Communications Senior Meghan Packer Takes Hearst Award

A second Elon School of Communications student has finished in the Top 10 nationally in the 2006-07 William Randolph Hearst Foundation's broadcast competition.

Senior Meghan Packer of Wayne, Pa., finished ninth in the television news competition. She joins Elon senior Brian Formica of Plumsteadville, Pa., who earlier finished 10th in the television features category.

Elon students became eligible for the Hearst Awards competition for the first time this year when the School of Communications formally
gained national accreditation in May 2006. Only students at the 110 programs recognized by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) can compete in the Hearst program.

"Meghan is an extraordinarily talented broadcast student, and she has earned this honor through her dedication and hard work," said Dr. Paul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications at Elon. Packer serves as a student representative on the Dean's Student Advisory Board.

For finishing in the Top 10 nationally, Packer will receive $500, with a matching grant going to the School of Communications. The professional judges were from Chicago and San Francisco, where the Hearst Foundation is based.

The Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program also includes writing and news photography categories, with awards totaling more than $450,000 a year in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.


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