The managing editor of The Pendulum, Elon News Network’s student newspaper, was named both the Best News Reporter in the South and the Best Feature Writer in the South.
Anton Delgado ’20, a journalism and international & global studies double major, was named the Best News Reporter in the South and the Best Feature Writer in the South in the 69th annual Green Eyeshade Awards, a competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Delgado, managing editor of Elon News Network’s The Pendulum, submitted three news stories and three feature stories for consideration, and they all showcase his ability to report thoroughly and quickly and to inform and entertain. The news stories were:
- “Non-tenure track faculty fight to unionize at Elon”
- “After the storm: Elon shifts focus in the wake of Florence"
- “Rains from Tropical Storm Michael drench Elon”
The feature stories were:
Delgado, who’s spending his summer as a Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellow covering how the federal government has handled natural disasters, has a notion that his pieces were recognized because they’re community-focused and because people from in and around the university are central to the stories.
“Our role at Elon News Network is to cover the stories that matter to our audience the most and to tell them in a way that brings us closer together,” said Delgado, who was first honored by SPJ in May with a national Mark of Excellence award for his breaking news photography. “Working for an organization that both prioritizes accurately portraying human beings and always puts people first is a privilege, and it's an honor to be recognized for our work this year.”
The Green Eyeshade Awards were established in 1950. It is administered by the southeastern regional directors of SPJ and is open to professional and student journalists in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. The competition recognizes the best work in print, television, radio and online, and is judged by professional journalists and journalism educators outside the contest area.