Media College eNews

Alumna honored as PR Practitioner of the year

From start-up agencies to corporate banking, Aly Goodwin Gregg (BSJ, 1995) has been crafting strategic plans for more than a decade, but 2014 is her year to be recognized by her professional peers in her home state of West Virginia.

Gregg, vice president and chief marketing officer at MVB Financial Corp. in Morgantown, received the 2014 West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Practitioner of the Year award. The award was presented at the chapter’s Crystal Awards Gala in Charleston, West Virginia, on June 18.

The Ripley, West Virginia, native has extensive experience working in both public relations agencies and corporate public relations. Her career began on Capitol Hill, but after a year, she was back in the Mountain State working on Senator Rockefeller’s re-election campaign. Soon after that, she was managing public relations for The Greenbrier.

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WVU public relations students receive top awards from PRSA state chapter

School of Journalism students won five Crystal Awards and four honorable mentions at the Public Relations Society of America – WV Chapter Crystal Awards Gala held in Charleston on June 18.

All of the work was completed as part of Dr. Rita Colistra’s Spring and Fall 2013 public relations capstone classes.

“These students work hard to implement quality strategic communications campaigns for their clients, and it’s wonderful to see their work recognized by industry professionals,” Colistra said. “The awards exemplify the quality of our students and the public relations program. I couldn’t be more pleased with their work.”

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Faculty brainstorm new experimental news venture

In preparation for the opening of the School’s new Media Innovation Center, SOJ faculty are planning a digital news startup that will debut in the Center. Outfitted with a maker space, a hacker space and a device lab, the center will also feature a “digital storytelling hub.” The space is designed to support experimental journalism and serve as a sandbox for industry innovators-in-residence. 
“This venture needs to be a living experiment in news production and distribution. We are taking inspiration from start-ups like Quartz, Vox, and Syria Deeply,” SOJ Dean MaryanneReed said. “But our mission has to be to iterate on these industry innovations, not to duplicate them.”

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INTEGRATE 2014 Conference Largest in Event History

The WVU IMC program hosted its INTEGRATE 2014 conference in Morgantown Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31. More than 200 attendees heard from incredible industry speakers from NASCAR, Microsoft, Silverpop and more. The program also hosted a networking reception and dinner keynoted by Elliott Nix, Head of Media Solutions – Tech at Google.

Learn more about the sessions and experience INTEGRATE 2014.

Watch several presentations on SlideShare:

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SOJ to fill two professional positions

The WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism is currently accepting applications for two positions.

The Assistant Dean for Student and Enrollment Services will oversee academic advising, student recruitment and retention, and student enhancement programs and support services.

The College Recruitment Specialist will be responsible for assisting the Dean and Assistant Dean for Student and Enrollment Services in activities to recruit and retain students interested in careers in Journalism, Strategic Communications (Advertising and Public Relations) and allied media fields.

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