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30 Aug

The Dominion Post seeks freelance writers

Christa | August 30, 2011

The Dominion Post is seeking freelance writers for all sections of the newspaper. Interested individuals should contact Michael Janney at mjanney@dominionpost.com by Sept. 18. Please include a resume and several writing samples.

30 Aug

Travel Photography Scholarship opportunity

Christa | August 30, 2011

WorldNomads.com in conjunction with National Geographic Channel are offering one talented individual the chance to be mentored by National Geographic photographer, Jason Edwards, one of the world’s leading wildlife and remote landscape photographers.

The scholarship recipient will go on assignment to to photograph in Kruger National Park, the heart of Big 5 game country. They will also photograph Cape Town in all its vibrant colour and visit a pre-school community project on the outskirts of Cape Town, offering a well rounded view of modern South Africa, courtesy of South African Tourism.

The winner of the scholarship will be flown to South Africa from their country of residence where they will join an 8-day trip with Gap Adventures.

The deadline for entrants is November 8, 2011.

Apply for this scholarship and find more information online.

29 Aug

SOJ Insider 2011 available online

Christa | August 29, 2011
1314389348 The P.I. Reed School of Journalism’s annual alumni magazine is now available online. The magazine includes features about the School’s award-winning students and faculty, programs and curriculum. In addition, the magazine features the many successful alumni who are making an impact on the journalism and mass communications industries and bringing that expertise back to their alma mater.
29 Aug

Dr. Colistra earns national award

Christa | August 29, 2011
1241795530 Assistant Professor Dr. Rita Colistra was presented with a SuPRstar Award at the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) National Conference in St. Louis earlier this month. Presented by the Public Relations Division, the award recognizes outstanding achievement for Professional Freedom & Responsibility. Colistra was acknowledged for her work on the Ritchie County Buy Local Initiative, for serving as the faculty adviser for WVU’s award-winning PRSSA chapter, and for the professional workshops she offers throughout the state. She was nominated for the award by Dr. Diana Martinelli, interim associate dean and public relations program chair.
26 Aug

Despite dire predictions about the decline of traditional news media, tech-savvy School of Journalism graduates are finding unique job opportunities in the new digital landscape.

Following a successful post-graduate internship at The Huffington Post in Washington, D.C., 2011 graduate Paige Lavender recently was named as the associate politics editor for the online publication. This is the School’s first placement at The Huffington Post, one of the most heavily visited news websites in the country, drawing some 25 million visitors every month. Paige_Camera

Lavender’s experience with the School’s “West Virginia Uncovered” multimedia reporting project was instrumental in her landing freelance opportunities with the organization prior to graduation, and ultimately, securing a full-time position.

Another 2011 print journalism graduate, Morgan Young, landed a job as a staff writer at the Public Opinion newspaper in Chambersburg, Pa. After only three short months on the job, Young is now helping to manage content for the newspaper’s hyper-local website, which covers the borough of Shippensburg, Pa.

Katie Griffith, a 2010 news-editorial graduate who served as the School’s VISTA for “West Virginia Uncovered” this past year, is now a community editor for Patch.com, an online community-specific news and information platform. Griffith is based in Potomac, Md.

Graduates of the School’s broadcast news program are also finding ways to put their video and storytelling skills to work. Paul King is working as a public relations coordinator and multimedia specialist at George Mason University in Northern Virginia, and Ashton Pellom is now a news reporter for WALB-TV in Albany, Ga., producing stories for the television broadcast as well as content for the web.

“These are just a few examples of students who are leveraging their multimedia skills to make a mark on a changing industry,” said School of Journalism Dean Maryanne Reed. “This demonstrates the value and relevance of our converged journalism curriculum, as well as the hands-on opportunities provided to our students beyond the classroom.”

23 Aug

Ideality Communications seeks intern

Christa | August 23, 2011

Ideality Communications is located in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area. Their clients range from small and mid-sized businesses to nonprofit organizations.

Intern Description:

  • Interns will be expected to work on projects remotely as well as in person, depending on their location and proximity to clients and our other team members.
  • Interns must be responsible, deadline-driven, creative and highly motivated.
  • This internship is unpaid but Ideality Communications is actively seeking qualified writers and public relations specialists; therefore, the opportunity for advancement and compensation exists upon completion of internship.


• Public relations interns must be actively enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a college or university public relations, marketing, advertising or other related program.
• Current students will preferably have at least sophomore standing.
• The individual must demonstrate the ability to undertake basic public relations writing assignments, and posses an understanding of basic media relations skills, an ability to interact professionally with clients, and good judgment.
• A working knowledge of computers, as well as word processing and database management software is necessary. Access to a computer, the Internet, email and certain software programs are necessary since the intern must work remotely on projects.
• The public relations intern will be mentored and work along side the principals of the organization as well with other Ideality team members. Ideality management will help the intern prioritize tasks and focus on multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
• Ideality will negotiate hours to be worked based on credit requirements of the university or college.
• Prior relevant experience is preferred.


