Governor proclaims March 20 Sunshine Day in N.C.
North Carolina Governor Mike Easley has signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, March 20 as Sunshine Day in the state. Sunshine Day is a day set aside to celebrate and create further awareness of the importance of the practice of open government. Details...
Historical view of state's public records may hint at clearing skies - commentary by Dale Harrison
Prospects for sunshine in North Carolina are rather bleak, according to The Citizen Access Project - rather "cloudy," in fact. The CAP ranks the nation's states by degree of statutory access to public records, classifying each in terms of a weather forecast. Details...
Council of state candidates detail opinion on open government in North Carolina
ELON, N.C. — A majority of statewide political candidates in
North Carolina favor requiring state agencies that violate public records law
to pay legal fees for those who sue for records, and two-thirds of them say
that finalists for major state and university positions should be made public,
a survey of the candidates shows. eporters from The News & Observer, The Charlotte
Observer, The News & Record of Greensboro, The Winston-Salem Journal and
the Wilson Daily Times interviewed 40 candidates who have filed for statewide
political office. The survey was produced for the North Carolina Open
Government Coalition. Details ...
Elon professor introduces Sunshine Center, outlines state law for communications professionals
A new organization called NC3C held its first
conference in Greenville, N.C., March 6, at which Dale Harrison of the Sunshine
Center spoke about “The State of Sunshine in North Carolina.” The association
comprises city and county communicators – the three Cs – and was founded one
year ago as a group “dedicated to the professional
development and networking of local governmental communications professionals.” Details ...
Sunshine Center debuts open government lesson plan at N.C. Council of Social Studies meeting
Representatives from the Sunshine Center held a session with high
school civics teachers at the North Carolina Council of Social Studies and
showcased a DVD and lesson plan for use in 10th grade civics classes and high
school journalism courses. The DVD was
the creation of Elon University communications students as part of a capstone
experience. Details ...
N.C. Municipal League, Sunshine Center partner to create educational materials
Elon University communications students are working with the North
Carolina League of Municipalities in a joint multimedia effort on public
records. Elon University is home to the
Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. One of the goals of the Sunshine Center is to
foster awareness of the state’s open government laws. Margot Christensen, public affairs director
for the league, pointed out that there are more towns in North Carolina, such
as Cleveland and Columbia, than cities such as Charlotte. Details ...
Making sure we keep the light on
The history of newspapers has two points of entry that
all journalism students are taught; the invention of the printing press in 1440
by Johannes Gutenberg and the beginnings of a literate middle class in the late
1600s. The two attributes made the
exchange of ideas possible and those ideas would launch revolutions and give
way to democracy. Sunshine Week is a celebration of open government in our
democracy, one week each year set aside to remember the importance of
accountability of government to the people it serves. Sunshine acting like literacy and giving way
to an informed electorate. The week of
March 16 begins the national celebration and on Thursday, March 20 the North
Carolina Open Government Coalition will host Sunshine Day at Elon
University. Details ...
Panelists discuss lack of diversity in media
Newsrooms today often lack a racial and ethnic diversity that ensures fair coverage of all parts of a community, five media experts said Feb. 20 in a campus panel discussion, and it is the responsibility of young reporters – regardless of color, gender or religion – to make sure all voices are heard. Details ...
Elon's PRSSA chapter hosts successful conference
The university’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter hosted a regional conference last weekend on international public relations. Details ...
North Carolina Open Government Coalition plans Sunshine Day celebration for March 20
The board of the NC Open Government Coalition, working in tandem with its Sunshine Center at Elon University, is organizing a workshop to celebrate the state's open government laws on March 20, 2008. Details ...
Diversity panel to be held in McKinnon
The Diversity Committee in the School of Communications, is
hosting a panel discussion on diversity in the media from
3:30-5 p.m. today in McKinnon.
Alumni tell students to take advantage of Elon experience in panel discussion
Four Communications alumni participated in a panel discussion Monday afternoon, reflecting on how their Elon experiences helped them gain a foothold in the media industry. Details ...
Broadcast student wins ACC women's basketball contest
School of Communications junior broadcast student Mitch Pittman won a media event sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference in which he produced a broadcast piece about North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow. Details ...
Gaither serving as executive dean of Semester at Sea
Kenn Gaither, assistant professor in the School of Communications, will be serving as executive dean during the spring session of Semester at Sea, a 100-day educational and study abroad program for students. The University of Virginia sponsors the floating university that is open to students nationwide. Gaither has participated in the program seven times previous to this spring's semester voyage. Details ...
Ward-Johnson leads Winter Term course on Civil Rights movement
School of Communications professor Frances Ward-Johnson recently led a group of 28 Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows in a study of the American Civil Rights Movement during a Winter Term course titled "Disarming Injustice: Nonviolence and the Civil Rights Movement." Details ...
Skube column on Ted Kennedy published in News & Observer
Michael Skube, an assistant professor of communications, had a column published Feb. 1, 2008, in the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Details ...
Comm alum premieres feature film at Sundance
Laith al-Majali '05 is at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, this week for the premiere of a feature film he edited and produced titled, "Captain Abu Raed." Majali and his creative team learned in November that their film had been selected for viewing at the prestigious independent film festival, which runs through Jan. 27. Details ...
Students attend Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Six School of Communications students--five of whom were working for either The Pendulum or Phoenix14News and one of whom was producing a story for CurrentTV--went to South Carolina last weekend to cover the GOP primary and the Democratic debate. Details ...
Nelson presents paper on media authenticity
Tom Nelson, an associate professor of communications,
presented a paper titled, "The Media Mask: Questioning
Authenticity" on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Northeastern
University in Boston.
Gibson, students send reflections from L.A. Experience Winter Term course
Assistant professors in the School of Communications Gerald Gibson and Peter Kiwitt took students to Los Angeles for their annual L.A. Experience Winter Term course. Details ...
