Media Kit


How did Emerge begin?

What began as a fourth year project for Guelph-Humber students has become an award-winning magazine. Students enrolled in their fourth year of completing their BA, Media Studies in journalism, public relations, digital communications, image arts, and media business work together from January to April reflecting the diversity of academic backgrounds in the media industry.

What is the Emerge Conference?

The conference is presented by the University of Guelph-Humber fourth year media students and is an outlet for media professionals from around the globe to share their experiences in the industry. Some of our high profile speakers this year are the Toronto Star’s investigative reporter Kevin Donovan and Canadian author, publisher and musician Dave Bidini. Emerge is both a platform brand and a capstone project for fourth year students.

Can Press attend?

Of course, we always welcome everyone to attend. Please contact our Media Relations Lead for any further details or media inquiries (include email).

Will the conference be available on live stream?

Yes. If you are unable to attend the Emerge Awards or Conference, visit our website on the event date for a link to our livestream. Also, be sure to follow all of our social media accounts if you’d like to get real time updates before, during and after the event.

Can photography and/or recordings be taken during the events?

Yes, please feel free to capture the event and share it with us on our social media accounts. If you require any press photos, please contact our photography team to request photos from the event.

What is Emerge Media Awards?

The Emerge Media Awards’ mission is to celebrate and showcase the achievements of journalism, media studies and communications students in Canada.  A one of a kind initiative in this country, the event showcases the talent of students attending Canadian universities and colleges who submit their work into several categories including best writing, editing, videography, audio, graphic design, communications and public relations.

What are the categories of the awards?

The event crosses all sorts of media industries and crafts, including: Written Word, Multimedia Production, Photography, Advertising, Videography, Graphic/Digital Design: Editorial, Audio Storytelling and Public Relations entries are welcomed from media students across the country.

What to expect at the Emerge awards:

The awards are presented at a gala event that highlights some of the brightest and best student minds in the country. There is a panel of judges from various sectors in the media industry.

How many entries do you receive?

In 2017, there were 317 submissions from 22 colleges and universities.

Have any more questions?

Feel free to contact our Media Relations Lead ( for any further questions!



Emerge is a project put together by the Media Studies students at the University of Guelph-Humber where all four specializations come together to produce this multimedia platform that comes alive as a one-day conference, gala and magazine publication.

The Events

Emerge Conference

The Emerge Conference is an annual event organized by the fourth-year students of the University of Guelph-Humber’s Media Studies program. The conference focuses on the current and future state of the media business, with relevant, high-profile guest speakers and panels. The point of the event is to prepare students for entering the media industry, offering perspectives from leading journalism, public relations and media business professionals. Refreshments and a networking event are also included throughout the day, allowing students to interact with possible future employers.

Emerge Media Awards

The Emerge Media Awards celebrates the exceptional work done by media students from all across Canada. Students from any post-secondary institution submit their best writing, editing, videography, audio, graphic design, communications or public relations work in the hopes of being recognized. Established media professionals judge the submissions and the winners are announced at the annual gala. The EMAs gala is a formal event that includes a dinner for all nominees and their guests followed by the awards ceremony.

About the Emerge Magazine

The University of Guelph-Humber image arts and journalism students are responsible for the organization of magazine publication that is showcased every year at the Emerge Conference. The magazine is available in two different versions: both print and digital. The digital magazine will consist of three verticals; sports, music and fashion. This year, the chosen theme is focused around success, which will serve to motivate students, industry professional and the community to follow their dreams. The journalism students have interviewed many successful industry professionals to captivate what “success’ means to different people and to expand on their journey to success.

About the Media Studies Program at the University of Guelph-Humber

Media Studies students attend the University for four years, learning traditional media skills, developing an understanding of the history and theories behind modern media, and gaining hands-on training with new technologies/platforms. They enroll in courses from all areas of emphasis before declaring a specialization in their year (Public Relations, Media Business, Image Arts, Journalism, Digital Communication). During their fourth year students gain real-world experience from an internship and through the  Emerge project. Whether the students are involved with the conference, awards program, the magazine or websites, this process allows students to prepare themselves for entering the media workforce.


