2017 Hearst Television News Winners Named


The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the finalists selected in the 2016-2017 Journalism Awards Program’s Television Broadcast News Competition.

Five television winners, selected from 70 entrants from 39 schools, will submit additional entries along with five winners from the first television competition for a semi-final round of judging. The five television finalists chosen from the semi-final round will participate in the 2017 National Championships in San Francisco, along with the radio, writing, photojournalism and multimedia finalists.

The top 5 semi-finalists from Television News are:
First Place, $2,600 award, Lauren Day, University of Southern California
Second Place, $2,000 award, Michelle Chavez, University of Maryland
Third Place, $1,500 award, Andrew Feather, Elon University
Fourth Place, $1,000 award, Maggie Lorenz, University of Florida
Fifth Place, $1,000 award, Robert DiRienzo, Temple University

The schools of all award-winning finalists receive matching grants.

Finalists receiving certificates of merit are:
Sixth Place, Certificate, Lauren Barnas, University of Missouri
Seventh Place, Certificate, Kelly Antonacci, Temple University
Eighth Place, Certificate, Zackary Moran, Arizona State University
Ninth Place, Certificate, Benjamin Orner, Kent State University
Tenth Place, Certificate, Jaclyn Lee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Missouri placed first in the Intercollegiate Broadcast Competition with the highest accumulated student points in Radio, TV1 and TV2 Competitions.

They are followed by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Arizona State University; University of Southern California; University of Florida; University of Maryland; Elon University; Northwestern University (8th-tie); Temple University (8th-tie); University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The judges, all award winning broadcast professionals, are: Harvey Nagler, recently retired Vice President, Radio, CBS News, New York, NY; Lloyd Siegel, former Vice President of News Partnerships, NBC News, New York; and Fred Young, retired Senior Vice President of News, Hearst Television Inc., Yardley, PA.

The 57th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program is held in 106 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. The Broadcast News Competition was added in 1988 to Program which also includes writing, photojournalism, and multimedia competitions and offers awards totaling up to $500,000. Please check our Web site for the winning work.