp All Night Programming Board.
• Assist in the selection of the WVUp All Night programs for the entire 2014-15 fiscal year.
• Assist supervisor by serving as a liaison between the national entertainment companies and the Mountainlair Programming and Special Events’ Office.
• Help directly with the planning of WVUp All Night and Mountaineer Week.
• Conduct a survey to gain student feedback and directly use that information to plan WVUp All Night and Mountaineer Week the following years.
• Collect attendance counts and update an excel sheet to compare year to year for WVUp All Night.
• Must be willing to serve on the Mountaineer Week Committee and assist with all aspects of the program.
• Must be willing to respond to supervisor upon request during the evenings/weekend hours when necessary.

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