Several journalism students placed well in a select national contest.
Journalism students propelled Elon University’s School of Communications to a Top 20 national finish in the multimedia competition of the 2012-13 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
The competition consists of four multimedia categories—features, news, enterprise reporting and team reporting—open to college students from 110 schools accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Six multimedia projects by Elon students received recognition:
- 2013 alumni Melissa Kansky, Natalie Dupuis, Lindsay Kimble, Samantha Parker, Gabriela Szewcow and Derek Wickham in the Team Reporting competition for a project called “Gauging Obamacare.”
- Kansky in the Multimedia News Reporting competition for “Sheriff opposes DOJ’s allegations concerning treatment of Latinos.”
- Doug Williams ’13 in the Multimedia News Reporting competition for “Elon University’s Center for the Arts in need of renovations.”
- Parker in the Multimedia Enterprise Reporting competition for “The breakdown for unemployment ratings at Elon University.”
- Szewcow in the Multimedia Enterprise Reporting competition for “Communication, balance and trust are most important factors in healthy college relationships.”
- A team led by Rebecca Wickel ’13, Jeff Stern ’14, Claire Esparros ’13, Chris Bosak ’13 and Ronald Chang ’12 in the Team Reporting competition for “Dr. Danieley’s lifetime of maroon and gold.”
Here is the national Top 20 in the multimedia competition: Western Kentucky, UNC, Nebraska, Missouri, Penn State, Syracuse, Kent State, Montana, Arizona State, Oregon, Iowa, Southern California, Elon, Southern Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa State, Mississippi, LSU, Kansas and Indiana.
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program offers competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and multimedia. An accumulation of scores from those four competitions placed Elon University 21st in the nation. Penn State won the overall national title. In 2009, Elon’s Randy Gyllenhaal was named the best collegiate television journalist in the nation.