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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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WVU College of Media selects Point Pleasant for community branding

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The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has announced Point Pleasant, West Virginia, as the next partner for BrandJRNY, a project that aims to revitalize communities in the Mountain State through customized branding plans that promote tourism and economic development.

Located in Mason County, Point Pleasant is situated along the state line that separates West Virginia from Ohio at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers. It is a town rich with history and folklore, such as the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774 and the Mothman legend. It is a community on the rise, with diversified tourism attractions and the infrastructure and amenities to support visitors.

The Point Pleasant community is also already engaged in efforts to increase tourism and economic development. Community engagement is a key indicator of success for BrandJRNY projects. Throughout the year-long project, residents will be encouraged to attend events and roundtable discussions and participate in a number of ways that will help guide research and implementation of an overall branding strategy that will benefit the community for years to come.

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New faculty members join the College of Media, current faculty promoted

Two new faculty members have joined the College of Media this fall semester. Heather Cole is a teaching assistant professor for the Interactive Design for Media program, and Jim Iovino has joined the College of Media as the Odgen Newspapers Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Innovation. 

Cole came to WVU from Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she was an assistant teaching professor of digital arts and program chair of the Game Minor. She earned her MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College in Plainsfield, Vermont. 

Iovino was the deputy managing editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for its Tree of Life massacre coverage. Iovino managed all digital editorial initiatives at the Post-Gazette, including driving audience-first and digital subscription efforts. Previously, Iovino was a senior news editor of operations and managing editor for NBC Universal in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. Iovino has an extensive journalism background that includes newspaper and television leadership experience.   

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College of Media holds reception for "Be Still" photo exhibit by Elaine McMillion Sheldon

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media will host Elaine McMillion Sheldon during an opening reception for her photo exhibit, "Be Still," on Thursday, September 5, from 3 - 5 p.m. at the WVU Media Innovation Center on the fourth floor of Evansdale Crossing. 

"'Be Still' is to bear witness to both the beauty and pain before you, and accept them both as reality," according to Sheldon's exhibit description.

The reception will be the first chance to view Sheldon’s exhibit at WVU and “Be Still” will be on display at the Media Innovation Center through Friday, October 4. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Shannon Cunningham at or (304) 293-6246.

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