June 26, 2014. WVU Today

School of Journalism students won five Crystal Awards and four honorable mentions at the Public Relations Society of America WV Chapter Crystal Awards Gala held in Charleston on June 18. The Crystal Award is the top prize in each of the Association’s award categories.

All of the work was completed as part of Dr. Rita Colistra’s spring and fall 2013 public relations capstone classes.


March 28, 2014. WVU Today

Public Relations students launch a campaign to help develop and brand a local enviromental nonprofit

December 2, 2013. WVU Magazine

WVU Magazine piece about Dr. Rita Colistra and her efforts to enhance communities through Buy Local campaigns with her students

November 8, 2013. WVU Today

West Virginia University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a winner of this year’s prestigious PRSSA Star Chapter award.


October 3, 2013. WVU Today

A group of West Virginia University students is applying the skills they’re learning in the classroom to bring awareness to manufacturing programs and job opportunities in West Virginia.




July 15, 2013. West Virginia Citizens Conservations Corps

Five public relations students from West Virginia University intern in the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative in Fayetteville, W.Va. The students were trained and recommended by Dr. Rita Colistra.

May 31, 2013. West Virginia Executive

What started as a class project has become a home for a family in need thanks to 1,600 hours of effort and $25,000 in donations. Students in Dr. Rita Colistra's PR campaigns class implemented a fundraising campaign that raised nearly $19,000 of the total amount in cash and in-kind donations to give the project life.

March 15, 2013. WVU Today

At the West Virginia PRSA Chapter Crystal Awards Gala on June 19, WVU PRSSA won a Crystal Award for Outstanding PRSSA Chapter. Faculty advisor Dr. Rita Colistra, winner of the 2012 Crystal Award for PR Educator of the Year, leads WVU PRSSA. 

March 12, 2013. WVU Today

West Virginia University’s Health Sciences & Technology Academy is hosting two free community health fairs to raise awareness of the organization and to highlight students’ research projects. The events were planned as a part of a strategic communications campaign in Dr. Rita Colistra's PR campaigns class.


February 11, 2013. WVU Today

Six senior students majoring in public relations in the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism campaigns course are teaming with Shinnston City Manager Debra Herndon and a group of active community members, volunteers and business owners to launch "Buy Local" campaign in their town.

February 6, 2013. The Exponent Telegram

The city of Shinnston is teaming up with West Virginia University to implement a campaign designed to support and promote the local community.

June 27, 2012. WVU Today

West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism professor Dr. Rita Colistra takes pride in making a difference in the classroom and in the community. Now her professional peers are recognizing her efforts. 



April 13, 2012. WVU Today

West Virginia University Center for Civic Engagement has announced this year's winners of the Excellence in Civic Engagement Awards.

April 11, 2012. WVU Today

Two West Virginia University faculty members, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism Assistant Professor Dr. Rita Colistra and Center for Women’s Studies Senior Lecturer Brian Jara, are striving to teach students the value of giving back to the community and provide students with professional work experience through their service or S-Designated courses.

February 14, 2012. Times West Virginia

A group of West Virginia University public relations students have come together with the Fairmont Planning and Development Department and Main Street Fairmont to form the Buy Local Fairmont Committee.

February 13, 2012. WVU Today

Six Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism seniors are leading a campaign to increase volunteerism at West Virginia University.


February 3, 2012. WVU Today

West Virginia University students are using skills learned in the classroom to help improve Fairmont’s economy.


March 9, 2011. WVU Today

West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism students are using the media skills they are learning in the classroom to improve a local community’s economy.


December 3, 2009. WVU Today

Members of the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at West Virginia University are no strangers to community service. 

2012 SOJ Magazine

One of the School's most prolific researchers, Colistra recently published a major, highly lauded research paper--the culmination of five years' work.  "Shaping and Cutting the Media Agenda: Television Reporters' Perceptions of the Agenda- and Frame-building and Agenda-cutting Influences" is the focus of the summer 2012 issue of Journalism and Communication Monographs.  

October 5, 2009. WVU Today

Travel Beautiful Appalachia Inc. in McDowell County, W.Va. hosted a public relations workshop which was led by Rita Colistra.

September 2, 2009. The Daily Athenaeum

Professors at West Virginia University are breaking away from the traditional lectures in favor of new technology. 

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