Hearst Multimedia III Winners Named



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 news.

First Place has been awarded to DELAYNA  EARLEY from Western Kentucky University.  Delayna will receive a $2,600 scholarship for her winning multimedia piece titled “Grassroots” published in the Common Wealth.  Western Kentucky University will receive a matching grant, as do the journalism departments of all scholarship winners.

Other multimedia top five scholarship winners are:

Second Place, $2,000 award, ANDY  AMBELANG, University of Montana

Third Place, $1,500 award, JEFF  SAINLAR, Western Kentucky University

Fourth Place, $1,000 award, SARAH  HOFFMAN, University of Missouri *

Fifth Place, $1,000 award, YUE  WU, Iowa State University

*As the first through third place winners are spring 2011 graduates, the fourth place winner, Sarah Hoffman, qualifies for the Hearst Journalism National Championship held in San Francisco in June 2012.

The sixth through tenth place finalists are:

Sixth Place, certificate, ELIZABETH  JENSEN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Seventh Place, certificate, JONATHAN  REED, University of Alabama

Eighth Place, certificate, ALICIA  ATTERBERRY, Syracuse University

Ninth Place, certificate, PATRICK  BREEN, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Tenth Place, certificate,  EVAN  BELL, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 52nd year also includes five writing contests, three broadcast news competitions, and three other 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; University of Montana; Syracuse University; University of Nebraska; Pennsylvania State University;  Arizona State University; University of Florida; University of Oregon;; and.  The final Intercollegiate winners are announced in April.

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



Jan Watten, program director