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West Virginia University Reed College of Media
Alumni eUpdate | February 2017

Fake news is nothing new, but the anonymity of the social web has allowed it to spread faster and farther than ever before. At the same time, people are seeking and sharing information that reinforces their political views, aided by algorithms that target stories directly to them. To explore these pressing topics, The David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas and the West Virginia University Reed College of Media co-hosted, “Truth and Consequences: Fake News, Filter Bubbles and Democracy.” Watch the video online.

College of Media professor receives excellence award

rita-colistra Associate Professor Rita Colistra is the recipient of the 2016 James and Karen Caveney Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award. The award, established in 2014, is intended for a “highly-productive” faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching and research alongside a demonstrated “commitment to the people of West Virginia.” She will be recognized at the annual faculty and staff awards dinner at Blaney House this spring. Read more about the Faculty Excellence Award.

WVU student newscast wins first place in national competition

wvu-news_sp17 Television viewers can now watch the number one college newscast in the country right here in the Mountain State. The Broadcast Education Association awarded “WVU News” first place in the Television Newscast (airing three days per week or less) category in the 2017 Festival of Media Arts competition. “WVU News” won the top honor out of more than 1,500 entries. Read more about “WVU News” and their award-winning entry.

College of Media launches strategic communications Innovator-in-Residence program

ben-roffee Following last year’s devastating floods in southern West Virginia, students in a strategic communications capstone course at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media are using virtual reality and 360° video to create empathy for flood victims and inspire action to help them. The project is being led by the College of Media’s first Harrison/Omnicom Innovator-in-Residence, Ben Roffee. Roffee is digital director at RYOT, an immersive storytelling affiliate of The Huffington Post. Read more about Harrison/Omnicom and the Innovator-in-Residence program.

UPS ‘Whiteboard guy’ to keynote INTEGRATE WV

Andy AzulaINTEGRATE is headed back to the Mountain State. INTEGRATE West Virginia will be held in Huntington, West Virginia on June 2-3. Advertising Executive Andy Azula, who made the UPS ‘Whiteboard guy’ commercials a hit, will share his insights at the keynote dinner on Friday, June 2. The two-day conference for strategic communicators is a partnership between West Virginia University Reed College of Media and Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Read more about INTEGRATE West Virginia’s keynote speaker.

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