Real World Experience & Skills

Our students are provided with opportunities and instruction that leads to developing critical thinking skills while building real-world oral and written skills within their own unique area of study. The seven majors and two minors we offer also focus on the unique nature of each area of study by presenting real-life working experiences in an educational setting.

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With constantly evolving technology, today’s media and communication disciplines are innovative and interdisciplinary. In order to equip our students to meet the future demands of a changing society our experienced and knowledgeable faculty focuses on the practical application, historical study and critical analysis in a variety of disciplines. Faculty prepares our students of today to be the elite communicators and leaders of tomorrow.

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Our department offers five communication majors and two minors and boasts a faculty committed to providing students with an understanding of the theories and practices of their respective disciplines.

We do this by combining real-world EXPERIENCES with real-world studies to TEACH students real-world SKILLS.


To provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and skill to achieve career success, to be viable practitioners within their professional disciplines, and to be prepared for advanced graduate study.

The Department of Communication provides the basic general studies communications courses required in all degree programs. In addition, the department offers a major in seven distinct areas: Advertising CommunicationBroadcastingCommunication StudiesJournalism, and Public Relations and a minor in Advertising Communication and Public Relations.


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In the News

Student Recognized in National Media Festival

Sabrina Jones, a sophomore from Glen Dale, W.V., received 2nd place in the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA) student Festival of Media Arts. Her production “Hare in the Hills” was produced from the spring 2014 COM362, Audio Documentary Production course. Jones entered her work in the Specialty Program division. BEA is an international academic media organization promoting excellence in media production and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. The association’s publications, annual convention, web-based programs, and regional district activities provide opportunities for juried production competition and presentation of current scholarly research related to aspects of the electronic media. “It was an incredible learning experience,” said Jones. “And the exposure to new people and to new ideas really opened my mind. While gathering the audio, I enjoyed being able to ask the kinds of questions that I was curious about and then turn it into an enjoyable audio piece.” The Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts is a yearly competitive festival open to BEA faculty and student members. Jones competed against over 1250 total entries in 15 different divisions ranging from dramatic narratives, non-fiction documentary, news, and interactive multimedia. “What an honor for Sabrina,” said Jeff Pfister, Instructor and Director of WGLZ Radio. “This production was an excellent example of her ability to demonstrate her communication skills; to listen and ask questions and then assemble the information to tell an interesting and dynamic story.” Winners officially receive their awards during BEA’s annual convention and Festival of Media Arts, April 12-15, in Las... read more

Professor Emeritus Offers Cash Prize for Investigative Journalism

West Liberty University students have been given an opportunity to put their investigative reporting skills to the test. Retired communications professor John Matviko is offering a $1,000 cash prize for an outstanding and deserving piece of investigative journalism. “While this is an award for outstanding investigative journalism, it is not restricted to just journalism students.  Any student who wants to participate is strongly encouraged to do so,” said Tammie Beagle, WLU journalism professor. Investigative journalism involves research well beyond simple reporting. Many investigative journalism pieces can take months or even years to complete. Matviko is looking for a piece of investigative journalism that is original, focused on a single topic, in-depth (beyond the mere reporting of news), and it has to demonstrate critical thinking skills. Students are free to choose any topic they wish as long as it is relevant to WLU. The submitted articles will be compared by topic choice and their importance to the West Liberty community, originality, depth, documentation, writing quality, and the impact it has on West Liberty University. The deadline for submission is April 17, 2015. Articles should be sent directly to Matviko at [email protected] Matviko also would like for the submitted pieces to have been published in The Trumpet and would like students to send him the published version. If it is not published in The Trumpet, interested students can still enter by sending him a word document along with an explanation as to why it was not published. To have your articles published in the Trumpet, send them to the editor, Jessica Broverman, at [email protected] Students are also encouraged to attend the... read more

Journalism Seniors Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence Shelters

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 12, ,2015 — This semester, three journalism majors, Tara Adamczyk, Nathan Johnson and Katie Ralbusky, are using their senior capstone projects as an opportunity to help raise awareness about domestic violence and to offer supplies to three area shelters. According to Professor Tammie Beagle who is teaching the capstone class, “As part of their senior project, the three will work together on a special issue of the Trumpet (student newspaper), including editorials, feature articles, and an investigative journalism story on domestic violence by applying what they learned from their minors in criminal justice, social work and writing to their majors in journalism.” Adamczyk’s minor is criminal justice and she plans to talk to sheriffs, prosecutors, victims and convicted criminals about what it’s like going through the court system with a charge of domestic violence. “I’m excited to do this project because domestic violence sometimes doesn’t seem to get as much publicity as cancer and other charities. This project is a good way to give back to the community,” Adamczyk said. A resident of Weirton, W.Va., she was accepted into the communication technology graduate program at Point Park University, where she will continue her education in the fall. Johnson, who also is from Weirton, plans on entering the field of journalism after graduation. He plans to seek work as a sports writer and his minor is social work. “I’m excited about producing our domestic violence newspaper issue. I’ve seen people who have gone through domestic violence issues and I want to be there for those people. This project is a good way to focus on the... read more

