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Apply for the College of Media's Outstanding Senior Award

If you are a journalism or strategic communications senior who is graduating in May 2016, and would like to be recognized for your achievements, then apply for the College of Media’s Outstanding Senior Award.

Five seniors on both the journalism and strategic communications side will be recognized on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms at our Spring Honors Ceremony.

To be considered for such a prestigious award, you must meet the following criteria:

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Calling broadcast news students for Disaster Simulation event - April 23

On Saturday, April 23, a contingent of students from the College of Media will participate in a massive disaster drill being conducted by the West Virginia National Guard, the governor’s office, WV Homeland Security, state police, bureau of prisons, highways department at Camp Dawson in Preston County, WV.

The disaster – a major one including loss of life—will not be real, but the response by all of these agencies will be as real as they can make it. As they respond, they want to deal with press questions and coverage of what happens.

College of Media students will be involved in two ways. On the PR side, Professors Geah Pressgrove and Julia Fraustino are putting together a group to work with the public information officers in shaping the message, handling press inquiries, etc.

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Martin Hall Agency Participates in Nationwide Competition

Martin Hall Agency (MHA) was invited by the United States Justice Department to participate in a nationwide competition that intends to build public trust between youth and law enforcement through peer-to-peer influence.

Edventure Partners (EVP) is an organization that connects clients with a network comprised of academic leaders in order to directly engage with the Millennial Market.EVP specializes in peer-to-peer influence where University students develop and execute
campaigns and social media strategies intended to connect with a given community.

This year’s competition objective is to increase trust, appreciation, and confidence in law enforcement on college campuses. Recent stories of police brutality and mistreatment have dominated media outlets causing much controversy. Rebuilding a broken relationship with the public and law enforcement is a crucial aspect of this competition.

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Beyond the plate: award-winning author to share experiences as an undercover worker in America's food industry at WVU April 8

Tackling issues around food and class, award-winning journalist and author Tracie McMillan examines these issues in her New York Times best-seller, “The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.”

Next month, McMillan will visit West Virginia University to discuss her experiences working undercover in the food industry. Her presentation, “Labor, Economics and Politics: How the Working Poor Eats,” will be Friday, April 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center North, Room 1905. There will be a book signing immediately following McMillan’s presentation.

Since the start of her career in the late 1990s, McMillan has written about American inequality and food, using a discussion of our meals to investigate the depths of social and economic class in the U.S.

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Veteran journalist named director of student media at West Virginia University

The new position was created by Vice President of Student Life Bill Schafer as part of an initiative to enhance the operations and services of WVU’s student-run radio station and newspaper, WWVU-FM and The Daily Athenaeum, respectively. The appointment is effective March 21.

As director, Crowe will report to Corey Farris, associate vice president of student life, and will serve as the chief operational officer responsible for strategic planning, fiscal, logistical and legal operations for each student media outlet. She will work with Student Life and other university constituents to drive new, cutting-edge initiatives to help push student media forward in support of institutional objectives.

“It’s a great time to be at West Virginia University,” Farris said. “I’m looking forward to Adell’s arrival and the implementation of her vision for student media. Her experiences on other campuses and with great newspapers such as USA today will offer our students working insight into real world journalism.”

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HelpWELL has an immediate opening for a student worker

HelpWELL is looking for an outstanding, upperclassmen or graduate student to work with us on the WELLWVU Carruth Center suicide prevention and awareness grant, the HelpWELL Program. The position is part time with flexibility in work schedule hours (some evening work required). The rate of pay is $12/hour and we hope to hire this position immediately and keep the position into September 2016. Learn more about the HelpWELL Program and initiatives.

General duties would include:
– developing outreach materials and conducting awareness events 
– assistance with the Student Mental Health Advisory Board
– research and revision related to new policy development

Looking for students with:
– excellent written and oral communication skills
– sensitivity to the grant topic and special populations (e.g. LGBTQ, veterans, international and first year students)
– general computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, design software experience desirable but not necessary)

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