School of Media News
WKU students finish in top 5 of Hearst multimedia competition
- Friday, March 5th, 2021
Two WKU photojournalism students finished in the top five of the second multimedia competition of the 2020-2021 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
Sam Mallon, a senior from Silver Spring, Maryland, finished third in the Multimedia Innovative Storytelling and Audience Engagement Competition and received a $1,500 award. Chris Kohley, a senior from Streamwood, Illinois, finished fourth and received a $1,000 award. WKU’s School of Media receives matching awards.
WKU is in second place in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition after two of four multimedia competitions. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is in first place. The rest of the top 10 is University of Missouri; Syracuse University; San Francisco State University; Stony Brook University; University of Maryland; University of Florida; New York University; Elon University.
The final intercollegiate winners will be announced after the completion of the fourth multimedia competition in May.
In 2020, WKU won the Hearst Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the eighth time in nine years, won the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the fourth straight year and the 26th time in the past 31 years, and finished second in the Hearst Intercollegiate Overall Competition. WKU has finished in the top eight nationally in the Hearst program for 27 straight years and has won four overall national championships -- 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2018.
WKU students have won 15 Hearst individual national championships since 1985 — photojournalism in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016; multimedia in 2015; writing in 1985; and radio news in 2006.
Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, in its 61st year, consists of five writing, two photojournalism, one audio, two television and four multimedia competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends; 103 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.
The points earned by individual students in the monthly writing, photojournalism, audio, television and multimedia competitions determine each discipline’s Intercollegiate ranking. The winners are those schools with the highest accumulated student points in each category. The overall Intercollegiate winners are the schools with the highest accumulated student points in the monthly competitions.
Contact: School of Media, (270) 745-4144