- What are the eligibility requirements for entering?
- What’s the ASJMC?
- My school does not have an accredited journalism department. Can I enter?
- How do I enter?
- How many competitions are there?
- How many students from each school can enter each competition?
- How many times can I enter?
- Can I enter the same work twice?
- Can graduates enter their work?
- Can I enter work from an internship?
- How much professional experience can an entrant have?
- Who judges the work?
- How is the work judged?
- What do I win?
- What is the Championship?
- Who qualifies for the Championship?
- Can I enter again if I won first place at the Championship?
What are the eligibility requirements for entering?
You must be an undergraduate journalism major attending an ASJMC-accredited domestic, undergraduate
journalism program at the time your entry was published/aired/posted. An exception to the journalism major rule is made for students entering the photo competitions. Please see RULES for more information.
What’s the ASJMC?
The ASJMC is the acronym for the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. Journalism schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
How do I enter?
Two students from accredited journalism programs may enter each competition. The school selects which two students’ work to enter. Please contact the journalism department administrator or the Hearst Journalism Awards program office for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many competitions are there?
There are 14 competitions held troughout the school year with a Championship event for top winners.
Five writing competitions: Features; Explanatory Reporting; Sports; Personality/Profile; Investigative Reporting.
Two photo competitions: News and Features; Picture Story/Series.
One audio competition: News and Features combined.
Two television competitions: Features; News.
Four multimedia competitions: Narrative Video Storytelling; Innovative Storytelling and Audience Engagement; Digital News or Enterprise Story – Individual; Digital News or Enterprise Story – Team.
How many times can I enter?
Entrants may submit distinct work in multiple competitions except for the following conditions: In the writing categories, if you win first place or place twice in the top 5 of two competitions and/or qualify for the
Championship, you may not enter another writing competition. In the photo categories, if you place first through fifth in photo competition I and/or qualify for the semi-final round, you may not enter photo competition II. In the audio and television categories, if you place first through fifth and/or qualify for the semi-final round or the
Championship, you may not enter another broadcast competition. In the multimedia categories, if you place first and/or qualify for the Championship, you may not enter another multimedia competition.
Can graduates enter their work?
If you graduated in the spring or summer, you may enter the next year’s competitions but you would not be
eligible to participate in the Championship. Fall graduates are eligible to participate in that school year’s
competitions and in the Championship.
Who judges the work?
Twelve media professionals–working journalists/editors–judge the students’ work. The judges generally rotate
every 3 years. For a current list, please see the judges page.
How is the work judged?
The judges review the submissions and assign points to their top picks. The points are then sent back to the Hearst Foundations, where they are totaled and the students are ranked.
What do I win?
First through fifth place winners in each monthly competition receive certificates and scholarship checks ranging from $3,000 through $1,000, with matching grants to their journalism departments. Top winners receive
medallions and may qualify for the Championship. See the awards page for more information.
What is the Championship?
The Championship is the culminating event of the competitions, where the top winners from the monthly writing, photojournalism, audio, television and multimedia competitions gather (generally in San Francisco) for on-the-spot assignments and additional scholarship awards of up to $10,000.
Who qualifies for the Championship?
In writing, the first-place winners in the five monthly competitions and the three highest-scoring non-first place winners qualify.
In photo, the first-place winners from the two monthly competitions qualify.
In addition, the second-through-fifth place winners and the two finalists with the highest accumulated scores qualify for a semi-final round from which four are selected for the Championship.
In audio, the top five qualify. In television, the first-place winners from the two monthly competitions qualify.
In addition, the second-through-fifth place winners from competitions I and II qualify for a semi-final round of judging from which three are chosen to participate in the Championship.
In multimedia, the three first-place winners and two highest-scoring winners in multiple competitions qualify.
If the first-place winners or other qualifiers graduated the year before, they are not eligible for the Championship.