Eric Townsend

Director of Elon University News Bureau
Truitt Hall 111
2030 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
etownsend4@elon.edu (336) 278-7413

Professional Expertise

Media Relations and Journalistic Storytelling

Brief Biography

I joined the Office of University Communications at Elon University in August 2007 after working in newspapers for several years. My primary responsibilities are to manage content for E-net, the university's news website, and to assist journalists who need information about the campus community. I contribute to the Magazine of Elon alumni magazine and to the university's social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, and I manage the Elon University Writers Syndicate.

Education

Master of Journalism, University of Maryland - College Park, 2003

Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude), University of Delaware, 2001

Employment History

Director of the Elon University News Bureau, Elon University, August 2007-present

Staff writer, News & Record newspaper (Greensboro, N.C.), May 2004-August 2007

Staff writer, Cecil Whig newspaper (Elkton, Md.), June 2003-April 2004

Staff writer, Middletown Transcript newspaper (Middletown, Del.), August 2001-May 2002

Courses Taught

Elon 101, a one-credit course for incoming students

Leadership Positions

Board of directors, College News Association of the Carolinas, 2009-present

Service Activities

Former volunteer with the Greensboro chapter of the American Red Cross (Disaster Action Team member)

Staff advisor for a student-organized Hurricane Katrina relief trip to New Orleans in January 2013

Skills

News and feature writing; social media; basic photography and videography; media relations.