Hearst Feature Writing Winners Named

Hearst Feature Writing Winners Named
San Francisco – The top 10 winners in college feature writing were announced today in the 52nd annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which 110 undergraduate journalism programs at colleges and universities across the nation are eligible to participate.

First Place has been awarded to WESTON PHIPPEN, of Arizona State University. Weston will receive a $2,600 scholarship for his winning article titled “Wrap ‘em Up Tightly” published in Vice.com. Arizona State will receive a matching grant, as do the journalism departments of all scholarship winners. Weston also qualifies for the National Writing Championship which takes place in San Francisco this June.

Other top five scholarship winners are:

DAVID W. MOODY, University of Oregon, second place, $2,000 scholarship
BILLIE LOEWEN, University of Montana, third place, $1,500 scholarship
KELSEY CASTANON, Kansas State University, fourth place, $1,000 scholarship
REGINA ZILBERMINTS, University of Iowa, fifth place, $1,000 scholarship

The sixth through tenth place winners receive certificates of merit:

DUSTIN VOLZ, Arizona State University, sixth place
PATRICK SVITEK, Northwestern University, seventh place
BRITTANY STONER, Pennsylvania State University, eighth place
CHELSEA BOOZER, University of Memphis, ninth place
JOSH HAFNER, University of Kansas, tenth place
Arizona State University received first place in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated student points in the first competition. They are followed by: University of Oregon; University of Montana; Pennsylvania State University; Kansas State University (tie); University of Nebraska (tie); University of Iowa (tie); Northwestern University (tie); University of Memphis; University of Missouri.

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. It consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions 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 competition this year are: Jennifer Sizemore, Vice President/Editor-in-Chief, MSNBC.com and Executive Producer, NBC News; Ward Bushee, Editor and Executive Vice President, The San Francisco Chronicle; and Marty Kaiser, Editor and Senior Vice President, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

There were 134 students from a record 73 universities who participated in the program’s first competition of this academic year. Samples of winning work can be viewed in the monthly winners section of our Web site which is updated shortly after each competition.


Contact: Jan C. Watten, program director