2018-19 Hearst Personality/Profile Writing Winners Named


San Francisco – The top 10 winners in college profile writing were announced today in the 59th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which 104 undergraduate journalism programs at universities across the nation are eligible to participate.

There were 118 entries from 68 schools received in the fourth writing competition of the academic year.

First Place has been awarded to Ethan Bauer, from University of Florida. Ethan receives a $3,000 scholarship for his winning article titled “Jumping Through Hoops: The story of Andrew Fava and Mak Krause” published in the Independent Florida Alligator.

Ethan was a spring 2018 graduate, and per program guidelines is not eligible to participate in the 2019 Championship. Second-place winner Jack Harris, a junior from Arizona State University, advances to participate in the National Writing Championship held in San Francisco this June. Jack receives a $2,000 scholarship for his winning story ” Apple of his eye: Children inspire visually impaired runner after lifetime of heartache” published in the Cronkite News.

The journalism departments of all scholarship winners receive matching grants.

Third-to-tenth place winners:

Kaitlin Edquist, Indiana University, third place, $1,500 scholarship

Anna Bauman, University of Oklahoma, fourth place, $1,000 scholarship

Matt Schmucker, Michigan State University, fifth place, $1,000 scholarship

Austin Anderson, Iowa State University, sixth place, certificate of merit

Jonathan Leblanc, Michigan State University, seventh place, certificate of merit

Alli Davis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, eighth place, certificate of merit

Cailyn Derickson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ninth place, certificate of merit

Mamie Lomax, Middle Tennessee State University, tenth place, certificate of merit

Indiana University placed first in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated student points in the first four writing competitions of the year. They are followed by: Arizona State University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Maryland; University of Oregon; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Kentucky (tie); University of Nebraska-Lincoln (tie); University of Florida; Auburn University.

The final intercollegiate writing winners will be announced after the completion of the five writing competitions and presented at the Intercollegiate Awards Presentation in San Francisco this June.

Judging the writing competitions this year are: Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief, The San Francisco Chronicle; Dwayne Bray, Senior Coordinating Producer/Enterprise Reporting Unit, ESPN; and David Zeeck, former President and Publisher, The News Tribune, WA.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia, with Championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $700,000 in scholarships and grants annually.