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WKU students honored in 52nd Hearst Competition

WKU students honored in Hearst photo, multimedia, broadcast competitions

WKU students have finished first and third in the first photojournalism competition in the 52nd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program and three other students finished in the top 10 in multimedia and television broadcast competitions.

Brynn Anderson of Bowling Green won the news and features photo category and received a $2,600 award. Christian Randolph of Oxnard, Calif., placed third and received a $1,500 award. Anderson and Randolph also qualified for the Hearst program’s semifinal round of judging in May.

WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting received matching awards.

WKU is in first place in the Hearst program’s Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition followed by Ohio University; Central Michigan University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kent State University; Pennsylvania State University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; San Francisco State University; University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale; and Kansas State University. WKU has won the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Championship 19 times in the past 22 years including three consecutive titles.

Three WKU students placed in the top 10 in the Hearst program’s multimedia and broadcasting competitions.

  • In the narrative multimedia storytelling – features, Bethany Mollenkof of Chattanooga, Tenn., placed sixth and Leslye Davis of Greensburg placed ninth.
  • In the student broadcast television features competition, Tommy Parker of Glen Ellyn, Illinois placed seventh.

Often called the “Pulitzers of College Journalism,” the Hearst program holds yearlong competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast and multimedia offering more than $550,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. Points from each competition are calculated to determine the Overall Intercollegiate winners.

WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting placed third overall in the 2010-11 Hearst program and has ranked among the top eight nationally for 18 consecutive years.

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