Elon Local News wins top prize at 2017 Festival of Media Arts

By Ginna Royalty

Members of Elon Local News were awarded the “Best of Festival” King Foundation Award at the Broadcast Education Association’s 2017 Festival of Media Arts. Only 18 are awarded and there were 1,500 submissions this year. ELN was recognized in the Student News Competition’s Television Category for their broadcast on Oct. 31, 2016.

The Halloween night show included an update on the renovations in McEwen Communications School, student concerns with Elon’s campus food provider, and an investigative report into voting accessibility issues at Alamance County sites.

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Anchors of the winning newscast

“I’m so proud to be a part of this amazing team,” said Maya Eaglin, Elon junior and co-anchor of the winning broadcast. “We all put a lot of effort and energy into producing three shows a week, so it’s gratifying to be acknowledged for it.”

Rich Landesberg, ELN faculty mentor, praised all of the students for discovering news of interest, relevance and meaning to their audience. He gave special praise to journalism major Andrew Feather ’17 for his investigative report on voting accessibility issues in Alamance County.

“Andrew’s piece was a good exploration of a topic that many of us don’t think about: How do individuals with disabilities partake in the most important part of our political system, which is voting on Election Day,” Landesberg said. “Andrew pointed out problems with the led to government solutions, and that’s what an effective reporter does.

“Doing the news is a team effort, so this isn’t a single person’s award; it’s for all of us,” said Brooke Wivagg, one of ELN’s producers. “I definitely think this will fuel us to keep working hard and pushing ourselves to do better.”

The “Best of Festival” winners will be honored at the 15th annual BEA “Best of Festival” King Foundation Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 24 in Las Vegas.

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