Journalism & Liberal Arts Senior Wins Featherstone Prize

Posted on: April 27, 2012

A young woman grinning.

Emanuele Berry, Michigan State journalism and liberal arts senior, is co-winner of the 2012 Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize for being a curious lifelong learner with a passion for civil engagement. 

Berry, a Lansing native, is the news director and producer at the award winning college radio station WDBM 89.9 FM (Impact radio) and is currently a reporter for Focal Point, the School of Journalism’s newscast. She also interned with WKAR 90.5 FM and assisted in analyzing digital literacy programs for the Knight Center in Detroit.  In addition to radio, she has worked on two documentary films; one about Chinese students and one about urban agriculture. She is the winner of the 2011 RTDNA Ed Bradley Scholarship. 

Berry collaborated on an oral history project with Michigan’s Asian Pacific American Association and she volunteers weekly at a local high school to develop students’ creative writing skills. She is also working on a Photovoice project through RCAH. 

Professor Geri Zeldes nominated Berry for the award for her work on Impact radio, Focal Point student newscast and her work on documentary films. Professors Eric Aranoff and Austin Jackson also provided letters of support. 

"I am so thankful for all the support from faculty members in the J-school and in the Residential College of Arts and Humanities. Without them, I would not be worthy of this award,” Berry said. 

Berry wrote a five page essay exemplifying why her curiosity and passion made her a good candidate for the award. 

“I wrote my essay as a partial poem about why the Featherstone committee should select a person who sticks hangers into outlets,” Berry said. 

After submitting her essay, Berry was chosen to interview with the Featherstone selection committee and ultimately was awarded the prize. 

"I am truly honored and floored to have won this award. When I found out out I won the award, I just started laughing, because this year has been too good to me,” Berry said. 

Berry was selected for demonstrating exceptional character and leadership in furthering her own progress as well as enriching the lives of others, especially in intellectual dimensions. She will receive a plaque and a check in the amount of $2,000 at a luncheon at noon on Wednesday, April 25 at the University Club in Lansing. 

Berry is a senior double majoring in journalism in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and in liberal arts in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. 

Congratulations, Emanuele!

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