Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Selects Internet Safety Video Contest Winners

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The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced today that University of North Carolina School of the Arts students, Stephanie Dowling and Lucian Murphree, will receive $2,500 to create a compelling video to encourage internet safety. The student contest focuses on a critical topic in today’s society: Internet safety for teens.

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Dowling and Murphree created a video that offers smart guidance for Internet use, and it also utilized creative digital strategies to convey these messages to its target audience: teachers, parents and students.

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced today that University of North Carolina School of the Arts students, Stephanie Dowling and Lucian Murphree are winners of the 2012 Internet Safety Video Contest. The student contest focuses on a critical topic in today’s society: Internet safety for teens. This competition challenged students to create a 60-second video examining Internet safety that engages the attention of a younger demographic. Dowling and Murphree were awarded a $2,500 scholarship for their winning video, which can now be viewed on AWMF’s website. Thanks to Verizon’s generosity, these students were awarded $5,000 in scholarship money.

“The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is pleased to work with Verizon to increase awareness and educate students about the importance of Internet safety,” said Erin M. Fuller, CAE, AWMF’s president. “Dowling and Murphree created a video that offers smart guidance for Internet use, and it also utilized creative digital strategies to convey these messages to its target audience: teachers, parents and students.”

AWMF with funding from Verizon established this contest because the Internet provides instant access to unlimited information, communication and entertainment. With instant access to various content, children in particular need to be aware of and learn how to navigate away from inappropriate and misleading information; as well as from disclosing personal information online with strangers. The video will be a learning tool that teachers, parents and students will all be able to watch together. The video will be prominently displayed on AWM’s website and social media outlets.

About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1961 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.

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