A West Virginia University Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism visual journalism professor will have eight photographs published in the upcomingWest Virginia 24/7book, a part of theAmerica 24/7project.

Assistant professor Joel Beeson was one of 1,000 photojournalists from across the country asked to participate in the project to create a series of books about America in 2003.

America 24/7marks the launch of a brand new book series that captures the lives of Americans much like the Day in the Life books published in the 1980s.

Your photographs are inspiring and make me want to take a really long road trip around the U.S., stopping in each state,Kim Shannon, director of photographer relations forAmerica 24/7,wrote to Beeson.I am very grateful for all your hard work and powerful photographs.

Beeson has more than 12 years professional experience as a photojournalist and photo editor for local, national and international print media with expertise in digital imaging and digital asset management. He has also served as a Web development consultant for editorial, distance education and e-commerce projects.

Beeson has conducted research on cross-cultural documentary photography and the professional socialization of photojournalists. He is currently working on his doctorate, doing research on thedigital dividein the areas of new media technology in rural areas, technology and race, popular culture and community documentary projects using digital media and the Internet.