MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A name change is in the works for West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism.  Starting on July 1, the school will be named the WVU Reed College of Media.

WVU’s Board of Governors approved the change on Friday.

“The name ‘Reed College of Media’ reflects the current and future direction of our college as we prepare students for careers in modern media communications,” said Dean Maryanne Reed in a statement.

“In addition to being skilled in the basics of writing, reporting and content production, today’s graduates must also be able to engage with audiences across both traditional and emerging media platforms.”

Dr. Perley Isaac Reed, an English and journalism professor, founded WVU’s School of Journalism in 1939.  It’s home, Martin Hall, has undergone major renovations in recent years.  At the same time, a Media Innovation Center is scheduled to be completed in 2015 at Evansdale Crossing.

More than 1,200 students are currently enrolled in the School of Journalism’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

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  • RogerD

    I find this decision highly appropriate given that very few students seem to have any real journalism skills upon graduation.

  • jay zoom

    I bet Oliver Luck had a hand in this.

  • El Supremo

    The best quote regarding the distain for journalism and the media comes from one of their own, Carl Bernstein. The only word he forgot was BIASED.

    "The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage."--Carl Bernstein

  • proudlyconservative

    Journalism schools do not teach proper grammar, punctuation and spelling. Students are expected to have already learned the difference between possessives and plurals.

  • Wowbagger

    Then it is true that Journalism is dead!

  • Harpers Ferry

    A more appropriate name would be "The Reed School for Socialist Thoughts and Ideals".

  • flossrancher

    Classic! Misusing "its/it's" in a story about the journalism school.

    • Tom P

      Excellent observation. I didn't catch it until you pointed it out. I wonder if the staff writer is a graduate of the 'Reed College of Media'?

  • wv4evah

    The difference between Journalism and Media should be compared to the difference between Steak and Lettuce.

    • Tom P.

      I don't get it. Which is which?

      • wv4evah

        evidently, a j-school grad