Alumni Team Wins Clarion Award

Menness, Balistreri and Thomas in front of their award-winning projectThis month, alumni of the Diederich College of Communication M.A. program Jennifer Meness, Ruby Thomas and Dawn Balistreri were honored as 2010 Clarion Award winners for their project “Eroding, Embracing, or Elevating the McNeighborhood: An Analysis of Milwaukee’s McDonald’s Restaurants.”  The Clarion Awards, presented annually by the Association for Women in Communications, recognize outstanding work in marketing and communication. The paper received an award in the Photography, Graphics and Design Communications division, Special Design/Creation – Series of Items category.

While studying in the Diederich College of Communication, the three graduate students worked together to explore the effects of fast food restaurants on poverty and neighborhood image. The team first received recognition at last fall’s National Communication Association convention in Chicago, where the project was named “Best Overall Scholar to Scholar Presentation” and “Most Accessible Scholar to Scholar Presentation.”

Congratulations to our talented and creative graduates of the Diederich College of Communication!

View the full list of Clarion Award winners on the Association for Women in Communications website.

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