Hearst In-Depth Writing Competition Winners

The top 20 winners in college In-Depth writing were announced today in the 46th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which more than 100 undergraduate accredited journalism programs in colleges and universities across the nation participate.

STEVE VOCKRODT, from the University of Kansas, won first place. He will receive a $2,000 scholarship for his article in the University Daily Kansan titled, “The Scarlet List.” Steve graduated in the spring of 2005, and consequently is not eligible to participate in the championship round, as pursuant to the program guidelines. As a result, the second place winner, EMILY STEEL, a senior from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will receive a $1,500 scholarship and qualifies for the National Writing Championship in June, 2006.

Other scholarship winners are:
JOHN M. ESTUS, Oklahoma State University, third place, $1,000 scholarship;
LAUREN ANTONELLI, Pennsylvania State University, fourth place, $750 scholarship;
CHELSEA DEWEESE, University of Montana, fifth place, $600 scholarship;
SHEILA MENZ, Syracuse University, sixth place, $500 scholarship;
DUSTY LUTHY, University of Missouri, seventh place, $500 scholarship;
TIMOTHY W. MARTIN, Eastern Illinois University, eighth place, $500 scholarship;
LOUIS MORA, University of Kansas, ninth place, $500 scholarship;
JENNIFER GIRARDIN, Arizona State University, tenth place, $500 scholarship.

Arizona State University remains in first place in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition, with the highest accumulated school points from the first three (out of six) writing competitions. It is followed by: University of Kansas; University of Montana; Northwestern University; Eastern Illinois University; University of Iowa; University of Missouri; Pennsylvania State University; University of Florida; Syracuse University. The final winners will be named in April.

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 six monthly writing competitions, three photojournalism competitions and four broadcast news competitions, with Championship finals in all divisions.

Currently, more than 100 undergraduate accredited schools of journalism in the United States are participating in the program, which awards more than $400,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

Judging the writing competition this year are: Alex Martin, Deputy Marketplace Editor, The Wall Street Journal, New York, NY; Pat Andrews, Broward City Editor, The Herald, Pembroke Pines, FL; and Stephen Buckley, Managing Editor, The St. Petersburg Times, FL.

Students who placed among the top 20 and will receive certificates of merit are:
CHARLES PERRY, Winthrop University, eleventh place-tie
ADAM SICHKO, University of Kentucky, eleventh place-tie
ASHLEE CLARK, Western Kentucky University, thirteenth place-tie
STEVEN YANDA, Marquette University, thirteenth place-tie
KATY GAGNON, University of Oregon, fifteenth place
RYAN KOST, Arizona State University, sixteenth place
JEFF JEFFREY, Louisiana State University, seventeenth place
AMBER CORRIN, West Virginia University, eighteenth place-tie
RYAN JAMES LOEW, Kent State University, eighteenth place-tie
DYLAN TUCKER, University of Montana, twentieth place-tie
ELSPETH REEVE, University of Missouri, twentieth place-tie
EMILY KAISER, University of Minnesota, twentieth place-tie
There were 88 students from 51 universities and colleges participating in the program’s In-Depth Writing Competition.




Jan C. Watten, Program Director
415-543-6033, ext. 308