Joel Beeson, who chairs the School’s new visual journalism program, was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor this spring. Beeson’s specialty areas are visual journalism, multimedia and documentary fieldwork. He brings nearly 15 years of professional experience as a photojournalist, photo editor and designer to the classroom. His photography has appeared in USA TODAY, Southern Living magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Phoenix Gazette, The Times of London and the Dallas Morning News, to name a few. Beeson holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has pursued doctoral studies at the University of California, San Diego, in communications. He is presently a doctoral candidate in Ethnic and Media Studies at the Union Institute and University researching how digital technologies can be used by communities to document, preserve and promote their local cultural resources.
Dr. Diana Knott Martinelli, Widmeyer Communications Professor in Public Relations, was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor this spring. Martinelli returned home to WVU in 2005, having earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Journalism. After working in various communication and public relations capacities, including positions in broadcasting, health care and federal programs, she was awarded a Park Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she completed her doctorate in mass communication in 2001. Martinelli is a member of the national journalism honorary Kappa Tau Alpha and holds committee positions in the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She received a West Virginia PRSA Crystal Award in 1998 and has presented and published her research nationally and internationally. Her research interests include strategic communication and public relations history. She teaches public relations and graduate-level research methods.
Dean Maryanne Reed was promoted to full professor, the highest academic rank at the University. Reed has been a member of the SOJ faculty for 15 years and served as the chair of the broadcast news program for 10 years. She received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and was appointed interim dean of the School in 2004. Reed was named to the permanent dean’s position in March 2006. She has produced several news features for broadcast and cable television, as well as two award-winning documentaries. Her film, “Righteous Remnant: Jewish Survival in Appalachia,” originally aired on West Virginia Public Television in 1997 and was distributed nationally by PBS. Reed also directed students in the production of an Emmy award-winning documentary profiling five cancer patients, “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope.” The documentary aired on West Virginia Public Television in December 2003 and has been distributed nationally by the National Education Television Association. Reed is currently doing research on community radio in Appalachia and is directing the Monroe County Radio Project.