Ali Booth

Ali is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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Open but different

Education | Colleges and universities piece together pandemic plans for the fall
by Laura Edghill & Ali Booth
Posted 6/03/20, 05:57 pm

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee said the only way to guarantee college students do not get the coronavirus at school is to “keep everything shut down until we have a vaccine and until it’s working.” But that’s not economically or educationally feasible for the liberal arts school nestled between the winding Monongahela River and Cheat Lake just south of the Pennsylvania border in Morgantown. Instead, Gee expects to see the school’s nearly 30,000 students face to face again this fall.

“We will open, but it will be different,” Gee said.

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Mighty Joe Rogan

Media | Potty-mouthed podcaster inks record deal
by Ali Booth
Posted 6/02/20, 05:43 pm

One of the biggest deals in podcasting’s relatively short history underscores the success of the medium and the enduring appeal of say-anything shock jocks. The streaming platform Spotify announced two weeks ago it had struck a deal for exclusive rights to the popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. Spotify did not disclose the amount on the price tag, but The Wall Street Journal reported it was in the neighborhood of $100 million.

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