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Data journalist talks election numbers with College of Media students

Numbers can tell a story, but they can also be misleading. And as we now know, pre-election polls in the 2016 Presidential Election predicted the wrong outcome with Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton in the Electoral vote.

Wall Street Journal Data Reporter Paul Overberg shared his insights about the role data played in the historic election in his presentation, “By the Numbers: Data, Journalism and the 2016 Election,” at the College’s Media Innovation Center on November 28.

Overberg addressed problems in polling, such as outdated data-gathering methods and the “shy voter” phenomenon, in which voters aren’t always truthful about their choices. He also discussed the possible impact of both candidates’ historically high unfavorability ratings leading up to the election.

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College of Media, Gazette-Mail video recognized by Newseum

Each month, the Newseum in Washington, D.C., features the best in virtual reality. This month, the WVU Reed College of Media and the Charleston Gazette-Mail made the top 10.

The 360° video, “West Virginia Flood Recovery,” is featured on Newseum’s Top 10 VR Videos of the Month for November. College of Media Senior Lecturer David Smith and journalism senior Jennifer Gardner of Charleston, West Virginia, shot and produced the video, which was highlighted on

The video gives viewers an immersive look at cleanup efforts following the June 23 floods that devastated parts of southern West Virginia. 
Gardner, a former student of Smith’s, was working for the Gazette-Mail as a summer intern when he came to her with the idea of covering the floods using 360° video cameras.

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WVU PRSSA provides students with Pittsburgh networking opportunities

West Virginia University Reed College of Media traveled to Pittsburgh this month to visit two of the city’s largest local agencies: BrunnerWorks and Gatesman+Dave.

This professional opportunity, sponsored by the College’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, allowed 14 strategic communications juniors and seniors to tour agency facilities, speak with upper-level management, engage in professional development and discuss entry-level positions.

At BrunnerWorks, students enjoyed a facilities tour, meeting multiple partners and employees. The group had the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the day-to-day functions of each agency department.

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Law School Information Session

The “Law School Information Session” will be held on Tuesday November 29 at 3:30 p.m. in Martin Hall Room 201. We will be hosting Elissa Momen, Assistant Director of Admissions at WVU College of Law, for an information session on applying to law school, career opportunities, and answering questions you may have about the process.

View the attached flyer for additional information.

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College of Media partners with West Virginia Department of Education for statewide campaign

Starting this month, K-12 students won’t be the only ones receiving a report card. Public schools will be expected to demonstrate progress, according to a new school accountability system launched by the state with the help of students at West Virginia University Reed College of Media.

The College partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education to develop and implement a public awareness campaign for the new grading structure. The A-F School Accountability System measures how well students are learning, growing and achieving in key areas. Based on school rankings, the system will provide resources and support to schools, parents and teachers to increase student performance.

Dr. Geah Pressgrove is leading the capstone course this semester and has previously partnered with the WVDE.

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December Graduate Open House

On Friday, December 16, graduates from the WVU Reed College of Media will celebrate the culmination of their college careers. The University will hold its December Commencement Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.

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

For additional information see the attached flyer or RSVP online.

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SPJ Spotlight movie screening Nov. 10

Join Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at WVU for a special viewing of the movie Spotlight on Thursday November 10 at 6 pm in Martin Hall Room 205. Anyone interested in joining SPJ is encouraged to attend. Snacks will be provided.

For additional information see the attached flyer or email SPJ .

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WV Flood Relief Supply Drive

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is collecting supplies, non-perishable food and winter clothing for flood victims in Richwood, West Virginia.

Requested supplies:

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