Hearst Multimedia Competition II Winners Named


Please note that this release is a corrected version after a finalist’s entry was withdrawn.

San Francisco – The top ten winners in college multimedia journalism were announced today in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which 106 undergraduate journalism programs at colleges and universities across the nation are eligible to participate.  The category of this competition was The Human Condition.

First Place has been awarded to ZACK  CONKLE, a senior from Western Kentucky University.  Zack will receive a $2,600 scholarship for his winning multimedia piece titled “The Only Sure Thing” from The Western Kentucky University Photojournalism Website. Western Kentucky University will receive a matching grant, as do the journalism departments of all scholarship winners.  He will attend the Championship in San Francisco this June along with finalists in writing, photojournalism, radio and television broadcast.

Other multimedia top five scholarship winners are:

Second Place, $2,000 award,  RYAN  STONE, Western Kentucky University

Third Place, $1,500 award,  JOHANNA  CONTRERAS, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fourth Place, $1,000 award,  SEAN  PROCTOR, Central Michigan University

Fifth Place, $1,000 award,  KELLEY  KING, Pennsylvania State University

The sixth through tenth place finalists are:

Sixth Place, certificate,  ANDREW  FORD, University of Florida

Seventh Place, certificate,  ROBERT  DYCK, University of Oregon

Eighth Place, certificate, ELLEN  THOMMESEN, University of Missouri

Ninth Place, certificate ALEXANDRIA  GREGORY, Arizona State University

Tenth Place, certificate,  EVAN  SERNOFSKY, University of Oregon

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 52nd year also includes five writing contests, three broadcast news competitions, and three additional multimedia competitions offering up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.

The Multimedia judges are:  Geri Migielicz, Executive Editor, Story4, Ben Lomond, CA; Jennifer Sizemore, VP/ Editor-in-Chief, Msnbc.om, Executive Producer, NBC News; and Cory Tolbert Haik, Executive Producer, News, Innovations and Strategic Projects, The Washington Post, Arlington, VA.

Western Kentucky University is in first place after the first two multimedia competitions in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition with the highest accumulated student points.  It is followed by: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Missouri; Arizona State University; Syracuse University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Montana; University of Oregon; University of Nebraska; and University of Florida.  The final Intercollegiate winners are announced in April.

To view the top finalists’ winning work, view the monthly winners section of the web site.


Jan Watten