2019-20 Hearst Multimedia III Winners Named

Hearst Multimedia Digital News/Enterprise Story Competition Winners Named

San Francisco – Winners have been announced in the Multimedia Digital News/Enterprise Story Competition of the 60th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program. There were 76 entries from 42 schools submitted in the third multimedia competition of the year.

First Place has been awarded to Giovanna Torrieri, from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Giovanna will receive a $3,000 scholarship for the winning multimedia piece titled “Playing Through the Pain: Stephanie Watts & the Challenge All Athletes Face”.

Giovanna and second-place winner Evan Mattingly, Western Kentucky University, graduated in May 2019, and per program guidelines, cannot participate in the National Championship. Third-place winner Mackenzie Behm, University of Florida, qualifies to participate in the National Multimedia Championship.

Due to the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, the National Championship has been cancelled as an in-person event. In its place, an alternative competition will be held for the qualifying multimedia, writing, photo, radio, television finalists, all of whom will complete for scholarship awards of up to $10,000 in each category.

The top five finalists are:
Second place, $2,000 award, Evan Mattingly, Western Kentucky University

Third place, $1,500 award, Mackenzie Behm, University of Florida

Fourth Place, $1,000 award, Aubrey Patti, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fifth Place, $1,000 award, Skyler Ballard, Western Kentucky University

The top five winning schools receive matching grants.

The sixth-through-tenth place finalists are:
Sixth Place, certificate, Colin Davy, Syracuse University

Seventh Place, certificate, Gaby Eseverri, University of Florida

Eighth Place, certificate, Tier Morrow, Ball State University

Ninth Place, certificate, Rick Childress, University of Kentucky

Tenth Place, certificate, Brooklyn Draisey, University of Iowa

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is in first place in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition with the highest accumulated student points from three of four multimedia competitions held this academic year. They are followed by: Western Kentucky University; University of Florida, University of Montana, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Syracuse University (tie); University of Missouri (tie); Stony Brook University; Elon University; University of Kentucky.

The final intercollegiate winners will be announced after the completion of all four multimedia competitions. The top three intercollegiate winners earn $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively,

The multimedia judges are: Danese Kenon, Director of Video & Photograph, Philadelphia Inquirer, PA; Brian Storm, Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm, CA; Jarrad Henderson, Senior Multimedia Producer – Investigative and Enterprise Video Team, USA Today, VA.

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 60th year, added multimedia to the competitions in 2010. The program also includes five writing, one radio, two television, and two photojournalism competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. 104 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.