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WVU Reed College of Media alumna nominated for an Academy Award

Elaine McMillion Sheldon

An Oscar nomination won’t entice Elaine McMillion Sheldon and her husband, Kerrin, away from their passion: telling the stories of their home state of West Virginia in hopes of bringing attention, and solutions, to its problems – especially opioid addiction. 

The couple has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject for their film, “Heroin(e),” which follows three women in Huntington as they fight the opioid epidemic and try to make a change in their community.

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WVU Reed College of Media receives $250,000 AEP Foundation grant to expand community branding initiative

West Virginia University  Reed College of Media students will work with local communities to tell and “sell” their stories thanks to a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation.

The $250,000 grant supports WVU’s Community Branding Initiative,  BrandJRNY. Students enrolled in specialized upper-level strategic communications courses will develop integrated communications campaigns for selected West Virginia communities within AEP’s Appalachian Power service area. Students will hone skills in campaign research, strategy, community engagement, budgeting, innovative storytelling and creating promotional materials, while they discover and decide how best to brand each community.

”The AEP Foundation is proud to support the WVU Reed College of Media to help communities promote unique regional qualities,” said Dale Heydlauff, president of the AEP Foundation and senior vice president of AEP Corporate Communications. “The Community Branding Initiative is a rare opportunity for college students to not only learn the art and science of building a positive image but also to execute it. The project is truly a win-win for communities and students.” 

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WVU Reed College of Media among the best in MediaShift rankings

The  West Virginia University  Reed College of Media has topped two different “best of” lists for innovation.

MediaShift, the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology, recently announced its top picks for media innovation in several areas. Dean Maryanne Reed was recognized in  “EducationShift20: Honoring Innovative Journalism Educators.” College of Media faculty Dana Coester and Gina Martino Dahlia were listed in  “MediaShift20: Recognizing Digital Media’s Top Innovators” for their work on “100 Days in Appalachia,” which was also recognized in  “Top 6 Journalism Collaborations of 2017” by MediaShift contributor Stefanie Murray.

Since her appointment as dean in 2004, Reed has been working with faculty like Coester and Dahlia to establish the College of Media as a national leader in modern media education. “100 Days in Appalachia” is an example of an innovative journalism project that has received national and even international attention. 

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Report for America: Seeking 'ground truth' in Appalachia

Join us for a conversation with top, local journalists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter  Eric EyreDana Coester of WVU and 100 Days in Appalachia, and  Roxy Todd of WVPB and Inside Appalachia, led by  Charles Sennott, head of The GroundTruth Project which is launching its new Report for America initiative here in West Virginia and in Eastern Kentucky, part of a national effort to place emerging journalists in local newsrooms to revitalize American journalism.

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