2019-20 Hearst Personality/Profile Writing Winners Named


The top 10 winners in the Personality/Profile Writing Competition have been announced in the 60th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which 104 undergraduate journalism
programs at universities across the nation are eligible to participate.

There were 122 entries from 64 schools received in the fourth writing competition of the academic year.

First Place has been awarded to Matt Cohen, a sophomore from Indiana University. Matt receives a $3,000
scholarship for his winning article titled “The General comes home” published in the Indiana Daily Student.
Matt also qualifies to participate in the 2020 Hearst National Writing Championship.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the in-person National Championships in Houston will not be held, and an
alternative experience for the winning finalists is being created.

Second-to-tenth place winners:
James Ogletree, University of Alabama, second place, $2,000 scholarship
Myah Ward, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, third place, $1,500 scholarship
Caroline Anders, Indiana University, fourth place, $1,000 scholarship
Jenni Castoe, Pennsylvania State University, fifth place, $1,000 scholarship
Alexia Camille Little, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, sixth place, certificate of merit
Maria Elena Vizcaino, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seventh place, certificate of merit
Nicholas Kelly, University of Missouri, eighth place, certificate of merit
Jack Harris, Arizona State University, ninth place, certificate of merit
George Stoia, University of Oklahoma, tenth place, certificate of merit

The journalism departments of all scholarship winners receive matching grants.

Arizona State University placed first in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated
student points from the fourth of five writing competitions held this academic year.

They are followed by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Missouri; Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University; University of Southern California; Indiana University; University of Maryland; University of Oklahoma; Auburn University.

The final Intercollegiate Writing Competition winners will be announced after the completion of the five writing competitions in June.

Judging the profile writing competition are: Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief, The San Francisco Chronicle; Dwayne Bray, Senior Coordinating Producer/Enterprise Reporting Unit, ESPN; Larry Kramer, Retired President and Publisher, USA Today; and David Zeeck, former President and Publisher, The News Tribune, WA.

The 60th Annual 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. The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia, with Championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $700,000 in scholarships and grants annually.