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A professor and several students at the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism were recently recognized by international and regional award committees for their excellent work in the field of journalism.

The Broadcast Education Association awarded Teaching Assistant Professor Emily Hughes Corio first place in the faculty audio competition at this year’s Festival of Media Arts competition. She won the “Best of Festival” award for her radio piece, Fish Return to a Mining Country River, on the “comeback” of the highly polluted Cheat River in Northeastern West Virginia aired on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” last summer.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student works.

The Society of Professional Journalists also recently announced this year’s Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards winners, which honor the best in student journalism. The School of Journalism received four first-place awards.

Aaron Bodkins, Kristen Basham and Dave Carl won the Online Feature Reporting category for their West Virginia Uncovered, Off the Grid. Thomas Terrarosa’s story, Two West Virginia Mothers Support Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana in the Mountain State, won the Online In-Depth Reporting category and the Online News Reporting category. Mike Ploger won the Television Sports Photography category for his piece, WVU Gymnastics Success.

School of Journalism students also were named as finalists in several categories at the regional SPJ competition. Journalism senior and WVU News reporter Branford Marks was a finalist in two categories: the Television Feature category for his story, Advance, and the Television News/Feature Photography category for Shack After School Program. Other honorees from WVU News included Alyssa Casalino for Athletes Going Pro in the Television Sports Reporting category; Marisa Matyola for DUI in the Television In-Depth Reporting category and Breana Marquand for Traffic Construction the Television Feature Reporting category. Diane Jeanty was a finalist in the Online Feature Reporting category for her West Virginia Uncovered story, Milton Maze: Getting People Lost for 13 Years.
SPJ’s Region 4 comprises Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and parts of western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh. First-place Region 4 winners will move on to the national competition, and winners will be notified this fall.

WVU is preparing to host a series of individual, personalized ceremonies for each school and college at a variety of venues on the Evansdale Campus and around Morgantown, including the WVU Coliseum, Creative Arts Center (CAC) and Morgantown Event Center from May 9-11. The WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism will hold its May Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. at the CAC. This year’s keynote speaker will be Amy Webb, digital media futurist and Founder of Webbmedia Group, a digital strategy agency that spots near-term emerging technology trends and develops innovative ideas and strategies for media organizations, Fortune 100 and 500 companies, large nonprofits, universities and government agencies. Recently, Amy’s team worked with American Express to re-imagine the future of credit cards on mobile phones and Time Inc to develop content strategies for screenless computing. In addition, Amy is the Co-Founder of Spark Camp, a next-generation think tank that brings together bright minds to imagine the future and to solve problems in society. Amy Webb photo credit Brian Woolf copy

Amy holds many professional affiliations and collaborates with a number of institutions. She is a Delegate on the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, a Lecturer in the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia University, a member of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Libraries, and a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer Group – Emmy award judge). She is on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and and serves on several startup and advisory boards, including the SXSW Accelerator, Temple University’s School of Media and Communication and the International Center for Journalists.
Amy originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet and has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test and speaks fluently.

Amy began her career as a reporter/ writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends. She contributes to a number of publications, including the Harvard Business Review and Slate, where she writes the Data Mine column.
In 2013, Amy published Data, A Love Story (Dutton/ Penguin), a bestselling book about the world of online dating, consumer behavior and finding love via algorithms. Amy was featured on Good Morning America, 20/20, The View, NPR and CNN, and her book was covered by numerous media outlets, including People Magazine, Time, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Wired, Elle, Slate, Huffington Post, Grazia, ReadWrite, Mashable and many others. Data has since been translated into several languages and has garnered a worldwide audience. Last year, Forbes named Amy one of the “Women Changing The World,” while the Columbia Journalism Review included Amy on its 20 Women To Watch in Media list.

To see a list of all of WVU’s Commencement speakers, visit WVU Today.

Elliot Nix Google innovator Elliot Nix will serve as the keynote speaker at this year’s INTEGRATE 2014, hosted by the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism’s online Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) graduate program. Scheduled for May 30-31, INTEGRATE 2014 will offer attendees the chance explore the latest IMC techniques and strategies with IMC professionals and engage in thought-provoking discussions about industry trends.

Nix, Google’s Head of Media Solutions–Tech, will discuss the marketing strategies that span mobile, video, display, search and social platforms on Saturday evening, May 31, during the conference keynote dinner at the Milan Puskar Stadium’s Touchdown Terrace.

