Pendulum wins several awards from college media organizations
Students also presented a session and blogged about their experiences during a student media conference in Philadelphia.
The Pendulum, Elon University’s student news organization, won several awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association at the joint National Student Media Convention from Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Philadelphia.
Two students and Pendulum adviser and coordinator of student media Colin Donohue also presented a session.
The list of honors was topped by a first-place Best of Show Multimedia Package award and a second-place Best Photo Slideshow honor, both from ACP. The full list of winners is below:
Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker and Individual Awards
These are ACP’s most prestigious competitions. The organization accepts entries from newspapers, yearbooks, news websites, literary magazines and general interest magazines nationwide. The Pendulum has been named an Online Pacemaker finalist three times in the last five years and won a Newspaper Pacemaker in 2009. (Full lists of winners.)
- Second place in the Photo Slideshow competition for “Voices of Elon: Conor ‘Kayak’ Janda” produced by junior Sophia Asmuth.
- Honorable mention in the Newspaper Page/Spread competition for “Putting Passion into Practice” by Kristen Case ’14.
- Honorable mention in the Sports Story of the Year competition for “Pay to Play: Ugly football games serve more purpose than entertainment” written by Andrew Wilson ’14.
- Honorable mention in the Multimedia Sports Story of the Year competition for “Get the sticks ready: Elon women’s lacrosse ready for competition” produced by Zachary Horner ’14 and Christine Williams ’14.
College Media Association Pinnacle Awards
CMA’s Pinnacle Awards honor the best college newspapers, news and radio stations, websites, yearbooks, magazines, and individual work. This year, the competition netted more than 2,800 entries from colleges and universities nationwide. (Full lists of winners.)
- Second place in the Best Multimedia Feature Presentation competition for “Predator control deepens struggles for co-existence between wild canines, humans” by Stephanie Butzer ’14.
Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show Awards
The Best of Show awards are open only to student media groups who submit their entries during the convention. Categories are offered for newspaper, yearbook, website, magazine, special section and multimedia package. (Full list of winners.)
- First place in the Multimedia Package competition for “Incarceration in America: An In-Depth Look at the Prison System in the U.S.” produced by Kate Riley, Grace Elkus, Addie Haney, Nicole Esplin, Andrew Wilson, Andrew Creech, Christine Williams and Kristin Martin, all 2014 alumni.
- Third place in the Four-Year Weekly Tabloid competition for The Pendulum.
- Fourth place in the Website Small School competition for The Pendulum website.
Additionally, Colonnades, Elon’s literary and art journal, placed third in ACP’s Best of Show Literary Magazine competition.
Pendulum editor in chief Jonathan Black, news editor Michael Bodley and Donohue '05 also presented a session Nov. 1 titled “Bi-Weekly and Back: Publishing (More or Less).” The session description read: “Digital first. Online only. 24/7 news coverage. Declining advertising. All are real reasons to shift print publication cycles. But does a shift to less-frequent publication work? Hear from a news that went from weekly to biweekly and back—after recognizing the benefits of a seven-day news production stretch.”
In addition to Black, Bodley and Donohue, features editor Caroline Fernandez, sports editor Tommy Hamzik and assistant news editor/design editor Kaitlin Dunn also attended the convention. They blogged about their conference experience at www.pendulumconvention.wordpress.com.
This year, more than 2,200 students from schools across the country attended the 93rd National Student Media Convention, which features hundreds of journalism sessions, networking opportunities, professional critiques and other special events.