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Berry students win national journalism award
Berry students win national journalism award

ROME, Ga. -- Seven communications majors at Berry College placed third in this year's Association for Editors in Journalism and Mass Communication's Newspaper Project Award.

This annual award goes to college students and professors who produce special publications and projects connected to their courses.

Berry's winners received their award for "The Jews of Florence," a multimedia project they created during a study abroad trip to Italy in summer 2012. The students developed more than a dozen stories of minority groups living in Florence as far back as the mid-15th century.

LEARN MORE | The Jews of Florence

"The Jews of Florence project embodies precisely what our department aims to teach our students, which is how to tell a significant, worthwhile story using the most appropriate media possible," Bob Frank, chair of Berry's communications department, said in a statement.

Participating students include:

* Kirstie Broadwell of Dawsonville, Ga.
* Chardonnay Copeland of Hamilton, Ga.
* Kelly Dickerson (Class of 2013) of Brandon, Fla.
* Bethany McDaniel (Class of 2013) of Huntsville, Ala.
* Kayla Sanner (Class of 2013) of Evans, Ga.
* Rachel Shin of Fayetteville, Ga.
* Mary Claire Stewart of Lilburn, Ga.

Darren Carter, webmaster of Berry's VikingFusion multimedia website, built the Jews of Florence webpages. The communications major from Cedartown also rebuilt the entire project after a major server crash last winter.

"We are extremely proud of the students," videography instructor Curt Hersey said in a statement. "It was an exciting experience to watch our students struggle through cultural and linguistic differences and technology issues and still produce an award-winning set of stories in the space of three weeks."