School of Communications asks campus to #EmbraceTheNews

During National News Engagement Day, the school organized initiatives that encouraged students, faculty, staff and alumni to interact with the news.

As part of Elon’s National News Engagement Day celebration, Lindsey Lanquist ’16 and Bryan Anderson ’18 served as town criers, informing students and passers-by of the day’s headlines.
​Elon University’s School of Communications led a celebration of National News Engagement Day on Oct. 6, 2015, with initiatives – both on campus and on social media – that encouraged students and community members to read, watch, like, tweet and share the news.

Using the hashtag #EmbraceTheNews, the school urged Elon community members and alumni to take photos of themselves engaging with the news and post it on social media. The best shots, of which there are many, were uploaded to the school’s Flickr page.

A few noteworthy images included Associate Professor Rich Landesberg reading the London Evening Standard while waiting in a U.K. tube station, Al Drago ’15 enjoying the sights at the U.S. Capitol, and Mackenzie Roberts ’15 prepping for a live remote with WITN in Greenville.

Rich Landesberg, associate professor of communications, shared this photo of himself reading the London Evening Standard while waiting for the tube in the United Kingdom. Landesberg is teaching in England this semester.
​At several times throughout the day, including at College Coffee on the Phi Beta Kappa Commons, students acted as town criers, shouting headlines from student media and professional media organizations.

A special thanks to this year’s town criers: Bryan Anderson ’18, Courtney Campbell ’17, Ingrid Frahm ’16, Lindsey Lanquist ’16 and Alex Simon ’17.

National News Engagement Day is an initiative of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The day was programmed to contribute to an informed society and encourage people of all ages to explore news and raise awareness about the importance of being informed.