Hearst Television Competition II Winners Named



The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the student television broadcast finalists selected in the Journalism Awards Program’s Broadcast News Competition II.

The top five television winners, (along with the top five winners from Competition I), selected from 54 entries from 31 schools, will submit additional entries for a semi-final round of judging.  Following the semi-finals, five television finalists will be chosen to participate in the Championship, along with the radio, writing and photojournalism finalists.  The schools of award-winning finalists receive matching grants.

The top five television finalists, qualifying for the semi-finals are:

First Place, $2,600 award,  SHELI  MUNIZ, University of Florida

Second Place, $2,000 award,  DEREK  J.  STAAHL, University of Southern California

(As Derek Staahl  is a Spring 2010 graduate, he does not qualify for the semi-finals).

Third Place, $1,500 award,   DREW  SMITH,  Elon University

Fourth Place, $1,000 award, CLARK  FOURAKER, University of Florida

Fifth Place, $1,000 award,  JUSTIN  PAGE, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sixth Place,  JOELLE  KAPLAN, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Other winners in television who will be receiving certificates of merit are:

Seventh Place,  PETE  MUNTEAN, University of Maryland

Eighth Place, LARA  LAPIN,  University of Texas, Austin

Ninth Place, LEIGH  ISAACSON, Syracuse University

Tenth Place,  SAMANTHA  BARANOWSKI,  Elon University

University of Nebraska-Lincoln placed first in the Intercollegiate Broadcast News Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the one radio and two television competitions.  It is followed by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Florida; Syracuse University; Brigham Young University; Arizona State University; Elon University; University of Southern California; University of Maryland; West Virginia University.  The top three winners will $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 respectively.

The judges, all professionals in radio and television, are:  Kate O’Brian, Senior Vice President, ABC News, New York, NY; Ursula Reutin, Managing Editor/News Anchor, News Talk 97.3 KIRO Radio, Seattle, WA; and Fred Young, Former Senior Vice President of News, Hearst Television, Yardley, PA.

The 2010-2011 broadcast news competitions are held in 110 member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs.  The Broadcast News Competition was added in 1988 to the Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program that for 51 years has included writing, photojournalism, and multimedia, and now offers awards totaling up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.  Please check under monthly winners on the Web site for the winning work.


Jan C. Watten, program director


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