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Alumni, please help with accreditation

The School of Communications will go through its six-year accreditation review next fall. Part of this process involves an alumni survey, so please take a moment to provide us feedback by using this link:

The alumni survey is one of the most important tools in our assessment plan because it tells us what we are doing right and where we need to improve. If you have problems accessing the survey directly from this link, please copy and paste the link in your web browser. Thanks!

Paul Parsons, Dean

Brian Williams, Trey Wingo
join school's advisory board

Brian Williams of NBC News is the new chair of the School of Communications Advisory Board. Williams is an Elon parent who has become active in the life of the school.

ESPN's Trey Wingo, host of "NFL Live" and "SportsCenter," is a new member of the school's advisory board. Wingo also is an Elon parent.

Fellows relish a Sundance experience

Every winter more than 600 Elon students pack their bags and head to exciting locations throughout the world to study abroad. This year 22 students got a taste of a different culture: the entertainment industry.

In January, a group of Communications Fellows attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where they viewed films, interviewed filmmakers and volunteered to work at screenings. Read more ...

Paul Parsons named national Administrator of the Year

Dean Paul Parsons has been named the 2010 national Journalism and Mass Communication Administrator of the Year. The honor was announced March 18 by the Scripps Howard Foundation in conjunction with the Assocation for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

"This is an honor to be shared. In so many ways, outstanding faculty, staff and students make the dean," Parsons said. Read more ...

Elon students take advantage
of a '60 Minutes' semester

The School of Communications is offering students a special class this semester called "The 60 Minutes Master Class." During spring break, many students in the class went to New York City, where they met with on-air talent and producers at CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX. One of the outcomes of the course will be a student production titled "30 Minutes," because, as Associate Professor Rich Landesberg put it, "we hope it's half as good as the real show." Read more ...

Janna Anderson: Internet savvy

Associate Professor Janna Anderson has been on Elon's faculty for 12 years and is the founding director of the School's Imagining the Internet Center. Her research on the Internet allows her to give students some incredible opportunities. For instance, a group of students accompanied her to the Internet Governance Forum in Egypt in 2009, and Elon also sent students to the 2010 conference in Lithuania. It is the type of experiential learning that Anderson tries to incorporate. Read more ...

Four faculty collaborate
on digital media textbook

When Associate Professor Brooke Barnett tried to find a textbook for her Digital Media Convergence class, she could not find one that she thought was a perfect fit. The class covers photography, videography, editing, web design and basic visual storytelling practices. She and colleagues David Copeland, Harlen Makemson and Phillip Motley remedied that problem by publishing An Introduction to Visual Theory and Practice in the Digital Age this spring. Read more ...

Elon students make finals in
Sprite Refreshing Films contest

Elon seniors Josh Chagani and Kristin Genszler are among six students nationwide to have their original screenplays selected to be produced and filmed as part of the Sprite Refreshing Films contest. Trailers for both their films will be screened at 20,000 theaters across the United States. The trailers will direct viewers to the Sprite Refreshing Films website to view the film in its entirety. Eleven additional Elon students were also selected to serve as staff interns. Read more ...

Phillipe Charles '06 receives
two regional Emmy awards

Phillipe Charles '06, a creative services producer at FOX 50, an affiliate of WRAL-TV in Durham, N.C., received two Emmy awards at the 25th annual MidSouth Regional Emmy Awards in January. Charles' team was recognized for its coverage of the 2010 Duke men's basketball national championship and the aftermath of the January 2010 Haiti earthquake; Charles served as a video editor for both projects. Read more ...

Alumni offer career advice on panel

Four School of Communications alumni participated in a career services event in February. The panelists were: Julie Marateck '03, communications coordinator for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; Eric Hall '05, producer for CNN in Atlanta; Laura Ward '10, post production coordinator for National Geographic in Washington, D.C.; and Ryan Sweeney '10, monitoring and metrics specialist for Ignite Social Media in Cary, N.C. Read more ...

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School News

Father of agenda setting theory is visiting professor

Almost 40 years ago, University of North Carolina professors Donald Shaw and Max McCombs introduced agenda setting, a theory that dramatically changed the field of communications. This spring, students had the opportunity to learn about the theory firsthand from Shaw in a half-semester course at Elon. Read more ...

Elon student media receive state, national awards

It's been a banner spring for School of Communications students working for Elon's campus media. Senior Drew Smith and junior Sam Baranowski placed in the top 10 of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. The Pendulum newspaper and Phi Psi Cli yearbook won individual and best-of-show awards at the North Carolina College Media Association conference in February. Several students placed in categories at the Broadcast Education Association's annual Festival of Media Arts. And two journalism students, junior Monica Yantosh and Jacqueline Adams, received scholarships from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Elondocs program shifts focus

The School of Communications recently reorganized its five-year-old elondocs documentary filmmaking program, shifting its focus toward equipping students with the skills needed to write, direct and film documentaries. Assistant Professor Nicole Triche has been selected to lead the program. Read more ...

Faculty, graduate students attend SXSW conference

Elon Interactive Media graduate students and faculty members participated in sessions and documented the events of the South By Southwest Conference, a popular interactive media and music gathering that celebrated its 25th year, in Austin, Texas, March 11-15. Read more about the event here and view students' coverage of the conference here.

Student video project nominated for PBS special

Three Elon seniors, Matt Eastman, Kenton Beal and Logan Hardin, had a class video project named a finalist for a PBS television special. The film, "Recycling the Digestive Cycle," was producd for Assistant Professor Barbara Miller's Environmental Communications course. Read more ...

Two graduates honored by N.C. Press Association

Alexa Milan '10, a reporter for The Sanford Herald, and Samiha Khanna '03, a reporter at Independent Weekly in Durham,  received awards for their work at the annual winter banquet of the North Carolina Press Association. Read more …

Junior accepted to work at 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Junior communications major Jay Light has been selected to work at this year's Cannes Film Festival in France May 8-23. He'll be working at the American Pavilion, a company that sets up hospitality centers at international film festivals. Read more ...

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