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Viking FusionStudents representing Viking Fusion and the Department of Communication made waves again last fall, earning recognition in a trio of national contests. Berry received a total of six nominations, winning two Pinnacle Awards (presented by the College Media Association) for The Takeover, an audio thriller by sophomore communication major Michael Shaw.

Other nominations (listed by contest) included:

EPPY Awards
(presented by Editor & Publisher)

National Student Production Awards
(presented by College Broadcasters Inc.)

By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant

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The Treves Family Audio Slideshow

A screen capture from "The Treves Family: An Uncommon Story," by student Mary Claire Stewart. Click image to access audio slideshow.

National honors have been piling up like falling leaves around the Viking Fusion studio this semester. The student-run site earned recognition as one of America’s “50 Best Student Press Websites” from College Media Matters and was runner-up to Kent State University as “TV Station of the Year,” as judged by the College Media Association. The latter organization also rewarded two individual productions with first-place awards: a Viking Fusion promo and senior Mary Claire Stewart’s audio slideshow The Treves Family: An Uncommon Story, which was part of the larger Jews of Florence multimedia project. An additional first-place honor – this one in the National Student Production Awards competition – went to Episode 5 of Going Up, a series co-created by current student Glenn Garrido-Olivar and recent graduate Nathan Sutton (13C).

Viking Fusion is a co-curricular multimedia website based in and managed by the Department of Communication.

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The Conference RoomAlex Middleton (12C), Steven Walker (12C) and Thomas Yungerberg (12C) may have graduated, but their comedy hit, The Conference Room, continues to generate laughs and awards, receiving two nominations (winning for Best TV Vodcast) at this fall’s National Student Production Awards. Thomas (bottom right in photo) also received a Pinnacle Award from the College Media Association for Disconnected, an audio drama he wrote, directed and produced featuring his voice along with those of senior Jennifer Allman and former student Devon Hales.

Fittingly, Viking Fusion – the platform for both productions – received its second straight nomination for Best College/University Journalism Website in Editor and Publisher’s international EPPY Award competition. Another EPPY nomination went to senior Bethany McDaniel, a finalist in the category of Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Report. Her story, “An Italian History: How one Jewish family survived Italy’s fascist persecution,” was part of the Jews of Florence study-abroad project involving seven Berry students and three faculty members last summer.

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Viking FusionViking Fusion, Berry’s student-run multimedia website, is keeping good company these days, sharing the stage with such media giants as NPR, The Associated Press and CNN as a national finalist in the prestigious EPPY™ Awards contest administered by Editor & Publisher. Viking Fusion was nominated in the category of “Best College University Journalism Website” along with DePaul University, Central Michigan University, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Temple University.

Also this fall, Berry students garnered three nominations for National Student Production Awards (sponsored by College Broadcasters Inc.). Viking Fusion was a finalist in two categories, “Best Student Media Website” and “Best Promo,” while students taking Narrative Video Production with Curt Hersey (93C) earned a “Best PSA” nomination for Smoking Mime.

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