Five student leaders of The Pendulum, Elon University’s daily newsgathering organization, will attend the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association conference Oct. 23-27, 2013, in New Orleans, where they will attend educational workshops and network with media professionals.
Students in attendance will be:
- Jonathan Black, managing editor
- Mary Kate Brogan, web editor/social media editor
- Katy Canada, photo editor
- Michael Bodley, assistant news editor
- Kristen DeMaria, design editor
Pendulum adviser Colin Donohue will also be in attendance.
In addition to attending workshops and sessions led by professionals from the media world and faculty members from communications schools nationwide, students will also network, take tours of media organizations around the city and have The Pendulum and its magazine, The Edge, professionally critiqued.
Students will submit entries to the ACP Best of Show awards competition, which recognizes the best newspapers, radio casts, newscasts, yearbooks and literary magazines from schools in attendance at the ACP/CMA convention. At the conference, ACP will hand out its individual awards and the prestigious Pacemakers during a ceremony on Saturday afternoon, which the students will attend. The Pendulum Online has been recognized as an Online Pacemaker finalist already. In additional ACP contests, alumna Claire Esparros ’13 is a finalist in the Illustration competition for her “Chick-fil-A: Here to stay?” photo illustration, junior news editor Katie Blunt is a finalist for News Story of the Year for “Scared into silence: Sexual assault persists as underreported college crime,” the editorial staff is a finalist for Editorial/Opinion of the Year for “Chick-fil-A (and its symbolism) to remain on campus” and alumni Melissa Kansky, Sam Parker, Natalie Dupuis, Lindsay Kimble, Gabriela Szewcow and Derek Wickham, all ’13, are finalists for Multimedia News Story of the Year for a team project they completed titlted “Gauging Obamacare.”
The College Media Association will also recognize its Pinnacle Awards recipients. The Pendulum was named a finalist in two categories: Best Multimedia Feature Presentation (for “Dr. Danieley’s lifetime of maroon and gold,” completed by alumna Becky Wickel ’13, senior Jeff Stern and alumni Claire Esparros, Ronald Chang and Chris Bosak, all ’13 ) and Best Web Presence for its website. CMA’s Best of Collegiate Design awards will be delivered, as well.
Check this blog regularly from Oct. 23-27 for updates from the students on the trip. They will be posting quick summaries/reflections after the sessions they attend.
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