  • Drafts basic public relations materials including news releases, media alerts, fact sheets, client meeting summaries, status reports and other materials as directed. Copy edits flyers, brochures, press releases, newsletters, web content and any other materials as directed.
  • Assists in the creation, updating and editing of social media accounts as directed for certain clients.
    • Compiles and writes copy for flyers, web content etc. from multiple previously produced materials.
    • Carries out special and media event planning activities and arrangements as directed.
    • Attends and participates in client meetings, media training sessions, presentations, and brainstorming sessions if applicable with intern’s location.
    • Assists with the development and updating of media lists and other databases, including client, marketing, prospect and administrative databases. Other tasks include database creation, data entry and update additions and corrections.
    • Assists with the distribution of client information/materials or the firm’s marketing materials.
    • Assists with the management of outside vendors to successfully complete outside work, including, but not limited to printing of materials, photography, graphic arts services or supplying needed products.
    • Compiles client binders and portfolio pieces as directed.
    • Performs general research duties relating to client projects as
    designated by agency team members.
    • Assists firm staff with other client, business development and firm
    management projects as needed.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to: Susan Paff Ideality Communications PO Box 210 Beaver Falls, PA 15010 or email susan@idealitycommunications.com
No phone calls please.

23 Aug

Mon Health System is seeking an intern with a media-web background to assist with the re-development of its website, beginning as early as possible. The candidate will assist in writing informational pieces on various service lines and programs, utilizing their educational experience. It is estimated that the candidate would work 15 hours per week throughout the Fall semester. The internship is unpaid, however, the experience would prove beneficial in the marketplace, particularly in a healthcare setting. Resumes may be submitted to: Greg Kealey, Director of Corporate Marketing, Mon Health System, 1200 J D Anderson Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505 or email your information to: kealeyg@monhealthsys.org

23 Aug

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23 Aug

JQE tutoring available!

Christa | August 23, 2011

The School of Journalism will hold JQE group tutoring sessions on the following dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

All sessions will be held in 101 Martin Hall.

If you can’t make any of these sessions, or prefer one-on-one tutoring, please email Kristen Wishon at kristen.wishon@mail.wvu.edu to schedule an individual tutoring appointment.

23 Aug

WVU’s Student Chapter of RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association) will hold its first meeting of the semester Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m in 103 Martin Hall.
This meeting is for all returning members and those interested in joining RTDNA. Group leaders will answer questions and offer information about the organization.
Free pizza will be provided!

18 Aug

Five new faculty members join the West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism this fall.

James Ebel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the School as the Visiting Harrison/Omnicom Professor in Integrated Marketing Communications. Ebel has served as an Executive-in-Residence at the College of Business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, teaching capstone and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship.

Ebel has had successful careers as an entrepreneur and a corporate marketer, with clients including Kimberly-Clark, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Rhone-Poulenc-Rorer. He is a nationally recognized expert on brand positioning through his consultancy CenterBrain Partners.

In 2004, Ebel co-founded The CareGiver Partnership, a national direct-to-consumer retailer of more than 2,000 healthcare products for non-professional caregivers. In addition, he has served on a number of non-profit boards. Ebel holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master’s degree in business from Indiana University.

Hongmin Ahn, Ph.D., also brings her expertise to the School of Journalism as an assistant professor in the advertising program. She previously taught advertising courses at the University of Texas at Austin where she received the Tracy-Locke/Morris Hite Endowed Presidential Award for Advertising Studies.

Ahn’s research focuses on brand management, advertising appeals and cross-cultural media psychology. Her research articles have been published or are currently under review at the International Journal of e-Business Management, European Journal of Marketing and Journal of Brand Management.

Ahn has worked for international advertising agencies and has planned and conducted campaigns for several well-known companies including Roche, SK Telecom, and Hyundai Motors. She received her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea, and earned her Ph.D. in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tom Stewart returns to his alma mater this fall as a teaching assistant professor in the journalism program. He previously taught news writing as an adjunct instructor at the School of Journalism.

Prior to becoming an educator, Stewart spent nearly three decades at the Tribune-Review in Greensburg, Pa., where he held several positions, including, reporter, copy editor and editor.

Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University and his master’s in journalism from WVU.

Emily Hughes Corio is also returning to the School of Journalism. She previously taught radio reporting and broadcast news writing as an adjunct instructor at the School. She joins the faculty this fall as teaching assistant professor in the journalism program.

Corio has spent the past decade working in journalism. Before joining the School’s faculty, she was assistant news director for the statewide public television and radio network in West Virginia. Her radio reporting and stories have aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” WNYC’s and PRI’s “The Takeaway,” and the CBC. In 2008, she was awarded a Knight Center for Environmental Journalism Fellowship, which provided her with the opportunity to travel to Alaska to study impacts of climate change.

