Documentary about Ellet to receive award of excellence

 A documentary about former Concordia Blade-Empire columnist Marion Ellet will receive an award for excellence during the 2015 Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas on April 12.
 Thomas Nelson, associate professor of communications at Elon University, Elon,  N. C., and J McMerty, director of the Elon in Los Angeles program and assistant professor of communications, will be recognized for their efforts during a special showing of the documentary, “The Life of Marion Ellet.”
The film highlights the life and work of columnist Marion Ellet, who worked for the Concordia Blade-Empire.
 Nelson wrote, produced and narrated the documentary and McMerty was the videographer. The two came to Concordia to shoot the documentary and interview people in the community who knew Ellet. Nelson became intrigued with Ellet when he was in Concordia doing a documentary on the World War II Prisoner of War camp and read some of her writings.
Ellet first became a reporter at the Blade-Empire on Nov. 1, 1921. She left the Blade a year later to  pursue a journalism career in  New York, where she became a reporter for the Brooklyn Eagle. In 1926, she returned to Concordia and the Blade-Empire to pursue her passion and a short time later began writing her column, “Mugwump Musings.”
During her career, which spanned nearly 75 years, she received many awards for her writings.
 “The Story of Marion Ellet,” was entered in the Short Form Video or Film Documentary Category.
There were 1,352 entries in this year's competition.


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