Events

Engage! Using Audience Engagement to Report on Social Justice Issues, April 28, 2017

WVU Reed College of Media and MSU School of Global Journalism & Communication partnered together to produce “Broken Plate,” an investigative multimedia journalism project focused on the stereotypes around food insecurity, and the system of charitable and government food distribution. To take participants behind the scenes of the innovative project, the WVU Reed College of Media Innovation Center hosted a free and open workshop with hands-on training in audience engagement, community data sourcing, and use of social media video from industry leaders from ProPublica, NowThis, NPR and others.

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Storytelling in a Digital Age, March 24, 2017

In spring 2017, students in an experimental strategic communications course at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media used virtual reality and 360° video to create empathy for West Virginia flood victims and inspire action to help them. The project was led by the College of Media’s first Harrison/Omnicom Innovator-in-Residence, Ben Roffee, digital director at RYOT, and Assistant Professor Geah Pressgrove. To showcase the project, the College hosted a full-day hands-on workshop to expose PR professionals to the latest trends and tools in strategic storytelling and audience engagement.

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Broken Plate: Food Justice Reporting Project Immersion Trips, Fall 2016

WVU Reed College of Media and MSU School of Global Journalism & Communication traveled to southern WV communities to investigate stereotypes around food insecurity, and the system of charitable and government food distribution. Students interviewed state and local government officials, food assistance organizations, local urban farmers and the people who depend upon food pantries, soup kitchens and food stamps (SNAP) to survive. Students learned how to use Medium as a publishing tool and how to shoot and edit content for social news and “explainer videos.”

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West Virginia Press Association, Technology Demonstrations and Training, WVU Media Innovation Center, August 6, 2016

Five things to know for digital and social media success in West Virginia. WVU Ogden Prof. of Innovation Nancy Andrews

Make a difference with better photography. The best camera is the one in your hand — make the most of the photos you take with your phone. Hands-on, phones-on shooting session will make your visual report stronger. Plus we’ll introduce you to some cool things to do with those photos, such as how to make Before/After sliders with free software. WVU Assist. Prof. Mary Kay McFarland and Lecturer David Smith

Don’t be boring — making better phone video. This hands-on, phones-on shooting and editing session will help you create better videos with greater ease. WVU Assist. Prof. Mary Kay McFarland and Lecturer David Smith

Growing your audience and brand. Explore Facebook & Twitter best practices, from writing posts to using social content in stories to the details of managing a newsroom account and understanding analytics. Plus, taking virtual to reality with the “Post PokeParty” at The Dominion Post to launch its Snapchat account and help grow the its Facebook presence. WVU Ogden Prof. of Innovation Nancy Andrews

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Sensing the Environment: Investigating Community Water Stories with Sensor Journalism,  April 30, 2016

This free public workshop examined America’s growing water crisis, from the Elk River chemical spill in West Virginia to the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan. Our expert panel discussed elevating environmental reporting and engaging citizens in science stories.

The workshop featured demonstrations, hands-on activities and candid conversations—giving participants the opportunity to explore sensor journalism, its promise and peril.

During the daylong event, journalists, watershed groups, citizen scientists and students joined forces to explore how we can experience environmental data beyond our smartphones and computer screens.

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Don Blair, MIT Fellow of Public Lab, leads a hands-on workshop on water sensors for reporters and citizen scientists in the Media Innovation Center Maker Space.
Don Blair, MIT Fellow of Public Lab, leads a hands-on workshop on water sensors for reporters and citizen scientists in the Media Innovation Center Maker Space.
360° Workshop with SideXSide and Ben Connors, February 14-15, 2016

Immersive, hands-on training event for students, faculty and media organizations. 

Topics include: Introduction to cameras and gear for 3-D and 360° // hands-on training shooting 360° content // introduction to 360° editing and production software // story development and new narrative forms // audience development, metrics and user behavior 

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Students and faculty work with Innovator-in-Residence Phoebe Connelly of Washington Post to capture 360° video with a Hero GoPro Array

 

Data-base Reporting: Using Data to Tell a More Powerful Story, February 7, 2015

The workshop was designed for editors and reporters as an introduction to resources and techniques for using data to tell more powerful stories in your community. The workshop featured data experts Derek Willis of The New York Times and Tim Marema of The Daily Yonder. Resources and training materials available on our Github. 

Derek Willis works with Dean Maryanne Reed during the Database Reporting workshop at the WVU Reed College of Media on Saturday, February 7. (WVU Reed College of Media/David Smith)
Derek Willis works with Dean Maryanne Reed during the Database Reporting workshop at the WVU Reed College of Media on Saturday, February 7. (WVU Reed College of Media/David Smith)

Brainstorming Session with Zach Seward, December 2014

WVU J-School Brainstorms an Experimental News Venture