Corio holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Carolina in Greensboro, N.C., where she graduated from the Broadcasting and Cinema Department. She received her Master of Science in Journalism from WVU.

Elizabeth Oppe, Ph.D., is a West Virginia native and a WVU alumna. She joins the School of Journalism’s faculty as a teaching assistant professor in the public relations program.

Prior to coming to WVU, Oppe held several faculty positions at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Glenville State College, University of Charleston, West Virginia State University and West Virginia Wesleyan. She has taught courses in business, public relations and communications, as well graduate courses in change and innovation. Oppe also worked for a short time as a sideline reporter for CBS College Sports.

Oppe earned her Ph.D. in instructional and organizational communication from Ohio University. One of her research areas focuses on service learning, which combines her background in business and education with community service.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Glennville State College and her master’s degree in business administration from WVU.

16 Aug

SOJ saddened by student death

Christa | August 16, 2011

Faculty, staff and students at the SOJ are mourning the loss of journalism junior Emily Spickler. Nineteen-year-old Spickler, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was found dead in her dormitory Monday at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia, where she was preparing to begin a one-year study abroad program. An autopsy has revealed that Spickler died of natural causes.

Spickler’s professors at the SOJ described her as a pleasant student and a hard worker. She was a recipient of the 2011 SOJ Student Enhancement Scholarship and had just finished an internship at LA Magazine in Los Angeles, Ca.

A funeral tribute and celebration of Emily’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Covenant Baptist Church, 7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berkeley County Humane Society, 554 Charles Town Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405-5506.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at her obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com.

16 Aug

Allegheny Mountain Radio is seeking a self motivated, energetic person as a news reporter. Excellent writing skills essential, as are good people skills. Prior experience in journalism preferred; radio experience helpful but not required. This person will cover news stories in Bath, Highland and Pocahontas Counties. Flexible schedule with some night and weekend work. To apply, send resume, cover letter and list of references to dbamr@frontiernet.net by August 31. Allegheny Mountain Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

16 Aug

WVSports.com seeks staff writer

Christa | August 16, 2011

WV Sports Report has an immediate opening for a staff writer. As a WVSports.com staff member you will be responsible for working closely with the Publisher and Senior Writer to provide daily content on West Virginia University athletics. Your responsibilities will include game/practice coverage, interview sessions, recruiting interviews, press conference coverage, etc.

For additional information or to apply please contact Publisher Vernon Bailey at:

Application Deadline:
September 1, 2011.

10 Aug

Charleston area law firm seeks an individual with a strong communications or journalism background. We are looking for a creative thinker and excellent writer to prepare website content and develop social media opportunities. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas using electronic media, and will be expected to work with graphic applications. Send cover letter and résumé to Margaret Bush, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 1791, Charleston, WV 25326.

10 Aug

Assistant Manager of Digital Marketing Communications – The J.M. Smucker Company
Orrville, OH (Close proximity to Cleveland/Akron) Comprehensive relocation package may be available

Application Instruction:


Key Responsibilities:

·Develop and implement leading edge online marketing strategies for our brands.
·Assist in strategic planning of the annual integrated marketing communications plan.
·Manage the day-to-day planning, development, execution and marketing of all aspects of digital communications to support our corporate and brand marketing initiatives including activities with display ads, search, social media, mobile, e-newsletters, website design, site traffic reporting and emerging digital channels.
·Manage website activities such as online marketing campaigns, online advertising, web promotions, email campaigns, e-newsletters, website design, graphic design, site traffic reporting and other related projects.
·Direct agency partners on creative execution for all online marketing campaigns (including design, layout, copy and user experience). Ensure message consistency throughout campaigns and promotions.
·Lead online marketing initiatives between various internal groups (such as marketing, promotions, advertising and PR) and external agencies (web agencies and online partners).
·Explore, evaluate and advocate best practices and new industry trends. Recommend opportunities for increased online branding and traffic generation ideas.
·Provide reports for site traffic trends, online marketing and advertising campaigns using tools/services such as Omniture, Hitwise, Google Analytics and other analytical tools.
·Ensure compliance with Company’s digital strategy as well as applicable standards and guidelines across all web properties.


·BA/BS degree in related field is required. An MBA or advanced degree is preferred.


