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...

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: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102124831.wltv-black-wltv14  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...

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...

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, ESPNRADIO.com, 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...

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...