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West Virginia University Reed College of Media
Alumni eUpdate | May 2017
Margie Mason

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist delivers commencement address, receives honorary doctorate

Pulitzer Prize winner Margie Mason (BSJ, 1997) returned to her alma mater to deliver the keynote address at the College’s May Commencement ceremony. Mason and her Associated Press colleagues earned the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal in Public Service for their series uncovering slavery and severe labor abuses in Southeast Asia’s fishing industry. Mason recounted her own career path, from West Virginia to Indonesia, to the College’s 275 graduates in journalism, strategic communications, multidisciplinary studies and integrated marketing communications. In addition to delivering the keynote address, Mason was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by President E. Gordon Gee. Watch the video.

MSJ student earns award in U.S. Department of Energy competition


Journalism graduate student Caitlin Worrell is the only communicator on WVU’s EcoCAR3 team, but she has played a major role in its success. The team just returned from the U.S. Department of Energy’s EcoCAR3 competition where they earned 4th Place Overall and 3rd Place for “Best Communication Program.” Worrell, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, serves as the team’s communications manager. She handles social media, marketing and promotions, and performs community outreach. Sixteen North American Universities competed in EcoCAR3, which challenges participants to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact while maintaining its performance. Learn more about EcoCAR3.

Ready, set…INTEGRATE!


The College’s Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) master’s degree program is preparing for this weekend’s INTEGRATE West Virginia conference. The event, which runs June 2-3, is being held in Huntington. This marks the first time the College of Media has partnered with Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications to co-host a conference. Advertising executive Andy Azula — best known as the UPS Whiteboard Guy — is this year’s keynote speaker. There is still time to register. Visit

RSVP for New Story 2017

New Story 2017

New Story 2017 is a free, two-day festival of workshops, screenings and demos about media, communications, tech, arts and entrepreneurship in Appalachia. New Story is organized by the West Virginia Community Development Hub and will be held at the Reed College of Media Innovation Center on June 16-17. To RSVP and find more information, visit

Alumna ‘chews over’ history of the West Virginia pepperoni roll in new book

Candace Nelson

A new book written by alumna Candace Nelson (BSJ, 2011; MSJ, 2013) shares one of West Virginia’s favorite snack foods with the rest of the world. The book, “The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll,” gives a comprehensive history of the unofficial state food of West Virginia. Published by West Virginia University Press, Nelson’s work features more than 100 photos and recipes. Nelson, a West Virginia native plans to tour the state this summer to promote her book. A schedule of book signings and appearances is posted online.

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