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BC to Honor Local Journalists

Bluefield College will pay tribute to the work of local journalists during its 17th Annual Media Appreciation Day, Thursday, November 10 -- an event that will include the presentation of a Shott Excellence in Media Award to an outstanding local journalist and remarks from Jeff Jenkins, news director and vice president of news for the West Virginia MetroNews Radio Network.

Chris Shoemaker

November 4, 2016

Jeff Jenkins, news director for the West Virginia MetroNews Radio Network and keynote speaker for Bluefield College's 2016 Media Appreciation Day.


For the past 16 years, local media representatives have been recognized on the BC campus during the school’s annual Media Day for their efforts in “informing and educating the public at-large,” while “sharing the Bluefield College story” and “spreading the word about BC news, events and achievements.”



In fact, in 2005, thanks to a grant from media entrepreneur Michael Shott, the college heightened its recognition of the local media by incorporating the Shott Excellence in Media Awards Program into the Media Day schedule.


“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Mr. Shott for providing the funds to underwrite the college’s Media Day and the Shott Excellence in Media Awards Program,” said Chris Shoemaker, BC’s director of public relations. “It is our hope that through this program, the college will not only increase its recognition of outstanding local journalists, but also contribute to the preservation of the media legacy of the Shott family.”


During the awards portion of the Media Day program, the college will present two Shott Excellence in Media Awards -- a $1,000 Student Scholarship Award to an outstanding current Bluefield College communication student and a $1,000 Excellence in Media Award to a local member of the media who demonstrates excellence in his or her vocation and who, through his or her work in journalism, makes a significant contribution to the local community.


“Bluefield College is not the only beneficiary of the service of our local journalists,” said Shoemaker. “Many other schools, churches, civic organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals within our community are better off, thanks to the work of area media. That’s why we dedicate this day to recognize the local media for informing, educating, entertaining and, above all, bettering the public at-large.”


The BC Media Day program also will include a keynote address from Jenkins, an award-winning 30-year veteran radio news reporter and anchor with the West Virginia Radio Corporation who is currently in his 16th year as news director and vice president of news for the company’s MetroNews Radio Network. A native of Pratt, West Virginia, in Kanawha County, Jenkins is also a chief capitol correspondent where his unbelievable work ethic provides listeners with unparalleled coverage of state government.


Under his leadership, MetroNews has won multiple awards from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and the Radio, Television News Directors Association, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards for its reporting of the 2006 Sago Mine Disaster and the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster.


From 1991 to 2012, Jenkins served as the on-site producer of West Virginia University football broadcasts for the Mountaineer Sports Network. A 1987 graduate of WVU’s School of Journalism, his 30-year tenure with the West Virginia Radio Corporation also includes 14 years as a radio news reporter and anchor at WAJR in Morgantown.


Jenkins will join a long list of distinguished BC Media Day speakers, including NASCAR Magazine editor David Bourne, nationally syndicated columnist Jim Davidson, war hero and undercover government agent Maxey Gilleland, local news writer and sports radio personality Jim Nelson, retired Bluefield Daily Telegraph journalist Bill Archer, Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot Phillip Brashear, mass communications professor and TV anchor Dr. Teresa Keller, political lobbyist Dr. David Bailey, former White House correspondent Bob Deans, retired executive editor of the Associated Baptist Press Greg Warner, inspirational athlete and author Kyle Maynard, Compassion International feature writer Brandy Campbell, performance improvement specialist Spencer Wood, Roanoke Times senior editor Dwayne Yancey, Associated Baptist Press News-Herald editor in chief Robert Dilday, and Princeton Times editor and general manager Tammie Toler.


The annual event will begin at 11:30 a.m. on November 10 in Shott Hall and will feature a luncheon, the awards ceremony, remarks from Jenkins, and a roundtable discussion between local media representatives and BC communication students.




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