Pact5 Documentary Airs in South Africa

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

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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 http://njpa.org/collegepress/Contest/2014-15/winnerslist2015.pdf and on the NJPA site at http://njpa.org.

Glassworks Magazine Releases Issue 10

 ~ by Katie Delhagen ~

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Glassworks, a magazine of literature and art produced by the Master of Arts in Writing program, published our Spring 2015 issue this week. Issue 10 features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and artwork from across the United States plus work from Mexico, Canada, and Switzerland. Alongside the issue, new editorial content by our student editors is now available online.

Take a look at http://rowanglassworks.org