ComDev Graduate wins international media prize

by Hugo Boothby on February 21, 2011

in Alumni,Comdev News,Student Projects

Åsa Tolgraven graduated from Malmö University’s Communication for Development masters programme in 2004. After graduation Åsa continued working as a TV producer with UR, the department making educational programmes for Swedish Public Service Television. Last year she was series producer and project leader for Inferno, a TV documentary and social media project that explored issues around mental health.

On January 29th the BakaForum jury unanimously awarded Inferno the cross media prize for an adult eduction programme. Åsa was in Basel, Switzerland to collect award. When I talked to her last week she said that she was “extremely surprised and very very grateful that the jury had recognized what a very special project Inferno was”.

Åsa Tolgraven (second from left) Inferno series producer and ComDev alumnus

In their commendation the jury said that “this innovative cross-media production results in the destigmatisation of mental illness for the general public and is a valuable resource for those affected by mental illness”. The jury also praised the way that the programme combined an online blog with documentary film, “interaction with the online community added value to the production, enabled further discussion on mental illness and provided options for professional help.

You can read more about Åsa, Inferno and her studies with ComDev in this interview.

If like Åsa you would like to study ComDev in Malmö applications for Swedish and EU citizens open on March 15th you can get more information on how to apply to ComDev here.

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