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Award-winning journalist to bring innovative talents to WVU

Nationally acclaimed, award-winning journalist Nancy Andrews is bringing her cutting-edge approach to journalism to WVU Reed College of Media as the College’s Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor in Media Nancy AndrewsInnovation.

Andrews, a veteran digital media editor and visual journalist, was most recently the Chief of Innovation at the Detroit Free Press where she has been for nearly nine years. There, she handled leading innovation in news, products and new models for journalism and revenue. Andrews also served as the publication’s managing editor for digital and is an expert at audience analysis.

During her time at the Free Press, she led her staff to earn four national Emmy Awards and two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. Andrews also directed data-driven projects, such as “How Detroit Went Broke,” a Society of American Business Editors and Writers explanatory winner that analyzed more than 60 years of financial records to explain true causes of the city’s bankruptcy.

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Dean Reed elected to lead national journalism education association

Maryanne Reed, dean of the WVU Reed College of Media, was recently elected as vice president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC). Reed will serve as vice president in 2015-2016, president-elect in 2016-2017, and automatically will become ASJMC president for 2017-2018.

ASJMC is a non-profit, educational association comprised of deans and directors of some 190 

journalism and mass communication programs at the college level. The organization was founded in 1917 to encourage high standards and effective practices in the administration of communication programs, to promote public understanding of the role of journalism in a democratic society, and to support the national accreditation process.

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MSJ student wins awards, gains valuable experience working with WVU EcoCAR3 team

Chelsea Betts, a graduate student in the College’s Master of Science Journalism (MSJ) program is a one-woman media relations team for WVU’s role in the U.S. Department of Energy’s EcoCAR 3 competition. EcoCAR 3 is the Energy Department’s latest advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) series and is challenging 16 North Chelsea BettsAmerican university teams to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car. 

Earlier this month, Betts (BSJ, 2014) earned several accolades for her communications efforts at this year’s EcoCAR 3 awards ceremony in Seattle, Washington. As communications manager for the multidisciplinary team, Betts returned to campus with three awards: first place for best sponsor collaboration video, second place for best outreach presentation, and third place for best overall team communications.

Read a Q&A with Betts below.

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The College of Media students and staff receive top awards from PRSA state chapter

Learning by doing has earned students at the WVU Reed College of Media high praise from West Virginia communications professionals.

The College of Media and its students won 11 Crystal Awards and five honorable mentions at the Public Relations Society of America West Virginia Chapter Awards Gala in Charleston on June 17. The Crystal Award is the top prize in each of the Association’s award categories.

This year’s entries were judged by the PRSA Chapter in Houston, Texas. Here is a complete list of awards won by the WVU Reed College of Media and its students:

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Apply for August graduation--Deadline July 2!

If you anticipate graduating in August 2015, you must complete the online graduation application by July 2, 2015. Students who have previously applied for graduation, but whose degree was not granted, must resubmit a graduation application. If you will not complete all degree requirements by August, please do not submit a graduation application at this time. Only students who will complete all requirements by the end of the summer semester will be eligible for August graduation.

Detailed below are instructions to apply for August graduation:

1. Log into your MIX account (
2. Click on the STAR tab
3. Click on the link “Click here to log into Degree Works” 
4. Verify major(s), minor(s), and area of emphasis (if applicable) are correct

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Alumni couple's unique scholarship supports WVU students throughout college experience

As native West Virginians and WVU alumni, James and Barbara Gilkerson have partnered with the West Virginia University Reed College of Media to establish a unique scholarship opportunity for students enrolled in the college.

Established in 2013, the James and Barbara Gilkerson Journalism Scholarship is the College’s first 

four-year endowed scholarship, providing financial support to multiple students, who are West Virginia high school graduates and current residents, throughout their undergraduate experience.

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Vote now to help WVU alumni win national Campus MovieFest competition!

Vote now and help fellow WVU alumni win the 2015 Campus MovieFest!

WVU Reed College of Media alumna Victoria Licata plays the lead female role in the movie, “Au Milieu,” which is one of 20 distinguished student films from around the country that has been selected for the opportunity to win the $10,000 grand prize at the 2015 Campus MovieFest finale in Hollywood later this July. Individuals may vote once a day per email address until June 15th. You can watch and vote for “Au Milieu” online .

All other information regarding the competition and voting process can be found here.

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