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Hannawa Falls student’s video named one of top five finalists in undergrad competition

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POTSDAM - Clarkson University student Chris Merrill of Hannawa Falls, a junior majoring in communication and digital arts & sciences, was named one of five finalists in the Best Video Feature Segment category on the 2013 National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition sponsored by the National Broadcasting Society.

The video was created for a group project in the COMM 330 Science Journalism course, taught by Communication & Media Professor Stephen Farina.

The students researched, wrote, directed, shot, and edited “North Country Robotics: Building Leaders in Technology,” a three-minute video feature about the FIRST Robotics Competition sponsored by Clarkson in fall 2012.

“The students really captured the significance and excitement of FIRST Robotics at Clarkson,” said Farina, “The video team followed the work of robotics groups through to the climactic final event last December in Clarkson’s Student Center.”

The Clarkson team entered one of the two video feature categories in the NSB competition. Other teams nominated in those categories came from institutions such as the University of Florida, the University of Miami, Southern Cal, and UNC Chapel Hill.

“I’m particularly happy about the award because this was the first time we offered the course and entered this competition,” said Farina. “The outstanding work of this team sets the bar high for future students who will take this course and follow this path. I can’t wait to teach the course again!”

Clarkson’s communication program is one of the most open and flexible on campus, integrating communication, design and technology. It offers a framework of core communication skills with in-depth specializations in allied fields, like digital arts, computer science, business, biology and psychology.

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