More than 30 SOJ students took advantage of a networking opportunity to meet with professional journalists from West Virginia Media Holdings, a statewide media network, whose holdings include four television stations and The State Journal.
This was the second year for West Virginia Media Day, which was held in the Rhododendron Room of the Mountainlair. Many students brought resumes and tapes to apply for internships or permanent jobs, and others just came to learn about the day-to-day operations of a local television station or newspaper.
“West Virginia Media Day introduces students to a wide variety of opportunities available to them in West Virginia media,” said Pam Hanson, the School’s director of advising and internship coordinator. “It’s good for everyone – broadcasting, print, public relations, multimedia and advertising. Students are always interested in the opportunity to come and sit down with someone who’s already in the business.”
Media professionals who participated in the event include Bill Galloway, chief engineer at WOWK (Charleston); Larry Cottrill, general manager at WBOY (Clarksburg); Brenda Danehart, news director at WTRF (Wheeling); April Kaull, statewide news coordinator at WBOY; Dave Kirby, news manager at WOWK; Jacque Bland O’Bryant, managing editor at The State Journal; and Amanda Leaseburg, promotions coordinator at WBOY.
“It’s a networking opportunity,” said Kaull (BSJ, 1995). “Something students maybe don’t realize when coming out of college is how important creating relationships can be as they start their professional careers. This event gives them the opportunity to sit down and meet people and make those connections. There are a lot of qualified, bright journalists coming out of the P.I. Reed School of Journalism. As a former grad of WVU, I think it helps open doors to what is available in West Virginia and gives students the opportunity to start their careers here.”
West Virginia Media was founded by Bray Cary (BSJ, 1970) and a group of predominantly West Virginia investors. Cary, who serves as president and CEO, is a member of the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and sponsor of the Cary Journalism Scholarship at the School.