Five student leaders of The Pendulum, Elon University’s daily newsgathering organization, will attend the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association conference Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2014, in Philadelphia, where they will attend educational workshops and network with media professionals.
Students in attendance will be:
- Jonathan Black, editor in chief
- Michael Bodley, news editor
- Caroline Fernandez, features editor
- Tommy Hamzik, sports editor
- Kaitlin Dunn, assistant news editor/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, its magazine, The Edge, and its website professionally critiqued.
Students will submit entries to the ACP Best of Show awards competition, which recognizes the best newspapers, radio stations, 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. Five students are in the running for individual ACP awards: alumna Kristen Case ’14 in the Newspaper Page/Spread competition for “Putting Passion into Practice,” alumnus Andrew Wilson ’14 in the Sports Story of the Year competition for “Pay to Play,” alumni Zach Horner ’14 and Christine Williams 14 in the Multimedia Sports Story of the Year competition for “Get the sticks ready” and junior Sophia Asmuth in the Photo Slideshow of the Year competition for “Voices of Elon: Conor ‘Kayak’ Janda.”
The College Media Association will also recognize its Pinnacle Awards recipients. The Pendulum was named a finalist in the Best Multimedia Feature Story competition (for “Predator control deepens struggles for coexistence between wild canines, humans” completed by alumna Stephanie Butzer ’14).
Check this blog regularly from Oct. 29-Nov. 2 for updates from the students on the trip. They will be posting quick summaries/reflections after the sessions they attend.