2011 – 2012 Television Broadcast News Winners

Of the record 136 entries received in the Features and News television competitions during the academic year, ten finalists’ submissions qualified them for the semi-final round of judging. From that round, five television finalists were selected to participate in the Hearst National Television Broadcast News Championship in San Francisco.

The finalists arrived in San Francisco on Monday, June 4th. That evening they met with the broadcast judges to receive their assignment: . They were asked to produce a story about the role of technology in tracking residents’ activities and the related privacy concerns. The story was to have a news angle, to include at least one reporter on-camera stand-up, and to range from one to two minutes.

The judges received the completed entries by Thursday morning for review. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony that evening. The first through third place winners were awarded scholarships of $5,000, $4,000, and $3,000 respectively and are featured below. The two finalists who earned $1,500 scholarship awards are: Blake Hanson from University of Missouri and Nathan O’Neal from Arizona State University . An additional award of $1,000 was given to Nathan O’Neal for Best use of Television for News Coverage selected from the monthly entries.