WVU Public Relations & Advertising Students: 

Want to join our BrandJRNY team in fall 2019?

We are looking for hard-working, passionate and talented students who seek experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting as a part of the new $250,000 AEP Foundation-funded Community Branding Initiative grant to expand BrandJRNY. In the BrandJRNY capstone experience, you will work in an agency-like setting to build relationships, research, plan and pitch an integrated community-branding plan and creative strategy for a small town in West Virginia.   

Pretty amazing opportunity, right? 

Join a legacy of successful, community-based campaigns that have won multiple awards and received national attention. Check out past projects on this site, and click on the button below to learn more about applying for the fall 2019 STCM BrandJRNY capstone with Dr. Colistra.

Are you not quite ready to take your capstone course, but still would like to be a part of our BrandJRNY team? Sign up for the collaborative brand storytelling class to learn the skills to tell the visual stories of our next community through traditional mediums and emerging technologies. Click on the button below to learn more about applying for the fall 2019 STCM BrandJRNY capstone with Prof. Smith.


Housed at the WVU Media Innovation Center, BrandJRNY is a community branding initiative that is a grant-funded collaboration between the American Electric Power Foundation and WVU Reed College of Media.

The Initiative was previously funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation for our three pilot projects.

Original website designed by Mariah Elliott, under the direction of PI and Director Dr. Rita Colistra.

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