Citizen Media

One of the goals of the West Virginia Uncovered Project is to encourage community journalism, not just by professional journalists, but by members of a community contributing information and news to their local newspapers. In the fall of 2009, the project began working towards the development of community media makers in Tucker County through a partnership with the local community paper, The Parsons Advocate.


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West Virginia Uncovered VISTA volunteer Tricia Fulks and then editor and publisher of The Parsons Advocate, Chris Stadleman, began teaching middle and high school students responsible journalism as well as the fundamentals of new media. Their efforts resulted in short videos of school events and activities that ran on the Parsons Advocate website’s School News section.

In addition to continuing the partnership’s work in Tucker County schools, which included more one-on-one time in classrooms as well as the development of multimedia technology workshops for teachers, this year’s VISTA volunteer worked with The Advocate to launch four community lifestyle blogs. The blogs were entirely authored by leaders in the Tucker County community with expertise in each blog topic, including arts and music, food and cooking, faith and spirituality, and local tourism.

Several of Uncovered’s other partner papers also enjoy a successful series of blogs, which add depth and community participation to their coverage. Two Lane Livin’ and The Hampshire Review sponsor blogs with topics ranging from cooking and food, to faith, parenting, travel and fitness.

The Hampshire Review also has a commitment to encouraging user submitted photos, and will receive, on average, 15 per week. In addition to using these photos in their regular coverage of local news, The Hampshire Review has an on-going project popular with its readers called “Where in The World.” Readers submit photos of themselves holding a copy of The Hampshire Review from locations all over the country and the world. Routinely, The Hampshire Review collects these photos into a feature used in the print edition of the paper.”

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The Hampshire Review also encourages user-submitted “video content”: to supplement its own multimedia reporting.

Video of Jerry Dean and 8 other Hampshire County men as they jump from a plane and safely land. This is awesome footage as Dean takes along a Hampshire Review flip camera as he skydives through the air.

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Welcome!

The West Virginia Uncovered project was created to cultivate online innovation and storytelling among the Mountain State’s community newspapers. Since fall 2008, faculty and students from the WVU Reed College of Media have crisscrossed the back roads and small towns of West Virginia to find untold stories and provide training for a dozen weekly newspapers.

To find out more about the project, check out
the About page.


Faces of the Mine

Faces of the Mine

West Virginia Uncovered students have been working for two semesters to build a memorial website for the community affected by the Upper Big Branch mining disaster that occurred April 5, 2010. The disaster claimed the lives of 29 miners. The site is a digital meeting place for members of the community to gather and remember their loved ones.

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Recording Tools and Techniques

On Oct. 23, West Virginia Uncovered hosted a Multimedia Reporting Workshop "Sound and Slideshows." Bill Kuykendall, a West Virginia native and multimedia professor from the University of Maine, talked about techniques for good audio reporting.

The second session, "Recording Tools and Techniques," is featured to the left.

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