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WVU alumna hopes to use advertising skills to raise awareness of dwindling shark population

“I’m not sure why, but I’ve had a fascination with sharks for as long as I can remember,” said VanGilder (BSJ, 2013). “I grew up watching the movie ‘JAWS,’ and I would get shark toys for Christmas and birthdays.”

Growing up in Fairmont, West Virginia, VanGilder only imagined seeing a shark in its natural environment, but in October she fulfilled that dream. She participated in a one-month internship with White Shark Africa, a great white shark conservation and ecotourism program in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

One of the organization’s main goals is to educate people about the dramatic decline in the world’s shark population and to change negative perceptions about sharks. They do this through community outreach, boat tours to view and learn about sharks in the wild, and other educational programs.

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WVU Reed College of Media honors top students at annual ceremony

The WVU Reed College of Media would like to congratulate its December graduates and recognize the top scholars and Latin Honors students for 2014.

Dean Maryanne Reed announced the top overall scholar in the graduating class and the top scholars in advertising, journalism and public relations at the College’s December Graduate Open House, which was held on Friday, December 19.

This year’s top overall scholar was Brittney Smith. Smith was also the top scholar in public relations. The top scholars in advertising and journalism are Kathryn McCormick and Cory Sanchez respectively.

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Sea World seeks spring or summer marketing interns for 2015

Sea Word Parks and Entertainment seeks spring or summer marketing interns for 2015. A three to six month commitment is required.

Primary Purpose:
To provide interns, within the marketing realm, with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop promotional programs that increase market sales and strategize, execute and monitor publicity efforts that effectively garner an increase in positive media coverage.

Basic Requirements:

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WVU College of Education and Human Services seeks intern for print layout and press release writing

Job summary
Press release writing and some print and design. The intern will be working on press releases, news and feature stories and some print/layout projects for the College of Education and Human Services. All departments and programs are in need of news stories and either an updated brochure/brochures or a new creation. The intern will also be responsible for collecting information and writing basic press releases or media advisories announcing college events, awards or contributing to feature stories or booklets. Intern must be able to use a camera to convey the brand and “tell the story” for the college of education and human services.

Minimum requirements
Must be able to work 20 hours per week. Ability to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or In-Design, Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, Powerpoint). Must be comfortable communicating with faculty and staff. Must be proficient with AP style writing and editing. Please send one example of a press release and one example of layout/design to:

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Opportunity Alert for the week of December 10th

I hope everything is going well with your Finals Week. Here are some opportunities that may be just what you’re looking for as you expand your experience!

ALL MAJORS: Baltimore-based journalism startup “News Up” seeks editorial interns for the Spring ‘15 semester. You’ll work directly with the editorial director to conceptualize and produce content. The ideal candidate will have a deep affinity for all things pop culture, current events and social media. Send resume, cover letter (explaining why you’d be a good fit for the job), a sample 8-question quiz (like those seen on and links to your Facebook, Twitter, blog or any other relevant social media that you think shows off your skills. Apply via email to Andrew Schuster at

VISJ/TVJ The Connected in Hope Foundation, an international nonprofit aimed at empowering women, seeks a Videography/Photography/Storyteller intern to document their efforts in Ethiopia. They are very interested in working with a WVU student. I have complete application information in my office. If you’re looking for an international internship, this one is pretty great.

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Full-time news reporter wanted near Morgantown, West Virginia

Preston News and Preston County Journal newspapers are looking for a full-time reporter. The position primarily focused on reporting in Preston County (only 20 minutes from Morgantown) on a daily basis. The reporter would need to take photos as well. Cell phone and mileage reimbursements available. Two weeks off per year—week of Christmas and the week of the 4th of July. Reporter can start after the first of the year (as late as January 5)! Contact: John Dahlia, Editor, at or (304) 276-1801.

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Spend the summer working with Nieman Lab via the Google Journalism Fellowship

Hey students: Want to spend next summer working with Nieman Lab?

We will again be one of the host organizations for the Google Journalism Fellowships. Here’s Google’s description:

In an effort to help develop the next crop of reporters working to keep people around the globe informed, educated and entertained, we have created the Google Journalism Fellowship. As a company dedicated to organizing the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful, Google recognizes that behind many blue links is a journalist and that quality journalism is a key ingredient of a vibrant and functioning society.

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Warner Bros. developing movie based on book by WVU journalism professor

His upcoming book, “American Pain: How a Young Felon and Five Doctors Helped Unleash the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in U.S. History,” chronicles illegal painkiller trafficking through a Florida-based chain of pain clinics. And now, Warner Bros. is developing a movie based on the book.

“Prescription narcotic use has exploded over the past two decades, and this particular pill mill’s rise and fall is a crazy crime story,” said Temple, an associate professor at the Reed College of Media. “I wanted to tell both of those stories. At first, I was thinking of it as a screenplay, but I eventually decided to write a book about it.”

Melisa Wallack, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated movie Dallas Buyers Club, took an early interest in the book, and has been hired to write the screenplay. Temple has met with Wallack and is a consultant to the film.

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