DARLA DUNNING, VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
Darla Dunning is a senior at Valdosta State University majoring in English with a journalism track. She has been an editor for the school newspaper, The Spectator, serving as assistant opinions editor in the spring of 2017 and content editor this fall. She is also the editor-in-chief of her school magazine, On Tap. Darla works for Valdosta State’s Student Success Center, tutoring students in their writing and English courses. She has spent the past six months interning for the City of Valdosta’s Public Information Office as a journalist. She also interns for Snake Nation Press, an independent publishing company in Valdosta.
“Darla Dunning’s entry is a great example of a writer finding a rough gem of an idea for a story, and then polishing it over and over until it shines. She wanted to write about Valdosta High School (and now New England Patriot) star Malcolm Mitchell, and her diligence in reporting and writing the story really paid off. The journalism program at Valdosta State University and her colleagues at The Spectator, VSU’s student newspaper, are extremely proud of Darla, as am I.”
-Dr. Ted Geltner, Dunning’s sports journalism professor at VSU