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JMC places in top 10 in Hearst feature writing competitiion

Posted Dec. 5, 2013

JMC is currently in sixth place in the college feature writing competition of the national William Randolph Heart Foundation Journalism Awards Program, thanks to the award-winning work of senior news major Mark Haymond, who won ninth place in the prestigious competition.

JMC is one of 105 undergraduate journalism programs in the nation eligible to participate in the Hearst feature writing competition; this year, the competition received a record 148 entries. The Hearst competition is often called the “Pulitzers of college journalism.”

Haymond’s award-winning feature, “The G Word,” a profile of Canton’s skill game parlors, first appeared in the April 2013 edition of The Burr.

“I am proud of Mark’s placement in the Hearst Awards. He has provided JMC with a tremendous beginning to the national Hearst award competition. Coming off our eighth place finish in 2012-2013, we are continuing our commitment to being one of the top journalism programs in the country,” said JMC Director Thor Wasbotten.

“Placing anywhere in the Hearst feature writing contest is a great achievement. The competition is unbelievably tough because so many college students want to write detail-rich, long-form journalism today,” said Associate Professor and former Burr adviser Jacqueline Marino. “I wasn't surprised to see Mark Haymond's story place in the top 10. He is a strong, descriptive writer who was able to captivatingly portray the feel of Canton's ‘skill game’ parlors. Just as Las Vegas has inspired some of the best work of many American writers, these parlors inspired Haymond. Creatively, Whipple Avenue was his Vegas Strip.”

The Hearst Journalism Program consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, one radio and two TV broadcast news competitions and four multimedia competitions, with Championship finals in all divisions. The Program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.