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Elon students engage in audience research with Winston-Salem communications firm

Nearly a dozen School of Communications students participated in a consumer immersion research exercise, building on coursework that explores the relationships between the producers of media messages and their audiences.

Elon professor's research on 'fake news' ecosystem generating international attention

Jonathan Albright, assistant professor of communications, is exploring the connections between websites distributing "fake news" and propaganda and the tools used to track reader preferences. 

School of Communications publishes fall 2016 issue of research journal

This semester's edition marks the 14th in the history of the Elon Journal, the nation’s first and only undergraduate research journal in communications.

The Conversation — Experts' roundtable: The future of journalism in Trump's America

Elon Communications Professor Glenn Scott weighs in for this article that explores how journalism can adapt during a time when journalists are facing challenges. 

Elon to celebrate completion of Turner Theatre with screening of alum’s Oscar contender

The 220-seat theater is located in the new Dwight C. Schar Hall and was funded by a gift by the Turner family.

Elon to celebrate completion of Turner Theatre with screening of alum’s Oscar contender

The 220-seat theater is located in the new Dwight C. Schar Hall and was funded by a gift by the Turner family. 

 

Alumni-student collaboration wins top honors at RTDNAC luncheon

Several School of Communications students and graduates were recognized during the Nov. 12 event held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Strategic communications majors thrive in Ketchum's Mindfire Challenge

Fletcher Rowe ’19 and Alex Hale ’19 pitched marketing ideas to the public relations agency’s clients, attempting to solve real-life issues facing the organizations.

Elon students produce online news content at Global Action Summit

Four students and a staff member from the School of Communications provided video and social media coverage for the annual forum that brings together world leaders to discuss perspectives relating to food, health and prosperity. 

In My Words: Remember the Spanish Civil War to understand the dangers of ‘righteousness’ today

Newspapers around North Carolina recently featured a guest column by Tom Nelson, associate professor of communications, who writes about modern lessons to be learned from the Spanish Civil War.

Car Window Poetry project by Elon alum featured on NBC Nightly News

A national audience learned about the project, started this summer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by Alex Lewis '16, during the Nov. 14 news report.

 

Elon alumnus reflects on experience participating in the Coca-Cola and Regal Films Competition

Eric Hernandez ’16, a cinema and television arts major, discusses the support he received and knowledge he gained while competing in the contest for up-and-coming filmmakers.

Communications faculty and staff attend national high school journalism conference

Faculty and staff members presented sessions and ran a sponsorship table at an Indianapolis, Indiana, convention that drew nearly 4,000 attendees.

Elon professor to deliver colloquium talk at UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research

Jessalynn Strauss, an assistant professor in the School of Communications, received one of four 2016-17 William R. Eadington Fellowships, which facilitate research into aspects of the gaming industry and the city of Las Vegas. 

Elon alumnus takes home Emmy Award for work with MLB Network

Jacob Branchaud '13 is an associate producer for "MLB Tonight," a daily show on the MLB Network. 

Colleagues, friends gather to dedicate bench in memory of late professor 

Heidi Glaesel Frontani, a professor of geography and member of Elon's faculty for more than 17 years, died in February following a sudden illness. 

Communications faculty attend BEA’s first-ever Super-Regional Conference

Four School of Communications professors participated in the inaugural Broadcast Education Association event, including Associate Professor Vic Costello who served as a conference co-chair.

Communications faculty, students share advice at honor society event

Lambda Pi Eta hosted an Oct. 27 gathering that included a faculty panel, question-and-answer session and student-to-student mentoring.

Elon News Network to present live election special on Nov. 8

Fifty-six student media members are collaborating to provide real-time storylines, results and insights for the presidential, gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races.

Communication design major wins two first-place awards at college media conference

A pair of communications faculty members and a senior discussed the Elon News Network, which was recognized with several awards at the College Media Association gathering.

Communications Fellows embark on media tour in Atlanta

Twenty-four students met with communications professionals and alumni, receiving a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of several media organizations.

The Schars visit Schar Hall

Elon parents Dwight and Martha Schar made the largest single gift in Elon University history, pledging $12 million to name two new buildings on campus, including the recently opened Dwight C. Schar Hall.

C-SPAN Campaign Bus pulls into Elon, loaded with election resources

The bus is traveling through battleground states with stops at colleges, universities and high schools leading up to the Nov. 8 election. 

Elon alumna sits down with U.S. education secretary to discuss civic engagement

The Oct. 27 discussion between Yasmine Arrington '15, the founder of ScholarCHIPS and a Peace First fellow, and Secretary John B. King Jr. was broadcast live on Facebook. 

iMedia graduate returns to share advice, WordPress expertise

David Kennedy G’10 visited with this year’s Master of Arts in Interactive Media cohort, discussing his own experiences in the graduate program as well as his role creating themes for WordPress, responsible for about 25 percent of websites around the world.

Professor offers insights for News & Observer article about UNC academic fraud case

Jonathan Jones is an instructor in the School of Communications and director of the N.C. Open Government Coalition. 