·3+ years in digital marketing is required. Must have experience in wide range of existing and emerging digital channels (including social media, i-media, search, mobile, etc). Minimum three years of experience in Food/CPG industry in a supervisory role is preferred.
·Must have experience in managing multiple digital channels (such as websites, search engines, social media, blogs, display ads, webcasting, email, and mobile).
·Must have experience in the development and implementation of integrated digital strategy across multiple marketing channels (e.g. advertising, PR, brand marketing, sales). Must be media-savvy and knowledgeable about the latest trends.
·Must be highly organized, proactive and detail oriented with a track record of successfully delivering and managing projects on time and within budget.
·Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects with cross-functional teams in a fast paced environment while driving innovation.
·Proactive and highly motivated self-starter with a results oriented and goal driven mindset.
·Strong quantitative and analytical skills are required. Able to convert data into user-friendly reports and presentations. Ability to understand and translate complex concepts and technical information into practical marketing language.
·Creative and conceptual thinker.
·Ability to work with minimal supervision and manage shifting priorities.
·Computer skills are necessary including: Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

10 Aug

Morgantown author has an immediate need for a WVU student (preferably a junior or senior) who would like an opportunity to earn credit for class this semester by filming and editing video that will be used for a book trailer. We anticipate this project will require several hours of filming, for what will end up being a three-minute book trailer similar to those now seen on YouTube. The book is currently being considered for national distribution within Barnes and Noble bookstores, based on the powerful feedback from readers around the country. While this is not a paid position, the student we select will receive name recognition from being associated with this project. Please email information about your academic accomplishments and/or any secular work to contact@nellieblybooks.com.

10 Aug

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the largest of the 27 institutes and centers comprising the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the Federal Government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

The NCI recognizes that health information dissemination is key to raising public awareness about new cancer treatments, support for cancer patients and their families, and prevention strategies. To that end, in 1975 the NCI established the Health Communications Internship Program (HCIP) to attract and develop individuals interested in careers in health communications and science writing.

The HCIP gives highly qualified graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients the opportunity to participate in vital health and science communications projects in one of the many offices that make up the NCI. Interns will select an area of emphasis: Health Communications or Science Writing. Six-month and one-year internship terms are available.

Successful Health Communications applicants have some science background as well as experience and/or education in any of the following areas: public health, epidemiology, public relations, health education, communications, science writing, statistics, social marketing, or journalism. Health Communications interns:

  • Plan, develop, and promote cancer education programs and materials (including Web-based) for the public, cancer patients, or health professionals
  • Gain experience in pre-testing and evaluating cancer prevention and treatment messages, publications, materials, and programs that reach the American public
  • Participate in professional meetings and training seminars

Successful Science Writing applicants have a science background with the ability to translate complex scientific concepts into material suitable for a lay audience. Science Writing interns:

  • Write fact sheets and press releases
  • Answer inquiries from the press
  • Attend and report on scientific meetings
  • Write feature length, creative articles on the latest, most important advances in cancer research
  • Participate in professional meetings and training seminars

Additional information about this program including an online application can be found by visiting http://hcip.nci.nih.gov/.

Applications for the Spring term are due by September 6th.

10 Aug

When Huffington Post Politics launched its Twitter account in July of 2008, George Bush was president, Sarah Palin was unknown to most Americans and the Tea Party movement had not yet been launched. Circumstances are decidedly different in the summer of 2011.

As the 2012 election news cycle revs up, they’re looking to spruce up the look of their social media channels—and they’d like your help.

Do you know your way around Photoshop or other design programs? Have a cool idea for a logo that screams ‘awesome politics coverage’? Enter it in the HuffPost Politics Icon Competition.

For the next week or so, they’ll be accepting your proposed designs for a new HuffPost Politics logo. Once they have a good group together, they’ll put them all up for a vote, which will inform the final pick. If yours wins, your icon will be used to represent this channel all over the interwebs—with credit to you, of course.

How to Enter

Images should be square in shape and in one of the standard web image formats (.jpg, .gif, .png). To enter your proposed design, send your image, name, HuffPost screen name (if you have one), email address and Twitter handle (if you have one) one of the following ways:

1. Click on “Send Photos and Videos” under “Contribute to the Story” near the bottom of this page.

2. Send them a tweet at @HuffPostPolitics with the image (they’ll get the rest of your info later). Make sure you say it’s for the Icon Competition.

3. Email them at electiontips@huffingtonpost.com.

4. Share your image on their Facebook Wall (make sure you say it’s for the Icon Competition).

Note: In submitting your image, you are agreeing that the image in question is yours to share. You are also agreeing that we may use this image on the site and possibly on our social media accounts.

4 Aug

Kimball Project Vista Volunteer needed

Christa | August 4, 2011
Soldiers of coalfield Award-winning project on African American history and community in McDowell County is looking for dedicated, hardworking, motivated and organized student or graduates to help build a cutting-edge new media project in collaboration with the Kimball Community. Opportunity to coordinate gathering content, grant writing, multimedia documentary, social media planning and implementation and develop these and other sought-after skills. Contact Professor Joel Beeson at (304) 293-6757 or joel.beeson@mail.wvu.edu.

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