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
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.
also received a third-place award in the promotions/commercial category
for its fall promotional campaign, "Live. Investigative. In
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.
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.
members Tom Nelson and Connie Book moderated major BEA research
and education sessions, and Brooke Barnett was a presenter at one
of the sessions.
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.
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
members Vic Costello and John Duvall also traveled to the conference
to attend BEA research presentations and the associated trade show.