Guiniven receives top PRSA award
The Tar Heel chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has given John Guiniven, associate professor of communications, the Spinks Award, the organization's highest honor. Details ...
Students attend GOP debate in Myrtle Beach
Sophomore journalism major Angie Lovelace, freshman broadcast major Nick Ochsner and Colin Donohue, coordinator of student media in the School of Communications, traveled Thursday to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the GOP debate in a joint project between The Pendulum and Phoenix14News. Candidates in attendance at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center were former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain. Details ...
Broadcast students in New Orleans to document Katrina radio operations
A team of Elon broadcast and new media majors are in New Orleans the next week gathering interviews and documenting the importance of radio during Hurricane Katrina. The project was conceived by associate professor and associate dean of the School of Communications Connie Book after reading about the struggle and then success of local radio to resume operations post Katrina as a consortium called United Radio Broadcasters of New Orleans. Details ...
Book appointed to N.C. telecommunications board
associate dean of the School of Communications, was sworn in
as a board member of the Agency for Public Telecommunications
(APT) Jan. 9 by Town of Elon Mayor Jerry Tolley. North
Carolina Governor Mike Easley appointed Book to the board.
APT was founded in
1979 to serve as the media production house for state
government. APT works to increase citizen access to
government and services, open the lines of communication
between state leaders and the public, and improve government
efficiency through telecommunications.
Eke to lead Winter Term course to continue Katrina relief
assistant professor of communications, is leading a group of
20 students on a Winter Term course to the Katrina-stricken
areas of southern Mississippi. The course is titled
"Volunteerism, social justice and civic engagement in
the wake of Hurricane Katrina." This is Eke's third
trip to the areas surrounding Bay St. Louis. The group will
be in the area from Jan. 12 to Jan. 20.
Frontani publishes entry in Routledge Encyclopedia
Michael Frontani, associate professor in the School of Communications, has had an entry published in the "Encyclopedia of American Journalism." Details ...
Barnett is guest on WUNC Radio's 'The State of Things'
Brooke Barnett, associate professor of communications, was a guest on the Dec. 31 broadcast of WUNC Radio's "The State of Things." Details ...
Nelson spends five days as guest reporter at N. Dakota TV station
Tom Nelson, associate professor of communications, was a guest reporter for KXMB Television in Bismarck, N.D., from Dec. 17 to Dec. 21. Details ...
Book quoted in Denver Post story on HD television adoption
Connie Book, associate dean of the School of Communications, is quoted in a Denver Post story about the effect new high definition television technology will have on family viewing habits. Book is the author of "Digital Television: DTV and the Consumer," the first book to focus on consumers' needs during the nation's transition to digital television and the emerging digital TV technologies. Details ...
Frontani discusses recent book on WUNC Radio's 'The State of Things'
Michael Frontani, associate professor of communications, was featured on the Dec. 21 broadcast of "The State of Things" on WUNC Radio. Details ...
Hatcher's Religion & Media course featured on Elderhostel Web site
In a summary of highlighted Lifelong Learning Institute courses from around the nation posted on the Elderhostel Web site, a course taught by Anthony Hatcher, associate professor of communications, was featured. As a volunteer instructor, Hatcher taught the course in June 2007 at the Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Details ...
Anderson quoted by BBC News on future of communications
Janna Q. Anderson, assistant professor of communications and director of the Imagining the Internet project, was quoted by BBC News in an article commemorating the 10th anniversary of BBC Online. Details ...
Ward-Johnson receives national grant from PRSA
Ward-Johnson, an associate professor in the School of
Communications, has been awarded a national grant from the
Public Relations Society of America Foundation. The grant of
$4,800 will be used to complete research for a project titled
"Realities in the Workplace: The Future of Minorities in
Public Relations." The research will focus on minority
students and practitioners and their view of public
relations, including job satisfaction, internship and career
opportunities, perceptions of the role of mentors and the
role of professional organizations in pr careers.
Calhoun story represents California in 50 States Project
A short story by School of Communications professor Kenneth Calhoun has been selected to represent California in Ballyhoo Stories 50 States Project. Details ...
Copeland publishes article on religion, science and newspaper hoaxes
David Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor in the School of Communications, has published “A Series of Fortunate Events: Why People Believed Richard Adams Locke’s ‘Moon Hoax’” in the Fall 2007 issue of Journalism History. Details ...
Book featured in News14 report on cable vs. NFL
Connie Book, associate dean of the School of Communications, is featured in an extended interview by News14 Carolina about an ongoing dispute between the cable television industry and the National Football League. Details ...
Costello named chair of BEA Festival of Media Arts
The Broadcast Education Association has named Vic Costello, associate professor of communications, incoming chair of the BEA Festival of Media Arts. He will serve a three-year term beginning in April 2008, at which time he will also become an ex-officio member of the BEA Board of Directors. The BEA Festival of Media Arts is a national refereed competition and exhibition for faculty creative scholarship. The festival also serves as a showcase for student works in broadcast and new media arts. Details ...
Comm students have work published
Several students from associate professor Frances Ward-Johnson?s Strategic Writing and Presentation classes had their work published recently in a variety of outlets. Details ...
School of Communications faculty-student team conduct research at world Internet forum
An eight-person team that included two faculty members, four students and two staff members did research and reporting at the Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Nov. 9-16. The conference was administrated by the United Nations. The group represented Elon's Imagining the Internet Project. Partial funding for the trip was provided by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Communications faculty members Janna Quitney Anderson and
Connie Book led the initiative.
Parsons does ACEJMC work in Kuwait
Paul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications, did a pre-accreditation review at Kuwait University Nov. 10-17. Parsons sat in on several courses, many of which were segregated by gender. Details ...
