Journalism students enjoy
New York media sessions


Six Elon University students joined hundreds of college print, broadcast and online journalists attending the Spring National College Media Convention in New York City March 16-20. The group included Pendulum editors KeiSaundra Henderson, Sarah Moser, Virginia Galvez, Martha Page Ransdell, Alana Dunn and Brittany Smith. 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 address by Gail Collins, editorial page editor for the New York Times; a session on assigning photos with Newsday Photo Editor Kim Chapin; a three-hour workshop on page design sponsored by the Society for News Design; a roundtable with sports journalism pros from the New York Times; a copy editing workshop led by Don Hecker of the New York Times; a session titled "Thinking Like an Editor" with Bill Elsen, former editor of the Washington Post; and a panel discussion featuring editors from the Philadelphia Enquirer, Newsday, the Stamford Advocate, the Glen Falls Post-Star and the Newark Star-Ledger.

Anderson was selected to lead 30 students, including Elon's group, on a two-hour tour at the offices of the New York Times. The group visited the gallery dedicated to Pulitzer winners from the Times and traveled from level to level in the Times offices learning about the newspaper's operations. Students said they especially enjoyed sitting in the chairs Times editors occupy when they have their daily news budget meetings.

While they were in Manhattan, Elon students were fortunate to meet and be advised by two Elon alums now working in the New York area. Sally Lynch, an editor with Hearst's Shop Etc. magazine, and Steve Earley, a reporter with the Kingston, N.Y., Daily Freeman, visited with the students and shared their perspectives as 2004 Elon graduates just beginning their careers in communications.



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