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College of Media partners with PolitiFact

The 24-hour news cycle, coupled with a high-stakes political climate, has made for a ripe environment for “fake news.” In response, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media is partnering with PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization, to help train student journalists how to properly fact-check politicians.

Bob Britten, a teaching associate professor in the College of Media, is leading a class that has been working with Lou Jacobson, senior correspondent at PolitiFact, to cover events like Donald Trump’s rally in Charleston, West Virginia, on August 21. The students researched and investigated Trump’s claims and, depending on their findings, recommended a “Truth-O-Meter” ruling of “True”, “Mostly True,” “Half True,” “Mostly False,” "False” or “Pants on Fire,” in line with PolitiFact’s standards.

The students will continue to closely follow West Virginia politicians and government officials leading up to, and following, the mid-term elections on November 6. Once stories are approved by the editors at PolitiFact, the fact-checks will be published on PolitiFact’s website .

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WVU Reed College of Media awards scholarships to online master’s degree students

Three West Virginia University Reed College of Media online graduate students have been awarded scholarships from the College’s General IMC/DMC Scholarship Fund.

The competitive scholarship was established in 2017 by College of Media alumni and employees  Catherine and Chad Mezera. It is awarded to students enrolled in the College’s Integrated Marketing Communications  (IMC) or  Data Marketing Communications (DMC) graduate programs each fall and is the first and only scholarship dedicated to online graduate students in the College of Media.

“I really believe in our programs and have seen, first-hand, the impact the IMC and DMC degrees have had on our graduates’ careers,” said Chad Mezera, assistant dean of online programs at the College. “It’s important to me to provide this same opportunity to more of our deserving students.”

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WVU Reed College of Media honors outstanding alumni

An Academy-Award nominated filmmaker, an award-winning veteran journalist, a former corporate communications executive, and a nonprofit marketing communications professional 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 and reception, which was held at the Media Innovation Center on September 21. 

The 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award winners included:

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College of Media holds "Patriotism, Politics and the Playing Field" panel

National sports journalists, commentators and athletes will discuss the intersection of sports, race and media during a time of intense political division and partisanship. A variety of timely issues will be addressed, including the recent decision by the NFL to ban players from kneeling during the national anthem.  Sports is not just a national pastime, it's also a reflection of our cultural values, norms and society.  How should the media respond to current issues that go beyond game coverage and bring to light deep divisions and unresolved tensions within our larger society?

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