Nix began his career at Google in 2009 and helped grow Google Mobile into a billion dollar business that is now the largest mobile search, display and video network in the world. He has more than 10 years in media and advertising experience at NBC, OMD and Google and has worked on blue chip clients like Bank of America and PlayStation.

Nix’s address will come at the end of the IMC graduate program’s 4th annual integrated marketing communications conference. The two-day conference will be held on WVU’s downtown campus.

Additional featured speakers and presenters at this year’s conference include David Higdon, managing director of integrated marketing communications for NASCAR; Gini Dietrich, CEO at Arment Dietrich, co-author of “Marketing in the Round” and author of new book “Spin Sucks”; Pam Didner, global integrated marketing strategist for Intel; Ellen Valentine, brand evangelist for Silverpop; and many of the WVU IMC program’s expert faculty members from across the United States.

On Friday, May 30, attendees will participate in breakout sessions including “There is No Top 10 List for Social Media Marketing” and “Making the Case for the “Business” of Environmental Marketing.” Participants also will have the opportunity to attend a professional networking reception on Friday evening.

Throughout the day on Saturday, May 31, conference attendees will choose from breakout sessions including “How to Change Consumer Behavior with a Nudge and Persuasion Science,” “Failing Forward: The Value of Trial and Error in IMC Startups” and “Integrated Video and How It Can Innovate Your IMC Efforts.”

“We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s INTEGRATE conference,” said Chad Mezera, Director of Online Programs for the P.I. Reed School of Journalism. “We have an impressive lineup of speakers and we are looking forward to this being our best conference yet.”

The conference and keynote dinner are open to registered conference attendees only. Details on how to register and more information about the INTEGRATE 2014 conference are available at http://imc.wvu.edu/integrate. For more information on the IMC program, please visit www.imc.wvu.edu.

Read the official release at WVU Today.

A team of students, known as the ELF Enhancement Fund, has kicked off a community-wide “Stuff the Bus” Supply Drive as a part of their public relations capstone. The students are working with the Morgantown Early Learning Facility (ELF), a local parent-owned, nonprofit educational program for children ages 2-12. final-for-now-supplydrivewjuwan

The drop-off for the Stuff the Bus Supply Drive will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 1-3 p.m. in the Hall of Traditions at the WVU Basketball Practice Facility. The WVU Men’s Basketball team will be on hand to accept supplies, pose for photos and sign autographs. The first 50 people who donate at least three supplies will receive a poster that is autographed by the WVU Men’s Basketball team.

ELF is seeking arts and crafts supplies, paper, child scissors, tissues, hand sanitizer, writing utensils and more.

Faculty and students who would like to donate but are unable to make it to the drop-off event may place items in the box located in the lobby of Martin Hall. Donation boxes are also located in Woodburn Hall, Life Sciences Building, Brooks Hall, Allen Hall, the Coliseum, and the SGA and Mountaineer Maniacs offices. Fliers with a detailed list of needed supplies are posted on the donation boxes.

For more information about the supply drive, email elfenhancementfund@gmail.com, or visit the ELF Enhancement Fund Facebook page.

The P.I. Reed School of Journalism is proud to announce its highest-achieving students for this year. The Dean and SOJ faculty honored Kappa Tau Alpha inductees, outstanding seniors, and those graduating with Latin Honors at a ceremony on April 4 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The following students were inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha national journalism honor society: Lindsey Beall, Rachel Duryea, Christen Eaton, Kelsey Montgomery, Ian Moore, Danielle O’Neill, Andrea Oliver, Timothy Saar, Daryn Vucelik, Angelee Wiley and Erin Zipf​.

Top graduates in each sequence were also honored. Advertising: Alexis Cunningham, Lacey Lillard, Jessica Mazelon, Kathryn McCormick, Lauren Nickle and Dylan Vorpe. Public Relations: Lindsey Beall, Mariah Elliott, Andrea Oliver, Danielle O’Neill, Daryn Vucelik and Erin Zipf. Print Journalism: Bryan Bumgardner, Joshua Ewers, Dustin Hoffman, Lacey Palmer and Timothy Saar. Television Journalism: Andrew Sealy-Outstanding News Anchor for “WVU NEWS”, Tyler Channell-Outstanding Executive Producer for “WVU News”, Brandon Hite-Outstanding Beat Reporter for “WVU News”, Victoria Licata-Outstanding Beat Reporter for “WVU News” and Nicole Linder-Outstanding Beat Reporter for “WVU News.” Visual Journalism: Tessa Bonnstetter, Brittany Furbee, Cori Lucotch and Gus Willis.

