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Beyond the Hype and Headlines: The 2016 elections matter more than you think--panel discussion Nov. 12

While Donald Trump’s tweets and Hillary Clinton’s emails have dominated the headlines, there is actually much more at stake in the upcoming presidential election — issues that will help define our country’s course for current and future generations. A distinguished panel of Washington journalists and pundits from across the political spectrum will discuss why 2016 could be one of the most important elections in our lifetime.

Beyond the Hype and Headlines
The 2016 elections matter more than you think

Thursday, November 12, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Room 202 Brooks Hall
This event is free and open to the public

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WVU Davis College seeks writers—paid internships!

WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design has openings for interns who are strong writers. Interns will write feature stories for the College’s spring alumni magazine. Candidates should be extremely motivated, have exceptional time management skills and work effectively with minimal supervision. An interest in agriculture and natural resources is a plus but not necessary. All story leads and contact information will be provided. These are paid internships—hourly rate still to be determined. To apply, email clips and a resume to public relations specialist Lindsay Willey at

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Students attend College of Media-sponsored hackathon at USC Annenberg

In an ongoing effort to close the gender gap between women and technology, the College of Media is partnering with MediaShift to host and sponsor events that empower women to overcome barriers in the growing media technology industry.

On October 9-11, the College of Media co-sponsored a Women’s Hackathon at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg. College of Media graduate students Colleen Good, Cassandra Lang and Shishira Sreenivas were among more than 50 students from across the country who attended the three-day event in Los Angeles, California.

The hackathon kicked off with a panel discussion, “Hack the Gender Gap: How Women in Media and Tech are Achieving Success, Breaking Down Barriers and Making a Difference,” and included a line-up of successful female entrepreneurs and journalists from companies like Raptor Group and Twigtale.

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Students discuss hackathon experience

Interview by Kayla Kuntz

On October 9, 2015, three WVU Reed College of Media graduate students traveled to Los Angeles, California, to attend Hack the Gender Gap: Women’s Hackathon at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg. The hackathon was the second in a series of three events co-sponsored by MediaShift and the College of Media. The events are designed for college-age females to develop technological and entrepreneurial skills critical to media jobs of the future and gain hands-on experience with immersive journalism and virtual reality. College of Media graduate students Cassandra Lang and Colleen Good shared their experiences. Learn more through their Storify post and the College’s release on WVU Today.

Kayla Kuntz: What inspired you to attend this year’s Hack the Gender Gap event?

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The Challenges and Rewards of a Career in Public Affairs- PRSA Event Oct 29

The Challenges and Rewards of a Career in Public Affairs presented by the PRSA-NCC Loudoun-Fairfax Committee:

October 29, 2015 – 8:00am to 10:00am
8:00 to 8:30 a.m. – Networking/Breakfast
8:30 to 10:00 a.m. – Program

With the economy getting stronger, jobs in the public sector are starting to open up. In this session, you’ll hear from a panel of public affairs specialists as they tell you about this interesting career choice. Learn how they made the transition from private-sector to public-sector PR and their advice to others seeking a similar position.
David Barnes, Public Affairs Liaison, Inspector General for Tax Administration, Department of Treasury
Kyle S. Richardson, Public Affairs, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)
Bridget Serchak, Chief, Public Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Department of Defense
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, National Science Foundation
Moderator: Robert Deigh, RDC Public Relations LLC

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Opportunity Alert for Week of October 14

Welcome back from Fall Break! Here’s this week’s Opportunity Alert including a lot of local and big-time summer and post-graduate internships. Please read over these and consider applying today! Remember that I’m here to help you prepare your application! Please also remember that this is not an exhaustive list. There are many more internships in many more cities than the ones listed here. Make an appointment with Eric Minor by e-mail at!

· MARC USA, a national full-service IMC firm, will be on-campus Friday, November 6th interviewing StratComm juniors, seniors and graduate students for a paid summer internship at their Pittsburgh office. There are opportunities in client services/account management, media buying/planning, creative, interactive/web design, public relations, and account planning/marketing research. Students who want to be considered for interviews will need to submit their resume online. Be sure to indicate your desired discipline. To apply, click here:

· The Evolve Brand Co of Morgantown seeks an event planning intern to start immediately and work through May 2016. Evolve is a conference for business professionals looking to sharpen their skills and achieve more in their careers. The events intern will need to work 12 hours per week and participate in Evolve events. Duties include administrative and project management, assisting with client relations, and assisting with marketing efforts. Contact Bonnie Fisher at 304-290-8464 or via email at

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The 50-Mosque Man, The Muaddhin Fall Tour 2015 in Morgantown Oct 17

Recently, 40-year old Jameel Syed made a historic journey visiting 50 mosques in 50 states in a little over a month. He operated on minimum sleep only getting 3-5 hours a night while he traveled cross-country.

Instead of feeling tired, Syed said in an interview with NBC News, “I feel blessed, that I have the opportunity to go and raise the call to prayer across 50 states and 50 mosques is equivalent to winning a lottery ticket to a billion dollars. I feel extremely blessed and lucky to have touched the lives of so many people both Muslim and non-Muslim alike.”

Syed visited every state in an effort to find the Muslim heart of America, and to connect with non-Muslims along the way. In the home stretch, he went from Hawaii to Alaska, before returning to his home mosque, the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit in Rochester Hills.
As the muezzin, Syed is the person who delivers the call to prayer to the faithful, five times a day. On May 8, he arrived home for the final call of his trip.

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Health Fair in the 'Lair

Students from the School of Pharmacy are hosting a health fair Friday Oct 16 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Mountainlair. The event will take place in front of J.A.C.S Convenience Store. A variety of health screenings and information will be offered for attendees including: blood pressure measurement, BMI and body fat composition screening, tobacco cessation information, medication abuse prevention information, and bone marrow donation registration. University employees and students are welcome to attend. Questions should be directed to

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