Elon students, faculty
active at BEA in Vegas


A number of Elon faculty members were key presenters or moderators at the Broadcast Education Association's 49th Annual Convention and Exhibition April 16-24 in Las Vegas, and Elon broadcast students won top honors for their work.

Elon's Phoenix14News took second-place honors among more than 200 entries in the Student News Competition. The competition was judged by a panel of broadcast faculty members and news professionals who evaluated and provided feedback for each entry.

Phoenix14News also received a third-place award in the promotions/commercial category for its fall promotional campaign, "Live. Investigative. In Depth."

Phoenix14News is a weekly live broadcast, independently produced by a group of students and focusing on news important to college viewers. At the BEA competition, Elon's newscast was judged superior to a number of course-based newscasts produced by larger universities. The top story on the award-winning newscast was the show's I-TEAM investigation into the safety of off-campus housing.

Phoenix14News is staffed by 30 Elon students who research, shoot, write, and edit stories, work in the control room and studio and serve as news anchors and reporters. The team is led by News Director David Douglas, Executive Producer Jennifer Sposato and Supervising Producer Scott Myrick. Linda Lashendock, coordinator of Elon television services, serves as staff adviser.

Elon faculty members Tom Nelson and Connie Book moderated major BEA research and education sessions, and Brooke Barnett was a presenter at one of the sessions.

Nelson moderated a broadcast news panel titled "The Frontline: Assignment Editing Skills." Panel members discussed the gate-keeping role of assignment editors. Panelists included John Montgomery, assignment editor, KCNC-TV, Denver; Kevin Lovell, general manager, KVIA-TV, El Paso; Eileen Solomon, Webster University, Saint Louis; and Michael Castengera, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

Book moderated a panel titled "Practitioners to Strategists: Rethinking the Scope of Undergraduate Education in Communication," which addressed a growing industry demand for undergraduates who can think strategically about media applications. It explored the current trends in communication that have led to the marketplace demand for broadcast majors, how undergraduate research is currently being mentored in communication programs, and how it is being mentored in other disciplines and it offered a proposal for an online undergraduate research journal in communication. Panelists included Barnett, Elon University, "Undergraduate Research in Other Disciplines"; Gary Corbitt, Post-Newsweek & Broadcast Research Initiative, "What My Friends Tell Me"; Jim Fletcher, University of Georgia, "Research Certification Program"; David Gunzerath, NAB Research Division, "The Industry on Undergraduate Research"; Carolyn Lin, Ohio State University, "Examples of Undergraduate Research"; and Reggie Murphy, USA Today, "We Hire Undergraduate Researchers Who..."

Elon faculty members Vic Costello and John Duvall also traveled to the conference to attend BEA research presentations and the associated trade show.



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