Several students also graduated with Latin Honors. Summa Cum Laude graduates: Lindsey Beall, Alexis Cunningham, Christen Eaton, Mariah Elliott, Ian Moore, Jake Newman, Erin Zipf and Daryn Vucelik. Magna Cum Laude graduates: Tyler Channel, Ashley Collins, Rachel Duryea, Brandon Hite, Lane Horter, Zachary King, Danielle Lore, Kelsey Montgomery, Julia Nass, Andrea Oliver, Danielle O’Neill, Ardath Osborne and Mason Price. Cum Laude graduates: Eric Abrams, Alexis D’Anton, Chelsea Betts, Bryan Bumgardner, Alysia Chandler, Hayley Clover, Alexandria Colasante, Emily Dick, Brittany Furbee, Dustin Hooks, Devin Jones, Lacey Lillard, Nicole Linder, Cori Lucotch, Megan McMahon, Rebecca Mullin, Kayli Nugent, Stephanie Randall, Chelsea Sams, Carly Smith, Brittany Tramontano and Kayla VanHooser.

In addition, the SOJ Golden Quill Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Rita Colistra, and the SOJ’s Inaugural Research Award was given to Dr. Hongmin Ahn.

Congratulations to All!

The P.I. Reed School of Journalism is proud to announce its highest-achieving students for this year. The Dean and SOJ faculty honored Kappa Tau Alpha inductees, outstanding seniors, and those graduating with Latin Honors at a ceremony on April 4 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The following students were inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha national journalism honor society: Lindsey Beall, Rachel Duryea, Christen Eaton, Kelsey Montgomery, Ian Moore, Danielle O’Neill, Andrea Oliver, Timothy Saar, Daryn Vucelik, Angelee Wiley and Erin Zipf​.

Top graduates in each sequence were also honored. Advertising: Alexis Cunningham, Lacey Lillard, Jessica Mazelon, Kathryn McCormick, Lauren Nickle and Dylan Vorpe. Public Relations: Lindsey Beall, Mariah Elliott, Andrea Oliver, Danielle O’Neill, Daryn Vucelik and Erin Zipf. Print Journalism: Bryan Bumgardner, Joshua Ewers, Dustin Hoffman, Lacey Palmer and Timothy Saar. Television Journalism: Andrew Sealy-Outstanding News Anchor for “WVU NEWS”, Tyler Channell-Outstanding Executive Producer for “WVU News”, Brandon Hite-Outstanding Beat Reporter for “WVU News”, Victoria Licata-Outstanding Beat Reporter for “WVU News” and Nicole Linder-Outstanding Beat Reporter for “WVU News.” Visual Journalism: Tessa Bonnstetter, Brittany Furbee, Cori Lucotch and Gus Willis.

Several students also graduated with Latin Honors. Summa Cum Laude graduates: Lindsey Beall, Alexis Cunningham, Christen Eaton, Mariah Elliott, Ian Moore, Jake Newman, Erin Zipf and Daryn Vucelik. Magna Cum Laude graduates: Tyler Channel, Ashley Collins, Rachel Duryea, Brandon Hite, Lane Horter, Zachary King, Danielle Lore, Kelsey Montgomery, Julia Nass, Andrea Oliver, Danielle O’Neill, Ardath Osborne and Mason Price. Cum Laude graduates: Eric Abrams, Alexis D’Anton, Chelsea Betts, Bryan Bumgardner, Alysia Chandler, Hayley Clover, Alexandria Colasante, Emily Dick, Brittany Furbee, Dustin Hooks, Devin Jones, Lacey Lillard, Nicole Linder, Cori Lucotch, Megan McMahon, Rebecca Mullin, Kayli Nugent, Stephanie Randall, Chelsea Sams, Carly Smith, Brittany Tramontano and Kayla VanHooser.

In addition, the Golden Quill award for outstanding teaching was given to Dr. Rita Colistra and the SOJ’s Inaugural Research Award was given to Dr. Hongmin Ahn.

Congratulations to All!

Eight students in Dr. Rita Colistra’s capstone course are partnering with PACE Enterprises and Monongalia County high schools to increase awareness of the services that PACE provides to adults with disabilities.

PACE is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing employment for people with disabilities. One group that PACE focuses on is recent high school graduates. The goal of the partnership is to increase special education teachers’ awareness of the employment opportunities available to graduates with disabilities.