Comm senior holds book signing on life as son of NFL Hall of Famer
School of Communications senior Jeremy White, son of NFL Hall of Fame defensive lineman Reggie White, held a signing Nov. 15 in McEwen's Studio B for his autobiographical book, "In His Shadow?Growing Up with Reggie White." The book has already been featured on national programs, including those aired on ESPN.
The signing, which was sponsored by the Eta Gamma chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the School of Communications honor society, also featured a reading from White and a question-and-answer session with the audience afterward. Details ...
Nelson has column published in Times-News on Veterans Day
Tom Nelson, an associate professor of communications, had a
column published in the Nov. 11 edition of the (Burlington,
N.C.) Times-News on his annual ritual of visiting the grave
of Staff Sgt. Russell Ketner. Ketner died May 29, 1944, in
battle near Saipan, one of the bloodiest engagements between
the United States and Japan during World War II.
Anderson has column about Web governance published in News & Record
Janna Anderson, assistant professor in the School of Communications, had a column titled "Shared governance of the Web is vital to the greater good" published in the Greensboro News & Record Nov. 11.
Anderson, who is leading a group of faculty, staff and students in the Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, wrote that the Internet should be patrolled by a shared governance to promote a more equal and democratic system of sharing information. Details ...
Journalism student wins scholarship
Lesley Tkaczyk, a journalism major who will graduate from Elon in spring 2008, was recently awarded the Mary R. Parisi College Scholarship, which promotes educational opportunities for established and continuing college students who have epilepsy and are legal residents of the state of Vermont. Details ...
Padgett short story wins Hillerman competition
George Padgett, associate professor in the School of Communications, recently received First Place in the 2007 Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story competition. Details ...
Alum Majali shows film
Laith Majali, a 2005 alumnus of the School of Communications, screened his film "Captain Abu Raed," which is scheduled to have its premiere in Jordan next month. Details ...
Anderson quoted in USA Today
Janna Anderson, assistant professor in the School of Communications, was quoted in an article on USA Today's Web site about college student engagement at colleges and universities nationwide. Details ...
Live Oak Communications is now hiring
The School of Communications at Elon is now accepting student applications for account executives, team leaders, and an assistant director to participate in the student-run communications agency that was launched in the fall of 2007. See the full story for more information and applications. Details ...
Students win big at RTNDAC awards
Elon students carried away four awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas this weekend. At the annual RTNDAC meeting in Charlotte on Saturday, junior Mitch Pittman won a Silver Award for Best Collegiate Sports Story. Senior Kyle Andersen, executive producer of Phoenix14News, accepted the Silver Award for Best Collegiate Newscast. Details ...
Comm alumni: 'Don't be afraid to network'
Three alumni from the School of Communications shared career stories with current students Oct. 26 in a question-and-answer forum meant to help Elon seniors preparing to search for their first jobs after college. Details ...
PRSSA wins national recognition
The Elon University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was presented with five national awards at the 2007 PRSSA National Conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 23—making it one of the three most decorated groups attending the event. Details ...
Ward-Johnson publishes chapter on civil rights activist
Frances Ward-Johnson, associate professor in the School of Communications, has published a chapter titled "Ida B. Wells-Barnett and America's First Anti-Lynching Campaign" in the book, "Women's Use of Public Relations for Progressive-Era Reform: Rousing the Conscience of a Nation." Details ...
Copeland, Makemson participate in AJHA conference
Two Elon School of Communications professors showcased their innovative teaching techniques at a national academic conference on Oct. 12.
David Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor of Journalism in the School of Communications, and Harlen Makemson, assistant professor in the School of Communications, were featured in the panel "Putting the 'Multi' into Media History" at the American Journalism Historians Association conference in Richmond, Va. Details ...
Nelson column on WWII soldier published in News & Record
Tom Nelson, an associate professor in the School of Communications, had a column published Oct. 10 in the News & Record on his reflections of a new documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns. Nelson describes watching the documentary and following the story of a soldier named "Babe," from his days after Pearl Harbor to the battlefields of Italy.
While many Americans tend to view World War II soldiers as
characters in novels or films, Nelson concludes, the
documentary was a reminder that tens of thousands of men and
women - people with families, and jobs, and lives they left
behind to fight tyranny - never returned from the fight.
Six students in the School of Communications were named to the 2008 Bateman team. Last year, Elon placed third out of 104 teams in the competition. Details ...
Distinguished panel highlights SPJ conference in D.C.
The highlight of the conference was a session titled "Watergate: Thirty-five Years Later" that featured a distinguished panel that included former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, former Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, former Watergate investigation committee member Scott Armstrong, author Alicia Shepard and former CBS reporter Daniel Shorr. The discussion was moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS News. Details ...
Live Oak Communications agency launches in School of Communications
The Elon University School of Communications is launching a full-service communications agency this fall that will allow students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real client situations.
Live Oak Communications will function like a real agency, working with paying clients across North Carolina and on campus. In 2008, the agency plans to move into office space located on Williamson Avenue, across from the School of Communications. Details ...
Gaither names series editor for Cambria Mass Communication Collection
School of Communications assistant professor Kenn Gaither was named series editor for the Cambria Mass Communication Collection. Details ...
Denver Post quotes Book on high-definition technology
Connie Book, associate dean of the School of Communications, was interviewed by the Denver Post for an article on the way high-definition technology is changing the way families interact. Details ...
Bush speaks at PRSA event
Lee Bush, assistant professor of communications, was invited to be speaker for the Oct. 9 meeting of the Tar Heel Chapter meeting of the Public Relations Society of America. Her topic, "Mass Participation: Engaging your audience in a dialogue with your brand," invites the audience to learn more about "human exchange" marketing and how organizations can build brand loyalty and relationships by providing a forum for customers to engage in things that matter the most to them. Details ...
Nelson leads workshop on diversity research, teaching
Tom Nelson, an associate professor in the School of Communications, led a diversity research & teaching seminar at the Broadcast Education Association's regional conference at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga. Details ...
