2023-24 Hearst Multimedia Narrative Storytelling Winners Announced

San Francisco – Winners have been announced in the Multimedia Narrative Storytelling competition of the 2023-2024 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
There were 85 entries from 52 schools submitted in the first multimedia competition of the year.

First Place has been awarded to Murphy McFarlane, a senior from Syracuse University. Murphy will receive a $3,000 scholarship for the winning piece “Full Circle – A fourth generation of family farmers incorporate
sustainable practices in hopes of helping others better understand their source of food” and qualifies for the National Multimedia Championship which will be held this June in San Francisco.

The other top finalists are:
Second place, $2,000 award, Wendy Wang, Syracuse University
Third place, $1,500 award, Quincy Marks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fourth Place, $1,000 award, Katie Kriz, University of Missouri
Fifth Place, $1,000 award, Serra Sowers, University of Florida

The top five winning schools receive matching grants.

The sixth-through-tenth place finalists are:
Sixth Place, certificate, Ali Niaz, Colorado State University
Seventh Place, certificate, Isaiah Dickerson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Eighth Place, certificate, David (Ka Wei) Cheung, New York University
Ninth Place, certificate, Grant Grubbs, University of Kentucky
Tenth Place, certificate, Ryan Connor, Colorado State University

Syracuse University is in first place in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the first of four multimedia competitions.
They are followed by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Colorado State University; University of Missouri; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Florida; New York University; University of Kentucky; Arizona State University; Western Kentucky University.

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

The multimedia judges are: Meredith Hogan, Senior Creative Producer, Red Element Studios; Danese Kenon, Director of Video and Photography, Philadelphia Inquirer; Robert Scheer, Visual Journalist, The Indianapolis Star.

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 64th year, added multimedia to the competitions in 2010. The
program also includes five writing, one audio, two television, and two photojournalism competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. 105 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.