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...

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...

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...

Alumna Kim Nuzum-Lawrence Leads one of the State’s Top Ad Agencies

Alumna Kim Nuzum-Lawrence spent most of her professional career in educational public relations but is now partner and co-founder of one of West Virginia’s most respected and award-winning advertising and political consulting firms: Rainmaker, Inc. Formed in 2005, Rainmaker has captured dozens of state and national awards for its creative work in radio, television, print, politics and public affairs. Nuzum-Lawrence also serves as the executive director of Energize West Virginia, an organization that promotes the burgeoning natural gas industry and development of the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia. “I love the fact that I’m working on a second chapter in my professional life,” she said. “My work with Rainmaker has been so gratifying especially since we are a relatively small, new firm but have been able to emerge as the one of the top award-winning advertising/marketing agencies in the state. And the fact that we are considered the state’s premier political consulting firm is another great source of pride.” Prior to forming her own company, she served as director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Education where she was responsible for the agency’s entire communications effort and was chief speechwriter for the state superintendent of schools and the state board of education. Nuzum-Lawrence also spent 20 years traversing the country as an emcee for beauty pageants. A former Miss West Virginia-USA, she hosted shows in nearly every state for the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Teen All American and Mrs. America pageant systems. Originally from Wheeling, she has lived in Charleston since 1991 and she and her husband, Alex, are avid golfers and tennis players. AUGUST 5, 2013 BY MZAMBITO...