Pact5 Documentary Airs in South Africa

by Ned Eckhardt, Department of Radio, Television, and Film



Dear CCCA Friends,

We are excited to share that one of our Pact5 documentaries Slutwalk: A Day in Her Heels aired on Cape Town, South Africa’s Public TV Channel: CTV. They have a national viewing audience of over 2 million, and it aired twice on April 5.  CTV is the voice of the community in Cape Town. So, it is a great platform for the Pact5 message.

Pact5 is an on-going collaborative documentary project among 5 universities: Rowan U., Framingham state U (MA), Northern Illinois U, Western State Colorado U, and Cal State Northridge. Slutwalk was made by Rowan students Lauren Stroz (Producer), John Breitling (Director), Eric Cheavers (Camera and Editor) during the spring semester of 2013 in professor Diana Nicolae and Ned Eckhardt’s documentary production class.

PACT5 is a national movement to prevent sexual assaults and rapes in colleges. What is different about PACT5 is that it comes from the belief that the documentary form, when produced by students, can create powerful stories that can change potentially tragic behavior patterns. Students are the ones who can make a difference in the minds of other students.

This kind of humanitarian collaboration of five universities combining skills and resources to create social problem documentaries, and partnering with a non-profit national distribution organization, Clery Center for Security on Campus, is a new and innovative way to address societal problems. The five universities want to become a source of preventative media that young people, their families, relatives, and friends will listen to.

The seven documentary teachers and over 100 students who participated in this documentary project believe in the power of student storytellers to make a difference. Documentaries give students a voice that other students can see, hear, and relate to. The conversation to educate people about sexual assaults is growing and getting louder. You can also make the Pact now. We need each other more than ever.

The Whit Impresses the NJPA Again

TheWhitMasthead6-1024x344The New Jersey Press Association has selected its 2014-2015 winners for the College Newspaper contest, and Rowan’s The Whit made an good showing again. Entries from 6 four-year schools, as well as a number of 2-year schools, were submitted to the contest, “which honors the skills of their student staff members in journalistic writing, photography and design.”

Awards for The Whit this year:

News Writing – 3rd Place
Former Rowan University President Dr. Mark Chamberlain dies at 82; Public reacts to Christie as keynote speaker
Laura Pollack and Kevin Kunzmann

Photography – 2nd Place
St. Baldrick’s Day; Baseball; RTN Telethon; Homecoming
Louis Gormley

Column/Opinion Writing – 1st Place
Politics in a Nutshell: Matters of fact, not fear on marijuana; Politics in a Nutshell: Cold War revisited
Ethan Stoetzer

General Excellence – 3rd Place
Whit Issue Sept. 25, 2015; Whit Issue Oct. 30, 2015
The Whit Staff

You can see more about the contest and the winners at and on the NJPA site at

WGLS-FM Online Dating Documentary Wins Gracie Award

flash-phby Derek Jones

Rowan Radio documentary “Online Dating: There’s an App for That?” will be honored by the Alliance For Women In Media Foundation with a Gracie Award on Monday, June 22 in New York City.

The program, which centered on the rise of online dating’s popularity, received the nod in the Student Outstanding Special or Variety radio category.

Produced by Ellen Hardy and Alyssa Sansone, “Online Dating” has won seven awards in a series of regional and national competitions including a first place win for Best Documentary at the College Broadcasters Incorporated’s National Student Production Media Awards contest last fall in Seattle.

Hardy (a Glassboro, New Jersey native) and Sansone (hailing from Villas, New Jersey), join Rowan Radio alums Rachael Burgess, Julia Giacoboni, Kelly King, and Allie Volpe as previous station members to win a Gracie Award.

This win marks the first time in WGLS-FM history that the station received a prestigious Gracie Award in consecutive years.

The Gracie Awards – named after entertainer and comedienne Gracie Allen – celebrate outstanding programming produced by women in media and entertainment.

Local, digital, public, and student winners will be saluted at the 40th Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon on Monday, June 22 at the New York Hilton.

The event benefits the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, a charitable, non-profit organization.

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM has won 249 regional and national awards since 1993.