Pendulum, Elon Local News named regional finalists in SPJ competition
Many students and the organizations themselves were recognized regionally by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Students from "Elon Local News" and The Pendulum, Elon University's two student-run daily news-gathering organizations, were named finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards competition. The Pendulum, its website and "Elon Local News" themselves also claimed finalist nods.
Below is a list of the finalists:
- BEST ALL-AROUND NON-DAILY STUDENT NEWSPAPER — The Pendulum for its April 24, 2013, Sept. 25, 2013, and Nov. 20, 2013 editions
- BEST AFFILIATED WEBSITE — The Pendulum
- BEST ALL-AROUND TELEVISION NEWSCAST — Elon Local News for its Sept. 30, 2013 broadcast
- BEST ALL-AROUND RADIO NEWS CAST — ELN Radio for its Nov. 20, 2013 broadcast
- IN-DEPTH REPORTING (SMALL) — Ethan Smith for "Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: The cost beyond a power bill"
- IN-DEPTH REPORTING (SMALL) — Katherine Blunt for "Scared into silence: Sexual assault persists as underreported college crime"
- IN-DEPTH REPORTING (SMALL) — Michael Bodley for "Subjected to satellite: Rural N.C. communities lag behind the possibilities of developed broadband"
- GENERAL NEWS REPORTING (SMALL) — Rebecca Iannucci for "Putting passion into practice: Teach for America remains successful despite criticism"
- GENERAL NEWS REPORTING (SMALL) — Ethan Smith for "National minimum wage at lowest real value since 1968, workers barely above poverty line"
- EDITORIAL WRITING (SMALL) — The Pendulum Editorial Board for "Why settle for lackluster leadership when it comes to controversial issues," "Chick-fil-A (and its symbolism) to remain on campus" and "The future can wait: Elon needs to build for now"
- SPORTS WRITING (SMALL) — Andrew Wilson for "Pay for play: Ugly football games serve more purpose than entertainment"
- SPORTS WRITING (SMALL) — Andrew Wilson for "Back to basics: Kennedy cites 'under control' defense as key to successful 2013"
- PHOTO ILLUSTRATION (SMALL)— Al Drago for "Breaking the bank"
- PHOTO ILLUSTRATION (SMALL) — Katy Canada for "Would you like mold with that?"
- SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY (SMALL) — Al Drago for "Cameron Crazies" (The Pendulum) and "Wheel Fan" (Raleigh News & Observer)
- GENERAL NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY (SMALL) — Al Drago for "The First Day of School" and "Coming Home" (Raleigh News & Observer)
- BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY (SMALL) — Al Drago for "Moral Monday Takes a Stand" (Raleigh News & Observer)
- FEATURE WRITING (SMALL) — Abby Franklin for "Seeing black, feeling color: Music education student overcomes disability to express art"
- FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY (SMALL) — Al Drago for "Students relaxing in spring"
- TELEVISION GENERAL NEWS REPORTING — Nicole Chadwick for "Elon Dining Problems"
- TELEVISION BREAKING NEWS REPORTING — Joe Bruno for "Jason Swepson Fired"
- TELEVISION IN-DEPTH REPORTING — Nicole Chadwick, Jasmine Turner, Megan Foard and Mei Bess for "Diversity at Elon"
- ONLINE SPORTS REPORTING — Justin Biegel and Brennan McGovern for "From Elon to the NFL: Mellette Drafted by Super Bowl Champion Ravens"
SPJ Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards are given in newspaper, TV, radio and online categories. Awards are given only to those who place in the top three in the region. First-place winners at the regional level move on to the national competition, at which time they will compete with 11 other first-place regional finishers. Region 2 comprises North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. Results of the Region 2 competition will be revealed at the regional conference awards luncheon Saturday, March 29 in Washington, D.C.