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WKU graduate wins 2015 Hearst National Multimedia Championship; WKU 2nd overall

WKU’s Adam Wolffbrandt, a May photojournalism graduate from Lexington, won the 2015 Hearst National Multimedia Championship, and WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting finished second overall in the 2014-15 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

WKU's Adam Wolffbrandt (left) won the 2015 Hearst National Multimedia Championship. Katie Meek (right) also was among the finalists in the competition. Awards were presented June 4 in San Francisco.

WKU’s Adam Wolffbrandt (left) won the 2015 Hearst National Multimedia Championship. Katie Meek (right) also was among the finalists in the competition. Awards were presented June 4 in San Francisco.

Wolffbrandt, who also was a finalist in the 2013-14, is the first WKU student to win the Hearst multimedia championship. He received a $5,000 award. Katie Meek, a May graduate from Elizabethtown, also was among five national finalists in the multimedia competition. She received a $1,500 award.

In the 2014-15 Hearst overall rankings, the top 10 schools were North Carolina, first; WKU, second; Arizona State, third; Nebraska, fourth; Indiana, fifth; Missouri, sixth; Syracuse, seventh; Penn State, eighth; Montana, ninth; and Northwestern, 10th.

WKU has finished in the top five nationally in the Hearst overall competition for the past six years and in the top eight for 22 straight years including national 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.

Earlier this spring, WKU won the Hearst Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the fourth consecutive year and the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the 22nd time in the past 26 years. WKU finished 27th in the Intercollegiate Broadcast Competition and 30th in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition. The 2014-15 awards were presented June 4 in San Francisco.

WKU students have won the Hearst photojournalism title 11 times — 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2014; the Hearst national writing championship in 1985; and the Hearst radio news championship in 2006.

Often called the “Pulitzers of College Journalism,” the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, now in its 55th year, includes two photojournalism, five writing, one radio, two television, and four multimedia competitions offering up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends; 108 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.

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

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