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Beeson, Coester and McFarland receive College of Media faculty awards

Beeson, Coester, McFarland

Each academic year, the WVU Reed College of Media recognizes faculty members for their exceptional teaching and innovative research. This year, awards were presented to Joel Beeson, Dana Coester and Mary Kay McFarland at the College’s annual Spring Honors Ceremony.

Professors Beeson and Coester are co-recipients of the Faculty Research Award, which recognizes outstanding scholarly work or creative activity. Beeson and Coester have spent years documenting the spread of extremism and harmful content targeting teenagers on social media and gaming platforms. The pair produced and directed a feature-length documentary film, “Raised by Wolves,” which examines the online youth culture in an Appalachian community and reveals a complex ecosystem that exposes them to misinformation and far right extremism. As a result of their research, they have been asked to provide testimonies to congressional committees and briefings to other researchers and reporters at major media outlets. Their work was also recognized University-wide, when they were named co-recipients of WVU’s  2021-22 Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award.

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Russell, Haley land prestigious summer internships

Russell, Haley Headshots

Max Russell (BSJ, 2023) and Tristan Haley (BSJ, 2022) are gaining hands-on experience in advertising and public relations through competitive summer internship programs. Russell is one of just 11 students in the nation to be selected as a 2022 Stickell Honors Intern, and Haley is one of 40 finalists participating in the International Radio & Television Society (IRTS) Summer Fellowship Program.

The Stickell and IRTS internship programs place students at top U.S. marketing communications firms. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, both are running on a hybrid format for the summer 2022 term.

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Mason, Huffman, Nevin and Fuller receive College of Media alumni awards

Margie Mason receives Achievement Award

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).

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College of Media students win big at international competition

BEA Festival of the Arts Winner

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.

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May 2022 Commencement

2022 Commencement Speaker Ron Nixon

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 years.

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.

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Martin Hall Agency continues campus-wide First Amendment campaign

MHA First Amendment team

Students from 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.”

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Martin Hall Agency students launch pilot version of health disparities simulation

Participants in Healthcare Disparities Simulation

Students in Martin Hall Agency (MHA), the Reed College of Media’s student-run public relations and advertising firm, designed and launched the pilot version of a health disparities simulation.

The project is the culmination of a two-semester long collaboration between the Reed College of Media, the WVU School of Public Health, the School of Pharmacy, the HSC Office of Interprofessional Education and the STEPS Center and is funded by a grant from the WVU Office of the Provost.

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MHA students expand Humans of Morgantown campaign

Humans of Morgantown exhibit

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.

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Cole and Moser lead trip to game development conference

IDM students at game development conference

A group of WVU Reed College of Media students recently travelled to San Francisco for the Game Development Conference, the nation’s largest event for professionals in the game design industry.

The annual conference provides an opportunity for professionals, students and those interested in gaming-related careers to meet industry leaders, exchange ideas, and discuss the industry’s future.

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