A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, the designer of USA TODAY’s first prototypes, the public address announcer for WVU football and basketball and a social justice activist were among the alumni recognized at the WVU Reed College of Media’s annual Spring Honors Ceremony.
Each year, the College seeks nominations and presents alumni awards for lifetime achievement; service; support; and success within the first 10 years post-graduation. The 2021–22 awardees include Margie Mason (BSJ, 1997), J. Ford Huffman (BSJ, 1972), Bill Nevin (M.S. IMC, 2006) and Chelsea Fuller (BSJ, 2011).
Students from the West Virginia University Reed College of Media received top honors
at the international Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts.
BEA annually receives more than 1,450 entries from 300-plus participating schools
around the world.
Students in Teaching Assistant Professor
David Smith’s spring 2021 Immersive Storytelling course were awarded Best of
Festival in the Student Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technologies Competition
for their project,
Distanced Immersion. Smith and his students collaborated with Professor Antonio
Roda and students from the University of Seville in Spain to create a series of
interactive multimedia experiences using augmented reality and volumetric video,
more commonly known as holograms.
On Friday, May 13, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media celebrated
its May Commencement in person at the WVU Coliseum for the first time in three
More than 180 College of Media graduates attended the ceremony, earning bachelor’s
degrees in Advertising and Public Relations, Interactive Design for Media, Journalism,
Multidisciplinary Studies, and Sports and Adventure Media, and master’s degrees
in Data Marketing Communications, Digital Marketing Communications, Integrated
Marketing Communications and Journalism.
Martin Hall Agency, the Reed College of Media’s student-run advertising and
public relations firm, carried out a semester-long campaign to spread awareness
about the First Amendment to educate college students on attacks against the amendment
and raise awareness about the importance of defending its freedoms.
“This campaign’s main goal is to educate all WVU students,” said Lily Frye, junior
capstone student and digital director of the team. “Through research, we found
that there are a lot of issues with college students not knowing what the First
Amendment truly means to us as American citizens.”
Over the past two semesters, students in Martin Hall Agency, the Reed College of
Media’s student-run advertising and public relations firm, have partnered with
the Morgantown Special Committee on Unsheltered Homelessness to create a comprehensive
campaign plan to raise awareness and change the dehumanizing language surrounding
the unsheltered community.
This semester, their efforts led to the launch of a Humans of Morgantown art experience:
Neighborhoods Beyond Neighborhoods. The exhibit featured works about and by unsheltered
neighbors and included original live music, photography, paintings, poems and ceramics.