N.C. Open Government Coalition wins grant
The North Carolina Open Government Coalition was recently awarded a $35,000 operations grant from the National Freedom of Information Coalition. The funds will be used to support the work of the coalition for the next three years while it works to secure an endowment to support permanently the operations of the coalition's Sunshine Center. Details ...
Gaither quoted in Triad Business Journal on overseas customs
Filmmaker Hoffman to show documentaries on campus
The Elon University School of Communications will be hosting acclaimed documentary filmmaker David Hoffman on campus Wednesday and Thursday. He will be showing his documentaries “The Fever of ’57,” “ Bluegrass Roots: On The Road With Bluegrass Musicians” and “Guerrilla Media: A Citizen's Guide to Using the Electronic Media for Social Change.” The event is sponsored by ElonDocs, the School of Communications program for documentary production. Details ...
Advisory board makes first visit of academic year
Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture by George Will and a roundtable discussion on a graduate education in communications headlined the Elon University School of Communications Advisory Board meeting Sept. 21. Leading professional communicators from across the United States convened for the biannual gathering.
Thirteen members of the board participated in the meeting and heard remarks from Dean Paul Parsons in a presentation titled, “On Arriving: Signs We Have Arrived, and Signs We Have Yet to Arrive,” which detailed the school’s news of the year and plans for the future. Details ...
Calhoun has story published
Kenneth Calhoun, assistant professor of communications, has published a story titled "Neighbor" in Quick Fiction magazine. The nationally-distributed magazine is celebrated as a venue for flash fiction, or short-short fiction, and features stories of 500 words or less. Details ...
Gaither publishes book
Kenn Gaither, assistant professor of communications, recently had his book, titled "Building a Nation's Image on the World Wide Web: A Study of the Head of State Web Sites of Developing Countries," published this month. It's the second book Gaither has had published; although, it's the first he's written by himself. The book is based on his doctoral dissertation. Details ...
Meet the 2007 Communications Fellows
The School of Communications welcomed 22 new Fellows to the program this year. Meet them here. Details ...
Eke quoted in Washington Post article
Ocek Eke, assistant professor of communications, was quoted in a Sept. 16 Washington Post story about demonstrations that took place in Washington D.C. The story was titled "Dueling Demonstrations: As Thousands March to Capitol to Protest Iraq Conflict, 189 Arrested; War Supporters Take on 'Vocal Minority.'"
Eke joined thousands of people calling for an end to the Iraq war. Details ...
Anderson profiled in Triad Business Journal
Janna Quitney Anderson, assistant professor of communications and director of Internet projects for the School of Communications, was profiled in the Sept. 14 edition of the Triad Business Journal. Details ...
'Black Mountain' documentary airs Sunday Under the Oaks
"Fully Awake: Black Mountain College," a documentary co-directed by 2006 School of Communications graduate Neely House and sponsored by elondocs, will air at 8 p.m. Sunday Under the Oaks.
Hidden in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Black Mountain College (1933?1957) was an influential experiment in education that inspired and shaped several 20th century American artists. Details ...
Scott Co-Authors Book Chapter
Glenn Scott, assistant professor in the School of Communications, co-authored a chapter titled "Fraud Talk: How Banks Use Online Efforts to Fight Phishing" in the book "New Media and Public Relations," edited by Sandra C. Duhe of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Details ...
Nelson presents paper at global conference
Tom Nelson, an associate professor in the School of Communications, presented a paper at the Global Fusion conference. The paper titled, "An Article of Faith: Electronic News Gathering and the Global Audience" was delivered on Sept. 8 in St. Louis, Mo. Details ...
Anderson participates in 2007 foresight reports
Janna Anderson, assistant professor in the School of Communications, made contributions to two recent international foresight reports: The State of the Future 2007, published by the Millennium Project of the World Federation of UN Associations; and The Metaverse Roadmap Overview.
The Millennium Project of WFUNA is a global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs and universities. Details ...
Four Join School's Faculty
Four new faculty members with strong and varied professional and educational backgrounds will be joining the ranks in the School of Communications starting in Fall 2007. The four additions brings the school’s number of full-time faculty to 35. Details ...
Padgett, Saltz Undertaking Projects during Fall Semester
Faculty members George Padgett and Staci Saltz will be absent from the halls of the School of Communications during the fall semester. Padgett will be on sabbatical, and Saltz will be teaching in Costa Rica. Details ...
Trigoboff article runs on TVNewsday
Dan Trigoboff, adjunct instructor of Communications, covered the opening session of the Radio-Television News Directors Assocation in April for TVNewsday.
Trigoboff focused his article on an address from Michael Rosenblum, a "video journalism evangelist." Rosenblum said TV journalists "are dead."
Trigoboff writes, " Rosenblum referred to the conventional ENG gear, sometimes costing tens of thousands of dollars, as 'paperweights.' Details ...
Journalism student named U.S. Military print journalist of the year
Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown, an Elon student who is serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserves, won top honors in the Army's journalism competition.
Hemmerly-Brown is a journalism major who was deployed to the Middle East in June 2006 as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. As a public affairs specialist, she writes stories, takes photographs, produces a newspaper and works with members of the news media. Details ...
Ward-Johnson article is cover story in The Public Relations Strategist
An article by Frances Ward-Johnson, associate professor in the School of Communications, is the lead story in the latest issue of The Public Relations Strategist, the award-winning publication of the Public Relations Society of America.
Ward-Johnson’s article, which appears in the magazine’s crisis issue, details an in-person interview she held with Larry Hincker, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s leading spokesperson and associate vice president of the Office of University Relations. Details ...
Aitcheson's film selected for Charlotte Film Festival
A video produced by former video producer and television services staff member Marion Aitcheson during a Project Pericles service sabbatical has been selected for the 2007 Charlotte Film Festival. The film was produced in part with Elon Docs, a School of Communications organization run by associate professor Brooke Barnett.
