School of Communications

A Salute to Good Work

Our students produce video projects, news articles, research papers and other works in class and through student media that deserve a wider audience. With their permission, we showcase some of their work here.

On the national level, Elon Communications students present research at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. A majority of the students' travel costs are paid by the university. Students also make dozens of research presentations annually at Elon University's Student Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF).

Students are eligible to apply for Elon grants (including SURE and Rawls grants) to underwrite research projects; there is an expectation that research projects will be completed in many courses; and motivated students have the opportunity to collaborate with professors in research studies.

Some of our students excel in programs such as The Elon Phoenix Weekly and FreshTV:

Elon Phoenix Weekly

Elon Phoenix Weekly is a student-produced sports show that airs regionally on Saturday mornings on ESPN2. The 30-minute show began airing in 2006 in a five-county region in North Carolina. It airs when classes are in session, and it is a joint venture between the School of Communications and the Athletics Department with funding from the Provost's Office. Recently, the program a national first-place prize for Best News/Sports Feature from the Association of Higher Education Cable Television Administrators. The award went to alumna Tiffany Lyons, the student producer of Phoenix Weekly at the time, and the entry was a compilation that included an interview with Elon alumnus Jack McKeon, who led the Florida Marlins to the World Series title in 2003; coverage of the Southern Conference basketball tournament in Charleston, S.C.; and several studio segments. Max Negin is the show's adviser.
View past episodes of the Phoenix Weekly


The mission of FreshTV is to encourage student growth and exploration in the area of cinema, journalism and broadcast production.

We are searching for CREATIVE and AMBITIOUS minds!

FreshTV is an accelerated training program that prepares students to be successful in the many areas of communications. The program consists of a series of workshops that are designed to set students up to have the base knowledge and contacts to be successful in the beginning of their college career.

The program consists of 15 weeks of training that cover basic training on cameras and other equipment, studio rotations, non-fiction and fiction story design and production and planning. Students in Elon's School of Communications are all encouraged to pursue a specialty, but they're also required to demonstrate core competencies across media platforms. FreshTV introduces students to the worlds of news reporting, documentary filmmaking and non-fiction storytelling.

For questions, contact:

Bryan Baker
(p) 336.278.5078
McEwen 004

Colin Donohue
(p) 336.278.5850
Pendulum Office (third floor Elon Town Center)