MORGANTOWN , W.Va.Joel Beeson, associate professor in West Virginia Universitys Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, has received a first-place, national award forBest Practices in Teaching of Diversityby the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

He will receive the award and present his winning entry,Civic Engagement, New Media and Journalism: A Template for the Organic Incorporation of Diversity into a New Journalism Curriculum,at the organizations annual meeting in Boston, Mass., in August.

Beesons work in diversity-conscious service learning has been honored in recent years by the Congressional Black Caucus VeteransBrain Trust, Society for Professional Journalists and Broadcast Educators Association, among others.

Beeson challenges students to imagine how stories can be told with different voices, perspectives and media while empowering them to practice new journalism with more dimension and cultural awareness.