FAQ


What are the eligibility requirements for entering?
You must be an undergraduate journalism major attending an ASJMC-accredited domestic, undergraduate
journalism program at the time your entry was published/aired/posted. An exception to the journalism major rule is made for students entering the photo competitions. Please see RULES for more information.

What’s the ASJMC?
The ASJMC is the acronym for the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. Journalism schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
(ACEJMC).

My school does not have an accredited journalism department. Can I enter?
No, you must attend a school that has an accredited journalism unit.

How do I enter?
Two students from accredited journalism programs may enter each competition. The school selects which two students’ work to enter. Please contact the journalism department administrator or the Hearst Journalism Awards program office for more information: jwatten@hearstfdn.org or 415-908-4560.

How many competitions are there?
There are five writing competitions (Feature, Enterprise Reporting, Sports, Personality/Profile, Breaking News), two photo competitions (News and Features, Picture Story/Series), one radio competition (News and Features
combined) and two television competitions (Features and News) and four multimedia competitions (Features, News, Enterprise, and Team Reporting-News) throughout the school year, with Championship rounds in each
category.

How many students from each school can enter each competition?
Up to two students per university can enter each competition. The students to be entered are selected by the schools.

How many times can I enter?
Entrants may submit distinct work in multiple competitions except for the following conditions: In the writing categories, if you win first place or place twice in the top 5 of two competitions and/or qualify for the
Championship, you may not enter another writing competition. In the photo categories, if you place first through fifth in photo competition I and/or qualify for the semi-final round, you may not enter photo competition II. In the radio and television categories, if you place first through fifth and/or qualify for the semi-final round or the
Championship, you may not enter another broadcast competition. In the multimedia categories, if you place first and/or qualify for the Championship, you may not enter another multimedia competition.

Can I enter the same work twice?
A competition entry may only be submitted once.

Can graduates enter their work?
If you graduated in the spring or summer, you may enter the next year’s competitions but you would not be
eligible to participate in the Championship. Fall graduates are eligible to participate in that school year’s
competitions and in the Championship.

Can I enter work from an internship?
Yes. However, any entry published/aired/posted in off-campus media must be accompanied by a letter from the editor attesting to minimum editor rewriting.

How much professional experience can an entrant have?
An entrant may have participated in one or multiple internships as long as the total adds up to no more than one year (full time).

Who judges the work?
Twelve media professionals–working journalists/editors–judge the students’ work. The judges generally rotate
every 3 years. For a current list, please see the judges page.

How is the work judged?
The judges review the submissions and assign points to their top picks. The points are then sent back to the Hearst Foundations, where they are totaled and the students are ranked.

What do I win?
First through fifth place winners in each monthly competition receive certificates and scholarship checks ranging from $3,000 through $1,000, with matching grants to their journalism departments. Top winners receive
medallions and may qualify for the Championship. See the awards page for more information.

What is the Championship?
The Championship is the culminating event of the competitions, where the top winners from the monthly writing, photojournalism, radio, television and multimedia competitions are flown to San Francisco for on-the-spot
assignments and additional scholarship awards of up to $10,000.

Who qualifies for the Championship?
In writing, the first-place winners in the five monthly competitions and the three highest-scoring non-first place winners qualify. In photo, the first-place winners from the two monthly competitions qualify. In addition, the second-through-fifth place
winners and the two finalists with the highest accumulated scores qualify for a semi-final round from which four are selected to come to San Francisco. In radio, the top five qualify. In television,the first-place winners from the two monthly competitions qualify.  In addition, the second-through-fifth place winners from competitions I and II qualify for a semi-final round of judging from which three are chosen to participate in the Championship. In
multimedia, the three first-place winners and two highest-scoring winners in multiple competitions qualify for the Championship. If the first-place winners graduated the year before, they are not eligible for the
Championship.

Can I enter again if I won first place at the Championship?
You may not enter again once you have won first place at the Championship. However, you may enter in a
different category.