Elon's student-produced newscast, earned first-place honors among
college newscasts at a Broadcast Education Association awards ceremony
April 21 in Las Vegas.
begin to say how excited I am, but more importantly, how proud I
am of the team of people who made this dream a reality," said
news director David Douglas, an Elon junior.
are a tribute to the work of the faculty who teach communications
and to the students in Elon's program," said Linda Lashendock, ESTV
adviser. "Each of our shows - "Win Stuff," "Straight Talk" and "Phoenix
14News" - have been honored with at least one award this year."
and Douglas were in Las Vegas to accept the BEA awards. The BEA
Student News competition included 179 schools from across the country.
also brought home the top honor in the competition's feature-story
category for its investigative story "Facebook Fear,"
a piece that exposed the potential hidden dangers of thefacebook.com.
The story was
a team effort by Erin Flynn, a senior and the show's senior correspondent
and chief I-Team investigator, and Douglas, who produced the piece.
An ABC "20/20" producer who judged the story when it was
also entered in the IRE competition has contacted Elon about the
possibility of using some part of it in a future network story on
the same topic.
award-winning edition of "Phoenix14News Tonight" was anchored by
senior Agnes Bannigan and junior Scott Myrick, and was produced
by senior Jennifer Sposato.
A crew of more
than 40 students worked over the year to produce the show. The winning
newscast aired live at Elon Oct. 11, 2004.