Aitcheson was born and raised in the city of Eisenach during the height of Soviet controlled East Germany. Her early years were spent with loving grandparents until a series of fateful events and family indifference forced her into the care of the East German social system. Details ...
Padgett receives award from AEJMC
George Padgett, associate professor in the School of Communications, is the 2007 recipient of the Professional Freedom & Responsibility Award from the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Padgett received the award at the AEJMC national convention in Washington, D.C., on August 10. It was presented by Professor John Carvalho of Auburn University.
The award recognizes one faculty member nationally whose life and work display a commitment to free expression, ethics, diversity and public service. Details ...
Faculty members attend AEJMC national convention in Washington, D.C.
Fourteen faculty members from Elon’s School of Communications participated in the 2007 national convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C. Details ...
Comm student's story about teen pregnancy runs in News & Record
The series of articles written by Elon Journalism and English major Alyse Knorr as her Summer Undergraduate Research Experience project is appearing in the Life section of the online and print versions of the Greensboro News & Record today and August 20.
Knorr tells the stories of six young Alamance County women who have become mothers as teens. She began laying the groundwork for the long-form, creative non-fiction project in the fall of 2006, finding a faculty mentor and identifying the concept she wanted to explore. Details ...
ELON Academy documentary airs tonight on UNC-TV
A documentary about the ELON Academy will air at 7:30 tonight on North Carolina Now, a program that can be seen on UNC-TV. The film was produced in conjunction with Elon Docs. Details ...
IGF documentary now available for viewing online
The 13-minute documentary film and 27 video interviews
recorded by an Elon University School of Communications
research team at the United Nations-sponsored Internet
Governance Forum in Athens, Greece, in Fall 2006 are now
Elon School of Communications alumni check in with updates on their professional and educational careers. Details ...
Book asked to advise Panasonic's Living in HD project
Connie Book, associate professor and associate dean of the School of Communications, was part of a press conference in New York Aug. 1 that discussed Panasonic's Living in HD Project. The initiative, which lasts until March 2008, will provide 30 families with full access to Panasonic's A/V and IT product suites. The promotional campaign aims to study how high-definition technology affects American family life.
Results from a Harris Interactive survey, in part, spurred the start of the HD exploration. The survey revealed that just 52 percent of parents feel they spend enough quality time with their children. Of those polled, 63 percent said they would be willing to spend more money on technology if it meant a substantive increase in family time. Details ...
Filmmaker in residence poised to submit documentary to film festivals
Katrina Taylor, an Elon alumna and the filmmaker in residence for Elon Docs, recently finished a film called "Green Hair Grey Hair," a documentary about an unlikely partnership between punk rockers and a group of seniors. She's now gearing up to submit her film to festivals.
A description of the documentary reads, "What do punk rockers and senior citizens have in common? Washington, D.C., is in the midst of rapid gentrification. In the Shaw/ North Capitol area, a low-income, mostly African-American community is being forced out of a neighborhood and a city they helped build. Details ...
Student sports show wins No. 1 in nation
"The Elon Phoenix Weekly" television program, which airs locally on ESPN2, has been honored with first-place accolades in the “Best News/Sports Feature” category at the Association of Higher Education Cable Television Administrators (AHECTA) Annual Student Production Awards sponsored by mtvU. Details ...
Copeland quoted in Baltimore Sun article about anonymous blogger
David A. Copeland, the A.J. Fletcher professor of journalism in the School of Communications, was recently quoted in a Baltimore Sun article about an anonymous blogger who has riled up some Democrats in Maryland. The Internet unknown has started a Web site called www.omalleywatch.com, in which he has chronicled Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) "broken promises."
In the article, Copeland said anonymous journalism is not a recent development. It was a tactic used by many journalists and printers in Colonial America as a way to defend themselves against possible charges of seditious libel. Details ...
Anderson plays part in release of Metaverse Roadmap
The Metaverse Roadmap Overview was officially released by the Acceleration Studies Foundation July 20. School of Communications faculty member Janna Anderson was a participant in the summit that kicked off the report, and she has been a contributor to the research.
From the Metaverse site:
“Metaverse Roadmap is the first public 10-year forecast and visioning survey of 3D Web technologies, applications, markets and potential social impacts. Areas of exploration include the convergence of Web applications with networked computer games and virtual worlds, the use of 3D creation and animation tools in virtual environments, digital mapping, artificial life, and the underlying trends in hardware, software ..." Details ...
Parsons named to International Journal board
Paul Parsons, professor and dean of the School of Communications, has been named to the editorial board of the new Journal of Global Mass Communications. Details...
Comm student reflects on trip to Far East
Justin Hite, managing editor of The Pendulum student newspaper, was one of nine students nationwide to be selected for a Scripps Howard Foundation journalism study trip to Japan and South Korea.
Hite is a junior journalism and corporate communications major from Herndon, Va., who works as a sports reporter for the Burlington Times-News on the side.
The Scripps Howard Foundation awarded the 13-day journalism study trip to Japan and South Korea to nine finalists who entered its annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition. Details ...
Guiniven writes column for News & Record
John Guiniven, associate professor of communications, wrote an opinion column titled, "My fellow consumers, er, I mean citizens," for the July 15 edition of the Greensboro News & Record about the marketing of political candidates. Guiniven says consumers buy or sell politicians, which is why candidates for political office are manufactured, packaged and presented to the public in the most glowing terms.
"An entire industry has developed to bring sophisticated marketing to the electoral process," Guiniven writes. Details ...
Skube has column published in L.A. Times
School of Communications faculty member Michael Skube had a column titled, "The No. 1 reason to rank colleges," published in the L.A. Times on July 8. In the column, Skube writes that college rankings vehicles, such as U.S. News & World Report, are important to a student's selection process. He argues that, while these rankings are inherently flawed because of their subjective nature, they still serve a university purpose--marketing the institution--and a student purpose--finding the school that feels right.
