Hearst Photo Semi-Finalists Named


The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the twelve college photojournalism students who have been selected as semi-finalists in the 47th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program. They were selected from three competitions and qualify for the National Championship Finals this June. They are:

DEANNA DENT, Arizona State University
BRIAN FRANK, San Francisco State University
BEN FREDMAN, University of Missouri
CHRISTIAN HANSEN, Western Kentucky University
CARL KIILSGAARD, Western Kentucky University
TIM KUPSICK, University of Montana
BRIAN LEHMANN, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
EDWARD LINSMIER, Western Kentucky University
MORGAN PETROSKI, University of Florida
MATT RYERSON, University of Iowa
BRANDON THIBODEAUX, University of North Texas
JONATHAN D. WOODS, Western Kentucky University

These winners will submit additional photos for the semi-final judging in June. The judges will then select six to compete in the program’s National Photojournalism Championships, along with winners in the writing and broadcast news competitions. The finalists will compete for additional awards in the program’s National Championships, held in San Francisco, June 5 – 10, 2007.

The photojournalism judges are: Senior Judge Leslie A. White, Director of Photography, The Dallas Morning News, TX; Pim Van Hemmen, Assistant Managing Editor/Photo, The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ; and Janet Reeves, Director of Photography, The Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO.

There are 107 colleges and universities with accredited undergraduate journalism schools that participate in the program, often called the Pulitzers of college journalism. Funded and administered for 47 years by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Program awards more than $450,000 a year in scholarships, grants and stipends, under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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Jan Watten