CNBC’s Squawk Alley use WLTV-14 video

OCTOBER 28, 2014 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Oct. 27, 2014 — CNBC’s Squawk Alley featured a video produced by West Liberty University Television on their TechCrowd segment today. The CNBC segment profiled the SecureSelfies™ project on Kickstarter which can be seen at:  SecureSelfies is the consumer products division of West Virginia-based start-up Confirmix™, a company that develops enterprise and consumer identity authentication products. SecureSelfies™ consumer products focus on prevention of unauthorized access of mobile phones and tablets, as well as the photos and other personal information stored on these devices. The company’s enterprise products will be marketed through its flagship brand – Confirmix – and will combat the identity theft and online fraud activities that cause over $100 billion in losses annually to businesses and consumer products. “I applaud the efforts of Jim Shaffer from the WLU Research Corporation, Theresa Gretchen and Jared Thompson from WLU-TV 14, and our students for their fine work in demonstrating the West Liberty University core values. We are pleased that the work we are doing with the SecureSelfies Kickstarter project is receiving national attention,” said WLU President Robin C. Capehart. Confirmix worked with the WLU Research Corporation to arrange the SecureSelfies video production by West Liberty University Television. The WLU-TV 14 team, including faculty, staff, and students coordinated all aspects of video and supplied key talent. To see the full video produced by WLU-TV and learn more about the SecureSelfies Kickstarter project, click here. Confirmix LLC is a startup company formed by a group led by WVU faculty member Thirimachos Bourlai, Ph.D., director of WVU’s Multispectral Imagery Laboratory and assistant... read more

Professor Beagle named to Board

West Liberty University Assistant Professor of Journalism Tammie Beagle is appointed as a charter member of the International Interdisciplinary Editorial and Advisory Board (IIEAB) based at the University of Canberra in Australia. Beagle, a more than 30 year veteran of communications in radio news, programming departments, and education, also serves as faculty adviser to the official student newspaper of West Liberty University, The Trumpet. “The purpose of IIEAB is to develop a body of early/established researchers to promote innovation in Journalism teaching, research, and practice in the interdisciplinary context with the view of launching the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Innovation and Research (IJIIR) in the future,” said Kishor Vaidya, Ph.D., founder and principal researcher. “I am profoundly honored that Dr. Vaidya would ask me to serve on this board,” said Beagle. “His mission is to inspire journalism students to advance the profession, and I believe this latest effort will go a long way in accomplishing that.” Beagle is also a contributor to Vaidya’s new book, “Journalism for the Curious,” which is set for publication later this... read more

College Radio Day

Join WGLZ for comedy night with two special College Radio Day performances in the College Union on Thursday, October 2nd. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Bring a canned food item or donate $2 for your chance to a win WGLZ College Radio Day t-shirt or gift certificate. Increase your chance of winning by bringing multiple canned food items. All proceeds and canned goods will be donated to the Wheeling YWCA. The evening kicks off at 7:40 with one of West Liberty University’s own, Tyler Brown. A junior, Health and PE major from New Cumberland, WV, Tyler describes himself as a comedian, magician, and all around entertainer with a deep passion for Twisters. Many Hilltoppers will recognize Tyler from his performances at open mic nights. At 8:00 p.m. Matt Stanton will take the stage. This lanky Matt Stanton unforgettable graduate from Northern Kentucky, has been featured in movies and nation-wide on radio stations including The Bob & Tom Show,, and Yahoo!News. Not to mention, he has performed at a variety of clubs, colleges, and festivals across western Pennsylvania. College Radio Day is the day when college and university stations from across the world promote their unique voice and station programming. In 2013, over 700 student stations in 43 different countries came together to raise awareness of the freedom and power of college radio. Last year’s CRD received recognition from President Obama, Vice-President Biden, and special content from Wyclef Jean, Moby and Andrew WK. Posted on September 30, 2014 by jpfister... read more