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College of Media Alumna produces Netflix Original Documentary


The national media has covered the opioid crisis in West Virginia extensively, but College of Media alumna and Peabody award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon (BSJ, 2009) takes on the story through a new lens—one of hope.

She is the director of “Heroin(e),” a Netflix Original documentary that follows three women in Huntington, West Virginia, as they fight the opioid epidemic and try to make a change in their community. The film features Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader; Judge Patricia Keller, who runs the local drug court; and Necia Freeman, who works with Brown Bag and Backpacks Ministry delivering food and Bible passages to prostitutes and addicts.

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WVU Reed College of Media honors outstanding alumni

A public relations veteran, a former newspaper editor, a magazine publishing rising star and a high-level health communications executive were all recently honored by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media at its annual Alumni and Donor Recognition Ceremony.  Originated by the College’s local alumni chapter, the outstanding alumni awards acknowledge exceptional professional achievements as well as commitment and service to the College of Media.  

Dean Maryanne Reed welcomed alumni, donors and guests to the ceremony, which was held at the Media Innovation Center on October 27, before presenting the awards.

“The alumni and donor awards program recognizes both our successful graduates and our friends and supporters whose dedication to the College has made a significant impact on the quality of our academic programs and the student experience,” said Dean Reed.  “This year’s awards recipients are no exception.  They are top professionals who make our College proud.”

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Have your donation to the College of Media doubled or tripled November 8

West Virginia University is holding its first-ever Day of Giving on November 8, and you have the opportunity to give back to the College of Media and help us tackle our greatest needs.

Have your gift to the College of Media doubled or tripled by making a donation to the College on November 8th.  Alexis (BSJ 73) and Jim Pugh have generously proposed a Global Challenge to the University on the Day of Giving by matching donations made to any scholarship fund up to $25,000. We want to bring as many of those match funds home to the College of Media as we can. The match begins at 8 a.m. ET, and will run until the funds are depleted, so make your gift early to ensure your funds are matched and go directly to our College. 

Alumnus Scott Widmeyer (BSJ 1974) has also set a match challenge exclusively for the College of Media. He is matching donations to any College fund up to $20,000.

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