Student Successes

Professor Rich Landesberg gives great advice to students: Don’t work for awards, but always do award-winning work.

It was an award-winning weekend for student media at Elon.

Phoenix14News was named the best student newscast in the Carolinas for the second straight year by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. Kirsten Bennett won first place for feature reporting, and Drew Smith won Student Journalist of the Year in North and South Carolina.

Phoenix14News celebrants: David Hodges, Mallory Lane, Jasmine Spencer, faculty adviser Dr. Rich Landesberg, Drew Smith, Brandon Marshall, Kirsten Bennett, Sophie Nielsen-Kolding and Eugene Daniel

And in Louisville, Ky., The Pendulum student newspaper received two national first-place awards from Associated Collegiate Press — “Best of Show” for excellence as a non-daily college newspaper and another for its fine website.

Colin Donohue with CMA president Sally Renaud

Pendulum adviser Colin Donohue received the 2010 Honor Roll Adviser Award from College Media Advisers, 2010 graduate Caroline Matthews won second place nationally in the Infographics category (a Duke student won first place), and Pendulum news editor Jack Dodson participated in a panel on international opportunities for collegiate journalists.

A few weeks earlier, three of our 2010 alumni received national first-place Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists at its national convention in Las Vegas. Morgan Little won the national Online Opinion & Commentary competition for three staff editorials he wrote for the Pendulum Online, and Randy Gyllenhaal and Drake Springer won the national General News Reporting competition for a piece they produced for Phoenix14News. More than 3,600 entries were submitted in the SPJ competitions nationwide.

We’re proud of our students doing award-winning work.

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