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Elizabeth Kwolek, a 2012 MSJ graduate; SOJ assistant professor Hongmin Ahn and WVU Department of Communication Studies assistant professor Nick Bowman earned top honors in the National Communication Association’s 2013 Top Paper Panel. Their paper, “Generally concerned but not specifically: General and situational influences of vulnerable narcissism on social network privacy concerns,” earned the award in the association’s Human Communication and Technology Division.
The SOJ December Graduate Open House will begin with a short ceremony in 205 Martin Hall. In addition to acknowledging the graduating class, Dean Maryanne Reed will recognize top graduating seniors and students graduating with Latin Honors. Latin Honor cords will be presented at the event and should be worn during the WVU December Convocation ceremony. MSJ and MS-IMC graduates will also be recognized. Students receiving special honors will be notified individually prior to the event.
Friday, December 20, 2013
10:00 am 11:30 am
205 Martin Hall
All prospective December graduates and their guests are invited to attend. A light reception will follow in 101-102 Martin Hall.
The deadline to RSVP is December 11.
WVU December Convocation Ceremony
Friday, December 20, 2013
All SOJ graduates are encouraged to attend the WVU December Convocation ceremony on Friday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum. All graduates will don academic regalia, walk across the stage as their names are read, shake the hands of WVU’s president and other members of the platform party, and receive a letter of congratulations during the ceremony. Because the event is held prior to the completion of finals due to the winter break and final exam schedule, degrees are not conferred at the convocation and diplomas are not awarded. Complete details, registration information and more are available online at http://decemberconvocation.wvu.edu/.
Got an hour to spare? Computer science professor Frances Van Scoy says that’s all she needs to get students on their way to writing their own app.
The WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism will host Van Scoy, an associate professor in WVU’s Lane Department of Computer Science and Engineering, as part of a collaborative effort between the two schools to create a new generation of professionals who can thrive at the intersection of journalism and technology. Van Scoy’s lecture, “Programming in Processing in 50 Minutes,” will be a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify ‘code’ and build code literacy among non-computer scientists.
“Code literacy is a critical skill for journalists working in a field dominated by big data and interactivity across platforms,” said School of Journalism Assistant Professor Dana Coester.
Coester has long been an advocate of collaborating at the intersection of technology and journalism. In 2012, she launched Mobile Main Street, a technology transfer project aimed at creating new economic models for media through a networked, hyper-local, mobile-based publishing system. Coester believes that even if a student has no desire to code, it is helpful to know the language in today’s data-driven society.
The event is part of Hour of Code, a national program and part of Computer Science Education Week that is observed annually during the week of December 9 to mark the birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who developed the first compiler-based computer programming language.
Van Scoy says the lecture will be helpful to journalism students who may not have any background in computer programming languages.
“It’s fun to use commercial software packages to build animations, but it’s even more fun to make your own animations by writing computer programs to do this,” said Van Scoy. “Those who attend the lecture will be able build their own animations in the Processing language, a freely available language that runs on Mac, Windows and Linux systems. No previous programming experience and no math classes beyond high school math are needed to learn how to do this!”
“Programming in Processing in 50 Minutes,” will be Wednesday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m. in G-1 Martin Hall. The session is open to School of Journalism faculty and students, and seating is limited. Please RSVP by text to (304) 685-8736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With more and more people consuming news digitally, the future of journalism has never been brighter. But journalists of the future will face a number of challenges, according to Raju Narisetti, senior vice president and deputy head of strategy at the new News Corporation.
Narisetti recently shared his predictions about the future of media with SOJ students as part of the School’s “Future of Media Now!” series.
You can view Dean Reed’s piece, “Raju Narisetti’s Top 9 Challenges Facing Journalism,” online.
The multidisciplinary project will bring together students and faculty from across campus to collaborate at the intersection of journalism, technology and media and create a rich, interactive news experience.
School of Journalism Dean Maryanne Reed said this project gives students the opportunity to solve real-world problems with journalistic tools and technology.
“We are very excited to work with Sarah Slobin, a nationally recognized visual journalist who is an expert in new forms of digital storytelling and data,” Reed said. “We’re grateful for the support of the Nutting family and Ogden Newspapers that allows us to bring to campus an innovative journalism professional of Slobin’s stature.”
As a visual journalist at The Wall Street Journal, Slobin works with developers, editors and reporters to create interactive stories using data, photography, audio, video and infographics. Since starting at The Wall Street Journal in 2009, Slobin has produced or directed several multimedia projects including Trials, Life in the Euro Zone and The Vote. She was also part of the What They Know series producing database-driven journalism on digital tracking that won the Loeb award for interactive journalism in 2010.
“It’s an awesome opportunity,” Slobin said of joining the School of Journalism team. “I love the idea of building a project from the ground up with a group of students who are digital natives. Especially now when the model for consuming media and journalism is entirely turned on its head.”
