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New Strategic Communication major approved

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W&L’s full undergraduate faculty has approved a new major for our department:  Strategic Communication.  The major will replace the current mass communications sequence and add several new requirements, including a public relations course, statistics, a capstone experience and an internship.  The journalism “sequence” will also become a separate major. Business journalism will remain a sequence under the Journalism major. […]

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Logan Nardo captures first place SPJ award

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Senior Logan Nardo has won a first place award in the 2013 Mark of Excellence Awards for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 2. Nardo won in the in-depth radio category for a piece that aired on WLUR-FM: “Going Local: Naturally Grown Food in Rockbridge. ” The story was created in a “Broadcast Magazine” course taught […]

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Student panel draws crowd to SPJ winter meeting

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Washington and Lee University’s SPJ Chapter drew a strong showing at its winter meeting on Tuesday, March 25. A crowd of 20 students gathered for a student panel, the chapter’s second event this year. The program, tailored for underclassmen, focused on options within the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and the internship process. Department […]

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Senior receives Schanck Roberts award to work with Coca-Cola in Dubai

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Q. Emmanuel Nwakibu, a senior mass communications and European history major from Dallas, has received the Allen Schanck Roberts Scholarship.  He will spend the summer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, working with Dana Bolden, group director, public affairs and communications, for The Coca-Cola Company’s Bottling Investments Group. Bolden graduated from Washington and Lee in 1989 […]

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Students are regional finalists in six SPJ categories

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Washington & Lee journalism students are finalists in six categories of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 2 annual collegiate journalism competition. Rockbridge Report, the converged news website of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, is again a finalist in the Mark of Excellence Awards for Best Independent Online Student Publication in the small-schools […]

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‘Glee’ meets ‘Friday Night Lights’

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Journalist and author Michael Sokolove will talk about his critically acclaimed book, “Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Stackhouse Theater. His talk, “You Can Go Home Again: A journalist’s discoveries—personal, political, sociological—after returning to the once-model suburb […]

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Finch to become full-time professor

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Kevin Finch, a veteran television news director from Indianapolis, will join Washington and Lee’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications in July as an assistant professor for multi-media news producing.  Finch will oversee the weekly Rockbridge Report broadcast and website and teach courses on a variety of other topics. Finch is a visiting professor at […]

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Veteran broadcaster to teach in 2013-2014

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Kevin Finch, a veteran television news director from Indianapolis, will join Washington and Lee’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications this fall as a visiting assistant professor.  Finch will oversee the weekly Rockbridge Report broadcast and website during fall and winter terms and teach four other courses during the year.  These include a fall-term first-year […]

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Friends, alums give thanks to ‘de’

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More than 150 guests came from as far away as Montana May 18 to honor Bob de Maria, who is retiring from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications after 36 years.  In thanks for his friendship and mentoring, alums have started an endowment to name Reid Hall’s broadcast studio in Bob’s honor and to […]

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Alums finalists in Gerald Loeb Awards

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Two Washington and Lee journalism alums are finalists in the prestigious Gerald A. Loeb competition.  Mary Childs, ’08,  and Mehul Srivastava, ’04, are being recognized for work done in their positions with Bloomberg News.  Mary, who is based in New York City, was part team that is a finalist in the beat reporting category for […]

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