Some West Virginia Uncovered students are given the opportunity to work with a newspaper over the summer, as well. These students work for six weeks as employees at one of our partner publications and develop multimedia stories while expanding their professional experience and networks.
Mallory Bracken interned with the Elkins InterMountain in the summer of 2011. Bracken completed three stories during her time in Elkins as Uncovered’s first intern. One story followed Samantha Healey, a troubled teen who “found a second family” at YouthBuild North Central, an organization that works to help at-risk youth. Read “Making Something.”
Chelsi Baker worked with the Hampshire Review in the summer of 2012 and produced several stories with multimedia content. Baker took a closer look at Capon Springs, a Hampshire County institution, as the historical spa and resort turned 80 years-old.
Shay Maunz worked with the Moorefield Examiner during the fall of 2012. Maunz produced several pieces, some of which has been archived on YouTube. She visited Hardy County’s 59th Heritage Weekend and spoke to some of the characters behind the scenes.
The Hampshire Review is a daily paper located in Romney, W.Va., serving the Hampshire County area with news of local interest. The Review often incorporates multimedia elements in its online product. Below are some of the paper’s favorite multimedia projects. All can be found at The Hampshire Review YouTube channel
“Journalist Greg Larry reports on the Healing Waters program that gives wounded active and retired vets the opportunity to experience relaxation through fly fishing. The Healing Waters program brought about a dozen military personnel to Harman’s Cottages in Cabins, W.Va. Several Hampshire County men taught the fly fishing technique to the vets.”
“The 2011 Kyle Petty Charity Ride cruised through Hampshire County, W.Va. on May 9th. The 17th annual motorcycle ride is a benefit for terminally and chronically ill children. Journalist Greg Larry files this report on the ride including some words from Kyle Petty himself.”
“Video interview and jam with Bill Brown and the Gators. The band was Hampshire Counties first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll band in the 1950’s. Three of the guys unite to sing and play some guitar while they talk about the early days of rock.”
Born prematurely and not expected to live, Delila Willis, a 9-year-old student at the West Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, has learned to overcome her handicap and dream big. Video and production by Greg Larry.
Two Lane Livin’ responds and relates to its readers through a personal, down-to-earth approach. In these multimedia videos, editor Lisa Minney shows readers a little bit about life in rural West Virginia.
Tragedy struck the West Virginia town of Elkins in February 2011, when a suspect opened fire on three US deputy marshals trying to serve an arrest warrant. One deputy was killed, and the other two were injured. The Inter-Mountain newspaper, which serves Elkins and the people of Randolph County, W.Va., provided depth to its coverage of the tragedy with the use of multimedia.
The Shepherdstown Chronicle, a small weekly paper located in Jefferson County, W.Va, has worked hard to make multimedia story-telling a regular feature in its coverage. Below are some examples of the paper’s work to broaden its coverage by providing audio and visual elements.
Kathryn Kawecki, set designer of three of the Contemporary American Theater Festival’s shows, shows the setup in the Studio Theater for Tracy Thorne’s “We Are Here.”
Kyle Bradstreet, playwright of “From Prague,” and Andy Bean, the actor who plays Charles, discuss the play that premiered at Season 21 of the Contemporary American Theater Festival.
Take a virtual tour of the town’s pristine gardens and historical sites.
Favorite local coffee shop celebrates 15 years in the business
Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, founded by the Shepherd’s Friends of Music in 2007, is one of West Virginia’s three professional orchestras and is made up of music professionals in the greater Washington area as well as Shepherd professors and even some students.
Shepherd University student and West Virginia native Meghan Reed shares how her side business, Square Peg Meg, launched. The 21-year-old business major dabbles in repurposed vintage hair accessories and jewelry.
Alice Cook, Jefferson County Meals on Wheels’ cook, can’t say enough about the program to which she commits her early mornings each week.
Mike Smith takes full advantage of the wildlife surrounding him. As park superintendent at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, Smith has acres of land to forage for food and hunt for animals. According to Smith, foraging provides a healthier way of living, but more importantly, a chance to get outside and connect with nature.
Michael Buttrill manages a 15-acre organic farm in Renick, W.Va., where he produces his own biodiesel fuel to power his vehicles and tractor. Michael has been perfecting his fuel for seven years with a goal to live more sustainably and rely less on non-renewable resources.
Innovation Zone has brought an entirely new learning style to Doddridge County High School. Every other Friday the school runs on a two hour early dismissal schedule when students separate into different groups to learn new skills from teachers and community volunteers.
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella has been a runner his entire life, but when injuries plagued him throughout high school and college, he searched for a remedy other than his doctor’s advice of “don’t run.” He began to shave the heels off of his own running sneakers, becoming a true pioneer in the minimalist running movement. After opening Two River Treads in Shepherdstown, W.Va., one of the first minimalist running stores in the United States, Dr. Cucuzzella solidified himself in the running community.
Shepherdstown, W.Va., native Carlos Niederhauser can look back on a life that had him participating in the world’s longest car rally, traveling the globe, fixing foreign race cars, developing real estate and becoming a landlord for over 100 Jefferson County properties.
After the death of her father Dr. John Moossy, Joan Moossy honors his memory by publishing his autobiography and working to preserve his art and home in Shepherdstown for aspiring artists. Coming from New York City, she is dealt with the decision on how to continue her father’s legacy within this tight-nit community. Joan looks to open the doors to her father’s house and welcome any artist who is looking to getaway from their everyday surrounding and rekindle their passion for art.
Story Synopsis- Sheila Brannan lived her life in a constant creative roll until a brain aneurysm in 2007 threatened her stained glass career. Since recovering from that, she is back in her home studio and has gotten to a place she considers to be the “new normal.”
Lars Prillman is a 28 year old organic farmer in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He spent his early 20s as a traveling musician in Knoxville, Tenn. He found his “calling” while doing an apprenticeship on the farm of one of his former 4-H counselors. He now runs his own farm with the help of his family.
Phil and Shanna Mastrangelo own Mellow Moods Café & Juice bar, an organic restaurant in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Their hope is to give people a vacation-like atmosphere in their everyday lives while serving locally-grown, healthy foods.