Archive | September, 2012

Charlie Cook predicts incumbent victory in November

Political analyst Charlie Cook predicted a win for incumbent President Barack Obama against his opponent Gov. Mitt Romney in the upcoming election just two months away. According to the publisher of The Cook Political Report, a candidate’s chance comes down to two factors — the economy, and the campaign. “I’m looking at an incumbent who […]

Local reporting with national implications

Many reporters fear being on a local beat. They don’t want to be at a small news desk, covering carpenters and high school football games. But this week’s reading showcased the truly moving and empowering writing that can be born of local reporting. Focusing on an issue that touches a particular area is not a […]

Rest when you’re dead: surviving deadline writing

This post is the first in a series of weekly responses to “America’s Best Newspaper Writing,” a collection of ASNE prizewinners by Roy Peter Clark and Christopher Scanlan of the Poynter Institue. As a journalist, time is always of the essence. This is nothing new. But the pressure of deadlines and the consequences of missing […]

Elon University Car Club begins first semester

Only seven miles from Elon University is Ace Speedway. Drive five miles further and reach the Piedmont Dragway. Venture 90 miles south, and you’ll find the famed Charlotte Motor Speedway. There’s no doubt, this is car country. Elon senior Michael Palombo and junior Taylor Davis fit right in, having founded the Elon Car Club last spring. “We met last […]

Elon University freshman start semester in spotlight

More than 1,400 incoming freshmen and transfer students sat Under the Oaks during Elon University’s 2012 New Student Convocation. From that number, four were distinguished. Each year, Smith Jackson, vice president and dean of Student Life, selects four students to recognize at the ceremony. By describing their accomplishments, challenges and future goals, Jackson said he unifies […]

Romney clenches lead in NC before DNC in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE—The Elon University Poll released results of the Aug. 25-30 telephone survey of likely voters in North Carolina this morning, showing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding a slight lead above President Barack Obama. According to the survey, 47 percent of North Carolina voters favor Romney, versus 43 percent who would vote for Obama. Approximately […]