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Communication Class Wins Gold Award for Multimedia Activism

Posted on 11/2/2017 11:20:45 AM

RADNOR, Pa. (Nov. 2, 2017)—Cabrini Communication students were awarded a Gold Davey Award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for the student-produced multimedia website FixforAddiction.com.   

The students utilized their creative talents to develop the now award-winning site that examines the opioid epidemic through personal accounts by people impacted and extensive research by experts and academics.

With nearly 4,000 entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the students’ website was among creative work developed by some of the best small agencies, firms, and companies worldwide.

Awarded gold for the “Website–Activism” category, the student project is the culmination of a yearlong honors convergence class during which students collect video, audio, creative writing, and photography to examine their selected topic.

With nearly 70 interviews, the students collected firsthand accounts from people in recovery, medical professionals, psychologists, politicians, families affected, and more. 

The 11 students—who graduated in May 2017—include Keith Brown, Jessica Ferrarelli, Jaclyn Labes, Brianna Morrell, Katie Muska, Jill Nawoyski, Moira Prior, Emily Rowan, Casey Semenza, Allie Stein, and Drew Vernon, under the guidance of Cathy Yungmann, Professor Emerita of Communication.

The Davey Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 700-plus member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

This is the fourth Davey Award that an Honors Convergence class received. Previous website topics included wealth and inequality, food insecurity, and the effects of domestic violence on young children.

For more information on the Honors Convergence course at Cabrini, view the Communication senior projects on cabrini.edu.

About Cabrini University

Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University is a Catholic institution that empowers students to become advocates of social change through an Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership development.

Cabrini enrolls approximately 1,650 undergraduates in more than 35 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors on its serene 112-acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The University also enrolls 800 students in graduate, doctoral, and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, PA, and at five off-campus locations.