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...

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...

Communication students present senior project

The Department of Journalism and Communication Studies held a senior capstone colloquium on Monday, May 5 in the Alumni Room of the College Union. The capstone presentations included research and practicums from seniors in the communication studies, journalism, and public relations majors. Jordan Conner and Caitlyn Johnson (public relations), Kyle Lutz (journalism), and Olivia Turner (communication studies) presented their research projects in their specific field of study. Connor, from Wheeling, W.Va., and Johnson, from Moundsville, W.Va., both public relations majors, created an awareness campaign for a gallery show opening for senior graphic design students. Using a mix of social media platforms and traditional media communication channels, Connor and Johnson led in the development of the campaign in coordination with Integrated Communications Collaborative, a campus student- led PR/AD agency, and measured the campaign’s impact on awareness of the gallery and event. Lutz, a journalism major from Louisville, Ohio presented research on the use of the agenda setting theory in media. Using past and current examples in modern media, Lutz will determine “if journalists are still doing a good job in covering stories using the agenda setting theory.” Turner, a communications studies student from Arrington, Va., presented her experience planning and hosting “Girls Night Inn: A Young Lady’s Worth.” Turner will present how she demonstrated her knowledge in communication skills when she budgeted, advertised, recruited, trained, researched, communicated, planned, and hosted the event. “Our seniors have put in a lot of hard work and are rightfully proud of their accomplishments,” said Tammie Beagle, assistant professor in the department of journalism and communication studies. “I invite all of you to come see and hear the culmination of four years of...

Department secures broadcasting grant

Jeffrey Pfister, instructor and director of WGLZ radio, recently announced that the department of journalism and communication studies secured a $2,500 grant from the West Virginia Broadcasters Educational Foundation (WVBEF). According to Pfister, the grant helps fund the “Vocalize” project and will “assist students in their development, enhancement, and mastering of oral storytelling through technical and artistic means.” The WVBEF funds high school and higher education programs in radio and television to “develop careers in the radio and television broadcast industry.” Each year the foundation awards grants for equipment, studios, and training. The $2,500 grant allows the department to purchase equipment used in the DMD 204-Radio Production and COM 362-Audio Production for Broadcast and Documentary courses. “Each of these courses enrolls nearly a dozen students,” said Pfister. “They will use the new technology to produce audio content for short productions like public service announcements, news features, and audio documentaries.” The grant was officially presented to Pfister by David Harrison, general manager of WCDK/WEIR radio. (Photo; David Harrison (left), general manager of WCDK/WEIR radio, presents Jeff Pfister (right), instructor and director of WGLZ radio, with the WVBEF...

USA TODAY Charitable Foundation awards department

USA TODAY awarded the journalism and communication studies department with 30 licenses for the electronic edition to their national newspaper. The grant allows students in media and journalism classes full access to the electronic edition, which is an exact replica of their daily print edition, through computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablet devices. Students are able to use the electronic edition to access article archives by subject area, view embedded videos related to the articles, listen to the audio files of the articles, and translates articles from English to other languages. The Foundation currently works with more than 25,000 K-12 classes across the country as well as over 400 college and university...