Finalist Highlight: Aashta Shetty

University of Guelph-Humber student tackles modelling scam in her multimedia project 

Aashta Shetty, a fourth year journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber, is nominated

For her project “Naked: Disrobing a modeling scam” in the multimedia production category.



  • What inspired you to begin this project? Why are you passionate about it?


At first, I had to do this project. It was part of a multimedia feature for a project. At first, I was going to do something about labelling food, something completely different. But then I came across this story and I know it’s not a new story but I felt inspired to tell it in a new way. I wanted to give a human face because this story has been told again and again. It’s always been that the girl should have known better. I wanted to give people the opportunity to feel what it’s like to be in that situation and have all of these big dreams and have an supposed agent telling you that you can get there.


  • How do you feel as a nominee for the Emerge Media Awards?


I did not think I would get nominated because  my project is very different from the traditional multimedia format. A lot of winners in the past have been more traditional media projects so I was really surprised that they liked my project. I’m really excited to be nominated.



  • How do you feel your school prepared you to create this work?


Every time I get a project, I want to try something different and my professors have always been super supportive of that. Instead of guiding me back to the line, they show me how I can do different better. These lessons that I have learned from Heather Goode, Kimberley Noble, and Stephanie Matteis have been great lessons.



  • Why do you want to go into the media industry?


I’ve always seen journalists as security guards for humanity. Journalism is the only way you can protect people’s internal security. It’s giving a voice to stories people wouldn’t know to care about otherwise and that’s why I want to be a journalist. You’re almost a superhero in your own community and who doesn’t want to be a superhero?



  • What’s your ideal dream job?


I don’t have one yet. I just want to be a journalist and tell stories. A lot of people know exactly what they want to do like being on tv or be a radio host. I just want to tell stories but I don’t know what medium  I really like yet. But I like storytelling and that’s a start.


If you are interested in seeing “Naked: Disrobing a modelling scam”, visit GH360 to check it out.

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