Media Expedition to Brazil Contest Winners
By : Compathos
Announcing the Compathos Media Contest and Expedition Winners!!

We received quality applications from students world over and we truly appreciate the interest shown.

The judges' top picks are two talented artists and communicators - James Clark and Alicia Rice

James Clark is a combat veteran and former Marine Corps combat correspondent, currently attending the University of California, Santa Cruz and pursuing a Bachelors of Art in Modern Literature. His multimedia and print stories have appeared in a number of publications including CNN, New York Times, Huffington Post, Oakland Tribune, Santa Cruz Sentinel, to name a few. James believes that "Journalism is far more than a career - at its core, regardless of the medium used, storytelling allows the journalist to bring people closer to remind us that we are a part of a larger whole." You can find James' work at James Clark Journalism.

A graduate of Santa Clara University, Alicia Rice loves documentary filmmaking for its ability to blend art, education, and social justice. Her current project, Khon Kaen Urban Life, is a series of documentary shorts focusing on the positive steps those in North Eastern Thailand's urban poor community are taking to change their lives. See Alicia Rice website.

Runners Up and Virtual Team go to Jeanine Russaw, from Long Pond, PA , who is a junior at Hofstra University, double majoring in Journalism and Global Studies, and to Edgar Garcia from San Pablo CA - student at the Art Institute in San Francisco.

Special THANKS to judges Amanda Jones of Amanda Jones Travel and Steve and Joanie Wynn of Journeys4Good - who reviewed contestants from all over the world. Special thanks to Laura Nunez from partner organization - Global Citizens Network and documentary filmmaker / world traveler Eytan Elterman co-founder of IseeItravel as well as the many supportive colleges, universities and arts institutions including San Francisco Art Institute, Vanderbilt University, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Pepperdine, and many more in helping to get the word out. Huge THANKS to Fabio Giannini and Chloe Lew - marketing interns - we couldn't have done it without you!

Students will learn about the preservation of indigenous cultures, traditions and ecologies when traveling abroad, while focusing on technical, artistic and storytelling skills, thus gaining effective communication tools that can be cultivated throughout their lifetime.

Our winners will be culturally immersed in projects determined by the local community, becoming familiar with the history, challenges and transitions facing the Xukuru nation. Students will work with community leaders to help craft their story and media strategy, with regular time devoted to individual journaling and hands-on collective video and digital storytelling. Travelers develop a keen sense of value for people and place, becoming life-time advocates for social issues and their unique locality.

Our partner, Global Citizens Network (GNC), is a nonprofit organization that works with communities throughout the world to promote cross-cultural understanding and interconnectedness through authentic immersion experiences. GCN has been recommended by National Geographic, Budget Travel, The New York Times, NEED Magazine, and Oprah Magazine as one of the "Best Volunteer Vacations." Check out what students who have traveled with GCN have to say.

Special THANKS to our Sponsor Autodesk Technology Impact Program which benefits non profits innovating in the Design-Led Revolution!

Thank you, everyone, for your valued participation - and for being a part of our community! Please ENGAGE by being #BePartoftheStory #compathoscontest #Wearethefuture
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