"But has Elon attracted better students because of its rising stock, or has it been the other way round?" Skube writes. Details ...
Distinguished panel discusses Triad's economic, educational outlook in School of Communications
A notable panel of Triad business and education leaders gathered in Elon’s School of Communications to discuss economic and academic issues affecting central North Carolina during the third Triad CEO Forum, which aired live Wednesday night on UNC-TV. Elon President Leo Lambert and Elon trustee Louis DeJoy partook in the roundtable conversation.
The guests examined the transformation of the Triad from an economy centered on textile mills and the furnishing industry to a burgeoning “aerotropolis” and technological haven. Details ...
Ward-Johnson article published
An article by Frances Ward-Johnson, associate professor in the School of Communications, recently appeared in the July issue of Public Relations Tactics, an award-winning monthly publication from the Public Relations Society of America.
The article, titled "Why hiring and retaining diverse employees is key today: Tips on how to succeed," focuses on one of the hottest topics for today's PR managers: recruiting and maintaining a diverse workforce. Details ...
Three faculty members receive R&D grants
Janna Anderson, Harlen Makemson and Randy Piland, three faculty members in the School of Communications, were approved for Faculty Research and Development grants. Details ...
Elon Comm Fellows begin work on ELON Academy documentary
Communications Fellows Randy Gyllenhaal and Meredith Gulley have begun work this summer on a documentary that will chronicle the daily lives of underprivileged high school students from the Alamance-Burlington school system who are participating in the ELON Academy. Gyllenhaal and Gulley, both rising sophomores and broadcast majors, are in the first year of their three-year Elon Docs project. The purpose of their film isn’t to promote the ELON Academy, but rather, to present the stories of students who, while academically gifted, may not be considering college as a future option because of dire financial circumstances. Details ...
Saltz works with ELON Academy
School of Communications faculty member Staci Saltz has spent her summer instructing Alamance-Burlington high school students as part of the ELON Academy. Saltz is leading a course called Technology Applications, in which she teaches students how to communicate through different forms of technology, be they cameras and photography, the Internet or e-mail. Her hope, she said, is that students understand how to use, for example, a personal Web page or photographic imagery to correspond effectively with the wider world. Details ...
Parsons leads session at Singapore conference
Dean Paul Parsons of the School of Communications led a session on program assessment at the inaugural World Journalism Education Congress in Singapore, which attracted more than 400 delegates from 45 nations from June 25-28, 2007.
Journalism administrators from around the world attended the session featuring panelists from China, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Details ...
UPDATE from the China Blog: Landesberg provides latest entry
June 29, 2007
After almost six weeks in China, it is time. Time to pack the bags, wrap up all my new treasures and savor all my new treasured memories.
I realize that I have not updated in a while. So before getting on the plane, here goes. Last week on June 18, Ocek, I and our Chinese colleague “Michael” left Nanjing on the overnight nine-hour train ride to Beijing. We had a sleeper compartment for four—two up, two down (sounds like a Mets game). Details ...
Frontani has chapter published
School of Communications faculty member Michael Frontani has had a chapter published in Italian Americans and Arts & Culture. The chapter, "'From the Bottom to the Top': Frank Sinatra, the American Myth of Success, and Italian American Identity,' describes the creation and evolution of Frank Sinatra’s image in the American media from the 1940s to the 1960s. It analyzes elements of that image, including urban traits and characteristics ... Details ...
Donohue has book review published in NRJ
School of Communications staff member Colin Donohue had a book review published in the Spring 2007 issue of Newspaper Research Journal. Donohue, the Coordinator of Student Media for the school, reviewed the book Baseball and the Media: How Fans Lose in Today's Coverage of the Game by George Castle, a Chicago Cubs beat writer for the Times of Northwest Indiana.
Castle argues that baseball fans are receiving short shrift from America's newspapers, as coverage becomes diluted in some newspapers and completely non-existent in others. Details ...
Landesberg, Eke participate in faculty exchange
School of Communications faculty members Rich Landesberg and Ocek Eke are spending five weeks this summer teaching at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, as part of an Elon exchange program.
For more than 15 years Elon has collaborated with Southeast's Foreign Language Department to accomplish the exchange initiative. Routinely, Elon professors lecture students at Southeast's five campuses in their areas of expertise and in American culture. Details ...
Elon alum wins Silver Telly
Heath Oldham, a 2000 Elon alumnus, won a Silver Telly award for his work on the two-part series "Haunted Virginia." Details ...
Student project receives local coverage
A student video project, initiated in part by J. McMerty, Coordinator of Video Projects for the School of Communications, received coverage from News 14 Carolina June 25. Details ...
Comm students, faculty collaborate on SURE research
Three Elon students from the School of Communications and one Elon student working with a faculty member in the school are using the summer break not for relaxation, but for research. The four students are participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program, an eight-week affair during which students and faculty mentors collaborate to produce an extensive research project. Details ...
of Communications welcomes two new staff members
McMerty , a 2000 graduate, has worked at Elon for the past
six years, splitting his time between the School of
Communications and TV services as the Senior Video Producer.
As of June 1, McMerty began working entirely for the school
as the Coordinator of Video Projects for the School of
Honor Society Inducts 118 New Members, Elects Officers
One hundred and eighteen students in the School of Communications were recently inducted into Elon's chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication's honor society. Details...
Justin Hite, managing editor of The Pendulum student newspaper, is one of nine students nationwide to be selected for a Scripps Howard Foundation journalism study trip to Japan and South Korea.
Hite is a junior journalism and corporate communications major from Herndon, Va., who works as a sports reporter for the Burlington Times-News on the side.
