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

12 Jun

Industry Considers the Hearst Awards the Pulitzer Prize of College Journalism

Kent, OH – June 11, 2013 – The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University finished in eighth place in the overall national championship of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. JMC also earned seventh place rankings in both the photojournalism and multimedia categories. The school will receive medallions for each award.

Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst program holds year-long 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 JMC Director Thor Wasbotten. “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 JMC’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 currently 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 http://www.hearstfdn.org/hearst_journalism.

In its 75th year, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University 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. JMC 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 University. For more information, visit jmc.kent.edu.

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One Response to “Journalism School at Kent State University Places in Top 10 of National Competition”

  1. Burl Nash July 1, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    This latest honor wraps up JMC’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. In fact, the eighth place finish in the Hearst Awards is the highest rank ever achieved by JMC in the overall competition. In 2005, the school placed ninth.

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