Hearst Breaking News Winners Named


San Francisco – The top 10 winners in college breaking news writing were announced today in the 54th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which 105 undergraduate journalism programs at universities across the nation are eligible to participate.  85 entries from 45 schools were received in this competition.

First Place has been awarded to Megan Jula, a sophomore from Indiana University. Megan will receive a $2,600 scholarship for her winning article titled “Indiana man saves 2 children from drowning” published in Indiana Daily Student.  Indiana University’s School of Journalism will receive a matching grant, as do the journalism departments of all scholarship winners.  Megan also qualifies for the National Writing Championship this June in Washington, DC.

Other scholarship winners are:

Julianne Parker, University of Oregon, second place, $2,000 scholarship

Danielle Kass, University of Missouri, third place, $1,500 scholarship

Jessica Tully, Pennsylvania State University, fourth place, $1,000 scholarship

Michael Auslen, Indiana University, fifth place, $1,000 scholarship

The sixth through tenth place winners receive certificates of merit:

Carley Mossbrook, Pennsylvania State University, sixth place

Jazmine Foster-Hall, University of Arizona, seventh place

Cody Pace, University of Georgia, eighth place

Zeno W. Wicks IV, University of Montana, ninth place

Connor Radnovich, Arizona State University, tenth place

Indiana University has won first place in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated student points the writing competitions.  They are followed by: Pennsylvania State University; Northwestern University; Arizona State University; University of Missouri; University of Georgia; University of Florida; University of Oregon; University of Montana; Kent State University. The top three intercollegiate winners win $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia competitions, with Championship finals in all divisions.  The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

Judging the writing competitions this year are:  Marty Kaiser, Editor and Senior Vice President, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Mike Leary, Senior Vice President and Editor, San Antonio Express-News; and John Temple, Senior Fellow, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships Program, Stanford University, CA.


Contact: Jan C. Watten




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