Hearst Photojournalism Semi-Finalists Named



The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the fourteen college photojournalism students who have been selected as semi-finalists in the annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program. They are the top four winners in the three photo competitions and two finalists with the highest scores earned from placement in two competitions:

JOHN W. ADKISSON, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BRYAN J. ANSELM, Western Kentucky University
LANE CHRISTIANSEN, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale
LAUREN COWART, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
COURTNEY DUDLEY, University of Texas, Austin
BRIAN L. FRANK, San Francisco State University
JONATHAN GOERING, University of Kansas
TIM HUSSIN, University of Florida
JASON JOHNSON, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale
CARL KIILSGAARD, Western Kentucky University
STEPHEN MATUREN, University of Minnesota
JAKE STEVENS, Western Kentucky University
NICOLE TUNG, New York University
CHEN WANG, University of Florida

These fourteen winners will submit additional photos for the semi-final round of judging. On June 1, the judges will select six finalists to compete in the program’s National Photojournalism Championships. The finalists arrive in San Francisco the next day to compete for additional awards of up to $5,000 in the National Championships, held June 2 – 7, 2009. In addition to the 6 photo finalists, there will be writing and broadcast news finalists competing at the Championship.

The photojournalism judges are: Janet Reeves, Senior Editor/Photography and Multimedia, The Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado; Ken Geiger, Senior Editor, National Geographic Magazine, Washington, D.C.; Michael C. Norseng, Photo editor, Esquire Magazine, New York, NY.

There are 110 universities with accredited undergraduate journalism schools eligible to participate in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 49th year, added photojournalism to the competition in 1970, and is funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program awards up to $550,000 a year in scholarships, grants and stipends, and is under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Jan C. Watten, Program Director

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