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Marra named Solutions Journalism Network Fellow, seeks applicants for microgrants

Ashton Marra speaks to journalists in a newsroom

Ashton Marra, a teaching assistant professor in the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, is one of 11 journalists named a 2023 Solutions Journalism Network Complicating the Narratives (CTN) Fellow. She will use the fellowship funding to award microgrants to journalists who want to investigate addiction in their communities.

In September 2021, Marra partnered with Jonathan J.K. Stoltman, director of the Opioid Policy Institute, to launch Reporting on Addiction, a collaboration of addiction science experts, professional journalists and journalism educators who aim to improve the way journalists cover news related to substance use.

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Alumnus returns to campus to host agency simulation for students

Agency simulation participants gather in a circle

WVU Reed College of Media alumnus Jeff Geisler returned to campus to host an advertising and public relations agency simulation that was open to all majors and local high school students and sponsored by the WVU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Throughout his career, Geisler (BSJ, 1993) has held various brand and marketing leadership positions with such companies as McCann Erickson, BBH New York, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, and Saatchi & Saatchi. Currently, he is working for Super Serious, a creative studio founded by actor and host Terry Crews, which promotes brands through entertainment projects, including commercials, television programs and movies.

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'Mountaineer Playbook’ students cover Bridge Day

Sports and Adventure Media students at Bridge Day

Students in Shott Teaching Assistant Professor Chuck Scatterday’s class traveled to Fayetteville, West Virginia, to cover Bridge Day for their “Mountaineer Playbook” class. The annual event occurs each October and attracts bridge jumpers and spectators from around the world.

Scatterday developed and teaches the “Mountaineer Playbook” capstone course for Sports and Adventure Media (SAM) majors. Throughout the semester, students report, operate cameras, direct and produce to cover all 17 Division I WVU athletic teams and regional adventure events. Student reporters Elizabeth Carey and Riley McIlmoyle and videographer Jake Held covered Bridge Day for the show, and Max Murphy and Adam Cooley, students in the college’s Video Storytelling course, also attended. Each student was required to produce a finished package, consisting of action video and audio, as well as any additional content necessary to accurately and thoroughly tell the story.

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