Elon’s 2009 National Pacemaker Award

Elon’s student newspaper, The Pendulum, has received the most prestigious award in college journalism — a 2009 national Pacemaker Award.

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Fewer than 20 universities in the nation received the award this year — student dailies at Yale, Minnesota, Michigan State, Oregon, Kent State and Ball State, and non-dailies at Elon, Indianapolis, MIT, Miami, Chicago, Nevada, Creighton, Western Kentucky, Columbia College, Alaska Anchorage, Cal State Chico, Art Institute Chicago, and Washington University.

For Elon, it’s a story eight years in the making.

Upon coming to Elon as founding dean in 2001, I remember remarking to a faculty member that, within 10 years, our student paper could be transformed into a national Pacemaker recipient. The faculty member smiled, but I don’t think he believed it.

We relocated The Pendulum to a prominent downtown location, added the presence of a staff adviser, and upgraded the newsprint quality. In turn, students redesigned the paper, splashed it with color, adopted a “daily” mindset through a vibrant Web site, and built a strong newsroom culture.

Congratulations to The Pendulum student staff and to adviser Colin Donohue for the success story!

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