Hearst Multimedia Team Reporting Winners Named


San Francisco – The top ten winners in college multimedia team reporting – News were have been announced in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s 53rd annual Journalism Awards Program, in which 106 undergraduate journalism programs at universities across the nation are eligible to participate.

First Place has been awarded to University of Oregon’s Alex McDougall, Erik Bender, Tommy Pittenger, Austin Taylor, Ainslie Forsum, and Laura Lundberg for their entry “Up in Smoke” published in Flux Magazine. They will receive a $2,600 scholarship.  University of Oregon’s journalism department will receive a matching grant, as do the journalism departments of all scholarship winners.

Other winning multimedia teams:

2nd place, $2,000 award, Dave Cole, Katherine Rodriguez, Steve Osborn, Pennsylvania State University

3rd place, $1,500 award, Spencer Bakalar, Kelly Izlar and Kelly McHugh, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4th Place, $1,000 award, Cassia Brooks, Nate Hopper, Harrison Kramer, Kayla Rice, Melia Robinson, Beckie Strum, Heather Wentz, Alex Abdalian, Syracuse University

5th Place, $1,000 award, Erin Patrick O’Connor and Ana Ramirez, Arizona State University

6th place, Jennifer Swales, Kelly Tunney and Hayley Wildeson, Pennsylvania State University

7th place, Jabin Botsford, Demetrius Freeman, Jerry Habraken, Alix Mattingly, Sam Oldenburg, Michael Rivera, Justin Shaw, Chad Young, Western Kentucky University

8th place, Megan May and Whitney Hayward, University of Missouri

9th place, Rachel Dennis, Courtney Tye and Rachelle Branca, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

10th Place, Julia Tylor, Kelsea Wasung and Mauro Whiteman, Arizona State University

The Multimedia judges for this competition were: Cory Haik, Executive Producer for Digital News, The Washington Post, Arlington, VA; Steve Gonzales, Director of Photography, Houston Chronicle, TX; and Kate O’Brian, Senior Vice President for News, ABC News, New York, NY.

Western Kentucky University has won the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition with the highest accumulated student points.  WKU is followed by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Nebraska – Lincoln; University of Missouri; Pennsylvania State University; Syracuse University; Kent State University; University of Montana; Arizona State University; and University of Oregon.  The top three winning schools earn $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively.

The top finalists’ winning work can be viewed on our web site:  www.hearstawards.org.


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Jan Watten