Hearst In-Depth Writing Winners Named



San FranciscoThe top 10 winners in college In-Depth writing were announced today in the 51stannual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, in which 110 undergraduate journalism programs at colleges and universities across the nation are eligible to participate.

First Place has been awarded to BRENNA  DALDORPH, of University of Kansas. She will receive a $2,600 scholarship for her winning article “Living in Limbo” published in the University Daily Kansan.  The University of Kansas will receive a matching grant, as do the journalism departments of all scholarship winners.  Brenna graduated in the spring of 2010, and consequently is not eligible to participate in the Championship, per our guidelines.  As a result, the second place winner, LAUREN  GAMBINO, from Arizona State University, who will receive a $2,000 scholarship for her article titled “Program Prosecutes Illegal Immigrants Before Deporting Them” from News21.com, qualifies for the National Writing Championship this June in San Francisco.

Other top ten winners are:

CHELSEA  BOOZER, University of Memphis, third place, $1,500 scholarship

ROSEANN  MORING, University of Missouri, fourth place, $1,000 scholarship

ALEX  RUPPENTHAL, University of Missouri, fifth place, $1,000 scholarship

DANIELLE  PAQUETTE, Indiana University, sixth place, certificate of merit

MOLLY  K.  YOUNG, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, seventh place, certificate of merit

JESSICA  HANEY, Indiana University, eighth place, certificate of merit

MEGAN  THOMAS, Arizona State University, ninth place, certificate of merit

TANIAH  TUDOR, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, tenth place, certificate of merit

Indiana University received first place in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the first three writing competitions of the academic year.  They are followed by:  University of Kansas; Arizona State University; University of Missouri; Pennsylvania State University; Northwestern University; University of Oregon (tie); University of Iowa (tie); University of Mississippi (tie); University of Florida (tie).  The final winners will be announced after the completion of the six writing competitions 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, three broadcast news competitions and two multimedia competitions, with Championship finals in all divisions.  The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

Judging the writing competition this year are:  Peter Bhatia, Editor, The Oregonian; Ward Bushee, Editor and Executive Vice President, The San Francisco Chronicle; Jennifer Sizemore, Vice President/Editor in Chief, MSNBC.com and Executive Producer, NBC News.

98 students from 57 universities participated in the program’s third writing competition of this academic year.  Samples of winning work can be viewed in the monthly winners section of the Web site.


Jan C. Watten, program director


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