Hearst Photo Picture Story/Series Winners Named



Twenty college photographers have been named finalists in the Picture Story/Series Competition of the 2007-2008 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.  This was the third and final photojournalism competition of this academic year, entered by 43 students nationwide.

The top four winners, along with the top four finalists in the previous two competitions, will submit additional photos for the semi-final round of judging this May.  Of those, six photojournalists will be chosen to compete in the program’s national photojournalism Championships in San Francisco, along with winners in the writing and broadcast news competitions.

The annual photojournalism competitions are held in member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduatejournalism programs.

The top four finalists are:

First Place, $2,000 award,  JESSICA  PONS, San Francisco State University
Second Place, $1,500 award,  IKURU  KUWAJIMA, University of Missouri
Third Place, $1,000 award,  JOHN  W.  ADKISSON, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Fourth Place, $750 award,  JEFF  GIRALDO, Western Kentucky University

Other award winners are:

Fifth Place, $600 award,  BEN  FREDMAN, University of Missouri
Sixth Place, $500 award,  JARRETT  P.  BAKER, University of Florida
Seventh Place, $500 award,  COURTNEY  HERGESHEIMER, Western Kentucky University
Eighth Place, $500 award,  ALEXANDER  STAWINSKI, Central Michigan University
Ninth Place, $500 award,  CRYSTAL  STREET, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Tenth Place, $500 award,  JASON  JOHNSON, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Other students who placed among the top 20 in the and will receive award certificates are:

DEANNA  DENT, Arizona State University, eleventh place
NEIL  BLAKE, Central Michigan University, twelfth place
KASIA  BROUSSALIAN, University of Colorado, thirteenth place
LAUREN  POND, Northwestern University, fourteenth place
TERESA  PRINCE, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fifteenth place
WHITNEY  WRIGHT, University of Iowa, sixteenth place-tie
W.  SIERRA  HOFFMAN, Ball State University, sixteenth place-tie
JEFF  ENLOW, San Francisco State University, eighteenth place
DAVID  BOND, Ball State University, nineteenth place
CHRIS  VANKAT, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, twentieth place

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, which is now in its 48th year, added photojournalism to the competitions in 1970.  Scholarship awards, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, are presented to the finalists following the National Championships.  In addition to the photojournalismcompetitions, the program also includes six writing, four broadcast news competitions and one multimedia competition.  Annually, up to $500,000 in student scholarships and matching grants to the students’ schools are distributed.

The photojournalism judges are:  Janet Reeves, Director of Photography, The Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO; Mary Shanahan, Creative Director, Town & Country Magazine, New York,NY; and Pim Van Hemmen, Assistant Managing Editor/Photography, The Star-Ledger, Newark,NJ.

University of Missouri placed first in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition with the highest accumulated school points from the three photo competitions.  They are followed by:Western Kentucky University; San Francisco State University; University of Florida; University ofNorth Carolina, Chapel Hill; Ball State University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University ofKentucky; Iowa State University; and Central Michigan University.


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Jan C. Watten
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