Elon journalism students
study with New York pros


Seven Elon University students were among the more than 1,000 college print, broadcast and online journalists attending the Spring National College Media Convention March 18-20 in New York City. The group included Pendulum editors Jessica Patchett, Colin Donohue, Nuri Abdur Rauf, Matt Belanger, Jessica Kemp, Kaitlyn North and Jay Dorne, and they were led by Pendulum adviser Janna Anderson.

Sponsored by College Media Advisers, the annual gathering in Manhattan is the world's largest spring meeting for college journalists. Attendees selected from more than 200 educational programs, including keynote addresses, breakout sessions, discussions, critiques and media tours during the three-day event.

In addition to programs relevant to all media, many sessions focused on one medium, including newspaper, magazine, yearbook, radio and television broadcast and Web-based news production.

Among the highlights for Elon students were the keynote addresses by Arthur O. Sulzberger, chairman and publisher of the New York Times; by Tim Harrower, a news-design guru and author of "Newspaper Designer's Handbook"; and by Ron Hutcheson, senior White House correspondent for Knight Ridder.

Other highlights of the conference included: a roundtable with sports journalism pros Dave Anderson, Mike Freeman and Jill Agostino of the New York Times; a copy editing workshop led by Don Hecker of the New York Times; an investigative reporting session with Chris Adams, a Pulitzer winner with the Washington Post who now works in Knight Ridder's Washington bureau; a business reporting session with Pradnya Joshi of Newsday; a session on photo essays with Susan Watts of the New York Daily News; a resume workshop with Walter Middlebrook of Newsday; a computer-assisted reporting session with Richard Dalton of Newsday; a session on media law with Mike Hiestand of the Student Press Law Center; a news design workshop with Ron Johnson, editor of "Best News Design 24" and "Best News Design 25"; a look at ethics and photo manipulation led by Porter Binks of Sports Illustrated; "Anatomy of a Pulitzer," a look at the reporting process behind a 1995 winner, led by one of its reporters, Stephanie Saul of Newsday; a typography session with Gina Bowden-Pierce of the St. Petersburg Times; and a session on trauma and journalism led by New York Daily News photographer David Handschuh.

Anderson was selected to lead a two-hour tour at the offices of the Associated Press at 50 Rockefeller Plaza. The students and advisers in the group heard from AP executives John Lumpkin and Robert Naylor in addition to being briefed about internship opportunities by Will Chang, senior recruiter for the AP. The AP will be abandoning it's historic headquarters at "50 Rock" in July, moving to a bright, newly remodeled space near Penn Station.

While they were in Manhattan, Elon students were fortunate to meet and be advised by four Elon alumni now working in the New York area. To read more about it, click here.

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