Hearst Television News Competition Winners Named


The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the student television broadcast finalists selected in the 2012-2013 Journalism Awards Program’s Broadcast News Competition II.

Five television winners, selected from 58 entrants from 35 schools, will submit additional entries for a semi-final round of judging (along with five winners from Competition I).  Following the semi-finals, five television finalists will be chosen to participate in the 2013 Championship in San Francisco, along with the radio, writing, photojournalism and multimedia finalists.

The top five television semi- finalists are:

First Place, $2,600 award, AVERI  HARPER, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Second Place, $2,000 award,  JOSH  FENDRICK, University of Maryland

Third Place, $1,500 award,  BRADLEY  MAXWELL, University of Iowa

Fourth Place, $1,000 award,  ANTHONY NGUYEN, Louisiana State University

Fifth Place, $1,000 award,  JOHN  GENOVESE, Arizona State University

Sixth through tenth:

Sixth Place, certificate,  CATHRYN  WALKER, University of Texas, Austin

Seventh Place, certificate, SARAH  PHINNEY, Ball State University

Eighth Place, certificate,  DAN  KENNEDY, University of Missouri

Ninth Place, certificate,  CATHERINE  JANISKO, Pennsylvania State University

Tenth Place, certificate,  MISYRLENA EGKOLFOPOULOU, Syracuse University

The schools of all award-winning finalists receive matching grants.

The judges, all professionals in radio and television, are: Edward Esposito, Vice President, Information Media, Rubber City Radio Group, Akron, OH;  Kate O’Brian, Senior Vice President, ABC News, New York, NY; and Fred Young, retired Senior Vice President of News, Hearst Television Inc., Yardley, PA.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has won first place in the Intercollegiate Broadcast Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the Radio, Television I and Television II competitions.  It is followed by Arizona State University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Missouri; Syracuse University; University of Florida; Northwestern University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Michigan State University; University of Southern California.

The 2012-2013 broadcast news competitions are held in 106 member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs.  The Broadcast News Competition was added in 1988 to the Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program that for 53 years has included writing, photojournalism, and multimedia, and now offers awards totaling up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.  Please check our Web site for the winning work, which is updated shortly after  each competition.


Jan C. Watten, Program Director


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