West Virginia University Reed College of Media

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WVU Reed College of Media
Martin Hall is the oldest building on the University campus and home to the WVU Reed College of Media.
TypeUnit of West Virginia University
DeanMaryanne Reed, M.S.
Academic staff
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United States

The WVU Reed College of Media is one of the sixteen colleges and schools at West Virginia University, located in Morgantown, West Virginia. It is currently housed in Martin Hall.


The WVU Reed College of Media was formerly known as the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism until July 1, 2014. It was created by Dr. Perley Isaac Reed. Dr. Reed arrived at West Virginia University in 1920 and was assigned to teach English and Journalism courses at the College of the Arts and Sciences. Soon, Reed made it his personal mission to expand the course load, which also included journalism history, editing, advertisement writing and trade and industrial journalism, in just a few years.

To gain further momentum, Reed used his involvement in the West Virginia State Newspaper Council to improve the press and its profitability. Using their political power they applied pressure and in the year 1927, Journalism became a department and later became a school in 1939.

The school did not have a building to call its home until 1953 when Martin Hall was given to the Journalism school. Prior to that, it had occupied only several rooms nearby in Woodburn Hall.


West Virginia University's Reed College of Media, has been located in Martin Hall since 1954. Although the College only began its stay at Martin Hall fifty four years ago, Martin Hall has been part of Woodburn Circle for decades longer.

On June 16, 1869, an assembly of people gathered on the property that would ultimately be used to build West Virginia University's first new building. It took only $16,000 that was raised through the sale of the Monongalia Academy building, to build Martin Hall.

Woodburn Circle at West Virginia University
Martin Hall home of the WVU College of Media

In 1870, Martin Hall was erected by West Virginia University specifically for the use of students and faculty. It holds the distinction of being the oldest academic building on the West Virginia University campus.

Martin was modeled after French architecture. The roof slopes down at the sides and is flattened at the top which comes from the idea of a “Mansard roof” which is a style that originated in Paris, France.

The original hall built in 1870 looks much like it does today with only minor rehabilitation to improve the inside. In 1911, the clock that was located in a tower at the top of Martin was removed and placed on top of Woodburn hall, where it has remained the focal point of Woodburn Circle for almost one hundred years.

Throughout 1977-1978, Martin Hall underwent rehabilitation and a large addition was built onto the side of the building.


The WVU Reed College of Media offers a variety of clubs. Each club is student-run and is sponsored by a faculty member from the College of Media.

Advertising Club:

Ad Club Awards

  • 1997—WVU Ad Club 1st Place in 5th district of the AAF National Student Advertising Competition
  • 2004—WVU Ad Club 2nd Place in 5th district of the AAF National Student Advertising Competition

All Things Magazine:

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA): The WVU chapter of PRSSA participates every year in the national conference and the Bateman Case Study Competition where they coordinate affairs for a student-run organization and design public relations campaigns.[2]

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ):

Name change[edit]

On February 21, 2014, the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism announced that on July 1 its name will be changed to the Reed College of Media.[3]


  1. ^ "WVU Reed College of Media". West Virginia University. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) West Virginia University: Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism
  3. ^ Name Change WVUToday

External links[edit]


  • West Virginia University Official school site
  • Atkins, Paul A. The First 50 Years: Journalism at WVU. Morgantown:, 1977.
  • Struyk, Tara. "Martin Hall."
  • Ravesloot, Todd. "Campus' Oldest Academic Building to Receive Major Upgrades this Summer." Facilities Management News: Spring, 2008.
  • WVU Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. Ed. Kimberly Brown, Morgantown, 2007.

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