Student media organizations honored among state’s best

The Pendulum and Phi Psi Cli repeat with Best of Show honors at the annual North Carolina College Media Association gathering at East Carolina University.

The Pendulum, the newspaper of Elon News Network, and Phi Psi Cli yearbook won Best of Show awards on Feb. 29 from the North Carolina College Media Association. Nearly two dozen students were honored in the individual categories, as well.

The awards were presented at the association’s conference for college media students and advisers held at East Carolina University in Greenville.

The awards contest included hundreds of entries from more than 20 college media outlets from across the state. Below is a list of only the Elon winners. (The place next to the names indicates where students finished in a particular category.)

Newspaper—Small School (6,800 student enrollment and less)

Best of Show – Newspaper
The Pendulum

Best of Show – Online
Elon News Network

1: Sam Porozok – “Don’t Get Cross

Digital Storytelling
1: Oliver Fischer –  “Tail of the Dragon attracts thrill-seekers, motoring enthusiasts

2: Anton Delgado – “Empowered through firepower

3: Abby Gibbs –  “Rabbi Redefines Religion

Feature Writing
1: Deirdre Kronschnabel – “Rescue in Transit

2: Diego Pineda – “Pride in Progress

3: Abby Gibbs – “Finding Genesis

News Writing

1: Maggie Brown – “Fearing the Future

3: Abby Gibbs – “Finding Common Ground

Opinion Writing

2: Nicole Galante – “Support first-generation college students at Elon

1: Thomas Denome – “Volleyball

Single- or Two-Page Design
1: Olivia Parks – “Tail of the Dragon attracts thrill-seekers, motoring enthusiasts

2: Meghan Kimberling – “Vying for Your Vote

Sports Writing
1: Amanda Gibson – “Pucks & Ponytails

2: Grace Terry – “Keeping Family Close to Football


Best of Show
Phi Psi Cli

Student Life Copy
3: Emery Eisner – “Loved Ones Lost

Sports Copy
1: Sarah Stone – “Health is Wealth

2: Kaitlyn Fu – “Up in Da Club Sports

2: Liam O’Connor – “Cell Phone Crowd Photo

Inside Spread Design
1: Sarah Stone – “A Killer Show

3: Lane Pritchard – “Blown Away

Literary Magazine

2: Arianne Payne – “Resurface”

1: Laura Braley – “Acting”


1: Kate Gerstner – “Decayed Beauty”

In total, nine Elon University students attended the daylong conference, which featured workshops, panel discussions, critiques and a keynote address. The students in attendance were ENN staff members Anton Delgado ’20, Clare Grant ’23, Kyra O’Connor ’23, Olivia Parks ’23 and Maria Ramirez ’20. Representing Phi Psi Cli were members Emery Eisner ’22 and Sarah Rusthoven ’23. April Roberts ’20 and Chloe Ekberg ’20 attended for Colonnades.

Additionally, Elon’s Brooks Fuller, director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and assistant professor of journalism, presented a session titled “Media Law Update.”

Journalism Lecturer and Pendulum adviser Kelly Furnas, Director of Student Engagement and Alumni Relations & Instructor of Journalism Colin Donohue ’05 and Communications Manager and Phi Psi Cli adviser Tommy Kopetskie accompanied the students to the Greenville conference.