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Journalism School at Kent State University Places in Top 10 of National Competition

Posted Jun. 19, 2013

Industry considers the Hearst Awards the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University finished in eighth place in the overall national championship of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. The school also earned seventh place rankings in both the photojournalism and multimedia categories. It will receive medallions for each award.

Photo of national award winners from Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst program holds yearlong competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and multimedia for journalism undergraduates. Journalism schools accumulating the most points earned by their students in each category are designated the winners of the intercollegiate competitions.

“I could not be more proud of our students and faculty who worked so hard to compete on a national level,” said Thor Wasbotten, director of Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “The results prove what we already knew — our students are some of the most respected in the nation, and our school provides a relevant education focused on real experiences.”

This latest honor wraps up the journalism school’s most successful year ever in national journalism and communication competitions, making 2012-2013 the most award-winning year for its photojournalism program in the last 30 years.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, one radio and two TV broadcast news competitions, and four multimedia competitions, with championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually. Participation in the program is open to undergraduate journalism majors enrolled in Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications-accredited domestic universities.

For a complete listing of championship and intercollegiate competition winners, visit the website at www.hearstfdn.org/hearst_journalism.

In its 75th year, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State is a leading accredited school with cutting-edge curriculum and facilities. The school’s mission is focused on understanding the media marketplace and media-related careers while providing professional undergraduate and master’s programs within the liberal arts tradition. Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication teaches its students to gather information, to present it clearly and to think critically within a legal and ethical framework. It serves as a resource for professional practitioners, for media consumers and for Kent State. For more information, visit jmc.kent.edu.

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University recognized more than 40 students this spring for earning national awards in journalism and communication competitions. Most recently, the school finished in eighth place in the overall national championship of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, and it also earned seventh place rankings in both the photojournalism and multimedia categories.

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Kramer, jlkramer@kent.edu, 330-672-1960
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595