2 WKU students honored in Hearst multimedia competition
- Author: WKU News
- Author: Monday, March 19th, 2018
Two WKU students have been honored in the second multimedia competition in the 2017-2018 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
Rune Aarestrup Pedersen, an exchange student from Denmark, placed second in the Multimedia II/News Competition for his project Changing Every Day and received a $2,000 scholarship. Srijita Chattopadhyay, a senior from India, placed third for her project Sanctuary and received a $1,500 scholarship. WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting receives matching grant awards.
After the second of four multimedia competitions, WKU is in first place in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition with the highest accumulated student points and is followed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Florida; University of Missouri; Pennsylvania State University; San Francisco State University; Syracuse University; University of Kansas: University of Colorado.
Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, in its 58th year, five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends; 105 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.
In 2016-17, WKU won the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the 23rd time in the past 28 years, won the Hearst Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the sixth consecutive years and finished third overall – its eighth consecutive top five national ranking. WKU has finished in the top eight of the Hearst competition for 24 straight years, including national championships in 2000, 2001 and 2005.
WKU students have won 15 Hearst individual national championships since 1985 — photojournalism in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016; multimedia in 2015; writing in 1985; and radio news in 2006.
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