WKU wins Hearst photojournalism competition for 24th time in 29 years
- Author: WKU News
- Author: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
WKU has won the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the 24th time in the past 29 years.
WKU won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s 2017-2018 photojournalism title with the highest accumulated student points from the two photo competitions and was followed by Ohio University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Missouri; Pennsylvania State University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Central Michigan University; San Francisco State University (tie): Syracuse University (tie); Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting will receive a $10,000 award.
In the Photojournalism Picture Story/Series Competition, Srijita Chattopadhyay, a senior from India, placed fifth and received a $1,000 scholarship. Gabriel Scarlett, a junior from Maumee, Ohio, placed seventh. WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting receives matching grant awards.
Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, in its 58th year, consists of 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.
WKU also is in first place in the 2017-18 Hearst Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition after two of the four competitions. In 2016-17, WKU won the multimedia competition for the sixth consecutive year, won the photojournalism competition 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.
Contact: School of Journalism & Broadcasting, (270) 745-4144