The Pendulum is Infiltrating Austin

Seven 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:

  • Michael Bodley, editor in chief
  • Tommy Hamzik, managing editor
  • Caroline Fernandez, news editor
  • Lauren Phillips, opinions editor
  • Alex Simon, sports editor
  • Stephanie Hays, design chief
  • Hali Tauxe-Stewart, photo 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, The Edge, and its website professionally critiqued.

Students will submit entries to the ACP Best of Show awards competition, which recognizes the best newspapers, 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 is a finalist for an Online Pacemaker, and three students are in the running for individual ACP awards: Katy Canada ’15 and Mackenzie Roberts ’15 for “Unaccompanied minors seek new homes and lives in N.C.” and junior Leena Dahal for “Social media awareness campaign fosters visibility and acceptance for POTS.”

The College Media Association will also recognize its Pinnacle Awards recipients.

Check this blog regularly from Oct. 28-Nov. 1 for updates from the students on the trip. They will be posting quick summaries/reflections after the sessions they attend.

The last time the ACP/CMA convention was held in Austin in 2009, The Pendulum left Texas with a Newspaper Pacemaker.

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