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College of Media students win national awards

It’s awards season, and we’re not talking about the Academy Awards. As the spring semester comes to a close, national journalism and communications organizations are making selections for top projects created by students and faculty. This year, the WVU Reed College of Media is bringing home the bling.

Most recently, students were awarded 2020 Mark of Excellence Awards by the Society of Professional Journalists. First-place winners from Region 4, which comprises Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania, will compete at the national level among other regional winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

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College of Media student named Stickell Honors Intern

SeVohn Hunter, a student in the West Virginia University Reed College of Media’s accelerated Master of Science in Journalism degree program, is one of just 14 students in the nation to be selected as a 2020 Stickell Honors Intern. Hunter will be interning virtually at Leo Burnett Worldwide, a global advertising agency.

This prestigious annual internship places students at top firms in the marketing communications industry throughout the United States, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 internships were suspended until this summer.

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College of Media student’s podcast garners national awards

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West Virginia University Reed College of Media senior Kayla Starcher was recognized nationally with an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and placed 20th in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Audio News and Features Competition for a podcast she produced as part of her journalism coursework.

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More students get live news experience through ‘WVU News’ and ‘Mountaineer Playbook’ offshoot

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Teaching Professor Gina Martino Dahlia has led the award-winning “WVU News” team since 2002 and began experimenting with a new sports production program called “Mountaineer Playbook” in 2015. With the hire of ESPN veteran Chuck Scatterday, “Mountaineer Playbook” is now officially part of curriculum at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, providing yet another real-world reporting experience for students.

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Alumnus Michael Pehanich directs communications for Super Bowl-winning team

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Michael Pehanich (BSJ, 2001) has worked in sports media for some of the top teams in the National Football League, including the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Football Team and now the Super Bowl LV champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As the Buccaneers’ director of communications, he is the primary contact between the organization and the media, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, his already demanding job was more even more challenging.

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