SUDBURY – Cambrian College alumna Madisyn Latham is enjoying her time in the spotlight as one of five national semi-finalists in the Public Relations category of the Emerge Media Awards. The awards program celebrates and showcases the achievements of journalism, media studies and communications students from across Canada.
Latham’s submission to the awards program was a 40-page communications plan for the Sudbury Women’s Centre, an assignment that she wrote last year as part of her Strategic Communications class at Cambrian. “I’m thrilled with all of the congratulations I’ve received from my professors and peers through email and social media,” Latham said from her home in London, Ontario, where she is completing her Master of Media in Journalism and Communications at Western University.
“At Western, we were encouraged to submit our best student work to the awards program. I thought my communications plan, which I completed at Cambrian, was my most polished assignment, so that’s what I chose,” Latham explained. “I’m proud that the industry judges selected my submission, and I have to thank my strategic communications professor at Cambrian, David Kilgour, in particular, for his guidance and expertise.”
Latham graduated from Cambrian College’s Public Relations graduate certificate program and Laurentian University’s Bachelor of Arts in Communications programs together in 2015, through an agreement between the two schools. Public Relations program coordinator and professor, David Kilgour, said “Students who combine the two programs enjoy getting the best of both worlds.” Latham is a case in point. Continuing to build her connections, she is starting an internship in May through her Master’s program, “I’ll be interning at an established London marketing and public relations agency,” she said. “I’m from here originally, and I’m aspiring to start my career here.”
After learning about Latham’s student assignment and the industry recognition it had received, Tracy De Vos, Executive Director of the Sudbury Women’s Centre was curious to see if it might be valuable to the organization. “We’re in the midst of drafting a new strategic plan, and her report was an interesting read from a communications perspective,” said De Vos. “She really did her research, and she identified strategies that we will consider when we move forward with building our strategic plan.”
The finalists of Emerge Media Awards will be announced on April 25.
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