Colonnades, Elon News Network and Phi Psi Cli collect 11 first-place awards, as well as three Best of Shows, at the annual North Carolina College Media Association gathering hosted on Feb. 26.
For the first time in two years the North Carolina College Media Association hosted its annual conference and awards program in person, gathering student media organizations from across the state to educate, inspire and celebrate the students’ accomplishments.
At the Feb. 26 conference, hosted at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, Colonnades Literary and Art Journal, Elon News Network and Phi Psi Cli yearbook were recognized in 17 different categories and collected 11 first-place awards. Additionally, Colonnades, ENN and The Pendulum were honored with Best of Show awards.
The awards contest included hundreds of entries from more than 20 college media outlets from across the state. A list of Elon winners can be found at the bottom of the release.
Nyah Phengsitthy ’23, a communication design and media analytics double major, paced Elon’s student winners, collecting four first-place awards. The Odyssey Scholar won the contest’s Feature Writing, News Writing, Illustration/Graphic and Single- or Two-Page Design categories. Phengsitthy serves as the managing editor of The Pendulum, ENN’s newspaper.
To adhere to COVID-19 protocols on UNC’s campus, four representatives were invited from each university. Elon’s student representatives included Kathryn Williams ’22, Phi Psi Cli editor-in-chief, Kyra O’Connor ’23, ENN executive director, and Avery Sloan ’25, ENN politics editor. Tommy Kopetskie, Phi Psi Cli’s adviser, also attended the conference.
Best of Show – Online
Elon News Network – www.elonnewsnetwork.com
First place: Nyah Phengsitthy – “Elon University’s growing campus brings adaptability concerns for students with physical disabilities”
Second place: Kyra O’Connor – “Explaining impostor syndrome”
First place: Nyah Phengsitthy – “How we’ve changed in four years”
Third place: Caroline Bunder – “Australians have ended mass killings, so why can’t Americans?”
First place: Shannon Segnious – “Did your activism help or hinder the fight for justice?”
Third place: Alysha Camm – “Australians have ended mass killings, so why can’t Americans?”
First place: Caitlin Rundle – “Changing the game: name, image, likeness”
Best of Show
First place: Christy Dickman – “Bug and Postcard”
Second place: Eliza Sanders – “The Thing About Nothing”
First place: Laura Braley – “Cape Cod Story”
Second place: Olivia Parker – “The Weight of Life”