Hearst Sports Writing Winners Named



San Francisco – The top 10 winners in college sports reporting were announced today in the 52nd annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which 106 undergraduate journalism programs at colleges and universities across the nation are eligible to participate.

First Place has been awarded to TREY  MILLER, a senior from the Pennsylvania State University. Trey will receive a $2,600 scholarship for his winning article “Recruiting process works to adapt to NCAA rules, technology” published in The Lion’s Roar. Penn State University will receive a matching grant, as do the journalism departments of all scholarship winners.  Trey also qualifies for the National Writing Championship which takes place in San Francisco this June.

Other top five scholarship winners are:

EDWARD  CAHILL, Ball State University, second place, $2,000 scholarship

MICHAEL  CERULLO, University of Connecticut, third place, $1,500 scholarship

JAKE  KAPLAN, Pennsylvania State University, fourth place, $1,000 scholarship

STEPHANIE  KUZYDYM, Indiana University, fifth place, $1,000 scholarship

The sixth through tenth place winners receive certificates of merit:

NICO  ROESLER, University of Kansas, sixth place

JIMMY  CARTER, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, seventh place

JONATHAN  KENDRICK, University of Southern California, eighth place

COLIN  BECHT, Northwestern University, ninth place

JAYSON  JENKS, University of Kansas, tenth place

University of Kansas received first place in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated student points in the first three writing competitions.  They are followed by: Penn State University; Arizona State University; Indiana University; Northwestern University; University of Nebraska; University of Missouri; University of Oregon; University of Montana; University of Southern California.  The final intercollegiate results will be announced in April after the last writing competition.

The 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.  It consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions and four multimedia competitions, with Championship finals in all divisions.  The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

Judging the writing competition this year are:  Jennifer Sizemore, Vice President/Editor-in-Chief, MSNBC.com and Executive Producer, NBC News; Ward Bushee, Editor and Executive Vice President, The San Francisco Chronicle; and Marty Kaiser, Editor and Senior Vice President, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

There were 109 students from 62 universities who participated in this competition.  Samples of winning work can be viewed in the monthly winners section of the Web site, which is updated shortly after each competition.


Jan C. Watten, program director