Media College eNews

December graduates say farewell, celebrate achievements

On Friday, December 18, graduates from the WVU Reed College of Media will celebrate the culmination of their college careers. The University will hold it’s December Commencement Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum. More than 3,000 August and December WVU graduates are expected to cross the stage. Darko Velichkovski, director of the Music Industry program at WVU’s College of Creative Arts, will speak at Commencement.

Before the main event at the Coliseum, the College of Media will hold an Open House at Martin Hall from 10-11:30 p.m. The event is an opportunity for students to show their family and friends around Martin Hall and mingle with faculty, staff and mentors.

Each December, The College of Media recognizes its Top Overall Graduate for December 2015. This year the honor goes to Sara Wells. Wells is a native of Pine Grove, West Virginia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast. After graduation, Wells will begin the Integrated Marketing Communications online graduate program at WVU. Her parents are John and Tammy Wells, also of Pine Grove, and her brother Jack Wells is currently a freshman at WVU.

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WVU Reed College of Media students work to help close minority, gender gaps on Wikipedia

Nearly 90 percent of the site’s volunteer editors are male, and editors also tend to be mostly white and college educated. As a result, users are likely to find more information about men and male-related topics than they are about women and minority topics.

As part of her introductory to photojournalism course, the College of Media’s Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor in Media Innovation Nancy Andrews challenged her students to select a notable female or minority photographer to research and either create a Wikipedia page or improve on an existing one. The group discussed the site’s content gaps and related gender and discrimination issues before starting their work.

“It is important that students actively look for diversity in our work,” said Andrews. “It’s good journalism to look for many different perspectives, and we could also do a public service by publishing these reports in a public manner and thus addressing specific needs of Wikipedia.”

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WVU IMC graduate program named finalist for PRWeek's "PR Education Program of the Year 2016" award

The Integrated Marketing Communications graduate program at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media has been named a finalist in the PRWeek US Awards 2016 “Education Program of the Year” category.

PRWeek is the leading trade publication for the public relations and communications industry, and the Awards are considered the communications industry’s highest accolade, celebrating the best of the best in corporate, agency, nonprofit and public relations education.

“The PRWeek Award is the most prestigious recognition a university’s public relations education program can receive,” said IMC Program Director Chad Mezera. “I am extremely proud of this achievement and what it says about the Reed College of Media and our online program’s faculty, students and curriculum.”

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WVU Portal to replace Mix by the end of Fall 2015 semester

WVU Portal is new gateway to services, offers more than MIX.

The WVU Portal, a new mobile-friendly application at, will give current students and newly admitted students a single gateway to a variety of critical services and applications, from logging into eCampus, Gmail and STAR to checking the status of the PRT. The app went live December 7. is replacing at the end of the fall 2015 semester. Students who type in the old URL will automatically be redirected to the new site through the end of the spring 2016 semester.

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