2013 – 2014 Television Broadcast News Winners

Of the 139 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 Washington, DC.

The finalists arrived in DC on Monday, June 2nd. That afternoon, they met with the broadcast judges to receive their assignment. They were asked to produce a piece which answered the following question: How has the media/political landscape changed with the focus of issue and candidate debate moving to direct point-to-voter communication that bypasses journalists? How does this impact journalism today and your coverage of a divided nation?

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: Landon Astor Dowdy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Brynne Whittaker, University of Missouri. An additional award of $1,000 was given to Shayne Dwyer, Arizona State University, for Best use of Television for News Coverage selected from the monthly entries.