Read more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/04/04/wvu-public-relations-students-partner-with-local-organization-to-make-a-difference-for-students-with-disabilities#sthash.YzGgWTuy.dpuf

Independent production team alongside ABC, CBS, Netflix and others as awardees

Hollow, an interactive documentary that explores the issues and future of small-town America, has been awarded a 2013 Peabody Award, announced April 2.

peabody The award, which began in the 1940s as “The Pulitzer Prize for Radio,” recognizes stories that matter.

“For our dedicated and small team to win, this award is a huge honor,” said and director and producer Elaine McMillion Sheldon (BSJ, 2009). “We never thought we would see Hollow next to ‘House of Cards’ on an awards list! It’s so exciting that the voices of this Appalachian community are being recognized as ‘stories that matter.’”

Hollow, which launched June 2013, tells the story of 30 residents living in McDowell County, W.Va. The southern West Virginia community experienced a boom in the 1950s then a bust in the latter part of the 20th century due to the coal mining industry. The interactive documentary merges cinematic techniques with web-based storytelling to encourage a dialogue about the issues that small-town America faces.

“We hope this recognition will keep residents motivated and working toward their shared goals and hopefully draw more attention
from our state and national leaders,” Sheldon said.

Hollow was recently honored by the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards and named third prize in its interactive documentary contest. The project was selected for the 2013 New York Film Festival, 2014 SXSW Interactive Awards, as well as The 2013 DocLab Showcase at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam, placing in the top three out of 15 selections. It has been screened locally, nationally and internationally more than 40 times, including a recent screening in Bristol, England. The FWA has named Hollow “Site of the Day,” and the project has also received the Adobe Creative Edge Award from The FWA. Hollow was a CSS Winner and a platinum winner of AVA Digital Awards for creative web video and original music.

The project has been featured in The Huffington Post, LA Times, New York Times, The Atlantic, Filmmaker Magazine, IndieWire, Variety and PBS MediaShift.”Everyone who contributed to the project, from the residents to the technologists, should be honored,” Sheldon said. “It’s rare to see an independent project, not affiliated with a network or corporation, win this type of award. We would love to see this award
encourage a dialogue on a national scale about the future of small towns in our country.”

The Hollow team includes Sheldon, Jeff Soyk (interactive designer and architect), Tricia Fulks (associate producer), Robert Hall (senior technologist), Russell Goldenburg (interactive developer), Billy Wirasnik (sound designer and editor), Sarah Ginsburg (video editor), Kerrin Sheldon (video editor), Lee Strauss (composer), Michelle Miller (community outreach), Nathaniel Hansen (project manager), Jason Headley (copywriter), Eric Lovell (cartographer), Megan Bowers Sutherland (videographer) and Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo (production assistant).

Future screenings of the film will be held at Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.Va.) on April 11; Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, W.Va.) on April 15; Nyon, Switzerland from April 27 to 29; and Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier, Vt.) from April 30

Nine PR capstone students are applying skills learned in the classroom to increase public awareness of a local nonprofit organization.

Lindley

Students in Dr. Rita Colistra’s public relations campaigns course are working with Garth Lindley, founder of Green Earth Event Services, formerly known as Eco Race Events, to launch a campaign to promote the importance of environmental waste diversion before, during and after events.

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of GEES’ services, which involve working with event and race coordinators to ensure that all event waste is recycled, composted or used for other environmentally friendly methods by using a single-stream system. Read more.

Crisis Communications: A Critique of the Charleston Chemical Spill Response
Experts in strategic communications will overview the crisis, discuss lessons learned and forecast future issues that will affect the state.

Date: Monday, March 24
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Martin Hall, room 205

The discussion will be a LiveTweet session allowing students to engage real time with panelists and peers.

Topic: January 9, 2014, toxic chemicals spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, W. Va. affecting more than 300,000 residents in nine counties. These counties consisted of Boone, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, Roane counties and the Culloden area of Cabell County. The chemical that spilled into the river, MCHM, is used to wash coal and contaminated the water, preventing residents from drinking, cooking, cleaning or washing in their homes.

Panelists/Topics:
Aly Goodwin-Greg, Chief Marketing Officer for MVB Bank and crisis communications expert, will provide an overview of what happened during and following the initial notification of the spill, as well as frame some of the key issues moving forward.
Larry Messina, Communications Director, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, will discuss media relations, as well as the ramifications of this crisis as it relates to government relations, provide a brief relevant legislative update and overview the recent hearing.
Chris Dale, Director of Communications, Morgantown Utility Board, will discuss community relations, public information/safety and other related ongoing communication needs associated with continuing water service issues.
Jama Jarrett, Vice President of Operations and Communications for the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau will discuss issues associated with promotion of tourism and travel.


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