School of Communications celebrates journalist Scott Anderson and his ‘Fractured Lands’ narrative

As part of his Oct. 25 on-campus lecture, The New York Times Magazine contributing reporter outlined his expansive, 42,000-word article on the Middle East, detailing the nearly two years he spent developing a storyline involving six main characters.

Alumnus begins Hearst Journalism Fellowship in San Francisco

The Elon University journalism major and former Pendulum editor-in-chief started the Hearst Corp.’s two-year fellowship program in August, assigned to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Professor cited in Columbia Journalism Review article on recent N.C. libel case

Jonathan Jones, instructor in communications and director of the N.C. Open Government Coalition, offered insights for the article, "A daily's loss in court may cause journalists to rethink how they communicate."

Elon News Network brings home awards from National College Media Convention

Two alumni and a student also lead sessions at the conference, which was held Oct. 20-23 in Washington, D.C.

In My Words: How to disagree in close quarters

The Burlington Times-News and The Huffington Post recently featured a guest column by Anthony Hatcher, associate professor of communications, who writes about the lessons learned from students who disagree without being disagreeable. 

The Conversation: What Myanmar's bizarre capital tells us about the future of travel

Elon Communications professor David Bockino writes about how social media is impacting our travel plans and experiences. 

Lambda Pi Eta to present 'How to Succeed as a Communications Major' event

An event to help Elon students learn about and navigate the different majors in the School of Communications will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in McEwen 013.‚Äč

 

Third screening of the III Hispanic Film Series generates great turnout

The film series was organized by Professors Nicole Triche in Communications and Professors Ketevan Kupatadze, Mayte de Lama, and Federico Pous in World Languages and Cultures. 

The Conversation: Algorithms might be everywhere, but like us, they're deeply flawed

Social media has revolutionised how we communicate. This article by Elon Professor Jonathan Albright is part of a series of articles published by The Conversation that looks at how it has changed the media, politics, health, education and the law.

 

School of Communications opens Dwight C. Schar Hall

Thirty-one classes have shifted from McEwen Communications Building to the new 45,000-square-foot facility, which houses the 230-seat Turner Theatre, Cameron Innovation Lab, Kanarick Media Sandbox and additional classroom and communications lab spaces.

Elon professors publish research examining local languages and global networks

Derek Lackaff and William Moner, faculty members in the School of Communications, shared their research at the 34th annual International Conference on the Design of Communication.

The story of the First Amendment wall in McEwen

As part of the McEwen Communications Building renovation process, the School of Communications installed a 21-foot wall displaying the First Amendment.  

Elon faculty, staff present at International Service-Learning Research Conference

The annual conference, which is a scholarly venue to disseminate new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement, was held Sept. 26-28 in New Orleans.

elondocs welcomes new members, new office space

The School of Communications’ documentary program introduces its 10-student cohort for the 2016-17 academic year.

Communications professors study the benefits of student agency experience

Associate Professors Lee Bush and Dan Haygood and Lecturer Hal Vincent examined the long-term impact of student-run agency experience on graduates’ careers.

Elon professor calls Bob Woodward a ‘natural teacher’ following class visit

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author spoke with Associate Professor Rich Landesberg’s ‘Broadcast News Writing’ class, discussing the intricacies of investigative reporting with the School of Communications students.

Journalism major publishes social commentary essay on ESPN’s The Undefeated

Emmanuel Morgan ’19, a Queen City native and young African-American male, shares his perspective on the nation’s racial climate and his hometown’s response following the recent death of Keith Lamont Scott during a police altercation.

Professor Ahmed Fadaam presents on the evolution of art in Iraq

At this year's second Global Neighborhood House Dinner on the theme "The Arts Without Borders," Assistant Professor of Communications Ahmed Fadaam guided students through the evolutions of art in Iraq.

Communications Advisory Board makes fall visit, tours new facilities

Board members and guests visited campus on Sept. 30 to share their professional insight with faculty and students and receive an update on the school’s ongoing expansion project.

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf offers optimistic view of the evolution of technology at Elon Q&A

Google's chief Internet evangelist, known as one of the "fathers of the Internet," talked with Elon students, faculty and staff about the impact of technology on modern life. 

Woodward: America should know more about 'what goes on in the centers of power'

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Bob Woodward was the speaker for Elon's Fall Convocation on Sept. 29. 

Elon student recalls winning a college grant as a first-grader

Twelve years before MacKenzie Walsh ’20, a first-year strategic communications major, set foot on campus, she entered and won a children’s drawing contest to support her aspirations to one day attend college.

Elon alum photographs ‘The Embrace Seen Around the World’

Al Drago '15, now working for The New York Times, captured a heartfelt moment between Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush, which generated significant online buzz in the days that followed.

Kelly Siewers ’17 named a Provost Scholar in recognition of her college athletics research

During the past two years, the sport and event management and business management double major has examined the reasons why collegiate athletic departments have decided to reclassify to Division I.