2014 – 2015 Television Broadcast News Winners
Of the 145 entries received in the Features and News television competitions during the academic year, ten finalists’ submissions qualified them for the semi-final round of judging. From that round, five television finalists were selected to participate in the Hearst National Television Broadcast News Championship in San Francisco.
The finalists arrived in San Francisco on Monday, June 1st. That afternoon, they met with the broadcast judges to receive their assignment. The television finalists were assigned to find an untold story about California’s unprecedented, widespread drought. The story was to have a news angle, to include at least one reporter on-camera stand-up, and to range from one to two minutes. The judges received the completed entries by Thursday morning for review. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony that evening. The first through third place winners were awarded scholarships of $5,000, $4,000, and $3,000 respectively and are featured below. The two finalists who earned $1,500 scholarship awards are: Jeremy Harris, Brigham Young University and Anastassia Olmos, University of Southern California. An additional award of $1,000 was given to Megan Thompson, Arizona State University, for Best use of Television for News Coverage selected from the monthly entries.