JMC Earns Two Top-10 Overall Finishes in Hearst Competition | Kent State University

JMC Earns Two Top-10 Overall Finishes in Hearst Competition

Photojournalism Ranked Fifth; Broadcast News Ranked Ninth

Kent State earned two top-10 overall finishes in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards program for 2015-2016: fifth place in photojournalism and ninth place in broadcast news. 

The fifth place finish in photojournalism marks the fourth year in a row Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) has finished among the top 10 nationwide for photojournalism.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, which awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, are often called the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism. The Hearst program holds year-long competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and multimedia for journalism undergraduates. Journalism schools accumulating the most points earned by their students in each category are designated the winners of the Intercollegiate Competitions.

In addition to the two top-10 finishes, Kent State finished 15th place for writing and 18th place for multimedia. When combining all categories, Kent State finished 12th place nationally.

"The William Randolph Hearst Foundation Awards represent the best student work in the country," said JMC Director and Professor Thor Wasbotten. "It is wonderful to see the national recognition for the hard work of our students." 

JMC will receive trophies honoring the two top-10 finishes. 

About the Hearst Awards

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program operates under the auspices of the accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. It is fully funded and administered by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Currently, 108 accredited undergraduate schools of journalism in the United States are eligible to participate in the program, which awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually. 

Publisher William Randolph Hearst established the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and The Hearst Foundation, Inc. in the 1940s, a few years before his death in 1951. Since then, the Foundations have awarded over one billion dollars in grants and programs. 

POSTED: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 2:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:55pm