Student media organizations honored among state’s best

Elon News Network, Phi Psi Cli yearbook and Colonnades Literary & Art Journal collect Best of Show honors at the annual North Carolina College Media Association gathering at High Point University.

Elon students hold up awards while attending NC College Media Association conference.
Members of Elon News Network and Colonnades Literary and Art Journal hold up awards received at the North Carolina College Media Association on Feb. 24, 2024, in High Point. Elon student media won 19 awards at the convention, including Best of Show honors for The Pendulum newspaper, website, Colonnades Literary & Art Journal and Phi Psi Cli yearbook.

Elon News Network, Phi Psi Cli yearbook and Colonnades Literary & Art Journal all won Best of Show awards on Feb. 24 from the North Carolina College Media Association. More than a 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 High Point University.

The awards contest included hundreds of entries from more than 20 college media outlets from across the state. Below is a list of the Elon winners.

Elon award winners

Best of Show – Newspaper
The Pendulum
Issues from April 5, 2023 and Sept. 13, 2023

Best of Show – Website
Elon News Network

Best of Show – Yearbook
Phi Psi Cli

Best of Show – Literary Magazine

3rd Place – Digital Storytelling
Jenna Manderioli
Finding folk: the Festival of Discovery

Honorable Mention – Digital Storytelling
Cailey Cetani
Alamance County’s art community rebounds: a tale of resilience and renewal

1st Place – Digital Storytelling
Naomi Washington
Elon University faculty struggle to navigate new NC By Train schedule

1st Place – Feature Writing
Sarah T. Moore
Student-run dance production ‘Semicolon’ offers hopeful narrative to Elon University community

1st Place – Illustration/Graphic
Erin Martin
Elon’s revolving door

3rd Place – News Writing
Abigail Hobbs
Elon University senior staff members’ leaving shakes up university

1st Place – News Writing
Alicia Clanton and Alexandra Schneider
Cheating or a resource: Elon University faculty balance ChatGPT in classroom

1st Place – Opinion Writing
Erin Sockolof
The war for insulin affordability isn’t over yet

2nd Place – Opinion Writing
Alex Nettles
Future educators have a disproportionate burden to bear

Honorable Mention – Photography
Sarah T. Moore
Hispanic Heritage Month

1st Place – Single or Two-Page Design
Jared Foutz
Page 4, Nov. 1, 2023

2nd Place – Single or Two-Page Design
Audrey Geib
Page 5, Nov. 1, 2023

2nd Place – Sports Writing
Mason Willett and Abigail Hobbs
Elon University volleyball player turns to coaching after medical issues

Honorable Mention – Sports Writing
Miles Hayford
Community weighs transgender sports ban

2nd Place – Nonfiction
Lucas Leveillee
“Early Thoughts on Me and Men”

Elon University students attending the NCCMA conference included Jo Bogart ’26; Kenna Dubraski ’25; Miles Hayford ’27; Ryan Kupperman ’25; Erin Martin ’25; Liliana Molina ’27; Alex Nettles ’26; Carissa Pallander ’25; Charlotte Pfabe ’27; Sophie Rosenthal ’24; and Avery Sloan ’25. They were accompanied by Colin Donohue, School of Communications director of student engagement and special projects and instructor in journalism, and Kelly Furnas, senior lecturer in journalism.