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WKU wins Hearst program’s photojournalism competition

WKU’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting has won the Hearst Journalism Award Program’s Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the 23rd time in the past 28 years.

WKU student Srijita Chattopadhyay won the Photojournalism Picture Story/Series Competition in the 2016-2017 Hearst Journalism Awards Program and qualified for the semifinal round of judging in April.  Lydia Schweickart  finished 10th. WKU, which had the top two finishers in the first photojournalism contest, won the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the two contests.

WKU also is in first place in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition after two of four contests this year. Alyse Young won the Multimedia II/News Competition and Betina Garcia placed third. WKU has won the Hearst multimedia competition for five consecutive years.

Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, now in its 57th year, includes five writing, one radio, two television, four multimedia and two photojournalism competitions offering up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends.

WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has finished in the top five nationally in the Hearst overall competition for the past seven years, in the top eight for 23 straight years and won the overall national championship in 2000, 2001 and 2005. The final Intercollegiate winners will be announced in April.

Read more about WKU awards in Hearst competitions

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

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