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WKU students honored in Hearst Multimedia Contest

WKU photojournalism students finished first and fourth in the third multimedia competition of the 53rd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Kelly Lafferty, a 2012 graduate from Shelbyville, won the enterprise reporting category and received a $2,600 award for her entry “Young in Heart.”

Alyssa Orr, a senior from Albany, N.Y., finished fourth and received a $1,000 award. WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting will receive matching awards.

WKU is in first place after the three of four contests in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition followed by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (tie); University of Nebraska-Lincoln (tie); University of Missouri; University of Montana (tie); Kent State University (tie); Pennsylvania State University; Syracuse University; University of Iowa; and University of Southern California. The final intercollegiate winners are announced in April.

Often called the “Pulitzers of College Journalism,” the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. The program, in which 106 undergraduate journalism programs across the nation are eligible to participate, consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions and four multimedia competitions and awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

In 2011-12, WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting won the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition, won the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the fourth consecutive year and 20th time in 23 years and finished fourth in the Overall Intercollegiate Competition. WKU has finished among the top eight nationally in the Hearst overall rankings for 19 consecutive years and won the national title in 2005, 2001 and 2000.

Contact: School of Journalism & Broadcasting, (270) 745-4144.

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