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The content of this website was created by students in the Fall 2023 Public Relations writing course at The University of Akron.  Any of the information on this website may be used the way a feature news release would be used. If a significant portion of a student's work is used, a byline will help them build their professional writing portfolio.

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Although Black History Month comes to a close on February 29, Akronites can support economic equity and black prosperity in Akron all year round with the Akronite App.

Students featured in this section chose to write larger feature stories that offer advice for gifting as well as mini directories of their favorite small businesses.

Gift An Experience

By Shananne Lewis

Gift University of Akron

By Mona Abdeldaim

Guide Editor Julie Cajigas talks about her favorite
discoveries during the project> read more here 

Ready to learn about some hand curated Akron awesome? See gifts by type here:

Gifts for the Hard to Buy For

Experience Gifts

Food & Drink Gifts

Fashion & Design Gifts