The student newspaper was recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association during a student media conference in New Orleans.
The Pendulum, Elon University’s student news organization, won several awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association at the two organizations’ joint National Student Media Convention Oct. 23-27 in New Orleans.
The list of honors was topped by a Pinnacle award for Best Feature Multimedia Presentation from CMA and a first-place Best of Show Multimedia Package recognition from ACP. The full list of winners is below:
Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker and Individual Awards
These are ACP’s most prestigious competitions. The organization accepts entries from newspapers, yearbooks, news websites, literary magazines and general interest magazines nationwide. The Pendulum has been named an Online Pacemaker finalist three times in the last four years. This year, 54 finalists were chosen from 277 entries.
- Fourth place in the Multimedia News Story of the Year competition for “Gauging Obamacare,” produced by 2013 alumni Melissa Kansky, Sam Parker, Gabriela Szewcow, Lindsay Kimble, Natalie Dupuis and Derek Wickham
- Fifth place in the News Story of the Year competition for “Scared into silence: Sexual assault persists as underreported college crime,” written by junior news editor Katie Blunt
- Honorable mention in the Editorial/Opinion Story of the Year competition for “Chick-fil-A (and its symbolism) to remain on the campus”
- Honorable mention in the Illustration competition for “Chick-fil-A: Here to stay?” produced by Claire Esparros ’13
- Online Pacemaker finalist for The Pendulum website.
College Media Association Pinnacle Awards
CMA began the Pinnacle Awards last year to honor student work for college radio or television stations, including Internet or closed-circuit outlets, and any college media website. Last year, The Pendulum won two Pinnacle awards. This year, the competition netted more than 250 entries from 62 colleges and universities.
- First place in the Best Multimedia Feature Presentation competition for “Dr. Danieley’s lifetime of maroon and gold,” produced by Rebecca Wickel ’13, senior Jeff Stern, Esparros, Ronald Change ’13 and Chris Bosak ’13
- Finalist in the Best Web Presence competition for The Pendulum website.
College Media Association Best of Collegiate Design 21 Awards
CMA’s Best of Collegiate Design recognizes the best student media design work across 21 categories, that include competitions for newspapers, yearbooks and social media outlets.
- First place in the Social Media Main-Page Presentation competition for The Pendulum Facebook page, which judges said contained good reader interaction and an occasionally irreverent tone.
Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show Awards
The Best of Show awards are open only to student media groups who submit their entries during the convention. Categories are offered for newspaper, yearbook, website, magazine, special section and multimedia package.
- First place in the Multimedia Package competition for “Gauging Obamacare”
- Third place in the Website Enrollment Level 2 competition for The Pendulum website.
The Pendulum‘s managing editor Jonathan Black, web editor/social media editor Mary Kate Brogan, photo editor Katy Canada, design editor Kristen DeMaria and assistant news editor Michael Bodley attended the conference. Pendulum adviser and coordinator of student media Colin Donohue was also in attendance.
This year, more than 2,300 students from schools across the country attended the 92nd National Student Media Convention, which features hundreds of journalism sessions, networking opportunities, professional critiques and other special events.