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WKU ties for second overall in 2013-14 Hearst competition

With first-place finishes in the photojournalism and multimedia competitions, WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting tied for second place overall in the 54th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program competition.

WKU has finished in the top five nationally for the past five years and in the top eight for 21 straight years including overall championships in 2005, 2001 and 2000. The overall results are based on points accumulated in the Hearst competition’s combined writing-broadcasting-photojournalism-multimedia standings.

In 2013-14, WKU won the Hearst Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the third consecutive year and the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the 21st time in the past 25 years. The School of Journalism & Broadcasting will receive $10,000 for each first-place award. The awards will be presented June 4 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s overall top 10 finishers are: Pennsylvania State University; WKU and University of Missouri (tied for second); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Indiana University; Arizona State University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Northwestern University; University of Montana; and University of Oregon. (More: Hearst Intercollegiate Results)

Two WKU students – Eric M. Shea of Louisville and Adam Wolffbrandt of Lexington – are among five students who will compete for the Hearst program’s multimedia national championship June 2-6 in Washington, D.C.

Four WKU students – Jabin Botsford of Knoxville, Tenn., Brittany Greeson of Owensboro, Danny Guy of Minneapolis and Sammy Jo Hester of London – are among 11 semifinalists in the Hearst photojournalism competition. Six finalists will be selected to compete for the national championship June 2-6. WKU students have won individual Hearst photojournalism championships in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Often called the “Pulitzers of College Journalism,” the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program, now in its 54th year, is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. The program, in which 105 undergraduate journalism programs across the nation are eligible to participate, consists of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia competitions offering up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.

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

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