About The University of Guelph-Humber

UofGH was founded in 2002 with the intention of providing students with a combination of the theoretical knowledge that is acquired from a university education and the applied skills acquired through a college education. This is also why their students graduate with credentials from both the University of Guelph and Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Their students have the skills, knowledge and credentials to pursue graduate school, or begin their career immediately following graduation. It reveals itself in the classrooms, in the hours of field placement, in the faculty who are both academic and field experts, in the networking opportunities, in the small class sizes, in the international study opportunities, and in the research.

EMA’s Press Release

Canadian University Students Announced as Finalists for National Media Awards Ceremony


Canadian University Students Announced as Finalists for National Media Awards Ceremony

TORONTO, March 5, 2018— The Emerge Media Awards (EMAs) have announced their list of 2018 finalists which includes students from over 15 Universities and Colleges across Canada. The list includes the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the University of Regina, among many others. The awards highlight the best work from media students all over the country.

On March 22, the EMAs will take place at the Assembly Hall in Toronto. Finalists will travel from all over the country to attend the event where awards will be given out for each of the eight categories. The event itself will be a formal gala with dinner

“The purpose of the EMA’s is to celebrate the exceptional work crafted by media students from coast to coast,” says Kathy Ullyott, Assistant Program Head of the University of Guelph-Humber.

“The reason Emerge has been so successful in the past is due to the hard work of the students. After all the time and dedication they put into their work, it is so rewarding to see that work be recognized on such a grand scale,” says James MacDonald, University of Guelph-Humber instructor.

The EMAs are organized by the students and faculty of the University of Guelph-Humber, and all judges are independent media professionals representing various subsets of the media industry, including public relations, journalism and digital communications .  Each year, students from all Canadian universities and colleges are encouraged to submit their highest quality work.

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About Emerge

Emerge is a multi-disciplinary project developed by fourth year students at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto.  Since its inception, Emerge has evolved into a cohesive experience that includes the award-winning Emerge Magazine, Emerge Conference and Emerge Media Awards. The conference and awards are now annual events hosted by Guelph-Humber to celebrate the outstanding work performed by media students and to act as a hub for the media community to come together.

Emerge Conference Press Release

Award-winning author and musician Dave Bidini to headline Emerge Conference

For Immediate Release

Award-winning author and musician Dave Bidini to headline Emerge Conference

TORONTO, February 22, 2018 – The 6th annual Emerge Media Conference is just weeks away. Join us on March 22, 2018 at the Assembly Hall in Toronto to experience the art of Emerge and explore trending topics in our fast-paced media industry with our featured keynote speakers, Angela Misri, digital director at The Walrus and award-winning figure in the media and Dave Bidini, author, publisher and Juno-award winning musician.

The Emerge Media Conference is organized by fourth-year students from the Media Studies program at the University of Guelph-Humber. The event brings the community together to discuss the media landscape of today and the journey of where it’s headed in the future. This year, there will be numerous speakers that collectively bring years of experience in the media that will share their knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to motivate and inspire others.

“Emerge is an opportunity for many individuals to come together to feel inspired, learn from one another and have the chance to build professional relationships with industry professionals,” stated James MacDonald, one of the University of Guelph-Humber instructors who oversees the project.  “In previous years, I’ve personally seen the positive impact Emerge has on people – both attendees and students.”

Several presentations and motivational speeches will be held at the conference, followed by a panel discussing relevant industry news on diverse subjects in the world of media. There will be a networking session that will give students, faculty members and professionals the chance to meet and share their passion for the media industry.

In addition to the conference, dinner will be served at a formal gala to announce this year’s Emerge Media Award winners.

Media studies programs in Canada are full of talent, art and individuality and that deserves a celebration.  Come experience this event and see where creativity can lead.


About the Emerge Conference

The Emerge Conference is a chance for media professionals from multiple industries and students from all over Canada to share experiences and motivational speeches. The conference began at the University of Guelph-Humber in 2013. In 2017, a total of 22 speakers from an array of professional media backgrounds presented at the event. Some of our past speakers include CBC radio-host Nora Young and New York University journalism professor Jay Rose. The conference is executed by students as not only their capstone project, but as relevant work experience as they begin their careers.

Media Contact:

Visit our website at for more details and our frequently asked questions page. For further information or inquiries, please contact Valeria Aguirre Martin at