Elon well represented
at '05 BEA conference


A number of School of Communications faculty and staff members and students have been invited to play important roles in the Broadcast Education Association's annual conference in Las Vegas April 20 to 23. Groups of students representing Elon Student Television, the radio station WSOE and the Elon chapter of the Radio & Television News Directors Association will make the trip to enjoy both BEA and National Association of Broadcasters convention highlights.

Most Elon participation will come in the events of the Broadcast Education Association conference.

Vic Costello is the vice-chairperson for the Faculty Interactive Multimedia Competition Awards of BEA. Winners will be honored at the Media Arts Festival April 22. Costello will also be the moderator and a panelist at the session "Digital Storytelling 101: Teaching Basic Principles of Design and Production in a Convergence Curriculum."His portion of the presentation is titled "Digital Media Boot Camp: Laying the Foundation of Transferable Concepts and Skills."

Brooke Barnett will join this panel, presenting "How the Mind and Eye Work: Visual Theory and Digital Media Production."

Tom Nelson will moderate a panel titled "Endangered Species: The TV Newsroom Internship," which will examine a trend toward fewer slots for students in the nation's newsrooms. In addition to Brian Trauring of WTVG-TV Toledo, participants will include Jala Anderson, internship director at Elon; Matt Belanger, a senior from Elon who has already accepted a post-graduation job at KELO in Sioux Falls, S.D.; and David Overton of Emerson College.

Paul Parsons and Don Grady will be panelists for a session titled "Assessing Media Education: Developing and Measuring Student-Learning Outcomes." The panel will share useful information about the measurement of student learning outcomes. The session was inspired by the greater emphasis today on assessment in higher education. Legislatures and regional and professional accrediting bodies are requiring programs to not only explain who they are and what they do (an inputs model) but also are requiring that programs document what their students are learning (an outputs model). Parsons will discuss the use of institutional data, surveys, interviews, and advisory boards. Grady will focus on internships, competitions, and careers.

Grady and Connie Book will make a presentation summarizing the results of their NAB Research Grant-funded project "Consumer Adoption of New Radio Distribution Systems." Book will also take part in the Research Division Business Meeting, as a discussant of research in progress, and she will moderate the presentation of the "Research in Progress" competition a separate session.

Rich Landesberg will participate in the panel "The Realities of Teaching Broadcast Journalism in an Environment of Changing News Values." His segment of the panel is titled "Convincing Students that Broadcast News is Journalism, Not Just Another Reality Show."

Book teamed with Elon senior Brandi Little and Harry Jessell, former editor-in-chief of Broadcasting and Cable, to take first place in the Open Research Competition in the Broadcast Education Association's gender issues division. The research is titled "An Examination of the Women Featured in Broadcasting and Cable."



Share your news and items of interest. To contact us, e-mail: communications@elon.edu
School of Communications 
2850 Campus Box 
Elon, NC 27244-2010   (336) 278-5724 
E-mail: communications@elon.edu
Last Modified:  2/11/05
Copyright Elon University