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The Pendulum, Elon Local News win big in regional competition

Students in Elon University's student news organizations were named winners and finalists in a regional Society of Professional Journalists awards contest.

(l-r) Michael Bodley '16, Katy Canada '15 and Al Drago '15

The Pendulum and Elon Local News, Elon University’s student news media organizations, were honored March 28 with several Mark of Excellence Awards—including six regional winners—at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 conference at the University of Maryland.

Senior journalism major Al Drago was named a regional winner in four categories for work he did for the Raleigh News & Observer, the Baltimore Sun and Elon Local News. Senior journalism major and Pendulum opinions editor Katy Canada and junior journalism major and Pendulum editor in chief Michael Bodley were also named regional winners for work they did for The Pendulum.

Region 2 awards were given in newspaper, TV, radio, arts/graphics and online categories. Awards are given to regional winners and finalists, with the winners moving on to the national competition, at which time they will compete with winners from the other 11 regions. Region 2 comprises North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. Below is the list of winners and where they placed in specific categories. (The "SMALL" designation indicates a university enrollment cut-off of 9,999 students.)

NEWSPAPER

ARTS/GRAPHICS

  • REGIONAL WINNER to senior Al Drago for General News Photography for "Last Touch"
  • REGIONAL WINNER to senior Al Drago for Feature Photography for "Festivus"
  • REGIONAL WINNER to senior Al Drago for Breaking News Photography for "Waverly Shooting"
  • REGIONAL WINNER to senior Al Drago for Sports Photography for "Eye Ball"
  • REGIONAL FINALIST to senior Al Drago for General News Photography for "Pony Swim"
  • REGIONAL FINALIST to senior Al Drago for Sports Photography for "Splash Jump"

TELEVISION

  • REGIONAL FINALIST to Elon Local News for Best All-Around Television Newscast for its Nov. 24, 2014 show

ONLINE

Colin Donohue, coordinator of student media and instructor, and Andrew Feather, sophomore journalism major and assistant sports director at Elon Local News, were in attendance to accept the awards.

Colin Donohue,
Student
3/30/2015 11:10 AM