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 38 radio and 57 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,  MELANIE  OVERCAST,  University of Montana
Second Place, $1,500 award,  WALTER  STORHOLT,  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Third Place, $1,000 award,  BROOKE  D.  ARNAUD,  University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Fourth Place, $750 award,  CHRISTOPHER  VILLANI,  Syracuse University
Fifth Place, $600 award,  KIM  SALTMARSH,  Hofstra University

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

First Place, $2,000 award,  ELIAS  JOHNSON,  Arizona State University
Second Place, $1,500 award,  JUSTIN  S.  SMITH,  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Third Place, $1,000 award,  MAIKA  BAUERLE,  University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fourth Place, $1,000 award,  CHRISTOPHER  T.  JONES,  Brigham Young University
Fifth Place, $600 award,  ARIELLE  BERLIN,  Syracuse University

Other award winners in radio:

Sixth Place, $500 award,  ROBERT  ARCAMONA,  Pennsylvania State University
Seventh Place, $500 award,  ERICA  HERNANDEZ,  Texas State University, San Marcos
Eighth Place, $500 award,  DANIELLE  WOOD,  Brigham Young University
Ninth Place, $500 award,  SHELLY  SCHWARTZ,  Syracuse University
Tenth Place, $500 award,  JEFFREY  PREVAL,  Hofstra University

Other award winners in television:

Sixth Place, $500 award,  MCKENZIE  L.  YORK,  Western Kentucky University
Seventh Place, $500 award,  SARAH  CHAKALES,  University of South Carolina
Eighth Place, $500 award,  ALEXANDRIA  BUTLER,  University of Florida
Ninth Place, $500 award,  JACKIE  CONGEDO,  University of Maryland
Tenth Place, $500 award,  BRIAN  FORMICA,  Elon University

The schools of these award winning finalists receive matching grants.

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

CRYSTAL  BREWER,  University of Florida, eleventh place-tie
RYAN  FAMULINER,  University of Missouri, eleventh place-tie
JESSICA  N.  LARCHE’,  Florida A&M University, thirteenth place-tie
JEREMY  POND,  Abilene Christian University, thirteenth place-tie
JUSTIN  KARP,  Arizona State University, fifteenth place
LAURA  KENNEDY, Arizona State University, sixteenth place
MAJA  CHOLODY,  University of Maryland, seventeenth place-tie
AMANDA  HARRIS,  University of Montana, seventeenth place-tie
ALLISON  VINCENT,  Western Kentucky University, nineteenth place
CLAYTON  NEVILLE,  University of Oklahoma, twentieth place

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

SARAH  E.  LAMANTIA,  West Virginia  University, eleventh place-tie
HAILEY  F.  GINDLESPERGER,  Arizona State University, eleventh place-tie
JESSICA  CHAPIN,  Virginia Commonwealth University, thirteenth place
LA’TRISHA  GOMER,  Howard University, fourteenth place
SHANE  IRWIN,  Marshall University, fifteenth place
KRISTY  ONDO,  Syracuse University, sixteenth place
ROBIN  YANCEY,  University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, seventeenth place-tie
MEGHAN  STETTLER,  Brigham Young University, seventeenth place-tie
LINDSEY  ASHCRAFT,  University of Kentucky, seventeenth place-tie
TED  LAND,  University of Illinois, twentieth place-tie
LAUREN  COMPTON,  Virginia Commonwealth University, twentieth place-tie

Syracuse 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; Brigham Young University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill;University of Montana; Hofstra University; University of Florida; Western Kentucky University;University of Maryland (tie); Texas State University, San Marcos (tie).  The final winners will be named in April following Competition Two/News.

The judges, all professionals in radio and television, are:  Felicia Middlebrooks, Morning Anchor & Correspondent, WBBM News Radio 780, Chicago, IL;  Tom Negovan, Anchor/Reporter, WGN-TV, Chicago, IL;  and Linda Sullivan, President & General Manager, KNTV, San Francisco, CA.

The 2006-2007 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 47 years has included writing and news photography competitions, and now offers awards totaling more than $450,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.

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