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WVU holds third annual Day of Giving

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We’d like to thank everyone who supported the WVU Reed College of Media during WVU’s third annual Day of Giving! 

Through the generosity of our alumni, faculty, staff and friends, the College of Media was able to raise more than $39,000 from 108 gifts during WVU's third annual Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraising event held November 13. These funds will support our ongoing efforts to innovate our curriculum, give students access to the most current media technology and applications, provide them with valuable hands-on learning opportunities and help them adapt and succeed in the dynamic media industry.

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College of Media student named Mr. Mountaineer

Patrick Orsagos Mr. Mountaineer 
(WVU Photo/Hunter Tankersley)   
Patrick Orsagos, a senior journalism student at the College of Media, has been named Mr. Mountaineer, a prestigious, Mountaineer Week award that recognizes exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. Orsagos won the title during halftime of the WVU-Texas Tech football game on Nov. 9 at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The tradition of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer began in 1958 and includes a rigorous application process that is only open to seniors and graduate students. The application includes two essay questions that are reviewed by a panel of judges who select five male and five female finalists. A second panel interviews the finalists to choose a winner.

“Once I learned what the Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer award was, I knew I wanted to apply,” said Orsagos. “I've been fortunate enough to know finalists in 2017 and 2018 and they were all people I really admire. I hope to live my life like those people do, so when I was chosen as a finalist, it felt very surreal that I was now being honored the way they were. Winning is an even greater honor.”

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Kittles make largest single donation in College of Media history to support education and journalism in the state

Luanne and Bob Kittle

Students will be better equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing media landscape thanks to a gift from an award winning journalist and West Virginia University alumnus.

Bob (BSJ, 1975) and Luanne Kittle have been generous contributors to the West Virginia University Reed College of Media for more than 30 years. But their most recent pledge, the largest single donation in College of Media history, will allow them to make an impact on education and journalism in the state earlier than they anticipated.

At age 70 ½, most people are required to withdraw a minimum amount from their retirement savings accounts on an annual basis, according to federal law. Through a multi-year qualified charitable distribution to the College of Media, the Kittles are able to donate up to $100,000 of that annual withdrawal without paying income taxes on the money.

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Four students awarded IMC/DMC scholarships

Four West Virginia University Reed College of Media online graduate students have been awarded scholarships from the College’s General IMC/DMC Scholarship Fund.

The competitive scholarship was established in 2017 by College of Media alumni and employees Catherine and Chad Mezera . It is awarded to students enrolled in the College’s Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) or Data Marketing Communications (DMC) graduate programs each fall and is the first and only scholarship dedicated to online graduate students in the College of Media.

Saresa Bass of Edmond, Oklahoma, Kaitlyn Lopez of Morgantown, West Virginia, and Jesse Yang of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, are the recipients of the IMC scholarship and Peyton Neely of Raleigh, North Carolina, received the DMC scholarship.

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Application opens for WVU College of Media’s NewStart Fellowship

NewStart, a local news ownership initiative that aims to recruit, train and support the next generation of community newspaper owners and publishers across the country, is accepting applications for the fellowship program. 

The year-long fellowship is for anyone with a bachelor’s degree who is interested in owning a local newspaper. Fellows will receive training in both journalism and business practices with an emphasis on digital transition and new funding models for media. They will also be placed in apprenticeships at West Virginia newspapers, where they will learn firsthand the day-to-day challenges of running a small-market newspaper in a local community.

More than 90 percent of newspapers in the U.S. are “small market,” with a circulation of 50,000 or less. These newspapers are often family-owned and remain trusted sources of news and information in the communities they serve. 

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College of Media alumnus and instructor wins national award

For the past 16 years, Nevin (M.S. IMC, 2006) has been “the voice of the Mountaineers” as the public address announcer for WVU football, men’s basketball, baseball, rifle and The Pride of West Virginia marching band. He is also the announcer for several WVU colleges’ commencement ceremonies.

This year, Nevin was named the College 2018-19 Bob Sheppard P.A. Announcer of the Year by the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers . The P.A. Announcer of the Year Award, which is named for Bob Sheppard, the stadium announcer for the New York Yankees from 1951-2007, recognizes professionalism and skill in announcing at each of the following levels: high school, junior college, NAIA, NCAA and non-school amateur.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized at the national level by my peers,” said Nevin. “This award is less about me and more about the amazing team of professionals I work with every game. They make my job easy. We take pride in making the game day experience at WVU a special one for our fans every time out. I couldn’t be more proud of this team and being a Mountaineer.”

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WVU faculty and students contribute to Washington Post article

A West Virginia University Reed College of Media faculty member and student journalist are co-authors on a Washington Post story that tracks the state’s nearly 20-year history of lawsuits against drug companies and exposes the opioid epidemic’s effect on children in West Virginia.

Emily Corio , teaching associate professor at the College of Media and a long-time journalist in West Virginia, spent months reporting on the story with Debbie Cenziper, a contributing reporter for the investigative team at The Post and former assistant professor of journalism at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. WVU journalism senior Douglas Soule and GW journalism senior Kelly Hooper are also co-authors on the story, which lists an additional six students and WVU faculty member Mary Kay McFarland as contributors.

“I came to West Virginia as a new, young journalist in 2001, just as the opioid epidemic was unfolding and reported on it then,” Corio said. “Last year, when we began brainstorming for this story, we realized it was an important issue that hadn’t been covered in depth at the national level, and we had this opportunity to report on it from West Virginia.”

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College of Media to hold reception for a photo exhibit by Kristian Thacker

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media invites you to join us Thursday, October 24th from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the WVU Media Innovation Center, 4th Floor of Evansdale Crossing, for a photo exhibit and reception celebrating a collection of photos by Kristian Thacker.

The exhibit is a selection of images taken from covering the stories around the teachers movement in West Virginia over the last year. 

Kristian Thacker will be in attendance at the photo exhibit on October 24th to meet with attendees and answer questions about his work.

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WVU Reed College of Media recognizes outstanding alumni

An award-winning veteran journalist, a former advertising and PR executive, a data-driven B2B marketer and a policy reporting rising star were all recently honored by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media at its annual Alumni and Donor Recognition Ceremony. Originated by the College’s local alumni chapter, the outstanding alumni awards acknowledge exceptional professional achievements as well as commitment and service to the College of Media.    

Dean Diana Martinelli welcomed alumni, donors and guests to the ceremony and reception, which was held at the Media Innovation Center on October 10.  

The 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award winners included:

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Sports media trailblazers discuss the industry, the next generation and what it really means to ‘Play Like A Girl'


Four prominent women in the sports media arena spoke about their accomplishments, struggles and the future of the industry in “Play Like A Girl: A Discussion of Women in Sports and Media,” the keynote event in West Virginia University’s 2019 Diversity Week.

Hosted by the West Virginia University Reed College of Media , Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, panelists included Paola Boivin, a professor at Arizona State University, sports journalist and first female member of the College Football Playoff Committee; Meghan Duggan, captain of the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team and three-time Olympic medal winner; Tomika Ferguson, Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor who examines the college experiences of women of color student-athletes; and Kelli Zinn, deputy athletics director at WVU. The panel was moderated by Emily Corio, a teaching associate professor in the College of Media.

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