Hearst Broadcast Features Competition Winners

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the student radio and television broadcast finalists selected in the November Journalism Awards Program broadcast competition. The category for Competition One was Features.

The top five winners in both radio and television were selected from among 32 radio and 65 television entries submitted. These winners, along with the top five finalists from both categories in Competition Two, will submit additional tapes for a second round of judging. Following the semi-final round of judging, five in radio and five in television will be chosen to compete in the program’s national broadcast news championships in San Francisco, along with winners of the writing and photojournalism competitions.

The top five radio finalists, qualifying for the semi-finals:

First Place, $2,000 award, MICHIKO HOWLETT, Arizona State University
Second Place, $1,500 award, ROSS WEIDNER, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Third Place, $1,000 award, RYAN McILVAIN, Brigham Young University
Fourth Place, $750 award, DANIELLE WOOD, Brigham Young University
Fifth Place, $600 award, BRENNA GALLEGOS, Western Kentucky University

The top six television * finalists, qualifying for the semi-finals:

First Place, $2,000 award, ROBYN KRIEL, Texas Christian University
Second Place, $1,500 award, ANDREW J. FALZON, Hofstra University
Third Place, $1,000 award, CHRIS WELCH, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fourth Place, $1,000 award, KELLI WATSON, Syracuse University
Fifth Place, $600 award, JENNIFER A. BAILEYS, Marshall University
Sixth Place, $500 award, SEAN MARONEY, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

* The second place winner in the TV competition, Andrew Falzon, is a Spring 2005 graduate, and consequently is not eligible to participate in the championship round, as pursuant to the program guidelines. As a result, the sixth place winner qualifies for the semi-final judging.

Other award winners in radio:
Sixth Place, $500 award, KRISTI KECK, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Seventh Place, $500 award, SAM GAVIN, Arizona State University
Eighth Place, $500 award, KELLI CHEATHAM, University of Illinois
Ninth Place, $500 award, CHRISTOPHER VILLANI, Syracuse University
Tenth Place, $500 award, SCOTT ADAMETZ, University of Illinois

Other award winners in television:
Seventh Place, $500 award, JAMIE FUNK, Brigham Young University
Eighth Place, $500 award, IAN SCHWARTZ, Arizona State University
Ninth Place, $500 award, ARISTEA C. BRADY, Northwestern University
Tenth Place, $500 award, ANA JACKSON, University of Georgia

The schools of these award winning finalists receive matching grants.

These students placed among the top 20 in radio and will receive award certificates:

CHADWACK MARK ANDERSON, University of Alabama, eleventh place
JESSE STARITA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, twelfth place-tie
JUSTIN GOODWIN, University of Florida, twelfth place-tie
HEATHER K. HINTZE, University of Montana, fourteenth place
DANIEL PARKER, University of Utah, fifteenth place
SUSAN L. FIELD, Pennsylvania State University, sixteenth place
ASHLEY DAVIES, University of Kentucky, seventeenth place
SHERA BALGOBIN, Northwestern University, eighteenth place
KATIE BURCHAM, Western Kentucky University, nineteenth place
ADAM ALTER, Syracuse University, twentieth place-tie
STACI-LYN HONDA, Pennsylvania State University, twentieth place-tie
ELIZABETH DOWDLE, University of Utah, twentieth place-tie

These students placed among the top 20 in television and will receive award certificates:

MATT FORD, Pennsylvania State University, eleventh place
AREVIK TAYMIZYAN, California State University, Northridge, twelfth place
MONIQUE GRIEGO, Arizona State University, thirteenth place
THERON B. ANDERSON, Brigham Young University, fourteen place-tie
LEWIS G. TURNER, University of South Carolina, fourteen place-tie
HEIDI ZHOU, Northwestern University, fourteen place-tie
MARK HAAS, University of Southern California, seventeenth place-tie
TRAVIS THOMPSON, University of Missouri, seventeenth place-tie
ALLISON WILLIAMS, University of Miami, nineteenth place-tie
MARIE SAAVEDRA, University of Missouri, nineteenth place-tie

Brigham Young University placed first in the Intercollegiate Broadcast News Competition with the highest accumulated school points from the first radio and television competitions. It is followed by: Arizona State University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Syracuse University; Western Kentucky University; Texas Christian University; Northwestern University; University of Illinois; Pennsylvania State University (tie); Hofstra University (tie). The final winners will be named in April following Competition Two/News.

The judges, all professionals in radio and television, are: Terry Connelly, Senior Vice President & General Manager, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA; Felicia Middlebrooks, Morning Anchor & Correspondent, WBBM News Radio 780, Chicago, IL; and Tom Negovan, Anchor/Reporter, WGN-TV, Chicago, IL.

The 2005-2006 broadcast news competitions are held in more than 100 member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. The Broadcast News Competition was added in 1988 to the Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program that for 46 years has included writing and news photography competitions, and now offers awards totaling more than $400,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.


Jan C. Watten, Program Director
415.543.6033, ext. 308