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West Virginia University Reed College of Media
Alumni eUpdate | June 2017
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MIT initiative draws people to Media Innovation Center to discuss environmental issues

Public Lab, an MIT innovation initiative to address environmental issues, hosted a two-day event at the College's Media Innovation Center earlier this month. The “Appalachia Barnraising” brought together people from across the region to discuss environmental interests and concerns, exchange technical knowledge, work on local environment monitoring projects and collaborate with others. Teaching Assistant Professor Emily Corio participated in the event. Corio shared the College's experimental water sensor journalism project and discussed engaging the community in these types of conversations. Take a look at the Barnraiser, the event's “newspaper,” for a recap of the event.

Audience engagement workshop videos available online

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If you missed our workshop, “Engage! Using Audience Engagement to Report on Social Justice Issues,” the videos are now available online. Get advice on audience engagement, community data sourcing, and use of social media video by industry leaders from ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity, NowThis, NPR and others. This information is ideal for journalists and media professionals as well as community members working on food access and other community social justice issues who’d like to know more about telling their stories. “Engage” is part of the College's Knight-funded Innovators-In-Residence program. Watch the workshop videos here.

Writing a “New Story” for Appalachia

New Story 2017

Journalists from across the region recently gathered at the Media Innovation Center to learn new ways of telling Appalachia's story. The two-day festival of workshops was organized by the West Virginia Community Development Hub and hosted by the WVU Reed College of Media. The free workshop included panel discussions on audience engagement and entrepreneurship and featured some of the Mountain State's most influential and innovative communications professionals. Watch the festival videos here.


Integrate West Virginia

More than 150 integrated marketing communications professionals from across the country came to West Virginia this month to gain valuable insight from some of the industry's top experts. INTEGRATE West Virginia was a collaboration between the College's Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) master's degree program and Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications. The conference, held in Huntington, West Virginia, provided attendees with valuable techniques and strategies they could apply immediately to jobs in the marketing communications industry. Read student blogs, view a photo gallery or check out our social media round up on Storify by visiting the IMC website.. The next INTEGRATE will be in Houston on October 19-21. We will be offering a bus trip from Houston to Baylor for the WVU-Baylor football game on Saturday, Oct. 21.

College of Media students shine at Crystal Awards Gala

WV PRSA Crystal Award

The College of Media and its students set a shining example at the 2017 Crystal Awards Gala. The event, sponsored by West Virginia's chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) honors the best campaigns and projects produced by public relations practitioners in the state. WVU's chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) earned one of the top awards at the event, a Crystal Award for PRSSA Chapter of the Year. The college won two awards and several honorable mentions. See more about the Crystal Awards here.

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