Hearst Personality/Profile Writing Winners Named



San FranciscoThe top 10 winners in college personality/profile writing have been announced in the 49thannual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which 110 undergraduatejournalism programs at colleges and universities across the nation are eligible to participate.

First place has been awarded to MATTHEW J.  HARRIS, a senior at the University of Missouri.  He will receive a $2,000 scholarship for his winning article, “Back to Basics” from The Columbia Missourian.  The University ofMissouri will receive a matching grant, as do the journalism departments of all scholarship winners.  Matthew has qualified to participate in the Hearst National Writing Championship in San Francisco this June.


Other scholarship winners are:

SEAN  ROSE, University of Kentucky, second place, $1,500 scholarship

MARK  DENT, University of Kansas, third place, $1,000 scholarship

BRITTANY  ABEIJON, University of Illinois, Fourth place, $750 scholarship

JAMES  KINDLE, Arizona State University, fifth place, $600 scholarship

EVAN  JURKOVICH, Drake University, sixth place, $500 scholarship

BRYCE  BAUER, University of Iowa, seventh place, $500 scholarship

JEFF  DETERS, University of Kansas, eighth place, $500 scholarship

JAMES  PUSEY, Iowa State University, ninth place, $500 scholarship

KEVIN  HUDSON, University of Oregon, tenth place, $500 scholarship


The University of Kansas remains in first place in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the five completed writing competitions of the academic year.  They are followed by:  University of Missouri; Arizona State University; Northwestern University; University of Kentucky;University of Illinois (tie); University of Georgia (tie); Iowa State University; University of Oregon; San FranciscoState University.  The final winners will be named in April following the Spot News writing competition.

The 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 W.R. Hearst Foundation.  It consists of six monthly writing, three photojournalism and four broadcast news competitions and one multimedia competition, with championship finals in all divisions except multimedia.  The program awards up to $550,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

Judging the writing competition this year are:  Arthur S. Brisbane, ASB Consulting, East Dennis, MA; Jeff Cohen, Executive Vice President and Editor, Houston Chronicle, TX; and Peter Bhatia, Executive Editor, The Oregonian, Portland, OR.

There were 106 students from 61 universities and colleges who participated in the program’s fifth writing competition.  For samples of winning work, please check the monthly winners section of the website.


Jan Watten, program director


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