WV Press Videos, WVPA Sharing

WVU SOJ and WVPA providing multimedia packages for newspapers

West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism, in cooperation with the West Virginia Press Association, has again agreed to make a number of multi-platform news and feature packages available to member newspapers of the WVPA.

These are outstanding student-generated news packages for your print and online editions.  A budget of stories and videos will be made available every couple of weeks. Several story links are included in this post.

NOTE: The WVPA sent our several items such as these packages to help WVPA newsrooms fill the gap created from staff members taking Thanksgiving vacation. The WVPA hopes you find this extra copy helpful. All material is posted on wvpress.org if you need to download something.
The November offering features several outstanding packages. We hope you take a look.
*** Two of the packages are on campus issues but remember your local kids are home from college for Thanksgiving break and might find these stories very interesting. ***
These packages are great for front page news, weekend features and that hard-to-attract student/young adult audience. Take a look. This is good work and it’s yours to use as long as you agree to the simple terms of use.
We think these stories can supplement your features staff work and build your online offerings.Have your newsroom take a look and try the features. If you have questions or problems, call me or contact Alison Bass, assistant professor at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at WVU, at [email protected] or 304-293-0393.

This is a real benefit and shows the value and quality of work coming from the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at WVU.  I greatly appreciate the efforts of Alison in making this happen.

Remember the names of these student journalists. They will be looking to start careers or serve internships very soon.

At the very bottom of this email, there are instructions on downloading and using the articles, photos and video.


The Mountaineer News Service is produced by journalism students at West Virginia University.  Students from the P.I. Reed School of Journalism report, write and produce multi-platform news and feature packages about newsworthy subjects in West Virginia. News outlets that have registered with the news service or belong to the West Virginia Press Association may publish this content.  Users must observe the following terms of use:

  • Published packages must include the students’ bylines, followed by “Mountaineer News Service, West Virginia University.”  (Also feel free to add a link to our blog at: http://mountaineernewsservice.com/)
  • Editors must let students and faculty know via email when any element of a package has been published and provide a link to the publication’s website.
  • Please do not make significant editing changes without contacting the student journalists.

For information about a specific package or story, contact the student journalists listed beneath the budget line.   If you have questions about the news service as a whole, contact Associate Professor John Temple at [email protected].

The following packages are available as of today:

WVU STUDENT PITCHES WIND TURBINE — http://mountaineernewsservice.com/?p=6356

Justin Chambers is an up-and-coming entrepreneur from West Virginia who hopes to use his collapsible wind turbine technology to make a difference in the world.

Brittany Furbee – [email protected]

Megu Kolanko – [email protected]

Anjelica Trinone – [email protected]


THE STATE OF COLLEGE RADIO — http://mountaineernewsservice.com/?p=6303

As time goes on, people think terrestrial radio will gradually die out.  College stations, however, bring a breath of fresh air to the medium.  WVU’s student-run station, U92 FM, features students, usually volunteers, who have a passion that many mainstream, profit-driven stations may lack.

Ian Moore – [email protected]

Jeremy Jenkins – [email protected]

William Posey – [email protected]


A SAFE HAVEN — http://mountaineernewsservice.com/?p=6284

West Virginia University Student Government Association passed a resolution to create a new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning center on campus.

Nicole Linder – [email protected] 

Ashley Hite – [email protected]

Charles Richardson – [email protected]

– Instructions on downloading  –

To assist your staff in using stories, photos and videos from WVU’s mountaineernewsservice stories, the WVPA ask WVU’s John Temple for download instructions. They are below:

From John (John Temple [email protected])

It should be easy for them to embed the video on their websites.  They should follow these steps to embed video:
—  On the top right corner of the video is a SHARE button.  If they click on that, they should see another button pop up that says EMBED.
— Click on EMBED and some code will pop up in a box.  There are some settings they can choose here: size, etc.
— Cut and paste the code into their website and they will have embedded the video.

For photos, they can just click on the photos to get a bigger version of it and then right-click and SAVE VERSION AS…  And then they have a copy of the photo and they can resize it as needed.

For text, they should be able to just cut and paste.

Again, I think this is a great service for our member newspapers. It’s sounds easy and it’s free. If you’re wanting West Virginia stories and videos, this is for you. We appreciate Alison Bass and WVU’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism efforts.

If you are using the stories, videos and photos, be sure to let the students know. If possible, let the WVPA know.

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