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WVU and GW partner for investigative reporting project

A rural and urban university have teamed up to provide a deep dive into the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. This investigative reporting collaboration is an effort to transcend media biases and address a serious issue from multiple perspectives.

It has been one year since West Virginia University Reed College of Media alumnus Scott Widmeyer began funding a cross-university reporting project with his alma mater and the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. Now he’s doubling down to extend the project with the hope of bursting long-standing “media bubbles.”  

The first project, which began in Spring 2018, assessed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s economic and environmental impact in West Virginia.

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College of Media sophomore named next Mountaineer

Timothy Eads

Timothy Eads, a sophomore at the College of Media, has been named WVU’s 66th Mountaineer Mascot. The announcement was made at the men’s basketball gave vs. Texas Christian University on February 25.

Eads, a native of Buffalo, West Virginia, was chosen by a committee of faculty, staff and students who based their decision upon an application, essay, interview, followed by a cheer-off competition that was held during the men’s basketball game vs. Kansas State.  

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College of Media students recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists  (SPJ) recognized College of Media students as winners and finalists in the Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards this spring.  

The SPJ awards honor the best in student journalism, and judges chose up to one national winner in each category and two national finalists (runners-up). Judges were directed to choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of a national honor. Region 4 is comprised of Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and parts of Western Pennsylvania.

With their first-place wins, "WVU News" students Megan Weissend (Best All-Around Television Newscast), Macy Senge (Best All-Around Television News Magazine), Julia Mellett (Television Sports Reporting) and Regan Blaha (Television General News Reporting) will compete at the national level  among other regional winners from the 12 SPJ regions.  National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the  Excellence in Journalism  conference in San Antonio.

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WVU hosts two-day Esports gaming symposium and master class

West Virginia University hosted a two-day event designed to expose students to career opportunities in Esports, a gaming phenomenon that has become a billion-dollar global industry.

The Esports Symposium and Master Class held Thursday and Friday (March 21 and 22) offered a general introduction to Esports, organized, multiplayer video game competitions. The events were presented by WVU alumnus Marc Williams and Ashley DeWalt, cofounders of WD | Esports + Entertainment. 

The symposium featured industry trailblazers including David Chen, co-owner of FaZe Clan, the largest Esports team in the world; Neil Duffy, chief commercial office for Collegiate Starleague; and DeWalt and Williams, cofounders of one of the first Esports business degree specializations in the country at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

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