Prior to The Wall Street Journal, Slobin was the infographics director for Fortune Magazine working with Fortune.com and CNNMoney. Before Fortune, Slobin spent 15 years at The New York Times 10 as a graphics editor working on every news desk and as manager of the Business graphics desk. In addition, Slobin has taught infographics and classes at New York University, The New School and Columbia University.
Bill Nutting, vice president of Ogden Newspapers, says he is thrilled to have Slobin come to WVU as part of the Ogden Newspapers Innovator in Residence program.
“Bringing in Sarah Slobin to lead a high-level reporting project will give students valuable experience in creating the kind of interactive digital storytelling today’s news consumers seek,” Nutting said. “With more than 100 years in the media business, our family understands the importance of pushing the boundaries of journalism and ensuring its continued impact and relevance.”
In the fall, Slobin and faculty will assemble their team, outline the project and establish the reporting and production timeframe. The class will launch in Spring 2014.
The School of Journalism’s student-produced newscast, WVU News, has won a platinum and two gold awards from MarCom, an international competition that recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. WVU News received the platinum award for its Twitter site in the Mobile & Web-Based Technology/Twitter Site category. It also received two gold awards for the newscast website and the “College Campus Special Edition” newscast.
WVU News is a television newscast produced by journalism students at WVU. Students, report, write, shoot and edit television news stories for the program. They also serve as on-air anchors, producers, directors and technical crew during newscast tapings at WVU’s professional television studio. The award-winning program provides students with hands-on experience and access to faculty with professional, real-world experience. “WVU News” airs statewide on West Virginia Public Television and on Time Warner Cable in North Central West Virginia. The production is also available on YouTube.
MarCom receives about 6,000 entries per year from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers all over the world.
In addition to the School’s awards, WVU Division of University Relations won four platinum awards and one gold award, and WVU’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium received three platinum and one gold.
“These awards to our UR staff, and other creative professionals at WVU, is well deserved recognition by their peers of the quality of work that is produced all across campus whether in an academic or service setting,” said Sharon Martin, vice president for University Relations. “Congratulations to all who led and worked on the various projects.”
Two SOJ faculty, Dana Coester and MaryKay McFarland, received Google Glass through Twitter’s #ifihadglass campaign. McFarland’s WV Uncovered students use the device to enhance their documentary-style storytelling, and Coester’s Mobile Main St. students have developed an app for their Glass. Read more.
The “Beads for Needs” event hosted by WVU PRSSA, The Morgantown Shrine Club and Mountaineer Maniacs, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bennett Tower Blue and Gold Room.
Student organizations will gather to spend time making bracelets to sell on campus. Each bracelet will be sold for $3, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. The hosts encourage all student and Greek organizations to take part in this event and give back to the community. Students looking to fill community service hours can use this event as an opportunity to earn iServe volunteer hours. The sign up is located on the iServe website.
The entire project was created and inspired by Emily Mellish, a 7yearold girl who was born with Spina Bifida and Scoliosis. These conditions gave her severe curvature of the spine and caused one of her legs to be 8 inches shorter than the other. These conditions made it nearly impossible for Emily to walk. Fortunately, Emily entered Shriner’s Hospital for Children and has received help that has changed her life remarkably.
Emily wanted to do something to give back to the people who had given her so much, so she began making and selling bracelets and donating all of her profits to Shriners. Students who attend WVU’s Beads for Needs event will have the chance to meet and gain insight from Emily. She will discuss how Shriner’s has impacted her life, and how influential people can be when they come together for such a great cause.
West Virginia University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the winner of this year’s prestigious PRSSA Star Chapter award. WVU was one of only 27 chapters to win, chosen from among the 300 chapters at colleges and universities nationwide.
The award recognizes chapters that achieve at least eight of 10 items from a list of goals that includes completing a community service project, devoting a chapter meeting to a discussion of ethics and implementing a national initiative.
Several P.I. Reed School of Journalism students were on hand to receive the award at a ceremony during the recent National PRSSA Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.
“Our Chapter is so proud to have been acknowledged for the hard work our members put in each year,” said PRSSA president Brittany Lavenski, a public relations senior from Fairmont, W.Va. “It’s an incredible feeling to be rewarded for being involved in an organization that we love so much.”
Lavenski said the WVU chapter was also one of eight chosen to lead a Chapter Development Session at the National Conference. She and fellow PR student Rebecca Mullin, a senior from Genesco, N.Y., led a workshop called “The Key to Captivating Community Service,” which received a Chapter Development Award.
Dr. Rita Colistra, an assistant professor at the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism, is the group’s faculty adviser. For a complete list of winners, visit http://www.prssa.org.
View the official release at WVU Today.
Assistant Professor Dana Coester recently published a piece detailing the Mobile Main St. project on PBS’ Media Shift.
“We took a leap into mobile in 2008 at the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism as part of a rural mobile early adoption initiative to help address West Virginia’s digital divide,” said Assistant Professor Dana Coester of the beginnings of the Mobile Main St. project. Her piece details the project and it’s “build and break” journey through the sometimes-rough waters of rapidly advancing technology.
Read the piece in its entirety on Media Shift.
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