newspaper claimed five first-place awards for individual writing excellence in this year’s Georgia College Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Overall, the Carrier received a total of 11 individual and staff honors at the annual ceremony, held Feb. 6 at the GCPA Press Institute in Athens.
“These awards are just the physical representation of something I’ve known for quite a while – the Carrier has the best staff and does some of the best work in the state,” said Kyler Post, a junior from Hiram, who currently serves as chief editor for the publication. “Week in and week out, the Carrier is the place that students, faculty, staff and alumni go to learn about what is important in the Berry community.”
Writing awards were earned in competition with four-year colleges and universities of all enrollments. These honors include:
Best Review – Kim Harbrecht, a 2009 graduate with a degree in communication, is the daughter of Paul and Lori Harbrecht of Alpharetta, Ga.
Best Sports Story – Ashley McIntyre, a sophomore communication major, is the daughter of David and Pauline McIntyre of Kennesaw, Ga.
Best Entertainment Feature – Amanda Griswell, a senior communication major, is the daughter of William and Vicki Griswell of Dallas, Ga.
Best Feature Story – Nicole NeSmith, a sophomore communication major, is the daughter of Charles NeSmith of Forsyth, Ga.
Best News Article Based on Objective Reporting – Jessica Hoover, an English major, is the daughter of John and Karin Hoover of Knoxville, Tenn.
Best News Article Based on Investigative Reporting – Ashley McIntyre
“I couldn't be prouder of our staff this year,” Post stated. “I can only hope that we can continue to do great things and serve our community in the years to come.”
Complementing the individual accolades won by Carrier writers were awards for staff achievement within a variety of categories in the Senior B Division, which includes all Georgia colleges and universities with enrollments under 8,000. Staff awards included:
First place – Best Community Service – Features
Second place – Best Community Service – Editorial Excellence
Third place – Best Community Service – News
Third place – General Photography Excellence
Third place – General Advertising Excellence
In addition to the awards won by the Campus Carrier during the GCPA Press Institute, several Berry students were elected to leadership positions within the organization. They include:
Ashley McIntyre, president.
Claudia Hagan, a junior environmental science major and the daughter of Paul and Renee Hagan of Conyers, Ga., senior board member.
Meredith McDermott, a junior communication major and the daughter of William and Martha McDermott of Norcross, Ga., senior board member.
Matt Stokes, a freshman communication major and the son of Gregory and Kathy Stokes of Roswell, Ga., senior board member.
“The Carrier staff puts in long hours of hard work and dedication to keep the campus well informed,” said Kevin Kleine, lecturer of journalism and student publications adviser. “I am proud of their efforts to serve the community well.”
Students at Georgia Highland College's Six Mile Post also took home several awards.
Nick Godfrey, of Silver Creek, won second place Best Editorial or Feature Photograph, third place in Best News Article Based on Investigative Reporting and third place in Best Entertainment Feature along with Ashlyn McPherson, also of Silver Creek.
The Six Mile Post's Chiara VanTubbergen of Rome place first for Best Sports Photo.
Eric Benavidez won third place in Best Sports Story
Lesley Mathis of Rome placed third in Best Entertainment Story.
Christie Boyd placed second in Best News Article Based on Investigative Reporting.
LaTonya Burrell, of Rome, Robyn Johnson, of Cartersville, and Chiara VanTubbergen placed third in Best Photo Essay.