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    Emily Thompson, Bertram Rantin and Henry Price.

Thompson wins copy editing award

Junior public relations major Emily Thompson is the recipient of this year’s Henry T. Price Award for Outstanding Student Copy Editing.  The award includes a $450 scholarship.

Thompson was nominated for the award by her copy editing instructor,  Bertram Rantin.

"Emmie's academic resume speaks for itself," says Rantin. "Throughout the semester, she demonstrated the ability to see the big picture in editing while also giving attention to the small details that might otherwise detract from a story."

A junior in the South Carolina Honors College, Thompson uses her writing skills in a variety of capacities, both on and off campus. She has interned with the consulting firm Drea Byars, LLC and with the Moore Taylor Law Firm.  At USC, she has served as the Ronald McDonald House chair of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and as chief of staff for the study body president.

The award honors Henry T. Price, distinguished professor emeritus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications who taught copy editing until his retirement in 2002.

"Henry was a copy editing professor par excellence," says Van Kornegay, interim director of the journalism school. "He carried a torch for some of the most important values in journalism such as accuracy, clarity, brevity. With this award he keeps passing that torch along to a new generation of students."

See photos from the awards ceremony on our Flickr site

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