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COLIN M.

DONOHUE, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MEDIA AND INSTRUCTOR


7456 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244 | 336-278-5850 | cdonohue@elon.edu | www.cdonohue.com | @cmdonohue

Elon University, Elon, North Carolina


Coordinator and Director of Student Media 2007-Current
Work directly with students and advisers of Elons six student media organizations at Elon (multiplatform news organization,
television station, radio station, literary magazine, yearbook and music artist and repertoire group) to facilitate cooperative
relationships and manage transitional strategies. As student media director, I also:
Led the merger of Elons two news organizationsThe Pendulum and Elon Local Newsinto a single news
organization called Elon News Network that features a weekly newspaper, newscast, morning show and daily website
o Developed the hierarchical leadership structure, budget outlook and production schedules based on research
and unique needs of the students
o Planned the design of the new newsroom
o Advised directly the media analytics, web and business teams
o Transitioned the newsroom advisers into their new roles in a converged media operation
Help student leaders and advisers navigate the annual budget proposal and one-time purchase request process
Establish effective leadership transition strategies
Identify areas of common need among all groups and create opportunities for collaboration (as such, created single
business and PR teams to benefit all organizations)
Identify potential competitions for student media organizations to enter and encourage students to submit their work
Work closely with the chair of the Student Media Board to plan meetings, organize workshops and chart the future of
student media at Elon
Promote the work student media do to the campus and surrounding community
Act as a liaison between student media and faculty, staff and administrators in order to foster trusted relationships

Elon University, Elon, North Carolina


Adviser The Pendulum, Elons Daily Student News Organization 2007-2016
Directly advised students of daily student news organization, which included about 45
executive staff members and another 50 general staffers who produced a daily online news
website, a weekly newspaper and a quarterly general interest magazine. As adviser, I also:

Restructured organization by adding new leadership positions and removing


redundant ones
Helped student editor in chief manage the newspapers budget
Worked with student business manager to devise successful and appropriate
methods for finding advertisers
Formed collaborations between Pendulum student editors and faculty of journalism
courses
Led Pendulum executive editors on a weekend-long retreat at the start of every
new calendar year for the purposes of staff training, discussions and bonding
Administered source accuracy surveys

During time as adviser, The Pendulum has won more than 100 awards from national,
regional, local and university organizations, including:

Associated Collegiate Press National Newspaper Pacemaker award, 2009


Associated Collegiate Press National Online Pacemaker award, 2015
Associated Collegiate Press National Newspaper Pacemaker finalist (twice), 2009
and 2010
Associated Collegiate Press National Online Pacemaker finalist (four times), 2010,
2011, 2013, 2015
Three top-20 overall finishes for Elon University in the Hearst Journalism Awards
Program Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition, 2013, 2014, 2016
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Three top-20 finishes for Elon University in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program
Intercollegiate Writing Competition, 2015, 2016, 2017
Multiple top-20 Hearst Award Writing and Multimedia Competition honors across
categories such as enterprise reporting, team multimedia, personality/profile
writing, multimedia news, breaking news reporting, feature writing, sports writing)
Four first-place Best in Show awards from the Associated Collegiate Press
Three first-place Associated Collegiate Press Best in Show Publication Website
Small School awards
Best all-around non-daily newspaper from Region 2 of the Society of Professional
Journalists, 2009
Multiple Society of Professional Journalists National Mark of Excellence award
winners in categories such as Photo Illustration, Sports Writing, General Column
Writing, Breaking News Reporting, Best Non-Daily Student Newspaper Photo
Illustration, Best Affiliated Website and Online Opinion & Commentary
Two Roy H. Howard Collegiate Reporting Competition winners, 2007 and 2010
Six News21 Reporting Fellows
Several Society of Professional Journalists Region 2, North Carolina College Media
Association, Best of Collegiate Design, College News Design, Associated Collegiate
Press and College Media Association awards

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Elon University, Elon, North Carolina
Instructor Multimedia Journalism 2012-2017
Developed syllabus and overall course structure, administered grades, revamped
direction of course, placed greater emphasis on students (juniors and seniors) creating
large-scale multimedia reporting projects for the public good that center on important
news events. Students focus on:

Incorporating social media and multimedia effectively and appropriately


Pitching story ideas and planning large-scale multimedia storytelling projects,
both as individuals and in teams
Analyzing successful multimedia journalism projects/packages to gain a clearer
understanding of how journalism is practiced effectively today
Completing workshops in and out of the classroom that enhance their skills in
several areas, including writing HTML/CSS, shooting video, exploring social
media outlets, capturing audio, database reporting, designing infographics and
investigating successful SEO techniques

Elon University, Elon, North Carolina


Instructor Media Writing 2007-2012, 2017
Developed syllabus and overall course structure, administered grades and added
multimedia and social media aspects to this introductory level writing course. (Have also
taught Communications Fellows section of Media Writing, which is for students with high
levels of academic achievement.) Students focus on:

Writing news stories (for print, broadcast and online), press releases, pitch
letters and script coverage
Producing hard copy and online portfolios of their work
Completing studio rotations during the broadcast portion of the schedule,
including on-camera experience, camera and teleprompter operation, directing
and running sound and tape equipment
Writing a minimum of 20 stories during the semester, all with strict deadlines of
anywhere from seven hours to 70 minutes
Using social media (primarily Twitter) to engage with course material outside
the classroom
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Elon University, Elon, North Carolina


