Three journalism students win ‘Best Summer Story’ awards

For standout reporting during their summer internships, three Grady College journalism students have been named winners of the inaugural “Best Summer Story” contest.

Daniel Funke, John Roark and Mariana Viera will each receive a certificate and $100 cash prize in addition to bragging rights.

“We had 39 entries, which is terrific and made our work as judges quite difficult,” said Janice Hume, head of the Department of Journalism, in an email to students announcing the winners. “I want to commend every Grady Journalism and Digital and Broadcast Journalism intern for how well you represent our College with the work you do.”

Funke worked as a breaking news intern at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  His winning article is Atlanta couples, families find solace in Supreme Court marriage ruling. Roark won for his photo essay, Remembering Aryah Leigh Lipford, which he captured for the Roanoke Times. An intern at the Student Press Law Center, Viera’s winning piece is How the Lyrics of two violent rap songs could redefine your online free-speech protections.

The journalism department plans to make the contest an annual competition, according to Hume.

Date: October 1, 2015
Author:  Stephanie Moreno,
Contact:  Janice Hume,