2022-23 Hearst Multimedia Innovative Storytelling and Audience Engagement Winners Announced

San Francisco – Winners have been announced in the Multimedia Innovative Storytelling and Audience Engagement Competition of the 2022-2023 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

There were 40 entries from 26 schools submitted in the second multimedia competition of the year.

First Place has been awarded to Kennedy Gott, a December 2022 graduate from Western Kentucky University. Kennedy receives a $3,000 scholarship for the winning piece “Nourishing the Soul” and qualifies for the National Multimedia Championship which will be held this June in San Francisco.

The other top finalists are:
Second Place, $2,000 award, Alexis Ashby, University of Florida
Third Place, $1,500 award, Avery Lotz, University of Florida
Fourth Place, $1,000 award, Elizabeth Billman, Syracuse University
Fifth Place, $1,000 award, Cynthia Liu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The top five winning schools receive matching grants.

The sixth-through-tenth place finalists are:
Sixth Place, certificate, Myrah Sarwar, University of Southern California
Seventh Place, certificate, Sara Moyers, University of Missouri
Eighth Place, certificate, Allyson Rabon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ninth Place, certificate, Chasia Webb, Brigham Young University
Tenth Place, certificate, Raven Rolle, University of Kentucky

Western Kentucky University is currently in first place in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the first two multimedia competitions. They are followed by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Florida; Pennsylvania State University (tie); Syracuse University (tie); University of Missouri; Arizona State University; Brigham Young University; San Francisco State University; University of Kentucky.

The top three intercollegiate winners earn $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively. The final intercollegiate
winners will be announced after the completion of all four multimedia competitions in May.

The multimedia judges are: Jarrad Henderson, Senior Multimedia Producer – Investigative and Enterprise Video Team, USA Today; Meredith Hogan, Senior Creative Producer, Red Element Studios; Robert Scheer, Visual Journalist, The Indianapolis Star.

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 63rd year, added multimedia to the competitions in 2010. The
program also includes five writing, one audio, two television, and two photojournalism competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. 105 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to
participate in the Hearst competitions.