San Francisco – The top 10 winners in college Spot News writing have been announced in the 50th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program, in which 110 undergraduate journalism programs at universities across the nation are eligible to participate.
First Place has been awarded to ANDREWR.MCGILL, a senior from the PennsylvaniaStateUniversity.He will receive a $2,000 scholarship for his winning article, “We Will Never Forget Him” from TheMorning Call.PennsylvaniaStateUniversity will receive a matching grant, as do the journalism departments of all scholarship winners.Andrew has qualified to participate in the Hearst National Writing Championship in New York City this June.
Other scholarship winners are:
KEVINCIRILLI, PennsylvaniaStateUniversity, second place, $1,500 scholarship
CAROLYNCRIST, University of Georgia, third place, $1,000 scholarship
KRISKNOWLTON, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fourth place, $750 scholarship
BENSLIVNICK, University of Maryland, ninth place, $500 scholarship
J. DAVIDMCSWANE, ColoradoStateUniversity, tenth place, $500 scholarship
IndianaUniversity has won first place in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the 2009-2010 writing competitions.They are followed by:Northwestern University; Arizona State University; University of Missouri; University of Oregon; Pennsylvania State University, University of Georgia; University of Montana; University of Kentucky; University of Iowa.The top three winners earn $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 respectively.The top ten winners receive medallions.
The Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and fully funded and administered by the W.R. Hearst Foundation.It consists of six monthly writing, three photojournalism, four broadcast news competitions and one multimedia competition, with championship finals in all divisions except multimedia.The program awards up to $550,000 in scholarships and grants annually.
Judging the writing competition this year are:Jeff Cohen, Executive Vice President and Editor, Houston Chronicle, TX;Peter Bhatia, Editor, The Oregonian, Portland, OR; and Jennifer Sizemore, Vice President/Editor in Chief, MSNBC.com and Executive Producer, NBC News.
76 students from 47 universities participated in the Spot News writing competition.For samples of winning work, please check the monthly winners section of the Web site, which is updated shortly after each competition.