RADNOR, Pa. (March 11, 2010) — A radio documentary created by three Cabrini College students on the global food crisis was named Best of Festival winner in the 2010 Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. The documentary, “Road of Insecurity: The Global Food Crisis,” was one of 16 Best of Festival winners chosen from nearly 900 audio and video entries.
Created and produced by Mallory Terrence ’10, Gillian Davis ’10, and Caitlin Friel ’10, the documentary explores a crisis that affects more than 900 million people worldwide, and what is being done to fix the problem. It takes a critical look at what the United States government is doing to solve global hunger, and how those efforts could be improved.
“No single canned-food drive, charity project or amount of money donated will change the course of this crisis,” said Terrence. “High school students will not be able to cure world hunger, although the support of the people is much needed. The pressure needs to be put on large governments, who need to make efforts to help guarantee people will no longer go to bed hungry or die from hunger-related diseases.”
The development of “Road of Insecurity” started more than two years ago, when Terrence wrote stories and editorials on food insecurity for Cabrini’s student newspaper, The Loquitur. Her research continued in a class, “Working for Global Justice,” where she was joined by Davis and Friel. The three continued the project in an “Advanced Radio Practicum” course, using hours of research, interviews, and audio clips to produce the documentary. In April 2009, the students lobbied in the U.S. Senate on the Casey-Lugar Bill, “The Global Food Security Act of 2009.”
“This award is the most graphic evidence of how students, over four years, can be transformed into effective advocates of social justice, and use their professional skills to bring international attention to urgent issues in society,” said Dr. Jerry Zurek, chair of Cabrini’s communication department.
The students will travel to Las Vegas in April to receive the award at the Broadcast Education Association’s annual convention. “Road of Insecurity” also has received an International Silver Davey Award, a Philadelphia College Air Award, and was nominated for a College Broadcasters National Production Award.