Student Sports Show Wins No. 1 in Nation

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Elon's student-produced sports show "The Elon Phoenix Weekly," which airs regionally on ESPN2, received a national first place for "Best News/Sports Feature" from the Association of Higher Education Cable Television Administrators.

The Elon award, announced in July 2007, went to Tiffany Lyons, the student producer of "Phoenix Weekly." The entry was a compilation that included an interview with Elon alumnus Jack McKeon, who led the Florida Marlins to the World Series titles in 2003; coverage of the Southern Conference basketball tournament in Charleston, S.C.; and several studio segments. As student producer, Lyons receives a $500 award. She is a rising senior from McLean, Va.

J. McMerty, coordinator of video projects in the School of Communications, serves as executive producer of the 30-minute show, which began airing in September 2006 on ESPN2 in a five-county region of North Carolina. The weekly show airs on Saturday mornings when classes are in session. It is a joint production of the School of Communications and the Athletics Department, with funding through the Provost's Office.

"This is great news for our first year of production," McMerty said. "The students work incredibly hard, and they are already planning for another award-winning year."

Watch all 12 episodes of Elon Phoenix Weekly from the spring of 2007, including the episode featuring McKeon.

The other national award winners were Emerson College, New York University and UCLA. Emerson won for best student television network, and an Emerson student won for best news feature, an NYU student won for best branding and graphics package, and a UCLA student won for best student short. The national awards are sponsored by MTV Networks, home to mtvU.

AHECTA's awards are open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at AHECTA member institutions. The competition is judged by individuals selected from AHECTA institutions who review all submissions and choose the best for recognition.


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