BLACKSBURG, Va. — Joshua A. DeLung, 23, graduated from Virginia Tech Saturday, May 16, with a Master of Arts degree in communication (public relations) from the Department of Communication.
DeLung is a 2003 Oak Hill High School graduate and former cadet battalion commander of the Fayette County Army JROTC. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.
During his time at Virginia Tech, DeLung was a member of many professional organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Communication Graduate Student Association and the Marshall Alumni Association (Roanoke Chapter).
DeLung worked for New River Valley Magazine, The Roanoke Times and Access Advertising and Public Relations while residing in Blacksburg, Va., and he taught public speaking courses for the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech. His research as a graduate student concentrated primarily on perceptions of media, public relations and advertising campaign effectiveness, and political communication, to include public administration.
As a graduate student, DeLung was selected to present his research, “Proximity and framing in news media: Effects on credibility, bias, recall and reader intentions,” at the 2008 annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Chicago.
DeLung also received an honorable discharge in October after serving six years in the West Virginia Army National Guard as an M1 Abrams armor crewman and cavalry scout with C Troop of the 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, based in Glen Jean. He plans to work in the field of public relations upon graduation and later pursue a doctorate degree. DeLung is the grandson of L.T. and Gloria Jordan of Fayetteville and Keith and Janie DeLung of Oak Hill, and he is the son of Vernon and Joan DeLung, also of Oak Hill.