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WVU’s experimental journalism project focused on Appalachia reaches international milestone

Since its launch in January, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media’s digital publication, “100 Days in Appalachia,” has earned a reputation among national media as a “go-to” source for stories about the challenges and hopes of Appalachia during President Donald Trump’s administration.  

Now, the start-up publication is gaining an international audience. One of the United Kingdom’s top newspapers, The Guardian, recently co-published an article with “100 Days” detailing how the social media site “Reddit” has become a lifeline for opioid addicts in the region. The story trended quickly after it was published, receiving more than 15,000 hits in the first few hours.

“The opportunity to co-publish an article with an internationally recognized newspaper like The Guardian demonstrates that the public’s fascination with Appalachia in the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election has spread far beyond our borders,” said Dean Maryanne Reed. “It’s exciting to know that our start-up publication is helping to bring these important issues to light.”

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WVU Reed College of Media students share stories of state’s hope and resilience in Washington, D.C.

Reed College of Media students speaking with lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

With the help of strategic communications students at the  West Virginia University  Reed College of Media, lawmakers and other influencers in Washington, D.C., were able to experience flood recovery in southern West Virginia without ever leaving the Capitol.

“West Virginia Hope Stories” is an immersive storytelling project using 360° video and AR to highlight the resilient spirit of West Virginians and inspire action to help flood victims still in need of assistance. The project features three separate stories about ordinary people in southern West Virginia who are changing lives in their communities from within the public school system.

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