Students of West Virginia University's Reed College of Media and George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs will be teaming up to cover the impact of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on the Mountain State.

The coverage will be in-depth from locations from throughout West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

In the nation's capital, students will focus on politics and policy surrounding the pipeline, while students in the field will focus on the people on the ground at or near the pipeline.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a 42-inch natural gas pipeline that will run from Harrison County, West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina.

The collaborative project is being funded by Scott Widmeyer, a 1975 graduate of WVU, who after working as a newspaper reporter funded Widmeyer Communications in Washington, D.C.

“We talk a lot these days about red states and blue states, and how the East Coast and West Coast media may be to blame for not getting out of their bubbles. This partnership between up-and-coming journalists from WVU and GW will go a long way in showing how we actually can bring folks from different backgrounds together to work smartly and create content that reflects all points of view,” said Widmeyer in a news release.

According to the release, students will dive into economic, environmental and regulatory issues surrounding the pipeline including its economic impact and how it will affect the environment.

“This collaboration gives students the freedom to experiment with different mediums, tell underreported stories and break down borders by covering stories from both D.C. and West Virginia,” said Jonathan Ebinger, a lecturer at the GW School of Media and Public Affairs, and one of the faculty advisers on the project in the release.

Participating students hail from West Virginia, New York, Illinois and California.

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