The Scripps Howard Foundation awarded the 13-day journalism study trip to Japan and South Korea to nine finalists who entered its annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition. Details...
Correspondent Pitts Speaks
Elon's School of Communications hosted CBS News national
correspondent Byron Pitts and the Associated Press
broadcasters of North Carolina on April 21.
PR Team Finishes
A student team from Elon University won third place in the nation in the 2007 Bateman championship, the most prestigious award available to public relations students. Details...
Copeland delivers Distinguished Scholar
Account Executive Application for Elon Student Agency
Beginning in the fall semester of 2007, the School of Communications will launch a student communications agency (PR and integrated communications), and will employ approximately 15-20 account executives in its inaugural semester. The agency will serve both for-profit and not-for-profit clients in the North Carolina region and beyond. The director and assistant director of the agency will guide student account teams in analyzing client challenges and executing programs to meet those challenges. Services will include public relations, advertising, special event marketing, viral marketing, media relations, web site development, video creation and graphic design. Details...
School of Communications hosts media representatives for Sunshine Law forum
Reporters, editors and executives from North Carolina media organizations visited campus Thursday, March 15 for a discussion of open government laws and public access to government records and meetings.
The School of Communications hosted the seminar as part of educational efforts by the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. Details...
Hatcher publishes op-eds in News & Observer and Winston-Salem Journal
Anthony Hatcher, associate professor of communications, recently published op-ed pieces in both the News & Observer (Raleigh) and in the Winston-Salem Journal. Details...
Two students finish in top 10 in Hearst broadcast competition
A second Elon School of Communications student has finished in the Top 10 nationally in the 2006-07 William Randolph Hearst Foundation broadcast competition. Details...
Barnett on WUNC's
Brooke Barnett, associate professor of communications, was included in a March 20 broadcast on WUNC Radio's program, "The State of Things." The program examined the ways technology has changed journalism and they ways people access news via newspapers, the Web, television and radio. Details and the audio...
Gaither co-authors book chapter on international public relations
T. Kenn Gaither, assistant professor of communications, has had his book chapter, “International Public Relations: Toward an Integrated Theoretical Base,” published in the Allyn & Bacon text “Public Relations: From Theory to Practice,” edited by Tricia Hansen-Horn and Bonita Distal Neff. Details...
photos featured in
Elon Photojournalism professor Randy Piland’s photography is featured in the February 11-17, American Profile newspaper insert on the cover and inside. Details...
Communications is 12th Largest
Elon has the 12th largest undergraduate communications program among private colleges and universities in the United States. Details...
Open Government Coalition
Elon University’s School of Communications will become the academic home of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition, effective Jan. 1. Details...
Communications Fellows Take on L.A.
Thirteen Communications Fellows along with two facutly
members spend the Winter Term in Los Angeles. Here's a
letter from Gerald Gibson on their progress while on the West
Dr. Frances Ward-Johnson, Associate Professor in the School of Communication, recently received one of the 2006 African/African-American Studies at Elon Course Development grants for “African Americans and the Mass Media.” Details...
Broadcast Senior Places Among
An Elon School of Communications student, senior Brian Formica of Plumsteadville, Pa., finished 10th among 57 television broadcast entries submitted nationally in the 2006-07 William Randolph Hearst Foundation's television broadcast competition. Details...
Chapter Wins Awards
The Elon Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America received two awards at the November 10 – 14 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Chapter received the Pace Setter Award and the National President’s Citation Award . Details...
Meet the 2006
Each fall, the School of Communications welcomes a new class
Click here to meet the 2006 Fellows.
Communications Students beat newly elected Congress members to Washington
The midterm elections took on new meaning for 14 School of Communications students. While their classmates were still talking about the elections in their classrooms, the group was in Washington, DC, analyzing the results with some of the biggest names in political journalism just two days after the polls closed. Details...
Communications Student team one of five Chevy finalists for Super Bowl ad
Kiley Moorefield and Tyler Lesch took advantage of an ad competition mentioned in Michele Lashley's class and developed it into an Super Bowl pitch to Chevrolet's ad agency Campbell-Ewald in Detroit. More to come... Here's the USA Today story out of New York with a picture of the students pitching their idea in a preliminary presentation.
Elon team attends United Nations
Janna Anderson, Bryan Baker and Erin Barnett were in Athens,
Greece, Oct. 30-Nov. 2 to gather ethnographic interviews with
some of the world's networked-communications leaders to
add to the collection of predictive materials in the
Imagining the Internet initiative at Elon.
Cowen receives grant
Eleanor Cowen, Lecturer in the School of Communications, received a grant from Elon's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning to purchase supplies related to a course in development called Fundamentals of Animation. The proposed course is designed to introduce students to the development and early methods of cinema animation. Students taking the class will create several short animations using historically progressive techniques.
Several faculty members from the School of Communications will lead study abroad programs and student travel during winter term 2007. Details...
Elon to Host Conference
Elon’s School of Communications will host a conference titled “In the Midst of a Movement: The South, the Press, and Civil Rights” on Thursday, October 5 in Whitley Auditorium. Details...
School of Communications sponsor
Leading members of the college athletics community, including NCAA President Myles Brand, will discuss some of the major issues facing college sports during a symposium Wednesday, Sept. 6 on the Elon campus. Details...
Big Elon Presence at AEJMC
Eleven faculty members in the School of Communications participated in the national convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in San Francisco in August 2006. Details...
Landesberg and Barnett heard
School of Communications professors Rich Landesberg and Brooke Barnett aired on the North Carolina Public Radio during the summer. Listen to their discussion on two very different topics. Go there...
Makemson's cartoonists article
Harlen Makemson, assistant professor in the School of Communications, publishes article on early cartoonists in the refereed journal, Journalism History. Details...
Gaither Teaches in China
Dr. Kenn Gaither, assistant professor in the School of Communications, spent five weeks this summer in Nanjing, China, teaching and lecturing at Southeast University as part of an Elon exchange program. Details...
