The annual prize for the best presentation in the Communication Capstone course has been awarded to Katrina Macher. Her presentation about the media’s depiction of race and its effect on public perception addressed how local and network news coverage “…has impacted norms and influenced biased conventions,” leading to “a society that presumes race and crime are wholly synonymous.”
For the first time in the award’s history, there was a tie for the runner up. One runner-up was Alexa Riccio, who discussed the role of movies in creating change, especially regarding animal rights– she analyzed such films as “Blackfish” and showed how film can be a catalyst for changing attitudes. The other runner-up was Justin Rosa, who gave an overview of the positives and negatives of new communication technologies, especially as they affect children.
Judging the competition this year were Senior Associate Dean Bruce Logan and Associate Professor of Communication Donna L. Halper.