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WVU Reed College of Media among the best in MediaShift rankings

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University Reed College of Media has topped two different “best of” lists for innovation.

MediaShift, the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology, recently announced its top picks for media innovation in several areas. Dean Maryanne Reed was recognized in “EducationShift20: Honoring Innovative Journalism Educators.” College of Media faculty Dana Coester and Gina Martino Dahlia were listed in “MediaShift20: Recognizing Digital Media’s Top Innovators” for their work on “100 Days in Appalachia,” which was also recognized in “Top 6 Journalism Collaborations of 2017” by MediaShift contributor Stefanie Murray.

Since her appointment as dean in 2004, Reed has been working with faculty like Coester and Dahlia to establish the College of Media as a national leader in modern media education. “100 Days in Appalachia” is an example of an innovative journalism project that has received national and even international attention.

“I am honored and proud that our college has received recognition from MediaShift for our innovation efforts,” said Reed. “I’m particularly proud that our ‘100 Days’ project continues to resonate with audiences. Our college is committed to creating and supporting journalism that addresses the nation’s challenges. [Coester and Martino] are doing that through the eyes of Appalachians, and America is paying attention.”

“100 Days in Appalachia” is a digital publication that launched in January 2017 to share stories from a region of the country dubbed “Trump Nation.” It is a collaboration between the College of Media, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and The Daily Yonder. The project is led by Coester, an associate professor, who also serves as the creative director of the College’s Media Innovation Center.

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