Elon wins top honors
at BEA for student news


"Phoenix14News," Elon's student-produced newscast, earned first-place honors among college newscasts at a Broadcast Education Association awards ceremony April 21 in Las Vegas.

"I cannot 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.

"The awards 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."

Lashendock and Douglas were in Las Vegas to accept the BEA awards. The BEA Student News competition included 179 schools from across the country.

"Phoenix14News" 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.

The 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.



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