Dr. Book Cites Public Interest Benefits in Local Cable Television Franchising
Dr. Connie Book, associate professor in the School of Communications, testified in Raleigh before the House Finance Committee on June 1 that local cable television franchising serves the public interest better than proposed state legislation. Details...
Anderson part of Stanford Research Institute summit on Internet's future
Janna Quitney Anderson, assistant professor and director of Internet projects for the School of Communications, was a participant at the Metaverse Roadmap Summit at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif., May 4-6. Details...
School Formally Gains
In the final step of a year-long process, Elon’s School of Communications formally received national accreditation in a unanimous vote of the Accrediting Council on May 5 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Details...
May 5 premiere set for “Testing
"Testing Positive," a 30-minute film produced by the Periclean Scholars Class of 2006 and Elon Television, will premiere during a gala event at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 5 at the Paramount Theatre in Burlington. The film portrays the realities of being tested for HIV infection. Details...
Communications Students Receive
Two students in the School of Communications were honored as the outstanding seniors during Elon's Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards banquet on April 22. Details...
Elon takes top honors at BEA,
Elon University journalism and communication students took home top honors at the 2006 Broadcast Education Association award ceremony held Wednesday, April 26, 2006 in Las Vegas. Details...
Elon's PRSSA Chapter Holds Spring Fling
Elon’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter held its second annual Spring Fling event on Friday, April 21. Details...
Communications students present
Seventeen students mentored by seven School of Communications faculty members will present their work at Elon University's annual Student Undergraduate Research Forum April 25. The presentations will take place in various venues across the campus that day. Details...
Meet the 2005 Communications Fellows
Each spring, a select group of high school seniors who will be enrolling at Elon the following fall are chosen to become Communications Fellows. 2005 Freshman communications students who are members of this group agreed to supply a bit of biographical background. Here you can meet the new fellows: Details...
Faculty Presented Excellence Awards
Professors Janna Anderson, Brooke Barnett and Tom Nelson received the 2006 Faculty Excellence Awards at the School of Communications Advisory Board luncheon on April 4. Details...
Media professionals discuss industry shifts
At a mini-conference titled “Future Directions in Communications,” professionals in the mass communications industry spoke to Elon students in the School of Communications April 5 about the technological and structural trends that are shaping today’s media industry. Details...
Accreditation moves forward
The national Accrediting Committee voted 14-0 during its March 11-12 meeting in Chicago in favor of granting full accreditation to Elon's School of Communications. Details...
Bush presents at PR conference
Lee Bush, assistant professor in the School of
Communications, presented a paper at the Ninth Annual
International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami,
Hatcher's visit with Ben Bradlee
When asked to moderate a one-hour conversation at Elon with Ben Bradlee, I immediately accepted. Bradlee, former editor of The Washington Post during the Watergate era, is one of my journalistic heroes. I was looking forward to spending an hour with him on campus. As it turned out, I spent a day with him, including an intimate conversation aboard a private jet. Details...
Bradlee serves as Cannon
Ben Bradlee, vice president and executive editor of The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, discussed his recollections of Richard Nixon's downfall and shared his thoughts on American presidents during two public sessions on campus Monday, Feb. 27. Details...
Padgett receives AEJMC teaching recognition
A First Amendment course project created by Professor George Padgett, School Communications, has been selected as a second place winner in the national Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications? Teaching Standards Best Practices competition. Details...
Ward-Johnson's article appears
An article by Frances Ward-Johnson, Associate Professor in the School of Communications, recently appeared in the Fall edition of The Public Relations Strategist, a magazine published by the Public Relations Society of America. Details...
Lietz wins PRSSA National President's Citation
Mariah Lietz, a May 2005 graduate and former president of the Elon chapter of PRSSA wins the 2005 PRSSA National President's Citation. This is the first national recognition for Elon's 3-year-old chapter. Details...
Barnett co-authors book
New book titled
Communication and Law, Multidisciplinary
Approaches to Research has been developed for those in
the fields of mass communication and law and will be
appropriate for graduate students and scholars.
Communications professor Ocek
Fifteen Elon students and 2 professors spent 10 days in Mississippi during January, helping repair the damage of Hurricane Katrina and learning about the factors contributing to the disaster. Details...
Guiniven paper accepted for presentation
School of Communications associate professor John Guiniven's paper, "Using Communication theory to Balance Emotional and Informational Messages in Public Issues Campaigns," has been accepted for presentation to the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters, Oakland University, March 3-4 in Rochester, MI.
Chicago Tribune Journalist is
This year's Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow is Deborah Horan. She is a journalist for The Chicago Tribune. Her areas of interest are Iran, Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and US foreign and economic policy. Ms. Horan will be at Elon the week of February 26. Details...
Burns presents paper at
Burns, assistant professor in the School of Communications,
presented a paper Sunday at the International Conference on
Social Science Research in Orlando, Fla.
ACEJMC recommends accreditation
Alum works on National
Guiniven elected to PRSA
Tropiano Shares Ithaca's
L.A. Program with Elon StudentsDr. John
Tropiano visited the School of Communications recently to
talk with students about jobs and internships in the film and
Elon's learning communities
featured in News & Record
Anderson presents to Accelerating Change
ConferenceCommunications professor Janna Anderson's
30-minute mainstage presentation at the Accelerating Change
2005 conference included highlights from her research for the
Pew Internet & American Life Project. She built the
presentation around futuristic data gathered for Elon
University and Pew Internet "Imagining the
Guiniven expresses his views in
Greensboro editorialWriting editorials about
politics is not new to John Guiniven, associate professor in
the School of Communications. Read his latest in the
Attentive faculty absorb talk about
Communications students receive
Communications faculty reflect
Alum part of second Pulitzer
Digital conversion under
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