Adapted from a Hearst News Release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 24) – The final overall results are out for the 2016-2017 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

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.

Overall Results for Merrill College:

Intercollegiate Writing: Fifth Place
Intercollegiate Broadcast Radio & TV: Sixth Place
Overall Intercollegiate trophies: 10th Place.

Individual Honors:

Andrew Dunn ’18 took fifth place and a $1000 scholarship award in the Breaking News Writing category.

Michelle Chavez ’16 took second place and a $2000 award in the TV2 News category. Merrill College will receive $2000 as well.

Two Merrill College students won Hearst Radio Awards. Matt Kubisiak’16 took third place while Demi Chang’15 took 17th place. Both were top students in adjunct lecturer Jamie Forzato’s JOUR364 – Radio Broadcast class in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 respectively.

Merrill student Ellie Silverman’17 made the Top 10 (#8) of the Hearst Enterprise Writing Contest. This year the competition received 119 entries from 66 eligible undergraduate journalism programs.


About the Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program operates under the auspices of the accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.  It is fully funded and administered by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  Currently, 106 accredited undergraduate schools of journalism in the United States are eligible to participate in the program, which awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

The Intercollegiate Awards have been acknowledged since the inception of the program, and in 1990 monetary awards were added to the Hearst Journalism Awards Program budget.

The points earned by individual students in the monthly writing, photojournalism, radio, television and multimedia competitions determine each discipline’s Intercollegiate ranking.  The winners are those schools with the highest accumulated student points in each category.   The overall Intercollegiate winners are the schools with the highest accumulated student points in the writing, photojournalism, broadcast and multimedia competitions.

Publisher William Randolph Hearst established the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and The Hearst Foundation, Inc. in the 1940’s, a few years before his death in 1951.  Since then, the Foundations have awarded over one billion dollars in grants and programs.