Instructor Elon 101 2012-Current
Developed syllabus and overall course structure, initiated practical discussions important
to first-year students and welcomed an atmosphere of curiosity. Students focus on:

Learning the basic fundamentals of Elons first-year core and general studies requirements
Identifying campus resources to support their academic activities
Evaluating opportunities for campus-related involvement
Fostering productive and meaningful relationships with other students
Expanding their academic and interpersonal skills
Understanding the importance of balance within their school and personal lives

EDUCATION
University of Memphis
Master of Arts in Journalism 2005-2007
Masters Project: Redesign of Newspaper Research Journal website
Graduate Assistant for Newspaper Research Journal

Elon University
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism 2001-2005
Minors: Political Science, French

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Memphis Commercial-Appeal
Reporter September 2005 May 2007
Covered prep athletics, including stories for sports and features sections
Covered general news and features stories for zoned editions of the newspaper

Burlington Times-News
Sports Reporter June 2003 June 2005
Covered NFL Carolina Panthers football, NHL Carolina Hurricanes hockey, prep athletics,
general features/profiles, operated AGATE functions, copy editing and pagination

ACTIVITIES/SERVICE
Serve as faculty director of Elon Universitys Danieley Center Neighborhood. Live in the neighborhood with my family and
plan programs for students that extend intellectual/academic conversations from the classroom to the home. Developed the
neighborhood theme of leadership through active citizenship.

Organized the North Carolina College Media Association conference held at Elon University in 2010 and 2017. Recruited
speakers and organized sessions.

Worked as Conference Director for the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 conference, which was held at Elon
University in the spring of 2012 and 2017. Was in charge of coordinating speakers, publicizing event and presenting awards,
among other responsibilities.

Lead recruiting efforts for the School of Communications, which requires attending high school journalism conferences,
arranging for faculty to present at conferences and gaining access to local high school journalism classrooms to offer
students professional development opportunities.

Judge newspaper and yearbook individual and section entries for a statewide high school media contest administered by
the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association. Also judged entries in the high school state journalist of the year
competition.
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Named Imagining the Internet Fellow and led teams of students to six Internet Governance Forums in Washington, D.C.
Reported and tweeted live from several sessions, while also directing the students efforts to report, blog, tweet,
photograph and film for the Imagining the Internet and IGF-USA websites. The student teams provided the only historical
documentation of all six conferences. Also led a team of students to Dallas for the Internet Engineering Task Force
gatherings.

Chaired the New Media Committee for College Media Advisers for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 conferences.

Brought students in fall 2012 Multimedia Journalism class to Charlotte to report on the Democratic National Convention
for a local publication. Students provided one full days worth of coverage for the website of Creative Loafing, an alternate
weekly publication.

Led students on academic trips to college media conferences and conventions. Have traveled to Associated Collegiate
Press, College Media Association and Society of Professional Journalist gatherings every year since 2007.

Chaired the School of Communications Awards Committee. Developed a list of competitions students could enter based on
their majors, and helped select School of Communications student award and scholarship winners.

Serve as both chair of the Awards Committee and a member of the Steering Committee for the North Carolina College
Media Association. Help judge award submissions from student newspapers throughout the state and provide insight on the
future of the organization.

Helped organize and re-launch newspaper at Cummings High School in conjunction with Elon University. Worked with
several students at Cummings, a low-income, diverse school, to design and produce two editions per year.

PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS


Dont Call It Convergence 2016
Presentation at the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association conferences, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta

Careful Editing and Consistent Coaching: Bringing Credibility to You and Your News Product
Presentation at the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association Summer Workshop, Chapel Hill, N.C. 2013-2016

Social Media Integrity 2014


Presentation at The Burlington School, Burlington, N.C.

Biweekly and back: Publishing (More or Less)


Presentation at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Conference, Philadelphia 2014

The Importance of Student Media on a College Campus


Twitter #profchat discussion moderator 2014

Reaching Students with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube


Presentation at Elon University Teaching and Learning Technologies Lunch & Learn 2014

Hitting the Wall: Student Media Access Issues at Private Universities


Presentation at the College Media Advisers Conference, New York 2014

Perspectives on Religion in Instruction & Student Media


Panel presentation at Media & Religion Conference, Elon, N.C. 2013

Effective Hybrid or Multi-Headed Hydra?


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Co-Presentation at Thresholds to Learning, Elon Teaching and Learning Conference, Elon, N.C. 2011

Starting a Professional Student Org Website


Co-Presentation at College Media Advisers Conference, New York 2010

Advanced Student Media Websites: Content, Marketing, Technology and Revenue


Co-Presentation at College Media Advisers Conference, New York 2010

Review: Baseball and the Media: How Fans Lose in Todays Coverage of the Game
Reviewed book by George Castle for Newspaper Research Journal 2007

Free Speech Privileges: History and Newspaper Coverage of Sedition Laws in America
Paper presented at North Carolina State CommUnion Conference, Raleigh, N.C. 2005

Globals Impact
Paper presented at annual Global Fusion Conference in St. Louis 2004

SKILLS
HTML and CSS markup skills, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, various DSLR and video cameras, knowledge of Final Cut Pro 7
and Adobe Premier

MEMBERSHIPS
College Media Advisers
Associated Collegiate Press
Society of Professional Journalists
North Carolina College Media Association, Chair of Awards Committee and Member of Steering Committee