Journalism Broadcast Students Win Digital Design Category at Emerge Media Awards

Apr 21, 2015

Sheridan’s Journalism Broadcast program came out on top in the Digital Design category at the national Emerge Media Awards on April 20.  #WhatAreTheChances, a website completed as a class assignment, was selected as the winner from five finalists and fifteen entries.

The Emerge Media Awards (EMAs) is the first and only program of its kind in Canada, giving media studies, journalism and communication students the opportunity to share and celebrate their achievements. Awards were presented in six categories; Photography, Written Word, Audio Storytelling, Digital Design, Videography and Integrated Communications. 

L to R:  Nicholas Kattis and Alex Lai from Sheridan, along with other Emerge Award winners

For the Digital Design category, judges were looking for the project that was most “illuminating, content-rich, interactive and gorgeous.”  Only the names of the students who acted as project leads, Maria Ramage and Nick Kattis, are engraved on the award. However, program coordinator Nicole Blanchett Neheli, who co-supervised the project with Cheryl Vallender, says it was a group effort.

“I am so proud of the contribution of every student in that class. Their creativity and ingenuity developing this multilayered, multimedia website resulted in an outstanding end product that tackles some important issues for their generation: specifically, how income, mental health, race, and gender can affect a Gen Y’s chances of success,” said Blanchett Neheli.

This was the first year for the Emerge Media Awards, and organizers were surprised at the amount of support and the number of entries received from colleges and universities across the country. They plan on making it an annual event. You can check out the #WhatAreTheChances project at

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