2017-18 Hearst Television Semi-Finalists Named


The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the eight television students who have been selected as semi-finalists in the 58th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program. They are the top winners in the 2017-2018 Features and News competitions.

The 2017-2018 television semi-finalists are:

Jessica Coombs, Brigham Young University
Anne Marie Hagerty, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Becca King, University of Maryland
Kevin Ko, University of Missouri
Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida
Dylan Monson, South Dakota State University
James Packard, University of Missouri
Eytan Wallace, University of Southern California

These semi-finalists, whose work was selected from 168 entries entered in our monthly competitions, will submit additional stories for the semi-final round of judging. The judges will evaluate the entries and select three finalists to participate in the program’s National Championship held in San Francisco, June 3 – 7, 2018.

Brandon Etheredge, Auburn University and Lillian Donahue, Arizona State University are the two first place winners from TV competitions one and two, and automatically qualify for the National Broadcast Championship.

During the Championship, the five television finalists, along with eight writing, five radio, six photo and five multimedia finalists will complete spot assignments, vying for additional scholarship awards of up to $10,000.

The broadcast judges are: Julie Chin, News Director, KNX Radio, Los Angeles, CA; Lloyd Siegel, former Vice President of News Partnerships, NBC News, NY; and Fred Young, retired Senior Vice President of News, Hearst Television Inc., Yardley, PA.

The 58th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program, added broadcast news to the competitions in 1988. The program also includes five writing, one radio, two photo, and four multimedia competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. 105 universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.