WVU journalism students offering news, photos for state newspapers

MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University journalism students are getting real-world exposure for their classwork, producing stories and videos for the state’s newspapers.

For about a month, Mountaineer News Service has been offering free content to members of the West Virginia Press Association.

Seniors produce multi-platform packages that target younger audiences and help improve newspapers’ online presence.

Hampshire Review Managing Editor Jim King says it gives his editors access to stories they wouldn’t otherwise find.

He says finding content that resonates with 20-somethings and 30-somethings is critical — and difficult.

The partnership grew from a restructured course that puts print, photo and video students in a professional atmosphere

to produce stories.

Professor John Temple says they aren’t expected to be experts, but they do get a better understanding of what the industry needs.

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