The Berry College student newspaper, Campus Carrier, earned seven awards for journalism excellence in this year's Georgia College Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The newspaper received the third place award for general excellence in its division at the annual ceremony at the GCPA Press Institute in Athens, Ga.
"I feel like third place is something to be proud of and it gives us an idea of what we need to work toward for next year. We went up against some very worthy competition and were able to come away with some good ideas from what those newspapers are doing," said Bonny Harper, a senior from Athens who currently serves as editor-in-chief for the publication. "My staff has always be very receptive to criticism and has shown an amazing capability to take advice. They are very adaptable, dedicated and willing to work hard."
Kevin Kleine, senior lecturer of journalism and student publications adviser said, "the Berry community is fortunate to have so many caring and devoted newspaper staff members that consistently try to tell great stories. The future of Georgia journalism is alive and well given what I see here at Berry."
Staff achievement within a variety of categories was awarded in the Senior B Division, which includes all four-year Georgia colleges and universities with enrollments under 8,000. Campus Carrier staff awards included:
• First place - General Layout and Design Excellence
• Second place - Best Campus Community Service - Features
• Second place - Improvement Excellence
• Third place - Best Campus Community Service - News
• Third place - General Advertising Excellence
• Third place - Best Review - Sydney Kelly of Powder Springs, Ga.
"I told our staff to use the results this year as motivation to improve in the future," Harper said, "Our main concern should always be to serve the students of Berry College with compelling and accurate reporting."