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Emerge Media Awards honour students from across Canada in 2018

Jerry Chomyn addresses the audiencePhoto by Hana El Zohiry

The top achievements in Canadian student media were recently celebrated at the 2018 Emerge Media Awards, the annual showcase presented by the University of Guelph-Humber that honours the best work produced by journalism, media studies and communications students across Canada.

Competitors travelled from across the country for the elegant gala at the Assembly Hall in Toronto, with nominees selected from 252 total submissions from universities and colleges across Canada. Winners were chosen by an independent panel of 39 esteemed industry representatives, including editors, broadcasters, producers and other media professionals.

Administered by students and faculty in UofGH’s Media Studies program, Emerge is now in its fourth year. The gala recognizes the best writing, editing, videography, audio, digital design, communications and public relations performed at a post-secondary level.

Dave Bidini addresses the crowdPhoto by Isaac Sauder

“It’s such a thrill to see student media storytelling celebrated and recognized. Truly world class,” said Jerry Chomyn, Program Head of Media Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber.

“Congratulations to the finalists representing universities and colleges across Canada. This truly has become a national event and I’m so proud of Guelph-Humber’s media students, led by Assistant Program Head Kathy Ullyott, for organizing the evening.”

The audience watches the stagePhoto by Hana El Zohiry

The winners of the 2018 Emerge Media Awards were:

Written Word

Josie Kao - University of Toronto - “Data In A Foreign Land”

Audio Storytelling

Trent Erickson, Will Gordon, Cameron Honey, Aviva Jacob, Danielle McCreadie, Nermeen Ramadan, Jayde Tynes  – University of Kings College “What If The Halifax Explosion Never Happened?”


Caitlin Taylor, Jennifer Ackerman, Janelle Blakley, Josh Diaz – University of Regina - “Crude Power: An Investigation into Oil, Money, and Influence in Saskatchewan”

Multimedia Production

Jolene Rudisuela, Amy Simpson, Lexi Wright – Mount Royal University - “Closing Midfield”


Cody Bonner- Mohawk College - “From Above”

Public Relations

Jason Lau – McMaster University - “Canada is the world”


Elham Numan, Pearl Cao, Piyumi Konara, Keith Cheng - University of Toronto - “The Varsity Fall Magazine: The Futures Issue”


Seher Asaf, Francesca Bianco, Sophie Gray, Yusheng Cai, Haley Lewis, Emma Loy, Holly McKenzie-Sutter, Sharon Nadeem, Andrew Seal, Taranjit Singh, Alex Migdal and Anya Zoledziowski – University of British Columbia - Tém:éxw: “Stories Of Land

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