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...

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...

McCullough Presents Scholarly research at National Conferences

West Liberty University’s Ryan McCullough has a busy semester ahead of him. In addition to the communications instructor’s usual WLU courseload of oral communications, argumentation and debate, organizational communication and media ethics classes, and guiding the university’s forensics team, he will be presenting scholarly research at several conferences in 2012. Last year, he and co-author Dan Mistich presented a paper, “Poststructural Prudence: Rethinking Phronesis Through Derrida,” at the National Communication Association’s convention in New Orleans. The research examined the works of Aristotle and the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. During the spring semester, he will present papers at the Appalachian Studies Association conference, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s national conference and at the Rhetoric Society of America’s meeting. “Participating in scholarship,” McCullough said, “makes me a better teacher. It helps me become more familiar with the literature and subjects the students will be studying.” In addition to presenting their research at professional conferences, McCullough and Mistich have co-authored a chapter of a soon-to-be-published anthology about pop culture novelist, philosopher and essayist Chuck Klosterman, “Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy,” edited by Seth Vannatta and published by Open Court. “The chapter we have written is, ‘Is that what you really want?’” McCullough explained. “It is about desire in Klosterman’s writings and how desire is communicated.” In his third year of teaching at WLU, McCullough earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Marshall...

Communications Faculty Visits Sago Mine Memorial

West Liberty University Instructor Ryan McCullough recently visited the Sago mine disaster memorial and the Sago Baptist Church in Sago, West Virginia. He also visited the memorial to the mining disaster in Philippi, WV. Mr. McCullough was joined by Aron Massey, Instructor of Geography, in WLU’s department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Their visit was part of a collaborative research project.   Mr. McCullough and Mr. Massey are currently studying the ways in which Appalachian towns, communities, and cultures memorialize victims of mining accidents and disasters. The WLU faculty members are planning on presenting their research and findings on this subject at the Appalachian Studies Association’s 35th annual conference held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in March. Their hope is to eventually publish their findings in the Journal of Appalachian Studies.   “For years, public memorials have been studied from geographical and rhetorical perspectives; however, we are not aware of any studies that take an interdisciplinary approach.” says Mr. McCullough. “I think we are really breaking ground by studying these sites from both geographic and rhetorical perspectives, and I think our visit to these sites were very productive. My hope is that we will get a great paper out of it,  and I think we can make some significant theoretical and methodological contributions.”...

Communication Department Annouces New Concentration

The College of Arts and Communication is pleased to announce that they have added Communication Studies as a new degree concentration. Communication Studies is being added in addition to the department’s current concentrations of Broadcast and Journalism. The Non-Comprehensive degree concentration will no longer be offered, although the students currently enrolled in this program may choose to graduate within this concentration or transfer into the Communication Studies program. Communication Studies is the perfect concentration for students with multiple interests and diverse talents because the discipline provides theory, tools, and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in every arena of professional and personal interaction. All students seeking a degree in Communication will, at the end of their course of studies, earn a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in (either) Broadcast, Journalism, or Communication Studies. For more information, please click on “Programs” and from the drop-down menu, click on “Communication Studies”. Click here to be taken directly to the Communication Studies page! You can also email us for more information: William Baronak, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication [email protected] Brian Fencl, Department Chair [email protected] Brianne Bayer Mitchell, Communication Faculty [email protected] Ryan McCullough, Communication Faculty [email protected] All departmental contact information is listed under the “Contact”...

West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Tournament

West Liberty University will host the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Tournament on February 25th and 26th, 2011 The WVIFA is a statewide organization that promotes intercollegiate speech and debate in West Virginia.  Students can qualify for the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament held in April. Schools competing here are Alderson Broaddus College, Fairmont State University, Marshall University, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, and WVU-Parkersburg. Forty-four students will be competing in public speaking and debate events. Additional information is available from Ryan McCullough, Director of Forensics at West Liberty University and Vice President of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association.  He may be contacted...